Port Mulgrave

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The village of Port Mulgrave lies 9 miles North West of Whitby on the Yorkshire Coast. The settlement here owes its existence to the ironstone mining industry of the mid 19th century.

The old mine entrance can still be seen 50 feet above the high water mark. After the mine ceased to be productive the tunnel was extended to join with the Grinkle Park mine and used to transport stone to the harbour by narrow gauge railway.

Little remains of the harbour these days. It was destroyed by the Royal Engineers during the Second World War to prevent it being used as a landing area by invading Nazi's. The little that remains is a popular spot for local sea fishermen.

Today Port Mulgrave is probably best known for its geology. The shales that make up the coastal slopes are rich in fossils and draw geologists and palaeontologists from far and wide. Ammonites can often be found in recent rock falls and you may be lucky enough to find reptile remains. If you do look for fossils at the base of the cliffs, please take the necessary safety precautions and listen out for falling rocks.

There is limited parking for visitors to Port Mulgrave on Rosedale Lane. The parking area can be found at Grid Ref: NZ795176

Why not also enjoy some fantastic coastal scenery by following the Cleveland Way from Runswick Bay or Staithes.