NYM - Map of Runswick Walk.
From the village of Hinderwell (on street parking) head North on the main road past the Badger Hound pub, take a road on the right which runs out to the cliffs at Port Mulgrave. Once at the cliffs, turn left (North) onto the Cleveland Way, still following the road for a short distance before coming to grassy footpath. The footpath skirts Beacon Hill on the cliffs before coming inland slightly above Old Nab. Join a fenced track which leads to the top of steps which then drop down into Old Staithes. The path leads directly to the harbour front. (We got 'lost' in the myriad of little alleys and steps in Staithes, so it may be wise to follow the main street uphill back to the main road (A174) once on the main road, turn left to reach the Co-op). The next track is opposite the Co-op. It is grassy and runs between fences to Seaton Hall, it then drops downhill into a small stand of caravans, don't cross the pretty footbridge to the right! Cross a small beck, then stay to the left of Mounter Beck as it enters Oakrigg Wood. The tracks undulates and zig-zags through the woods, stay on the lower path near the beck without crossing it, and after about a mile you will reach open pasture at the corner of a field. The path stays within the boundry of the wood for a short while before becoming a track on fields. The track is straight and obvious and leads onto the road near Newton Mulgrave.
Turn left onto the road and through the hamlet of Newton Mulgrave. At the far end of the village, take a footpath on a farm track to the right, follow this for 2 fields. At the third field the path goes left then right to follow the edge of the field. In the 4th field (at the time of writing) the route is not visible on the ground so head straight across the field then look for the small footbridge hidden in the hedge! Once over the bridge, the route is more obvious as it crosses two more fields to emerge in Ellerby at the side of some houses. Turn right in Ellerby, past the pub then left at the T-junction and onto the A174. Take the track directly opposite, this runs pretty much straight ahead over 4 fields to meet Coverdale Lane. Turn left onto the lane and follow it, after half a mile or so it crosses the old railway line, keep going as it becomes a rougher track obviously leading to the coast. After passing through what looks like a cobbled parking area, the path drops steeply downhill through trees and scrub, it is very muddy here, eventually coming out on the beach at Runswick Bay.
Turn left on the sands and head for the slipway up into Runswick. Keep climbing from the slipway up the obvious main road, ie up the big steep hill to Runswick Bank Top. Go past the Pub on Runswick Lane for 1 more mile, back into Hinderwell.