North York Moors Walks
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|Blue Man Walk||16 miles (26 km)||This woodland walk takes you through Broxa Forest, Dalby Forest and Langdale Forest in the North York Moors National Park. The walk starts at Reasty Bank Top Car Park and follows forest roads, earth tracks and paths through the coniferous forests to Allerston. There are some steeps climbs but also some splendid views of the North York Moors countryside to enjoy.|
|Boltby Forest||8 miles (13 km)||This large area of coniferous woodland on the western edge of the North York Moors is very popular with mountain bikers and walkers. |
You can start off at the Sneck Yake car park a couple of miles east of Boltby village. There's miles of tracks, bridleways and footpaths to try with fantastic views over the moors from the forest's elevated position. See the video below for an example of the jumps and bumps you will find on the downhill track in the woods.
The Cleveland Way national trail skirts the eastern edge of the forest so you could pick this up to further explore the Hambleton Hills area of the moors. Heading north will take you to the 1,308 feet (400 m) high Black Hambleton and then on to Silton Forest where there are more off roading oppportunites.
|Bridestones||2 miles (3 km)||Visit these fascinating sandstone sculptures on this splendid walk in Dalby Forest. The geologically significant area dates back to the Jurassic period 150 million years ago. The Bridestones is a nature reserve with good footpaths taking you around the rocks to woodland and meadows with fabulous views from the reserve's elevated position. The area is run by the National Trust so there is a car park off Dalby Forest Drive near Staindale Lake and Adderstone Wood. From here you can pick up the walking trails taking you up to the stones. It's great in the summer with lots of wildflowers, heather, butterflies and birds to look out for.|
There are good options for extending your walk. You can pick up the footpath along the Staindale Beck or around Staindale Lake. The wider area of Dalby Forest has several different cycling and walking trails to try. A couple of miles to the west is the wonderful natural amphitheatre of the Hole of Horcum. There's more good trails to follow here through moorland and woodland.
Langdale Forest is also just to the east.
The Tabular Hills Walk long distance trail also runs past the site. You can follow it Dalby Forest and the Hole of Horcum.
|Broxa Forest||3 miles (5 km)||Visit this large forest on the North York Moors and enjoy miles of good woodland trails. The woods are in an elevated position so there are great views across the moors and Harwood Dale from the escarpment edge. There's good trails for mountain bikers with the Moors to Sea cycle route passing through the woods. Broxa Forest is also popular with bird watchers looking for the elusive nightjar.|
This circular route starts at the Reasty Hill Top car park and takes you along bridleways in the northern and central section of the forest. Park at the car park at the north eastern part of the forest and then pick up the trail west towards Ward Hill. You can extend your outing by continuing west towards Langdale End and Langdale Forest as shown in the video below. If you keep heading west you can also visit Hingles Wood and the River Derwent which runs past the western end of the woods. Heading south from the car park will take you along Whisper Dales Beck to Broxa.
If you head north you will come to the pretty village of Harwood Dale with it's old church and the Harwood Dale Beck. Harwood Dale Forest lies just to the north of the village and has nearly 2000 acres of woodland trails to try.
|Captain Cook's Monument||6 miles (10 km)||Enjoy a walk from Great Ayton to this iconic landmark on Easby Moor. Captain Cook's Monument is an obelisk 60 ft (18 m) high in memory of the great British explorer. This walk starts in the village of Great Ayton and climbs to the monument through woodland and moorland. You then pick up the Cleveland Way to take you across Great Ayton Moor to the wonderful Roseberry Topping. This distinctive hill commands wonderful views across the Cleveland Plain towards the Pennine Hills. The route then descends from Roseberry Topping to Great Ayton and the finish point.|
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could climb Roseberry Topping on the National Trust walk or continue east along the Cleveland Way towards Guisborough Forest and Walkway.
|Cleveland Way||109 miles (176 km)||This wonderful trail runs from Helmsley to Filey, taking you through the beautiful North York Moors national park, atop the Hambleton Hills ridge and along the stunning North Yorkshire coastline.|
The trail begins in Helmsley, with the first section taking you through the heather moorland of the North York Moors, before arriving at Saltburn to begin the coastal stretch. You then pass through a series of lovely coastal towns, including Whitby, Robin's Hood Bay and Scarbrough, while enjoying some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the country.
