This is an easy walk from Whitby to Ruswarp alongside the railway line. Now that the path has been resurfaced it has become an ‘all weather’ walk and is very scenic and just the ticket for people who can’t walk a great distance.
We caught the train from Nunthorpe at 10.50 to Whitby along the ever changing Esk Valley Line (this walk was done in the Spring) and alighted at Whitby Station just before noon.
We stopped in the Whistle Stop Cafe for a coffee before setting off alongside the line which starts at the end of the Coop car park. Not too far into our walk we were lucky enough to see a steam training passing close by. We carried on underneath the impressive viaduct and the views over the fields towards Sleights were very pretty. The holiday cottages at the foot of the viaduct are a great location for holidaymakers.
We arrived at Ruswarp Train station and crossed over the river by the bridge were we had a sandwiches, salad and a pot of tea sat outside the Riverside cafe near the rowing boats. There is also inside seating and a conservatory area where you can take dogs in. We were rewarded with the sight of the lovely swans, a passing train and families enjoying the rowing boats and kayaks on the river.
Feeling refreshed we caught the 95 bus along the road to Sleights where we stopped at Perry’s Plants and had a good look around the lovely garden and shops before having a final pop of tea and scone before our journey home.
It is a short walk to the train station at Sleights that particular day there were two local ladies tending the flower pots (impressive displays). We then caught the 95 bus back into Whitby town where we did a little bit of shopping and called in the Tourist Information centre before catching the 16.00 hrs train back to Nunthorpe.