Length: 21.5 miles
This track follows the old railway line that linked the two famous seaside resorts, Scarborough and Whitby, which closed in 1965, and today, the track is now a popular route for cyclists. If you’re staying in one of the Scarborough hotels and are after an easy to a medium cycle route with stunning views of the Yorkshire coast, then the Cinder Track is perfect.
Julie, from the cycle hire centre Bike About Filey, tells us more: “There are so many different cycling experiences across Yorkshire that it’s impossible to really pick one top route. There’s something for all abilities and types of bike. On the North Yorkshire coast, one of our favourite routes is the Cinder Track, which runs between Scarborough and Whitby. Our customers always love it!
“This track is our go-to for families because it’s completely traffic-free, takes in the most spectacular views of the coast and countryside that you could find anywhere; has lots of places to stop for a break, and you can do as much or as little of it as you like. The route is best done on a mountain or hybrid bike.
“Apart from the obvious benefits for the environment and health, travelling by bike means that you get to see Yorkshire’s amazing scenery at a slower pace than by car. You’ll get to many special places you’ll never reach in a vehicle, and yet you can cover more distance than on foot.”
Avid cyclist Tim Hoyle, who runs the blog Another Cyclist, is very familiar with this route: “I grew up cycling the Cinder Track section of the Moor and Coast cycle route every weekend with my friends. The freedom this traffic-free route gave us growing up has started a life-long obsession with cycling, fitness and adventure. I’ll always have fond memories of the Whitby to Hayburn Wyke stretch of the Cinder Track.”
The Cinder Track is popular amongst locals and visitors of Yorkshire, allowing all to see the stunning views of the county at their own pace. Tim adds: “From the wildlife encountered, like the occasional deer or the seals at Ravenscar, to the challenges of riding bikes around the old quarry, we always found fun and freedom along the way. With beautiful views of the moors and coast, and plenty to explore off the track like the secluded beaches of Stoupe Beck and Hayburn Wyke I could lose days rediscovering it all over again.”
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