The trail is coincident with the Lyke Wake Walk for a long section around around Osmotherly. The challenging walk crosses is a complete crossing of the North Yorkshire Moors from west to east.
|Cod Beck Reservoir||1 miles (2 km)||Enjoy a short walk around this pretty reservoir on the western edge of the North York Moors. It's a very popular beauty spot with the lovely waters surrounded by attractive woodland and moorland scenery. You can follow the circular walking trail around the reservoir. It runs for roughly 1.5 miles so it's about a 40 minute stroll. For cyclists there is a country lane to follow along the western side. There's also a traffic free National Cycle Network path running along the southern side of the reservoir next to the dam. It runs along route 65 through the woodland on the eastern side of the reservoir.|
You can start your walk from the car park at the northern end of the water. Then head south to pick up the waterside trail. There's a picnic area at the southern end of the water in the woodland area.
The Lyke Wake Walk starts from the car park so this is a good option if you'd like to continue your walking in the North York Moors. The Cleveland Way also passes nearby. You could follow the trails to nearby Arncliffe Wood or head south to the reservoirs on Thimbleby Moor.
|Cropton Forest||6 miles (9 km)||This large area of coniferous woodland on the North York Moors has miles of footpaths and bridleways for walkers and mountain bikers. This route starts from Levisham train station where you can pick up the tracks into the forest. The trails are on nice wide paths with some climbs and fast descents to enjoy. Keep your eyes peeled for deer as you make your way through the woods.|
The Tabular Hills Walk passes the southern edge of the woods near Levisham. You could pick up this long distance trail and follow it to the nearby Hole of Horcum to extend your outing.
|Dalby Forest||5 miles (8.5 km)||Enjoy miles of cycling and walking trails in this large forest in the North York Moors. The forest has lots of different cycling trails to try. These range from easy family routes to challenging trails for experienced mountain bikers. You can hire a bike and then pick one of the colour coded trails. The easy green route is a great one for families while the 21 mile red route is a more challenging single track trail. The trails start from the Dalby Visitor Centre on Dalby Forest Drive. There's also miles of country lanes to follow through the forest and its surrounding area.|
For walkers there are also several good trails to choose from. The trails are of varying lengths and difficulty. You can try easy waterside walks around the pretty Staindale Lake or along Ellerburn Beck. There are also longer walks to the sandstone sculptures of the Bridestones or to Adderstone Rigg.
This area of the North York Moors is great for walking and cycling with Wykeham Forest just a few miles to the east. Here you'll find more mountain bike trails and some climbs to great viewpoints.
The Tabular Hills Walk long distance trail also runs through the woods. The waymarked 48 mile trail takes you across the southern boundary of the North York Moors National Park from Scarborough to Helmsley.
|Danby Beacon||6 miles (9.5 km)||This circular walk from the village of Danby climbs to Danby Beacon for wonderful views over the Fryup dales. It follows quiet country lanes for most of route with splendid views of the heather covered moors and the River Esk. You'll also pass the excellent Moors National Park Centre with information, exhibitions and refreshments set in 13 acres of grounds on the banks of the River Esk. The walk passes the village of Houlsyke and the remains of the 14th century Danby Castle. Now a working farm the castle was once inhabited by Catherine Parr before she became the sixth wife of Henry VIII.|
The walk starts in centre of Danby where parking is available. Danby also has a train station near the route start.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then you could head a few miles north to Scaling Dam where there is a delightful nature reserve and reservoir.
|Dane's Dyke||1 miles (2 km)||These delightful little woods near Flamborough are perfect for a peaceful afternoon's stroll. The woods are located right next to the coast, just east of Sewerby Hall. In February you will find snowdrops covering the area, while in spring carpets of bluebells appear. |
The area is also a nature reserve so look out for wildlife including deer, squirrels and a variety of woodland birds.
