Walk The walk follows quiet lanes and paths through fields, woodland and along the cliffs. Registered but not subscribed? We found fossils in the slate from the cliffs and the remains of a shipwreck out at sea. Thanks. A short and easy walk from Sandsend. Indeed the village had to be rebuilt after a landslip in 1829 caused by torrential rain when part of the cliff fell into the sea – as it sometimes does today. It's a steep climb from Staithes harbour up to the cliff top, and there's a descent/ascent (including steps) in the woods. We were going to walk up to the woods but the path was too muddy as there had been a lot of rain recently. Around 6 miles (steep in places, but not too stretching). Heading along the coast and then inland to pass through the quiet villages of Goldsborough and Kettleness before taking the coastal path back to Sandsend. We discovered a trail just off the tunnel along side a waterfall down to the sea with rope guides and this was like being on a pirates or a smuggler’s route down to a bay. We came out to a bay where you could see that Whitby Jet hunters had been on the search for this local treasure and scars of this could be seen in the cliffs. Two tunnels were constructed, Sandsend tunnel (1652 yards) and Kettleness tunnel (308 yards); between them a short stretch of the original course along the cliff edge remains. On the right you can see the remains of some more old alum workings which if they weren’t patched with green would be reminiscent of the surface of the Moon or Mars. This tunnel connects Sandsend to Kettleness and was closed due to falling passenger numbers, it is closed off from the public with a brick wall and a hatch that you can peer into if you dare. So, to entertain an 11-year-old boy we set off in the car to East Row car park at Sandsend to find a walk that consists of Hobbit style landscapes, a moon like terrain, an abandoned railway tunnel and a shipwreck. There’s an old railway station on the one road out of Kettleness which was connected to Sandsend and Whitby by the disused track we walked on earlier. We would love to get your feedback. After about a mile or so, you’ll see the blocked entrance to an old railway tunnel and, to the right of it, there’s a path going up into the trees with a short but steep climb – though mainly with steps. There are currently notices warning of the danger of the landslip. This trail has lots of remains of the mining industry of the past. The former station at Kettleness. On the outskirts of Kettleness there’s a large farmhouse on your left and straight ahead you can see Runswick Bay. We have a holiday booked in Whitby next year and would love to do this walk. You climb up onto the old railway line embankment from the car park by the sea below the building that was Sandsend Station. As we walked along this old railway track, my husband remised about childhood hunts for frogspawn and my son was eager to go off the trail to go in search of a different route but due to my ridiculous decision to wear non-waterproof shoes, this was not to be. From the car park there is a cliff top walk from Sandsend to Kettleness to the north which is around 6 miles for the full loop. The walk from the West Pier in Whitby to the cliffs at Sandsend and then back is about 4 and a half miles. The station is now used as an Outward Bound centre. PROFILE INFO. You’ll also see the occasional set of steps leading down to the seashore. It has a great long sandy beach that you can walk on to Whitby and exciting rock pools, fossil hunting and cliffs towards Kettleness. Sandsend Coastal Walk. This is just off the A174 by the bridge in Sandsend, as opposed to the larger, pay and display car park further north along the A174. A safer approach is to walk along the beach from Runswick Bay or Sandsend where there are public car parks and refreshments. Runswick Bay is a real favourite of mine and this walk improves step by step, climaxing in the smugglers paradise of this small, still active fishing village. Dogs Privacy Policy, 5 Of The Best Places To Walk Your Dog Around Whitby, Follow the Seagulls charity walk in Whitby, Holiday Cottages in and around Whitby with Hot Tubs, 7 Pet Friendly Whitby Bed And Breakfasts With Parking. However, should the East Row car park be full, it is not too far back to walk from the large car park and you will gain that distance back at the end of the walk. The walk crosses the busy A174 twice – be careful when crossing. 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