The village of Cloughton, from where this walk starts, is about 4.5 miles north of Scarborough and one mile from the coast.
A truly beautiful walk incorporating a footpath around wooded, disused quarries; a green lane across grazing land and a pretty stroll beside a bubbling beck is awaiting you at Cloughton.
Take the A171 Scarborough to Whitby road only as far as Station Lane in Cloughton village.
Immediately opposite Station Lane, take the public footpath as indicated, and continue beside a walled cemetery to your left. A gentle rise leads to a gap in the walling surrounding woodland.
Enter the woodland, turning immediately left to follow its perimeter to Quarry Road. Keep to the main track and don’t deviate.
Passing Quarry House to your left, veer right and continue across grazing land studded with gorse bushes. Walling appears to your right as you approach Ripley’s Road.
Access Ripley’s Road and turn right, and several metres ahead veer right (through a gate maybe), to cross a grassed field which is recognised as a green lane, or Ripley’s Track.
The views are remarkable as you head towards the A171 Whitby Road, soon passing woodland to your right, before dropping down to meet the main road.
Access the road and turn right to follow the roadside verge as it descends to meet Little Moor Close on your right. Cross the end of this close to discover a public footpath sign indicating your route over a wall stile. Continue alongside Cloughton Bank, with the rear gardens of bungalows to your right.
At the end bungalow, pass a footbridge and enter the cricket field, between stone walling. Here, relax and enjoy the scene of a gorse-clad hillside clothed in golden blossom in spring and summertime.
Continue by a second footbridge, with the beck maintaining close company as you wander to the corner of the field.
Enter a kissing gate (or stile) which leads into rough grassland, and remain beside the beck to the far end of the field.
Here, take the footbridge and proceed to reach Moor Lane by means of a wall stile. Turn briefly right up Moor Lane, cross the ford, and to your left a public footpath sign directs you onwards.
An attractive row of bungalows overlooks the beck. Follow paving flags to enter a football field. Turn left along a track through an open gateway or over the wall stile. Passing the cemetery, beyond walling, you reach the main road once more. Cross this busy road with care, to return to Station Lane. Don’t end your walk here. Instead, walk down Station Lane to its farthest end, and turn right to the old station house, which has been delightfully converted into a lovely cafe, and garden for summer dining.
You’ll wish to linger longer in this welcoming refreshment stop, to complete your day.
Distance: 3.5 miles approximately, to include cafe.
Refreshment: The Station Tea Rooms, and The Coast Gallery, Mill Lane, Cloughton.
Toilets: The Station Tea Rooms, and The Coast Gallery, Mill Lane, Cloughton.
Access: By private or public transport - No.15 or No.115 service bus.
NB The old sandstone quarry above the village, is said to have produced stone for Scarborough Castle, and most probably for Cloughton’s small Victorian church of St Mary.