You can start your walk from the car park just off the Flamborough Road. From here you can pick up the nice woodland footpaths which will take you around the site, including a visit to the lovely beach. There's nice coastal views towards Bridlington from the cliff tops.
The woods are located very close to Flamborough Head which is a great place for extending your walk. The splendid area includes towering white chalk cliffs, coves, caves, pretty bays and the oldest surviving lighthouse in Britain.
Just up from Flamborough Head is the splendid Bempton Cliffs. The area is a RSPB Nature Reserve and considered the best place in England to watch seabirds.
|Duncombe Park||2 miles (4 km)||Enjoy woodland trails, a spectacular landscaped garden and the National Centre for Birds of Prey in this large park and nature reserve in Helmsley, Yorkshire.|
You can enjoy a gentle stroll around the 35 acre 18th century green gardens. Here you will find a great lawn, terraces, temples, a yew tree walk and the scented 'secret garden'. Continue into the wider estate and you can visit the deer parks, explore large areas of woodland and enjoy a waterside stroll along the River Rye.
At the National Centre for Birds of Prey you can see owls, falcons, hawks, buzzards and eagles.
If you'd like to extend your walk you could follow the Cleveland Way to Rievaulx Abbey.
A few miles south east of the park you will find the 17th century manor house of Nunnington Hall. Here you can try the circular Nunnington and the River Rye Walk which explores the countryside surrounding the hall.
|Falling Foss||2 miles (2.5 km)||This walk visits the lovely Falling Foss waterfall in the North York Moors.|
The walk starts in the parking area located near the falls and heads through wonderful ancient woodland to the 30ft high falls. Along the way there is a waterside section along the pretty May Beck. There's also lots of little paddling pools and other smaller waterfalls dotted along the walk. Also on the route is the delightful Falling Foss tea rooms which are the perfect place to stop for refreshments.
This is a fairly easy walk with a few small climbs and generally good footpaths.
If you're looking to extend your walking in the area then you could head to the 70 ft high Mallyan Spout Waterfall and enjoy more woodland trails.
|Flamborough Head||7 miles (12 km)||Enjoy some spectacular coastal views on this walk along Flamborough Head in the North York Moors. On the walk you'll pass towering white chalk cliffs, coves, caves, pretty bays and the oldest surviving lighthouse in Britain. The area is also designated as a nature reserve so look out for large seabird colonies including auks, gannets and gulls. In summer you may also see fulmars, herring gulls, kittiwakes, guillemots, razorbills and puffins. In the Holmes area there are also interesting plants and flowers which attract a variety of butterflies.|
This walk starts at the village of Flamborough and picks up a footpath south to the coast. You then head along the coast passing Cross Bow Hill and a radio station beacon. You continue past Selwicks Bay to Thornwick Bay before returning to Flamborough via another countryside footpath.
The East Riding Heritage Way passes through Flamborough Head so you could continue along this path to the nearby Bempton Cliffs where you can see more seabirds.
Also nearby is the pretty Dane's Dyke. These pretty woods have peaceful trails with lots of flora and fauna to look out for.
|Forge Valley Woods||2 miles (3 km)||Follow the waterside trail through this delightful nature reserve in the North York Moors National Park. The route follows a wooden boardwalk through the wooded valley along the River Derwent. There's a wide variety of flora and fauna to look out for in the reserve. This includes wild garlic, wood anemone and broadleaved woodland. Also keep your eyes peeled for deer and woodland birds. It's easy to extend your walking in the area with Raincliffe Woods located just to the north west. The woods have some good mountain bike trails and more walking trails. Also nearby is Wykeham Forest which has some great viewpoints from its elevated position. |
Forge Valley is located just north of the villages of West Ayton and East Ayton. In West Ayton you can visit the 14th ruins of Ayton castle.
|Gormire Lake||4 miles (6 km)||A short and easy walk around this pretty lake in the North York Moors. You can follow a walking trail from the Kilburn White Horse car park to the lake. It's about a 2 mile walk north from the white horse with a woodland section through Hood Grange Wood. After passing along the lake you head past Gormire Rigg before returning on a mixture bridleways and footpaths.|
The walk can be extended to visit Sutton Bank and the Kilburn White Horse. Sutton Bank is a high point in the Hambleton Hills and commands splendid views over the North York Moors, the Vale of York and the Vale of Mowbray.
