Top YouTuber puts Route YC to the test

Whitby Abbey viewed through the whale bones

Whitby native and social media adventurer Paul Hayes, who’s otherwise known as Haze Outdoors, recently put the latest long distance touring route to the test.

Route YC showcases the Yorkshire coastline and has been set up in the hope of promoting this part of England in a similar way to Scotland’s North Coast 500.

Mr Hayes, along with close friend Joey, documented his trip to the North Yorkshire coast with a YouTube video, which has received more than 38,000 views at the time of writing.

The pair camped on the route, swam in the sea, foraged for wild garlic and cooked lobster on an open fire as they discovered the best the new route has to offer.

They also cycled the Cinder Track, climbed Whitby’s iconic 199 steps and enjoyed refreshments at the Green Dragon Ale House.

Mr Hayes said: “To explore Whitby and the immediate surrounding area was like a dream come true and it helped us reconnect with the place that we grew up in.

“We found some places that we never even knew existed and all in all, just had a mint laugh.”

He added that the video format is a bit of a departure from the usual camping content he produces for his channel, but making it was really enjoyable.

The Route YC website outlines six itineraries, each based around a different town – Bridlington, Filey, Hornsea, Scarborough, Whitby and Withernsea.

While Mr Hayes and his friend opted for their hometown of Whitby, visitors can take their pick or join sections of the route together to explore more of the Yorkshire coast.

There’s also a guide on the site to help those keen to explore Route YC in a caravan or motorhome. It includes advice on overnight parking and access rights.


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