Ravenscar easy cycle loop

Cycling trail

A leisurely loop starting and finishing at Ravenscar Visitor Centre. There are opportunities to stop and explore features of 'the town that never was' and the remains of a WW2 radar station. Look out for birds, butterflies, small mammals and wildflowers along wildlife rich verges.

A route for all abilities

This trail follows quiet lanes and the old Whitby - Scarborough railway track, making it ideal for families and novice cyclists.

A family cycle along a countryside track


Ravenscar easy cycle loop route on map


Ravenscar Visitor Centre, grid ref. NZ980016


With the visitor centre on your left, ignore the track leading left over the golf course and the entrance to Raven Hall Hotel and follow Station Road.

Ravenscar Visitor Centre on the Yorkshire Coast


Where the road appears to turn into a track, turn right into Station Square. At the green signpost in the far left corner of the square, follow a narrow track which leads diagonally to the left of a flight of steps. Join the old railway track. Bear left through a gate and continue.

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A sign marking where Ravenscar's station once stood


After about 800m, you will notice a group of old buildings in a field on your left - the remains of a WW2 radar station. If you'd like to stop and explore the buildings, enter the field via the stile. Please either leave bikes at the stile, or lift them over and wheel them across the field on foot. Please note, there may be livestock in the field.

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Empty buildings of a World War 2 radar station stand in a cliff top field at Ravenscar


Follow the track approximately 1km further, with the edge of a woodland on your right for the last 250m or so. Where two tracks cross, turn left onto the bridleway.


At a gateway, turn left onto War Dike Lane. This turns into Bent Rigg Lane. Look out for a small stone bridge which takes you over the old railway track you have just been on. This is a quiet lane, but look out for vehicles.


Bent Rigg Lane becomes Church Road. At the Junction, with St Hilda's Church on your right, turn right onto Raven Hall Road. This brings you back to Ravenscar Visitor Centre.


Ravenscar Visitor Centre, grid ref. NZ980016

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Ravenscar easy cycle loop


Level. Well-surfaced track and roads and a short stretch of bridleway (may be muddy).

Ravenscar easy cycle loop

Contact us

Ravenscar easy cycle loop

How to get here

Ravenscar Visitor Centre, Ravenscar, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO13 0NE
By road

Ravenscar Visitor Centre is signposted from the A171 between Whitby and Scarborough. Roadside parking.

Ravenscar easy cycle loop

Facilities and access

  • Free roadside parking
  • Public toilets on Raven Hall Road (not National Trust)
  • Refreshments, information and National Trust shop at Ravenscar Visitor Centre. Check website for opening times.
  • Picnic area outside visitor centre