The Cleveland Way runs past Sutton Bank so you could pick up the trail and head north to further explore the Hambleton Hills.
|Grosmont to Goathland Rail Trail||3 miles (5 km)||Follow the track bed of the original Whitby-to-Pickering railway line on this short, easy walk in the North York Moors. The trail runs from Grosmont to Goathland passing Beck Hole on the way. There's some beautiful Yorkshire countryside and a waterside section along the Murk Esk River to enjoy. The path is generally very good for walking on and you also have the option of taking the North York Moors Steam Railway back to Grosmont. You could also take a short detour to visit the 70ft high Mallyan Spout Waterfall near Goathland.|
|Guisborough Forest and Walkway||6 miles (10 km)||This super country park has cycle trails, walking routes, bridleways, a trim trail and an easier sculpture trail. The park includes the Guisborough Walkway which runs along the former trackbed of the Middlesbrough to Whitby railway line. This includes a wetland area with boardwalks, woodlands and grasslands. You can also climb Highcliff Nab for fabulous views of Teeside and the coast. |
The park is also very popular with mountain bikers with a number of super trails to explore. There is an excellent visitor centre with full details of all the trails in the park.
The Cleveland Street Walk and the Cleveland Way walking routes run through or near the park so there is scope for continuing your walk along these trails.
|Hambleton Hills||20 miles (32 km)||This walk explores the Hambleton Hills range on the western edge of the North York Moors. You'll visit the highest points on the hills with splendid views over the Vale of Mowbray, the River Rye Valley and the Vale of York. The route makes use of the Cleveland Way national trail for the duration of the walk.|
Start your walk at the Kilburn White Horse car park and then head north past the iconic hill figure to the splendid Sutton Bank passing Roulston Scar on the way. The hill at Sutton Bank is the site of one of the most important prehistoric monuments in the region, an Iron Age hill fort dating from about 400 BC.
You continue past Gormire Lake and Hambleton Down before skirting the eastern edge of Boltby Forest. From here you head between Kepwick Moor and Arden Great Moor before coming to Black Hambleton which rises to a height of 1,308 feet (400 m). Take a while to enjoy the fabulous views over the surrounding moorland and woodland before returning on the same footpath.
The video below shows an alternative circular route around Black Hambleton with nice views of Kepwick Moor.
If you continue for a few miles north from Black Hambleton you will come to Osmorthley where you can pick up the Lyke Wake Walk.
|Harwood Dale Forest||5 miles (8 km)||Enjoy a walk through this large forest and around the pretty village of Harwood Dale on this circular route in the North York Moors.|
You can start your walk from the village and then head north to reach the forest. There's lots of footpaths and bridleways to explore the coniferous woodland with its pine and spruce trees, streams and ponds. Look out for wildlife including roe deer, badgers, squirrels, foxes and various woodland birds.
After visiting the forest it's well worth exploring the area around the village. If you head west you can visit the old church and enjoy a stroll along Harwood Dale Beck and Hagg Wood. Just to the south you'll find Broxa Forest, while continuing west will take you past the River Derwent into Langdale Forest. Here you'll find more good walking paths, mountain bike trails and great views over the North York Moors.
|Helmsley to Rievaulx Abbey||4 miles (6 km)||This is a popular walk which takes you from the medieval Helmsley Castle to the fascinating ruins of Rievaulx Abbey. It makes use of the Cleveland Way National Trail so it is a good, waymarked footpath.|
The walk starts at Helmsley Castle and heads west passing Duncombe Park with its spectacular landscape garden, the National Centre for Birds of Prey, and the surrounding parkland all open to the public. The walk continues through woodland to Griff Farm before a lovely waterside section along the River Rye takes you to Rievaulx Abbey. You can explore the ruins of the former Cistercian abbey before continuing to the beautiful Rievaulx Terrace. These 18th-century landscape gardens contain woodland, grass banks, wildflower meadows and two temples. The terrace is perched high above the abbey so there are stunning views down to the ruins.
