Stage 4: Grosmont to Whitby — Esk Valley Walk
Alex Langfield planned a hike.
March 15, 2021
The final stage is a gentle 8.5-mile (13.7 km) walk alongside the River Esk to where it meets the sea at Whitby. The sounds and smells of steam trains chuntering along the North Yorkshire Moors Railway are likely to accompany you along level bridleways, over stiles and alongside pastureland. Whitby makes for a marvellous end to the walk, with lots to explore if you’ve still got the energy.
The scents of agriculture and a hint of salt are in the air, as you head north and then east on bridleways past Priory, Grosmont, Fotherleys and Newbiggin Hall Farms. Venture across fields and through woods, following a stone trod and descend through scrubland to a road by Lodge Farm.
Bear right and follow the road to another bridleway, which takes you first to the outskirts of the village of Briggswath and then across the river to the larger village of Sleights. From here, the Walk heads north east, descending to the side of the railway at Hagg House. You shadow the railway, trading sides with it a couple of times at level crossings, before arriving at the village of Ruswarp.
Head up the main street and turn right onto the footpath to Whitby. A marvellous view of the town awaits where the A171 crosses the Esk. Continue with the railway and river on your right before carefully crossing the tracks and picking up Langborne Road. With the soundtrack of seagulls overhead, all that is left to do now is enjoy the walk through Whitby’s bustling, historic streets.
Whitby is a very popular seaside town, beloved by young and old alike, with many amusements and places of interest. There are a plethora of places to eat, from Italian restaurants to traditional fish and chip shops. Pubs are also in good supply, as are accommodation options.
March 22, 2021