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Raincliffe Woods Circular

MODERATE 4 reviews

Raincliffe Woods Circular is a 8.4 kilometer loop trail located near Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Distance: 8.4 km Elevation Gain: 314 m Route Type: Loop


nature trips


bird watching



A circular walk through the ancient Raincliffe Woods on the edge of the North York Moors. The walk meanders though beautiful ancient woodlands along mostly dirt tracks that can get very muddy in wet weather. There are no stiles and the walk includes several climbs and descents, one climb being fairly steep. Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours. Raincliffe Woods has been described as the "creme de la creme of woodland" by the Woodland Trust and comprises more that 400 acres of open access mainly deciduous woodlands. The woods are designated as Planted Ancient Woodland with some areas of Ancient Semi Natural Woodland. The woods are home to a very large range of native trees with some management to remove unwanted species from the area. In June, when the walk was completed, the paths were surrounded by a wide variety of wild flowers including bluebells and wild garlic.

4 months ago

Beautiful carpets of bluebells and aromatic wild garlic mid-May. Good directions overall but sometimes difficult to gauge distance due to nature of trail and to distinguish the correct path through the woods. Although muddy in places after recent rain, it was easy to make little detours to avoid the worst.

10 months ago

Really nice walk in the Autumn, some uphill sections but not too difficult, well worth it.

14 days ago

4 months ago

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