Whitby Hawsker Circular Walk

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Moderate
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3-4h
Distance
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12.9 km
Elevation
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269 m
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Whitby Hawsker Circular Walk

The Whitby Hawsker Circular Walk is a beautifully scenic adventure within the North York Moors that will take you along the coast and offers views of historical buildings. While out on the trail, you will pass through Whitby and make your way along the coast to enjoy views of the stunning 7th Century Whitby Abbey before traversing the open countryside on the return leg of the walk. With fairly easy to traverse terrain, this walk is an amazing experience for just about anyone.

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If you are after stunning coastal scenery and the chance to view the beautiful and imposing ruins of Whitby Abbey - a stone monastery that overlooks the North Sea and has its origins in the 7th Century - then you will certainly want to explore the Whitby Hawsker Circular Walk. This route can get quite busy, so be sure to arrive early if you want to enjoy the trail on your own.

Setting out from the trailhead next to Whitby Bridge, you will head north along the city streets, before turning to the east to climb uphill past the abbey. Here, you will have some amazing views of the large stone structure that serves as a commanding landmark from both land and sea before continuing along the trail as it turns toward the coast.

Follow along the rugged coastal trail to the southeast and enjoy the wonderfully scenic views across the North Sea, before turning inland towards the village of Hawsker. From here, you will make your way to the northwest, traversing the open countryside to cross over the River Esk and pass through Whitby on the return to the trailhead.

Getting There

To reach the trailhead for the Whitby Hawsker Circular Walk from the Marina Car Park in Whitby, walk north on Langborne Road for 0.2 mi and take the 1st exit at the roundabout onto New Quay Road, following it for 0.1 mi. Make a right here and cross over Whitby Bridge to arrive at the trailhead.

Route Details

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    Year-Round

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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