Cleveland Way - Coast Section

Cleveland Way - Coast Section

A self-guided walk along the stunning Cleveland Heritage Coast from Saltburn-by-the Sea to Filey.

4 to 7 nights
53 miles
Moderate to Demanding / Strenuous

From £410 per person

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About this route

The Heritage Coast Section of the Cleveland Way begins in the Victorian seaside town of Saltburn-by-the-Sea and follows the rugged cliffs to Filey. While the scenery throughout is beautiful, some of the best views can be seen from Boulby, the highest cliffs in England.

Locations of particular interest include Whitby, boasting amazing history, heritage and folklore, and the seaside resort of Scarborough, with its ancient castle providing panoramic views over the Yorkshire coastline. This walk, marked by picturesque fishing villages and with a wealth of maritime and literary history, is a fantastic way to experience the Cleveland Way.

© Contours Walking Holidays Cleveland Way - Coast Section map
Saltburn-by-the-Sea to Filey
53 miles (85 km)
28th March to 30th October

Holiday highlights

Admiring the extensive views from Boulby, the highest cliffs in England.

Wandering through the fascinating features of Whitby, including the whalebone arch, Whitby Abbey and St Mary’s Church.

Experiencing the many quaint fishing villages and lively coastal towns along this spectacular piece of Yorkshire coastline.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
CLEVWC1 From Saltburn-by-the-Sea to Filey 4 nights, 3 days walking Demanding / Strenuous£410
CLEVWC2 From Saltburn-by-the-Sea to Filey 5 nights, 4 days walking Demanding£515
CLEVWC3 From Saltburn-by-the-Sea to Filey 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate£615
CLEVWC4 From Saltburn-by-the-Sea to Filey 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate£720

Cleveland Way - Coast Section 4 nights, 3 days walking

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Important information

Please note that the Filey overnight stop is currently proving difficult to book. If you are looking to book this tour, a transfer to a nearby town, or an upgrade fee to expand the accommodation options available to more expensive properties may be necessary. Please note your preference in the additional info field at the end of the booking form, or contact us directly if you wish to go ahead.


Travel to Saltburn-by-the-Sea where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Saltburn-by-the-Sea to Whitby. 20.5 miles (33km) / 2805 ft (855 m) ascent

Day 2

Whitby to Hayburn Wyke(L). 15 miles (24km) / 1913 ft (583 m) ascent

Day 3

Hayburn Wyke(L) to Filey. 17.5 miles (28km) / 2073 ft (632 m) ascent


Depart from Filey after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£55.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Filey)
Price on request
Extra night (Saltburn-by-the-Sea)
Price on request

What's included?

  • 4 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

A popular choice for an extra night is the historic seaport of Whitby, which boasts an attractive harbour, atmospheric ruined abbey, Captain Cook Museum, Lifeboat Museum, Whitby Museum and St Mary's Church. The interior of this intriguing church was altered in 1612 to resemble the lower deck of a wooden sailing ship.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Filey)
Price on request
Extra night (Saltburn-by-the-Sea)
Price on request

Tour Facts

Total distance: 53 miles (85 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 15 miles (24 km)
Maximum daily distance: 20.5 miles (33 km)
Code: CLEVWC1 Grade: Demanding / Strenuous
Season: 28th March - 30th October
Start of holiday: Saltburn-by-the-Sea
End of holiday: Filey

Route Profile

Cleveland Way - Coast Section Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Leeds-Bradford, Manchester and Durham Tees Valley.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Saltburn) and also at the end of the trail (Filey).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Saltburn-by-the-Sea and from Filey.

From London - Trains run from London Kings Cross station to Saltburn.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to catch the train from Filey to Saltburn-by-the-Sea. However, journey times do fluctuate, especially at weekends, so another option would be to take the train from Scarborough to Filey. Then take a bus to Whitby, followed by another bus to Saltburn. Check Traveline and National Rail Enquiries for the best option for the time you wish to travel.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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Customer reviews from the Cleveland Way - Coast Section

“One of the best holidays we have had. Accommodation, owners, directions and locations all perfect. Many thanks. We will be using Contours again.”
Mr Pickup, UK
“Easy cliff top walking along the beautiful Yorkshire Coast, blessed by glorious weather. Very well signposted throughout. One of our best Contours walks to date.”
Mr Parkinson, UK
“The scenery was beautiful at every turn and the weather a huge bonus (t-shirt and shorts weather late September) Having our baggage transferred each day was great and the variety of B & Bs we stayed in was interesting. Each day's walking featured different highlights.”
Mrs Simpson, UK
“In an itinerary that is complex and involving the schedule we experienced, it was very satisfying to see the whole experience well organised and your pack and information worked extremely well... I would use your services again. Overall, every accommodation provider... had a great welcome and their staff were all very good, friendly, attentive and very personable. Covid procedures were in all cases well documented and executed. Some places were more rigorous than others but we were very pleased to comply and conform, it gave us a feeling of confidence in the accommodation.”
Mr Perry, UK
“The holiday arrangements worked very smoothly with the baggage transfer, route details and selected accommodations. I would highly recommend this company for your dog friendly walking holidays.”
Miss Wilkinson, UK
“Staithes, Robin Hood's Bay, Scarborough and Filey all delightful, and Contours served us typically well with accommodation, seemless luggage transfers, and flexibility when needed.”
Mr Jarvie, UK
“Stunningly beautiful walk, very enjoyable, would do it again.”
Ms Unwin, UK
“A lovely coastal walk with accommodation and luggage transfer well organised.”
Mr Pearson, UK