The Cinder Track

The Cinder Track Scarborough to Whitby Railway Path is a traffic-free route following a disused railway line. This cycle ride is suitable for fitter riders as there are two long, steady climbs to tackle. The route is mostly traffic-free, but has some short on road sections.

Set in the North York Moors National Park, follow this fantastic heritage route taking in the sights and visiting the picturesque and quaint villages on your way from Scarborough to Whitby. You will cycle via Scalby, Cloughton, Ravenscar, Robin Hood’s Bay, and High Hawsker.

Mountain bikes are recommended for The Cinder Track’s stone and gravel path. The first climb from Scarsborough to Ravenscar is 190 metres (625 ft); the second climb from Robin Hood’s Bay to Whitby is 75 m (250 ft).


Scarborough and Whitby are popular seaside holiday destinations in North Yorkshire on the east coast of England.

Let’s Pedal

The 20-mile Cinder Track Scarborough to Whitby Railway Path begins next to the Sainsbury’s car park past the children’s playground in the north-west corner. Look for  and follow the signs for Whitby. You will pass under several bridges and through the western edge of Peasholm Park.

After approximately 2 miles, cross Newby Farm Road (a quiet road with traffic calming), and continue along the old railway line. At the end, turn right onto Station Road and first left onto Field Close Road then urn right onto Lancaster Way. At the end of this road, re-join the trail.

When you next come to a road (A165 Coastal Road, Burniston), turn left onto the road for a very short distance, then take the right back onto the trail.

At the next road, cycle past Cloughton Station, turn right the left back onto the trail.

After a short interval, you will pass the Hayburn Wake Inn if you fancy any refreshments.

Next comes the steady climb to Ravenscar. On reaching Ravenscar, at the end of the trail, go straight on on the road following the bend to the right. At the junction, turn left at the tearooms, and follow the road straight on and as it bends to the left. Look at to re-join the trail on your right (next to the litter bin).

Continue along the trail to Robin Hood’s Bay. At the end of this part of the trail, turn right onto Thorpe Lane, then left and past Fylingdales Village Hall. At the junction with Grosvenor Hotel, turn left then take the first right onto Mount Pleasant North. After the houses on the left and doctor’s surgery on the right, take the left fork and re-join the trail on your left.

This is a long climb toward Whitby with fantastic sea views on your right.

Cross Prospect Hill (A171) at the crossing and continue on over the stone viaduct.

At the end of The Cinder Track, turn right onto Southend Gardens with Pannett Park in front of you. Please be careful heading into Whitby town centre as the roads are busy.

Route Distance

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You will find a number of refreshment stops and public houses available along the route at:

Scarborough, Scalby, Cloughton, Ravenscar, Robin Hood’s Bay, High Hawsker, Whitby.

Please note, refreshment stops are not on the trail. Some are in the nearby villages.


Toilets are located at:

Scarborough, Whitby.

Cycle Hire available at:


Tourist information available at:

Scarborough, Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby.

How to get here

By Car

Scarborough is reached from Middlesborough on the A171 and A64 from York.

Whitby is accessible from Middlesborough and Scarborough along the A171. From York follow the A64 and A169.

Car Parking

Pay and Display parking available near the trail at these locations:

Car ParkLocationPostcode
Scarborough Car ParkWestborough, Scarborough YO11 1TN
Westwood Car ParkWestwood, Scarborough YO11 2PN
Victoria Road Car ParkVictoria Road, Scarborough YO11 1SF
Endeavour Wharf Car ParkLangborne Road, WhitbyYO21 1YW
Langbourne Road Car ParkLangbourne Road, Whitby YO21 1YN
Marina Front Car ParkLangborne Rd, Whitby YO22 4AG

By Cycle

The Cinder Track Scarborough to Whitby Railway Path is a part of the National Cycle Network (NCN) route 1 from Flamborough. Or take NCN 165 from Egton to Whitby.

By Train

Scarborough or Whitby.


  • Distance (miles): 20
  • Distance (km): 32.2
  • Start: Sainsbury’s, Scarborough
  • Finish: Southend Gardens, Whitby
  • Type: Disused railway line
  • Surface: Tarmac, gravel
  • Sat Nav: YO12 5EA


  • Car Park
  • Cycle Hire
  • Free Entry
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets
  • Tourist Information
  • Picnic Site

Cycle Hire

Bike It

Victoria Courtyard
131 Victoria Road
YO11 1SP

Trailways Cycle Hire

The Old Railway Station
1 Station Road
YO22 4LB

Opening Times

Open all year round except for any temporary closures due to works.


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