Your Day Out: Jolly old Burniston stroll

The walk from Burniston starts at the Three Jolly Sailors public house.
The walk from Burniston starts at the Three Jolly Sailors public house.

This beautiful, varied route has remarkable views throughout and presents easy walking for all to enjoy.

Commencing from Burniston village, it is accessed by private or public transport to the Three Jolly Sailors, where you may choose to dine later.

The walk from Burniston starts at the Three Jolly Sailors.

The walk from Burniston starts at the Three Jolly Sailors.

I suggest parking in the adjacent Rocks Lane, or nearby, or you can drive to Crook Ness Car Park (see map) and start from there to enjoy the coastal route.

Crook Ness is on the North Yorks and Heritage Coast.

It boasts a spectacular coastline which was given special protection status in 1974 due to the area’s amazing land and seascape.

Back in Victorian times, the ravine was used as a route to the shore to gather rocks and stones for road building in the area.

Old photographs give evidence of donkeys carrying panniers laden with stone.

The walk

Start from the Three Jolly Sailors. Take Rocks Lane and follow it over the little bridge and beneath the disused railway tunnel into Field Lane.

Your direct route gently ascends towards the Cliff Top House Boarding Kennels.

Here turn right on the lane to Crook Ness Car Park.

Parking near the litter bin you’ll observe footpaths indicated. One leads down the ravine to the beach, which I suggest you leave until after the walk.

Instead, follow the footpath past the attractive information board, and keep to the edge of the cornfield.

You are now on the Cleveland Way, and heading north it’s your choice as how you wish to walk before re-tracing your steps to your chosen departure point, or returning on the disused railway track where this may be an option.

Stay on the Cleveland Way footpath which hugs the cliff edge. Be warned: the cliff edge is eroding and long grasses conceal the fragile extremity.

Keep dogs and children under control for safety!

You may not meet a soul along here. Just listen to the lapping of the waves on the shore, the wind waving in the grasses, the distant call of the curlew or the ‘Kleep’ of the oystercatchers.

You’ll find a handsome seat very shortly and then just ahead features the Long Nab Coastguard Station.

Heading due north to Hundale Point, the Cleveland Way turns west before continuing north with views over Cloughton Wyke and the Salt Pans.

Look out for wild flowers on your return to Crook Ness. Most have seeded, but a few bird’s foot trefoil, yarrow, white clover, ladies’ bedstraw and the odd knapweed may be spotted.

Our highlight was a parasol mushroom, 7” across and an edible species, too!

A crab apple tree bore green and bright red fruits, which are too sour to eat at the moment.

On one occasion we found a grass snake.

Now you may have time to descend from Crook Ness Car Park to the beach, which could be interesting at low tide.

A large, three toed fossil imprint of a dinosaur may be discovered, though no bones have yet been found.

Look out for fossils amongst the rocks, but you’re advised not to vandalise the beach by smashing rocks open.

Look into the rock pools left by the receding tide and you’ll find limpets and acorn barnacles on the rocks.

Dog whelks, anemones, blennies, butterfish and small crabs and lobsters may be found concealed beneath stones and in crevices.

Please remember to replace any stone, as the sea creatures choose to live in the shade, not the sunlight.

Enjoy your day on the cliffs and the beach.

Please take note of the tides and don’t get cut off by the incoming water!

Have a picnic or take refreshment at the Three Jolly Sailors after your walk.

Walk details

Distance: 5.5 miles from Three Jolly Sailors to Cloughton Wyke and return.

Refreshment: The Three Jolly Sailors, a picnic, or The Red Lion on the A165 Burniston Road.

Transport: Arriva Route X93, Scarborough and District numbers 15 and 115 Cloughton and Ravenscar buses.

Reference: Explorer Map OL27. Ordnance Survey North York Moors Eastern area (scale two and a half inches to one mile).