If you'd like to extend your walk then you could continue west along the Cleveland Way to the Hambleton Hills or explore the wonderful parkland and gardens of Duncombe Park.
A few miles south east of Helmsley you will find the 17th century manor house of Nunnington Hall. Here you can try the Nunnington and the River Rye Walk which explores the countryside surrounding the hall.
|Hole of Horcum||5 miles (8 km)||Enjoy a circular walk around this beautiful natural amphitheatre in the North York Moors. The hollow is 400 ft deep and was created over thousands of years by a series of landslides caused by water pressure.|
The walk starts from the parking area by Horcum Wood and takes you across Levisham Moor to Dundale Griff and Horcum Slack before returning to the car park. You'll pass interesting Bronze Age barrows, rocky ravines, woodland, waterfalls and streams on your way through this lovely area. You can also see wild flowers and purple heather on the moor in the spring and summer. It's also a splendid area for wildlife - look out for deer, grouse, curlew, lapwing, merlin and golden plover.
There is the possibility of a short diversion to Skelton Tower. A footpath leading west from Dundale Griff leads to this splendid beauty spot which commands great views over Newtondale.
The Hole of Horcum is located near to the villages of Saltergate and Levisham. The walk could also be easily started from either of these locations.
The area is located just north of the splendid Dalby Forest where you can enjoy miles of waymarked walking and cycling trails. Also nearby is the splendid Bridestones Nature Reserve with its ancient sandstone rocks, woodland and meadows. The long distance Tabular Hills Walk runs right past the site. The waymarked trail can be followed to Dalby Forest, Cropton Forest and the Bridestones.
|Langdale Forest||7 miles (12 km)||This large forest in the North Yorks Moors has mountain bike trails and walking routes to try. The coniferous forest has a number of pretty streams and lots of wildlife to look out for. Keep your eyes peeled for nightjar, bullfinch, adders, lizards and the pearl bordered fritillary butterflies. |
The Blue Man Walk passes through the forest so you can pick this up to extend your walk. You can follow the trail through the North York Moors to Dalby Forest and Broxa Forest. Also nearby is the expansive Wykeham Forest and the fascinating sandstone sculptures at Bridestones Nature Reserve.
Harwood Dale Forest lies just to the east of the forest and has nearly 2000 acres of woodland trails to try. The pretty village and beck are also well worth exploring.
|Lyke Wake Walk||40 miles (64 km)||The Lyke Wake Walk is a complete crossing of the North Yorkshire Moors from west to east. It runs from Osmotherly, in the west, to Ravenscar, on the eastern coast of Yorkshire. The Lyke Wake Walk challenge involves completing the 40 mile route in under 24 hours. It's a challenging walk done over any period of time as there are several steep ascents and some tricky sections across areas of peat bog. However, there is lots of beautiful moorland scenery and spectacular views from the high points which reach a peak of almost 1500ft at Bolton Head.|
The walk starts at the northern end of Cod Beck Reservoir where there is a car park. You then head east along the Cleveland Way, passing Carlton Moor and Cringle Moor before coming to the Wainstones. These fascinating sandstone rocky outcrops include a number of interesting Bronze Age carvings.
The route continues across Urra Moor, Greenhow Moor, Farndale Moor and High Blakely Moor. Much of this section follows a dismantled railway.
The next section takes you across Danby High Moor and past the beautiful valley of Rosedale and Rosedale Moor.
You continue across Wheeldale Moor to High Moor, crossing the North York Moors Railway as you go.
