The Cinder Track (Southern Section)
Scarborough to Ravenscar
The Cinder Track follows the route of the old railway line from Scarborough to Whitby and is popular with both walkers and cyclists. This Trail explores the southern section of the Trail from Scarborough to Ravenscar.
The last train ran in 1965 when the line was closed due to the Beeching cuts. However, many of the old stations, platforms and other railway features remain along this scenic route.
TRAIL AT A GLANCE
Theme: Treasure Hunt
Transport: Cycling or Walking
Distance: 11 miles
Duration: Cycling = 3 hours + 1.5 hours to return to Scarborough. Walking = 4 to 5 hours + 3 hours to return to Scarborough or 30 mins on the bus.
Terrain: Paved, gravel or occasionally rocky cycle path. Termed 'Mild Mountain Biking' due to some uneven sections; road bikes and very young riders may find parts heavy going. There are a few very short sections of quiet road. This route is on a slight incline.
Wheelchair friendly: No
Pushchair friendly: No
Dog friendly: Yes
ADDITIONAL TRAIL INFORMATION
This Trail starts in Scarborough at the start of the Cinder Track behind Sainsbury's on Falsgrave Road and follows the disused railway line all the way to Ravenscar. If walking, please plan your return journey from Ravenscar before setting off. There is a limited bus service which runs Mon - Sat during the day.
There is a children's playground at the start next to Sainsbury's which also has customer toilets and the chance to stock up on supplies. Tea rooms with toilets are available along the route but are subject to seasonal opening hours and are closed in winter. The Trail also passes the Hayburn Wyke Inn which serves food and offers a carvery on a Sunday. There are also public toilets in Ravenscar at the end of the Trail.
Extend your trip:
A walking detour is suggested in the Trail booklet to see Hayburn Wyke waterfall; a unique twin waterfall cascading onto the rocky beach below. At Ravenscar, there is a visitor's centre and alum peat works to explore.
The Trail starts behind Sainsbury's, however parking here is for customers only and limited to 2 1/2 hours so you'll need to park in one of the Long Stay car parks in town or find suitable on-street parking nearby and make your way to the start point. For more parking information see the following parking guide. Free on-street parking is available in the areas outside the coloured sections.
Scarborough Parking Guide PDF
Scarborough is accessible by bus and train from surrounding areas. The start point is a short walk from the station and town centre.
There are several bicycle hire shops in Scarborough including Let's Bike
who will deliver bikes to your door.