In the 1960s, over 5,000 miles of railway lines were axed, despite the public campaign to preserve scenic coastal lines.
Today, we can still enjoy these areas of outstanding natural beauty by bike, on foot, or on horseback. We’re exploring some of the best greenways, and this week’s ride goes along the Cinder Track on the edge of the North York Moors.
Words: Maria David
The ride: Cinder Track, North Yorkshire
Where: Scarborough to Whitby
How far: 21 miles
This was originally the Scarborough and Whitby railway which opened in 1885, carrying pleasure-seekers from the town. Naturally, this was a popular line in the summer, but it was often fraught with delays and technical problems due to trains negotiating tricky junctions, hills, and slippery rails from the mist and rain. Eventually the line was closed in 1965 as part of the Beeching cuts, despite the public outcry to keep open this very popular line.
Thanks to the loss of the line, we get to enjoy 21 miles of the most scenic stretches of greenway in the country by bike.
“It is just a delight to ride in all weathers. There are numerous places to stop and admire the view, plus cafes and pubs along the way.”
Local rider, Lorraine Naylor is an experienced mountain biker and secretary at Richardson’s Cycling Club in Scarborough. She regularly uses the Cinder Track and told us why she enjoys riding on it. She told us: “I love our local Cinder Track. It is just a delight to ride in all weathers. There are numerous places to stop and admire the view, plus cafes and pubs along the way. I use it regularly to get to work and for leisure riding. There are always interesting people to meet along the way. We use it for club rides in all seasons and it’s great for beginners as it avoids the main roads and hills!!”