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Hinderwell Village


Local Amenities
Location Map
Accommodation in Hinderwell
Local Sights
Community Groups
Heritage (History, Geology & Archaeology)

Thatched roof cottage in the village of Hinderwell

Hidden corner of Hinderwell

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Situated on the route of the A174 Saltburn to Whitby main road, Hinderwell is consequently a busy village.

Hinderwell Parish

The five villages of Hinderwell, Port Mulgrave, Runswick Bay, Staithes and Dalehouse constitute the Parish of Hinderwell. This is the largest and most northerly parish in the Scarborough Borough Council area, forming the boundary with Redcar and Cleveland. It covers an area of 1659 acres and has a population of 2,315.

Local Amenities

Although part of the main thoroughfare, Hindewell has its root firmly set in an agricultural background.

Hinderwell is a busy village which is often used as a stopping place for visitors to the area, amenities available include:

  • public houses
  • shops
  • post office
  • post box
  • public phone box
  • church - St Hilda with Roxby C of E
  • church hall
  • village hall
  • tennis courts
  • garage
  • Local bus service

The prefix of the Post Code for Hinderwell is TS13-5.

Hinderwell Village Hall

10 miles north of Whitby on A174

Seats 100
Public Entertainment Licence
Catering Services Available

Available to hire for:-

  • Private Parties
  • Seminars
  • Meetings
  • Group Activities
  • Art exhibitions

Further Information go to the village hall website at

The village hall in Hinderwell

Available for hire,
Hinderwell village hall.

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Hinderwell is located in grid C4 community location map

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Accommodation in Hinderwell

Hinderwell can offer visitors B&B, Self Catering and camping/caravaning accommodation. We do not currently have any actual accommodation listed in Hinderwell, but hope to be able to bring you details soon.

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Local Sights

Hinderwell provides a good base from which to explore the nearby National Trust sites and country walks.

Set in traditional farmland, Hinderwell provides an ideal base from which to visit nearby communities such as Runswick Bay and Staithes.

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Community Groups

The following is are details of local none profit making Community Service Group or Registered Charitable Organisation, serving this community.

There are many community groups serving the area and it our intention to bring you details of their activities, if you are an organiser or member of a group or organisation and would like to see your details here, please contact us on

A row of cottage in the village of Hinderwell

Hidden view of Hinderwell

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Hinderwell, once an Urban Council area, is the centre of the local parish. Mentioned in the Domesday Book as Hildrewell, a derivation of Hilda's Well. a name taken up after St. Hilda, the Abbess of Whitby, whilst travelling through the parish, was asked to intercede in a drought. Her prayers were answered and the spring which appeared near the site of the present Parish Church has continued to bubble from the hillside to this day. The waters were said to have healing properties particularly for eye diseases, and became a small place of pilgrimage during the Middle Ages.

Industrial past

During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the fishing and ironstone industries thrived in the parish, and Staithes became the principal fishing port on this part of the Yorkshire Coast. Fishing employed almost one thousand men in boat building, sailmaking, fish curing and the transportation and selling of fish. The ironstone mines at Grinkle, became uneconomical and had closed by the early part of the twentieth century.

The Railway and Tourism

The arrival of the railway in 1883 opened the area to tourists, and the twentieth century saw a gradual increase in the number of visitors to the parish. The breath taking cliff scenery, fine beaches, surrounding countryside, picturesque fishing villages and the close proximity to the larger tourist attractions in Whitby, Scarborough and the North York Moors National Park, has made the area a favourite with many tourists who often return for further holidays. The line, and stations at Hinderwell and Staithes closed in May 1958.

The Cleveland Bay

Touring the region you will see many a public house named after the Cleveland Bay, a breed of horse, indigenous to the area. Originating as pack horse of the Middle Ages which was then known as the Chapman Horse. Favoured in the Royal Mews in London the Cleveland Bay has acquired a world-wide popularity. The annual Horse and Agricultural Show in Hinderwell, is often referred to as the home of the Cleveland Bay, where the ancient breed can still be seen at its best.
After much cross breeding of the Chapman Horse with other horses such as the Andalucian the Cleveland Bay was born. Known as an all round horse capable of working the land, pulling coaches and heavily laden carts as well as being a Gentlemens hunting horse and a capable of jumper. The colour of the Cleveland Bay is as it's name suggests always bay.

The Cleveland Bay generally stands between 16 and 16.2hh

Braithwaite Sirius a fine example of the Cleveland Bay

Braithwaite Sirius (Cleveland Bay)

If you have any knowledge or have information about local History, Folklore, Geology & Archaeology which you think would be of interest to others please contact us.

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