Admire wonderful coastal views at Ravenscar © Mark Frain

Admire wonderful coastal views at Ravenscar

Ravenscar can be found high on the cliffs of the North Yorkshire coast between Scarborough and Whitby. The stunning coastal countryside and industrial heritage found here is a product of thousands of years of natural history and hundreds of years of industrial and agricultural activity.

Well maintained footpaths will take you to all corners of Ravenscar, allowing you to walk through open coastal farm land and stroll through woodland. You can experience the ’town that never was’, its associated Brick Works and the fascinating Alum Works - a Scheduled Ancient Monument with interpretation boards full of useful and interesting information.

Keep an eye out for Adders soaking up the early morning sun (remembering to keep your dogs under control and your distance of course), or spend time at the fresh water pond looking out for damselflies, dragonflies, water boatmen, newts, frogs and toads and listening to bird song.

Early dawn or late dusk visitors can spot roe deer, foxes and even badgers if you keep quiet. Butterflies and moths are abundant, darting in and out of the trees or fluttering across the wildflower meadow. Sitting looking out over Robin Hoods Bay can also bring the sight of porpoise and dolphin pods hunting fish close to the shore line and many sea birds will be spotted over the water.

As with many parts of the Jurassic coast, fossils can be found along the beach at Stoupebrow. Just follow the Cleveland Way and you will soon be on the beach. Keep an eye out for the incoming tide and stay away from the base of the cliffs. 

The Cleveland Way and the Cinder Track run through Ravenscar and offer a great opportunity for walkers and cyclist to access surrounding areas such as Boggle Hole and Hayburn Wyke. 

Free parking and public toilets can be found at Grid ref: NZ981010. The post code for sat nav is YO13 0NE.