We’re blessed with some of the finest walking routes to explore the coast and beyond, one of which is directly accessible from the park.
Pack your walking boots!
Head up on to our dog exercise area and you can access the Cleveland Way. The route which runs from Helmsley through to Filey. It’s 110 miles in total (we don’t expect you to walk it all!) but the scenic coastal paths are stunning and walkable by most, without being advanced walkers.
From our park, look out to sea, if you head left you’re on your way to Scarborough and the path will take you all the way there along varied terrain. For someone who walks a bit already would take around 3 hours, it’s a good walk, but maybe not one for kids. You can either loop back or catch the bus from Scarborough back out to the Flower of May.
For those with smaller children, you can take the shorter walk to Cayton Bay beach (turn left when looking out to sea) which might take 30 minutes along the grassy path but is a great way to see the scenic views. Just be aware it’s not really suitable for pushchairs.
If you’re looking out to sea and turn right, you’re on your way towards Filey. Again, you’re probably looking at a 2-3-hour trip from here to Filey depending on your walking credentials.
Another lovely walk is along the old railway track from Scarborough to Whitby. You can pick the track up in Scarborough and head towards Whitby, or start closer to Whitby and make your way back towards Scarborough. The old railway track – known as the Cinder Track – can be joined from Sainsbury’s in Scarborough and you can follow it up the coast (although not on the cliff top) right up to Whitby if you so wish.
Along the way you will come across some villages where you might want to stop for a cuppa, food or a beer! Burniston has The Three Jolly Sailors which serves great food (although walking afterwards might be a struggle!) and the Oakwheel pub. Further along the track there is a tea room in the old guard house on the tracks and after that you have the Hayburn Wyke, a traditional country pub with open fire, food and drinks.
Something a little less strenuous, maybe ideal for those with kids who still want to get out for a walk may want to look at walking around Burton Riggs Nature Reserve. It’ll take maybe 30 minutes to do the loops of the lakes.
For more, and even more advanced walkers you may want to do some investigating into walks in the North York Moors National Park and Dalby Forest.