Your autumn walk this week lies to the east of the A165 Burniston Road. With three grand venues for dining along the way, make it a day to savour! Access by private or public transport is along the A165. The Scarborough buses 3 and 3A provide regular transport to The Ivanhoe Hotel at the road junction with Scholes Park Road, from where this walk departs.
Start: From The Ivanhoe head northwards, rounding the sharp bend or sensibly taking the hedged footpath around the green embankment to meet the roadbridge over the Sea Cut. Immediately beyond the bridge you’ll see the old youth hostel to your left near the water’s edge.
Continue beside the road to discover Scalby Manor Hotel – a perfect setting for a highly recommended meal either before or after your walk. Just beyond is a caravan site and a bus stop. Take the public footpath as signed, through a wooden kissing gate to the left of field gate and a litter bin. Keep hedging to the left, and a field to the right and the route is straight and direct. Heading towards the sea you’ll observe Scarborough Castle to the right horizon.
At the end of the first field, continue likewise to the far end of a second field to reach the Cleveland Way along the cliff top. Here you’ll read that it’s 48 miles from Helmsley - but not today!
Turn right along the Cleveland Way with views towards the Castle. Keep glancing back (especially at low tide), at the dramatic coastline northwards. Beware at all times, of the instability of cliff edges. Binoculars will help reveal Oyster Catchers, gulls and waders feeding on the shoreline. Watch out for seals too.
Enjoy the breath-taking scenery as you keep to the obvious, well-worn footpath heading sea-wards and close to the cliff edge.
Passing spiny gorse bushes off right, seek a forking of footpaths, and take the one to your right, though both reach the same place ultimately. A short descent and a few stone steps, and your footpath continues to a steep descent down 48 steps. At the foot of this ‘stairway’ bear right and cross the footbridge spanning the Sea Cut. Here, at Scalby Ness, the beck spills its waters into the sea, and a great variety of birds partake in profitable feeding grounds here.
Meanwhile, your feeding grounds may well be provided at Old Scalby Mills close by.
Next, continue up Scalby Mills Road away from the Sea Life Centre, and cut off the bend to access the roadside footpath with grassed verges, and pleasant seating overlooking the sea.
Take the first turning left, which is opposite house number 76. Leaving Scalby Mills Road, this delightful walkway with a rose bed, seating, and broad grassed verges leads directly alongside North Cliff Golf Course. Several steps descend to a footpath approaching the Miniature Railway crossing. Stop here. On this occasion, don’t cross the line, but veer slightly right to keep the railway line to your left. Proceed in line with the railway for only a short distance, until the path rises up the grassed hillside, by a recreation area/sportsfield inland. At the far end it meets and enters Green Howards Drive, where Burniston Barracks were once sited. Bearing left along the drive leads you past Grenadier Court; Guards Court; Cavalry Court, and Signals Court off left, and similar well-named courts off right, to discover at the far end, Burniston Road.
Re-entering Burniston Road, turn right past the junction of Cross Lane and North Cliff Avenue, to follow the road alongside North Cliff Golf Course.
Reaching Scalby Mills Road, The Ivanhoe Hotel greets you on the corner, providing further dining options before your return home.
There are bus stops along Burniston Road and Scalby Mills Road, should you later decide to visit the Sea Life Centre to extend your day out.
Distance: Just under three miles of easy walking.
Refreshment: The Ivanhoe Hotel; Scalby Manor Hotel, and Old Scalby Mills.
l Binoculars will prove very useful.
Please keep dogs leashed – dangerous cliffs!