Up and down along the North York Moors east coast. Starting and finishing at historic Staithes, this cycle route offers great coastal views at Staithes, Runswick Bay and Kettleness, as well as a chance to experience the eastern edge of the North York Moors. Take your time over this ride as there’s a few hills to climb – luckily there’s also several excellent places to eat and drink along the way!
Distance: 22/24 miles
- Starting in Staithes with its many attractions (beach, harbour, shops, cafes and pubs), make your way up to the main coast road and head south towards Hinderwell
- At the southern edge of Hinderwell take the left turn for Runswick Bay
- Follow the road and drop down to the bay for this pretty seaside village. When you come back up the hill, turn left at the Runswick Bay Hotel along Ellerby Lane
- At the end of the lane, turn left on to the coast road which climbs steadily to the Goldsborough turn
- Turn left at the bus stop signed Goldsborough and Kettleness and follow the road into this tiny village
- In Goldsborough take the left turn for Kettleness. It’s a dead-end that comes out onto the Cleveland Way footpath, but the fantastic views along the coast here are worth a visit.
- Turn back up to Goldsborough and turn left towards Lythe and Whitby
- At the end of this lane, turn left onto the coast road and you’ll soon be in Lythe. The Stiddy pub is on the left, and opposite is your right turn signed Ugthorpe.
- Follow this lane all the way to Ugthorpe where The Black Bull Inn provides a welcome break. Just past the village, as you head into the eastern edge of the moors, is your next right turn signed Mickleby
- Don’t fear the ‘33% gradient’ sign – it’s a steep but thankfully short section just after a ford. Follow this short lane and turn left at the end
- Head across the crossroads and down Ellerby bank. The Ellerby is on the left as you come into the village if you need to re-fuel.
- Coming out of Ellerby, turn left onto the coast road and look out for a small turn on your left for Newton Mulgrave.
- Here you have a choice. Turn left onto this narrow, little used lane for lovely countryside – but it adds a couple of miles and there is a tough, steep hill to climb at the end. Alternatively carry on back to Hinderwell and Staithes.
- If you’ve decided to miss this next section, go to step 17. If you’ve taken the Newton Mulgrave turn follow the narrow lane through the farm and then climb the twisty hill up to Borrowby
- At the top of hill turn right and head towards Dalehouse. Careful here as the road drops sharply into the village. Turn right and ride through the village, the Fox and Hounds pub is on your left if you need a break here.
- Go through the village and head up the short hill back to the coast road, turn right and you’re immediately in Staithes
- If you went straight on at the Newton Mulgrave turn, just follow the coat road through Hinderwell and back to Staithes. Once in Staithes be sure to drop into the old village if you haven’t already – it’s always worth a visit.