Coastliner Way

In 2015 we completed our own ‘Coast to Coast Walk’ from Liverpool to Flamborough and for the second half of the walk (from Leeds to the east coast) our route ran roughly parallel to the route taken by the Coastliner bus and we used that bus each day to get back to our parked car. The thought crossed our minds that the route we had taken from Leeds to the coast could, with just a little tweaking, be made into a Long Distance Walk. That’s what we have done and we are calling the walk ‘Coastliner Way’. The attraction of the Walk is that each leg starts and finishes at a Coastliner bus stop. This means that, apart from getting to the start of a walk, there is no need to use private transport.

As far as the route itself is concerned, we first walk from Leeds to Malton. From there, three separate branches, corresponding to the 840, 843 and 845 Coastliner buses, lead to Whitby, Scarborough and Filey/Bridlington respectively, giving walkers a choice of routes to the coast.

Coastliner Way Overall Route

Each leg of the walk averages about 7 miles long. Total distances (including the three separate branches) add up to about 170 miles.

Natural England (formerly English Nature) has divided England into 159 distinct natural areas. These are known as National Character Areas (NCAs). Each is defined by a unique combination of landscape, biodiversity, geodiversity, history, and cultural and economic activity. (Their boundaries follow natural lines in the landscape rather than administrative boundaries.) The course of the Coastliner Way passes through seven of these different Areas. This means that a great variety of Yorkshire scenery and history can be observed.

Coastliner Way and Natural England NCAs

To read more about the seven different areas click here: Coastliner Way National Character Areas

Unlike our previously devised long distance walks, the Coastliner Way is not being published as a printed guide book. Instead walkers can print out details of the different walks from our website. We should point out that, in order to get virtually free Ordnance Survey mapping, we have opted to go for 1:50,000 scale maps instead of the 1:25,000 scale that we have used in our earlier walking books.

Although the route descriptions and maps are technically free to print out from our website, we would ask you to make a voluntary donation to Christian Aid. A generous offering would be greatly appreciated and you can make your gift by clicking on this Just Giving link.

Christian Aid is the Churches’ development charity that works for the relief of poverty among some of the world’s poorest communities. Christian Aid works through partner organisations in the recipient countries and never gives money to Governments.

The inauguration of the Coastliner Way (the ‘Launch Day’) takes place at the end of Christian Aid Week on Saturday 20 May 2017. The plan is that walking friends, walking groups, or Christian Aid supporters will opt to complete one or more of the 23 legs so that the whole 170 miles will be covered on the same day. Hopefully, those taking part will be able to get a reasonable sum in sponsorship donations.

Happy Coastlining!
John and Nancy Eckersley

Click the links below to be taken to each walk:

Coastliner Way Mileage Chart for Walk Stages

(Note: all three buses use the same route to Malton. After that, the 840 goes to Whitby, the 843 to Scarborough, the 845 to Filey/Bridlington)

Walk Leg miles
(approx)
Cum miles
(approx)
Landranger
Map
NCAs
ALL ROUTES (840, 843, 845 buses)
1 Leeds Town Hall to Kiddal Lane End 12.0 12.0 104 38 & 30
2 Kiddal Lane End to Tadcaster 9.1 21.1 (104) & 105 30
3 Tadcaster to Copmanthorpe 5.8 26.9 105 (30) & 28
4 Copmanthorpe to York Station 6.5 33.4 105 28
5 York Station to Stockton on the Forest 7.4 40.8 105 28
6 Stockton on the Forest to A64 (Harton Garage) 5.6 46.4 105 & 100 28
7 Harton Garage to Whitwell-on-the-Hill 6.9 53.3 100 28 & 29
8 Whitwell-on-the-Hill to Malton 8.8 62.1 100 29
WHITBY ROUTE (840 bus)
9 Malton to Kirby Misperton 7.2 69.3 100 26
10 Kirby Misperton to Pickering 4.2 73.5 100 26
11 Pickering to Fox and Rabbit 8.1 81.6 100 25
12 Fox and Rabbit to Hole of Horcum 6.7 88.3 100 & 101 25
13 Hole of Horcum to Goathland 7.6 95.9 100, 101 & 94 25
14 Goathland to Sleights 9.2 105.1 94 25
15 Sleights to Whitby 5.0 110.1 94 25
SCARBOROUGH/BRIDLINGTON ROUTES TOGETHER (843, 845)
16 Malton to Rillington 8.5 118.6 100 & 101 27
17 Rillington to Sherburn 9.4 128.0 101 27
18 Sherburn to Staxton (via RAF Station) 6.5 134.5 101 27
SCARBOROUGH ROUTE ALONE (843)
19 Staxton to Eastfield 4.2 138.7 101 26
20 Eastfield to Scarborough 5.8 144.5 101 26 & 25
FILEY/BRIDLINGTON ROUTE ALONE (845)
21 Staxton village to Muston 7.8 152.3 101 27 & 26
22 Muston to Reighton 6.6 158.9 101 26
23 Reighton to Bridlington 10.4 169.3 101 27 &(40)
Total mileage: about 170  

Acknowledgements

The two people who deserve our greatest thanks are Liz and Phil. Liz taught Nancy how to master basic computer skills and Phil set up our website for us a number of years ago and has faithfully (willingly and ungrudgingly) managed it for us since. To both we owe a great debt of gratitude.

Other people we need to thank are: John Sparshatt of the Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA) who first suggested the idea of putting the walk onto our website. Mark Phillips and Neil Coles of Natural England for their very positive response to our idea of using the NCAs as integral features of the walks. Bernie McLinden and his colleagues at the NYM National Park for help in ensuring the clearance of overgrown paths. The three farmers, George Featherstone, Andrew Retty, and Alec Ward who have generously allowed access over their land at Kirby Misperton.

Nancy’s sister, Kathy Carter, has once again given us valuable help in proof-reading the route navigation material. Steph Cooper from Christian Aid has given us constant encouragement and help as the project as developed. Finally, we wish to thank all those ‘willing volunteers’ who muffled their cries of anguish as we twisted their arms up their backs and asked them to take part in the inaugural Launch Day walks. To all of you, our very warm and sincere thanks.

References

We have used a variety of sources for the information included in the ‘Special interest’ sections of each of the 23 walks. Numerous places have their own websites; we have used these sources and included their web addresses for further details. Several locations have their own written materials and information from these documents has sometimes been used. Teaching friends will flinch with horror at this confession – in some cases we have included facts lifted from Wikipedia.

The following books and booklets have been valuable:
E. Ogilvie and A. Sleightholme, Crosses on the North Yorkshire Moors
L. Graham, Crosses of the North York Moors
N. Rhea, Portrait of the North York Moors
A.H. Smith, Place Names of the East/West/North Riding(s) of Yorkshire
J.E. Eckersley & R. Pickles, Whitby Abbeylands Walks