22nd December 2019
New Year’s Day Walks North Yorkshire Coast
Some people get up with their elbows sharpened, ready to hit the sales. Some just want to cherish a bit of quiet time as they mentally prepare to return to the office and list their resolutions.
If you belong to the second group, then what better way to get some head space than one of many New Year’s Day walks along the North Yorkshire Coast? Plus, after hibernating in one of our neighbouring cottages over the festive season, it’ll feel nice to get some fresh air into your lungs and re-acclimatise to the outside world.
If you’re looking to really burn off the mince pies, we’ve mapped out some of the North Yorkshire Coast’s most spectacular walking routes. Complete with scenery stretching from the cobbled streets and harbourside cottages of Staithes to the wild and rugged coastline of Port Mulgrave. Or perhaps you’d prefer to stay closer to home and explore the surrounding Thirley Cotes Farm estate.
Whichever wander you choose, there is no better way to welcome the New Year.
Get some sea air on this 4-mile circular walk, starting at the atmospheric old fishing village of Staithes, with its harbourside cottages, cobbled streets and winding alleys. Leave the sheltered harbour and follow the Cleveland Way National Trail for the first half of the walk, tramping across the high cliffs to Port Mulgrave and enjoying wonderful coastal views. The return is across fields and through woodland, via the small hamlet of Dalehouse.
If you’re up for a challenge, why not head out on the 6-mile Maw Wyke Walk? It’s one of the most difficult Yorkshire coastal walks, but it’s also one of the most rewarding. You’ll start at the picturesque Robin Hood’s Bay, where the views over the water will take your breath away. From here, make your way past Ness Point, a particularly tough part that requires you to navigate past a series of jagged rocks. The crisp sea air and stunning vistas make it well worthwhile though, and as you make your way back to the start on the gentler Cinder Track, which was once an old railway line, you can see if you can spot the seabirds flying above you.
Runswick Bay and Staithes
North Yorkshire’s rugged coastline is studded with dramatic headlands and beautiful bays and this walk links two of our most attractive coastal villages in an outing of two very distinct halves – the first passing through bird-filled woodland and the second a breezy tiptoe along the very rim of the county. The stroll starts in the centre of Runswick Bay but to really appreciate the village’s character it is best to use the beach car park, though this does mean a fearsome pull back up to the top of the village. For an easier, but less picturesque start, use the cliff top car park by the Cliffmount Hotel and pass behind the buildings of Boulby potash mine. Here, more than 3,000ft underground is Yorkshire’s own version of the giant hadron collider where scientists are trying to identify the mysterious Dark Matter particles that theories suggest make up much of the universe.
If you’re joining us for a stay at on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors and Coast over the festive period, keep these North Yorkshire New Year’s Day walks front of mind.