The Cleveland Way
The Cleveland Way is a National Trail walking route which covers over 100 miles of picturesque North Yorkshire. Most people walk it in the 'clockwise' direction, starting in Helmsley. The route heads west, out to the Yorkshire coast at Saltburn-by-the-Sea. It then begins following the cliff-tops and beaches of North Yorkshire.
On its way south it passes through pretty villages such as Robin Hood's Bay. It also runs through larger towns including Whitby and Scarborough. Ultimately the trail ends in Filey, a small town south of Scarborough.
It has long been a favourite with walkers and trail runners. It can be easily broken up into sections - very few tackle the entire length in one go! From Sandsend why not head north to Staithes and Runswick Bay (around 8 miles), or south to Robin Hood's Bay (about 9 miles). Whichever way you head, you'll enjoy wonderful views of this stretch of coastline.
Mulgrave Woods is privately owned by the Mulgrave Estate. From Sandsend there are a couple of entrances - one in The Valley, near The Woodlands and another from the car park near the Bridge Cottage Bistro.
The Estate manage the woodland, growing trees and producing firewood. As a result it is only open to the public on Wednesdays and Saturdays. It's closed entirely through May.
There is a network of footpaths and trails through the woods, leading to various other entrances. The highlight of a wander around Mulgrave Woods is finding the ruins of the old Mulgrave Castle, which is a fantastic picnic spot. From here you can look across the valley to the Mulgrave mansion, home to the Marquis & Marchioness of Normanby.
The woods are well used by locals and visitors, a haven for wildlife too. Watch out for fish in the stream and heron over head!
If you head inland from Sandsend you'll find a number of footpaths and trails. There are a handful of quiet country lanes to explore, which lead towards the villages of Dunsley, Newholm and Lythe. Watch out for footpath signs leading off in all directions - some towards Whitby, others inland or following the coast. There's lots to explore!
If you wander through Raithwaite Estate, past the lake, you'll find yourselves in woodland which leads either across to Newholm or to the back of the Mulgrave Estate.
There are lots of options, depending on whether you want a circular route or not and how far you're happy to walk. If you're happy to plan your own routes then get hold of an Ordnance Survey map. If not, various books and guides are available locally.
Sandsend is a great place to finish a walk, with excellent cafes serving delicious refreshments. So why not get a bus up or down the coast, then walk back? There's nothing better on a sunny day!