As our holiday accommodation is temporarily closed, and we are permitted to take daily outdoor exercise, some of the Humble bee Farm team have taken to two wheels as the spring sun shines in cloudless skies.
There are so many cycle routes close to the farm and one of them is the Cinder Path between Scarborough and Whitby. The Cinder Path follows the former railway route between the two seaside towns and some of it is covered by cinders so this can be tricky for certain types of bike tyre.The good thing about the route is the majority of it is fairly flat and the starting point is roughly a 20-minute drive from Humble Bee Farm.
The track itself is now an inland path which runs parallel to the more arduous Cleveland Way National Trail, one of the most spectacular long-distance rambling paths in England and is definitely NOT suitable for tackling on two wheels! So, the whole Cinder Track route is approximately 21 miles from Scarborough to Whitby, and of course there’s the return journey to consider.
During the spring, the route is so tranquil and colourful with fresh leaves on the trees and countless spring flowers dotting the route. There is also the smell of wild garlic and bluebells along certain stretches … your senses can go into overdrive and it is stunning to see. The route passes through a number of pretty villages including Scalby, Cloughton, Hayburn Wyke, Ravenscar and Boggle Hole (one of our Big Chief Wigwam® Cabins is named after this little seaside village).
The day we chose to ride our bikes along the Cinder Track was a sunny one but with a cool east wind so when we got to Ravenscar, we decided to turn back. The return ‘leg’ took less time however we were on a mission to get back to the car! During these stressful times, it is nice to get out into the fresh air when it is safe to do so. The Cinder Track is also popular with runners, walkers and dog owners, so safe distancing is a must.
Also, it is advisable to wear a cycling helmet as there are some rough stretches along the route. Certain parts of the track fall within the North York Moors National Park and if you tackled the whole route, then it’s a 42-mile return trek.
We took our own refreshments however if and when life gets back to normal, there are usually cafes and shops at Ravenscar, Robin Hoods Bay and in Whitby, of course, where the track terminates. We are very fortunate to have such a spectacular route so close to our farm and one that offers such a wonderful way of seeing the Yorkshire countryside. You can find out more about the Cinder Track here:
If you would like to enjoy these routes, why not use Humble Bee as a base! Check out our accommodation here!