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Week 8: Sunday Walk in Staithes to Whitby

Tucked into a cleft of rock along the North Yorkshire coast, Staithes is based around a naturally occurring harbour cut into the rock by the sea. The town has a somewhat picture postcard appeal, with its white washed cottages dotted haphazardly around the bay.

The surrounding scenery is stunning, the rugged cliffs that line the coast will not disappoint anyone looking for great views on this walk.

The walks destination is Whitby, a historic town situated at the mouth of the River Esk on the North Yorkshire coast. It is well known for its abbey that sits on the cliff top over looking the town, not to mention its connections to Dracula as this is the location where his ship was washed ashore in Britain.

We'll take a coach to Staithes to Whitby, and from there split into two groups, one group takes a medium-length walk whilst the second group take on a larger route. Both walks are preplanned and lead by our trained walk leaders.

Medium walks are generally between 6 and 8 miles (10-13 km) long, and tend to be at a reasonably gentle pace and always include a stop for a pub lunch. Long walks are slightly more challenging and are between 10 and 12 miles (16-19 km) long and don't include a pub lunch but instead stop for a packed lunch along the way. At 4.00pm all the groups meet back at the coach and return back to the University, arriving no later than 6.00pm.

Tickets for this trip go on sale Monday of week 8.
A view around Staithes to Whitby

What to Bring

We run both medium and long walks - if you choose the medium walk, please bring money for a pub lunch, as not all places take card payments, and if you choose to do the long walk, please bring a packed lunch, as there is no guarantee that you'll be able to buy food when we get there.

Please wear appropriate clothing for a walk in the Yorkshire countryside! Walking boots are best, but if you don't have any, sturdy trainers or wellies should be fine. Also please avoid wearing jeans, because they get very unpleasant to wear when it rains. As this is Yorkshire, you should always be prepared for rain, no matter HOW sunny it looks, so remember to bring waterproofs or other appropriate wet weather gear.

When and Where to Meet Us

We meet near the white benches outside the Roger Kirk Centre in James College at 8.45am. Arrival time back to campus varies depending on where we are walking but we're normally back between 5-6pm.


These walks are open to everyone, the prices are as follows: Students with the Normal Membership or Ben Lairig Memebership pay £7, and non-members pay £9. To book a place on the trip, you must purchase a ticket from the YUSU website.

Tickets for the medium route go on sale from Monday - Wednesday of the given timetable week, and the long route tickets are available all week. Everyone purchases the same ticket, and if you're not a member, we'll ask for an extra £2 on the day.

If you wish to join the medium group but didn't purchase a ticket before Wednesday, you can purchase a long route ticket, however you must bring a packed lunch with you, as we can't gurantee you a spot in the pub for food!