A section of the Cleveland Way at Wheatcroft has been closed off at short notice due to unforeseen problems with pipeline repairs by Yorkshire Water.
Signs have gone up in the area stating that an emergency footpath diversion order will be in force until June 12.
One resident contacted The Scarborough News saying: “People are quite concerned about it. There’s no access to the beach - it’s all fenced off.
“It looks like it’s all been put up in quite a hurry.”
Claire Glavina, of Yorkshire water’s community engagement team, explained that they’d had to take the decision quickly and sent letters out to residents on Friday, which will hopefully have arrived by now.
She said: “It is all linked to the repairs that have been carried out on the long outfall pipe at Cornelian Bay.
“We had to divert flows down an adjacent pipe to make sure it can cope with the flows. The repair out to sea is now done and the flow is going down the original pipe.
“In the meantime, it looks like some repairs may now need to be made to the shorter pipe.”
Ms Glavina said that is was an “unfortunate situation” as the Cleveland Way crosses the access track.
The closure has been put in place to keep people safe as heavy machinery needs to be brought down the track.
Ms Glavina said: “It should be done by mid June. We encourage people to call us or check our website for updates.”
Customers with any questions about the work or path closure can call 0844 8481099.