A CAMPAIGN to improve access to the countryside around Whitby will raise the profile of the historic port across the globe after turning to the boom in social media websites.
Gateway, the group behind the campaign, is launching its new website today following a funding boost from the North York Moors National Park and Scarborough Borough Council.
The site features information on the group’s current and future projects, including improving the old Scarborough to Whitby railway line, known as the Cinder Path, as well as links to the group’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Geoff Wilson, chairman of Gateway, which was formed in 2010, said: “We are delighted to be able to start 2012 with the launch of our website and we hope that many local people as well as those further afield will visit it.
“The site carries many links to local and national organisations such as Groundwork, the North York Moors National Park, Scarborough Borough Council and Sustrans.
It will also play its part in promoting the town around the world.”
Gateway volunteers and Scarborough Borough Council staff are preparing to start improvement work on the Ruswarp to Whitby Monks’ Trod – an ancient footpath once used by ministering monks visiting the poor.
Work will include replacing the bench at the top of Fitz Steps and laying cinders on the muddy section between the Monkey Bridge steps from the Cinder Track to the Trod.
The group’s next major project will see the creation of a new Riverside Walk from Whitby to Ruswarp following the railway line, which has been made possible following the erection of a fence alongside the track.
The walk will join up with the Monks’ Trod, creating a safe circular walk of around two miles.
“This will be a great facility for local people and visitors who can easily use public transport to access it,” said Mr Wilson.