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21. A circular walk from Cowbar via Staithes, Port Mulgrave, Runswick, Hutton Mulgrave and Dalehouse

The free car park at Cowbar in Cleveland and in the distance Boulby Cliffs - not a bad scenic start to this lovely walk full of landscape variety.

 

Looking inland at Cowbar, across the fields of grain to an old railway bridge that carried the coastal railway from Middlesbrough on Teesside round the coast and down to Whitby Town.

 

The massive Boulby Cliffs viewed from Cowbar Nab which is a National Trust property noted for wild flowers like orchids and popular with birdwatchers.

 

Boulby Cliffs in the distance and in the foreground, the badly eroded lower cliffs just east of Cowbar car park

 

Looking down on Staithes Harbour from Cowbar Nab.

 

Looking down from Cowbar Nab onto the fishing village of Staithes.

 

Looking down from the little village of Cowbar in Cleveland onto Staithes in North Yorkshire.

 

The High Street in the fishing and popular tourist village of Staithes, decked out in flags for the annual regatta.

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The Sea Drift Cafe on Staithes Harbour, North Yorkshire, England

There are lots of pubs and cafes in Staithes but don't forget support for the lifeboat and other rescue organisations. The views here are around where High Street meets the bottom of Church Street by Seaton Garth.

 

 

Looking across to Cowbar Nab from Staithes harbour.

 

Climbing up Church Street you pass the Mission Church of St. Peter the Fisherman on your way up to the cliff walk to Port Mulgrave and Runswick on the Cleveland Way footpath.

 

Looking down on Staithes from the North Yorkshire side of the Cleveland Way long distance footpath.

 

Lovely views north-west towards Staithes and Boulby.

 

A lovely picnic spot and hat!

 

The land by the sea is quite rich soil and good for growing crops such as wheat and barley.

 

The bay at Port Mulgrave, one of the many views on this Cowbar-Runswick Bay coastal walk.

 

Port Mulgrave was once a busy scene in the ironstone industry. Ironstone was mined under the cliffs and inland and shipped out to Jarrow further up the coast.

 

A lovely wooden carving above Port Mulgrave reminds you of the importance of these 'Jurassic' cliffs of sources of fossils.

 

Only a few traces of the once bustling industrial harbour of Port Mulgrave remain.

 

Looking across Runswick Bay to Kettleness.

Before heading for Hutton Mulgrave you can then go down to Runswick Bay and then walk up the road or go inland directly to the Runswick Bay Hotel.

 

Runswick Bay

 

Either way you then turn inland across the fields and minor roads towards Hutton Mulgrave.

 

More grain fields and lots of wild flowers.

 

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Hutton Mulgrave is a very small village.

 

You then head north-east across the rich farmland, with the outline of Hinderwell Village on your right.

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You then enter Oakridge Woods which somebody has designated as a nature reserve and no hunting allowed!

 

You follow the path to Dalehouse down a lovely grassy-wooded track passing a lovely double owl sculpture carved, I assume, in fine oak and many species of trees including many different species of oaks.

 

Dalehouse is small hamlet set deep in woodland. An old weir near Dalehouse village.

 

Finally after climbing out of Dalehouse you reach the main road and an old boundary stone from the 'North Riding of Yorkshire' days and relatively new outline of the buildings of Boulby Potash Mine. You turn down the lane signposted Cowbar to return to the car park.

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