To celebrate National Pet Day, we’ve sniffed out our favourite dog walks in the Whitby and Sandsend area…
1. Whitby to Sandsend
Closest to Raithwaite Sandsend, this breathtaking route along the coast from Whitby to Sandsend is a four-mile return journey and is based entirely on the beach. Simply head out on on the left side of West Pier in Whitby and walk along the coastline towards the distant cliffs before finishing up at the East Row car park in Sandsend. Do note that the beach has a seasonal dog ban between May and September, so please double-check with our Concierge team for alternative route if you plan to complete the walk during this time. You can also complete this walk via the cliff tops, beginning at Whitby Abbey and following the signs for the Cleveland Way.
2. The Ruswarp Round
This two-mile walk starts in the Whitby Marina car park and continues through the high-level road bridge along the path between the river and the old railway track. This walk takes you past some lovely views en route to Ruswarp village as you move through the ‘kissing gate’ and abandoned railway tunnel with reedbeds nestled within the old railway line. There’s a public footpath that passes the old railway station you can follow for most of the way – find the full route description here.
3. Goathland’s Waterfalls
ClosThis three-mile circular route loops around the village of Goathland, immortalised in the TV show Heartbeat. This walk takes in not one but two incredible Yorkshire waterfalls: Mallyan Spout and Beck Hole. Start off at Goathland car park, and then wander down through the woodland passing picturesque North Yorkshire villages and on to the rushing waters of the falls.
4. Staithes and Port Mulgrave
The picture-postcard village of Staithes is worth a visit even without the dog, but if it’s a beautiful walk you’re after, head out from the village for the four-mile hike through Mulgrave Woods to Mulgrave Castle and Port Mulgrave. While on the left-hand edge of the coastal path that runs atop the cliffs, keep your dog on a lead as it is unfenced. Be sure to head back and have a wander around the village’s winding maze of streets whilst enjoying the coastal views, too. You’ll find all you need to know here.
5. May Beck and Falling Foss
You can take in more beautiful Yorkshire waterfalls at May Beck and Falling Foss, both accessible on this two-mile, circular woodland walk in the North York Moors. Just a short drive from Whitby (six miles), you can leave your car at the Forestry Commission car park at May Beck and start your walk through the leafy woodland.
If you’d like to stay within our grounds, our Concierge team can provide you with a walking guide – and even prepare a picnic for you to enjoy en route.