This short but challenging ‘there and back’ cycle route between Saltburn and Staithes rewards you with excellent views along the North Yorkshire coast from Boulby Cliffs (the highest point on the east coast of England) and great food and drink at either end of the ride.
Start/finish: Saltburn-by-the-Sea or Staithes (reverse)
Distance: 19 miles
- Make your way to the seafront in Saltburn and head south to the Ship Inn.
- Just past the pub is a bridleway signposted Staithes, take the track up the side of the road (it’s steep and rough so you may need to push the first part). Road bikes should carry on along the road up the hill.
- The track will come out onto Saltburn Road, follow this uphill to the t-junction in Brotton. Turn left and head through Brotton.
- Head through Brotton, across the roundabout and into Carlin Howe, passing the Steel works on your left. Take the left turn signed ‘Skinningrove Works’
- Follow the road over the railway and down the bank into Skinningrove. Here there are nice coastal views as well as shops and pubs.
- Follow the NCN route 1 signs through the village to head south along the coast. The climb out of Skinningrove is long and hard on the legs (give yourself a ‘well done’ if you pedal all the way to the top!)
- At the top of the bank turn right, then immediately left along Upton Hill. At the top of this hill you’re at Boulby Cliff – the highest point on England’s east coast. As you carry along the road, you’re rewarded with fantastic views towards Staithes and beyond.
- Careful down Boulby bank as this steep drop comes out onto the main coast road. Turn left at the bottom briefly onto the main road before turning left after a few yards for Cowbar
- Follow the single track Cowbar Lane all the way until it drops sharply into Staithes’ north side.
- Staithes has plenty to offer – beach, lifeboat, tea rooms, ice-cream – or even a well earned drink at the excellent Cod & Lobster Pub!
- After you’ve refuelled, follow the same route back to Saltburn to complete this tough but rewarding ride