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Access to the Countryside around Whitby



Gateway is involved in a number of local, countryside access projects.  Please select a sub-page from the menu on the left to find out more about an individual project.  Below is a brief descriptiion of the projects for quick reference:


The Cinder Track : A leaflet detailing the Cinder Track route from Whitby to Scarborough can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of the home page.  This is a delightful path which in parts follows the North Sea coast line. Maintenance and improvement work is continuous, but much has been done including the installation of way posts, steps, benches and litter bins.

Riverside Walk :  A leaflet detailing the Riverside Walk from Whitby to Ruswarp can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of the home page.  An easlily managed route that is often used by local residents as well as visitors follows the River Esk to Ruswarp and takes you under the old Viaduct.  Regular maintenance of the path whether infilling with new cinders after bad weather or pruning hedges and vegetation is on-going.hav

Monks Trod :  The Monks Trod can be reached by following the signs to Ruswarp at the top of Prospect Hill. These ancient stones were once used by the Monks to walk from one monestery to another and at one time extended from Whitby to York and beyond.  Work on the trod between Whitby towards Ruswarp includes weeding, hedge cutting, fence building and installing new benches. 

Calla Beck - Whitby East Side : Gateway Whitby in conjunction with Whitby Naturalists and Groundwork North Yorkshire have scheduled work within the ravine known as Calla Beck situated below California Terrace near Spital Bridge.  The aim is to clear the beck of litter and overgrowth, to improve the condition of the salt water marsh and rehabilitate the indegenous flora, fauna, reptile, insect and small mammal population.  Calla Beck is an integral part of Whitby's famous shipbuilding industry and, as an inlet from the River Esk was used as a floating repository for felled trees before they were worked and planed into planks for the construction of ships which were commissioned from across the UK for several hundred years.