The final section takes you across Jugger Howe moor to the finish point at Ravenscar.
|Mallyan Spout||2 miles (4 km)||This delightful circular walk in Goathland visits the beautiful 70 ft high Mallyan Spout waterfall in the North York Moors National Park.|
The walk starts from the parking area in the pretty village of Goathland and heads west along a country lane for about half a mile. You then follow a footpath north to the waterfall. You continue through a peacefull wooded valley along West Beck to Beck Hole on the Murk Esk River. The route then returns to Goathland along the track bed of the original Whitby-to-Pickering railway line. The walk has some lovely waterside sections and splendid views of the surrounding North York Moors to enjoy.
If you enjoyed this walk then you could head to the nearby Falling Foss Waterfall for more lovely woodland trails. You could also continue along the rail trackbed to Grosmont on the Grosmont to Goathland Rail Trail.
|Raincliffe Woods||2 miles (3 km)||This woodland area in the North York Moors has some good bridleways for mountain biking and nice walking trails. You can park at the car park off Mowthorp Road to pick up the tracks. Follow Middle Road through the centre of the forest before picking up Lady Mildred's Ride to return. If you head all the way through the woods you will come to Scarborough where you can pick up National Cycle Network Route 1.|
The woods are good for wildlife spotting with deer, badgers, squirrels, frogs, toads, foxes and various woodland birds to look out for. In the spring months there are also lots of bluebells.
To extend your exercise you can head into the adjacent Forge Valley Woods. This nature reserve has a nice boardwalk trail along the River Derwent. Just to the west is the expansive Wykeham Forest with miles more trails to try.
|Roseberry Topping||2 miles (3 km)||Climb to the summit of this distinctive hill near Guisborough and enjoy wonderful views across the beautiful North York Moors National Park. The summit has a symbolic half-cone shape and jagged cliff, which has been likened to the Matterhorn in Switzerland. The area is managed by the National Trust so there are very good footpaths to take you to the summit. |
The walk starts at the car park and heads along Roseberry Lane and through Newton Wood and Roseberry Common to the summit. There are wonderful views of the Cleveland plain and the Pennines on a clear day. From the summit you descend toward Newton Wood for another woodland section. Look out for roe deer and woodpeckers on this part of the walk.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could pick up the Cleveland Way and head east into Guisborough Forest and Walkway. You could also climb to Captain Cook's Monument for more wonderful views of the area.
Another similar climb can be found at Eston, Middlesbrough. From Eston Nab there are more splendid views over the moors to the coast. You can follow the Cleveland Way through Hutton Lowcross Woods to reach the nab.
|Rosedale||8 miles (13.5 km)||This circular walk explores Rosedale, a beautiful valley in the middle of the North York Moors. It's a fantastic area for walking with wonderful scenery in a peaceful, unspoilt environment.|
The walk starts in the delightful village of Rosedale Abbey. It's a lovely place with old stone houses, a village green and the ruins of the former Cistercian Priory which once stood on the site. The walk then follows good footpaths up towards North Dale before a woodland section through the Knottside Plantation. You continue across the moors, passing a series of impressive industrial ruins from the mining period of the area. The views across the moors are magnificent as you climb to a height of over 1300 feet.
The return leg sees you descend past a series of farms and the village of Thorngill, before returning to Rosedale Abbey.
|Scaling Dam||2 miles (4 km)||This circular walk takes you past Scaling Dam Nature Reserve and around Scaling Reservoir in the North York Moors. The walk starts at the car park at the western end of the reservoir and passes through woodland and around the nature reserve on footpaths and boardwalks. The path then runs along the reservoir through areas of heather, grassland and gorse. |
It's an excellent area for wildlife watching. Look out for brown hare, roe deer, stoat, weasel and common shrew. There is also a bird hide where you can look out for teal, wintering coot, pochard and mallard on the water.
It's a lovely peaceful place with views over the water to the surrounding North York Moors countryside.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then you could head a few miles south to Danby Beacon where there are wonderful views of the Fryup dales.
|Silton Forest||5 miles (8 km)||Enjoy miles of mountain bike trails and footpaths in this large coniferous forest on the North York Moors. You can park on Moor Lane near to the village of Nether Stilton to start your exercise. A cycling and walking trail then runs to the north of the forest along National Cycle Network Route 65. The tracks are great for mountain bikers with berms, humps, tight turns and drops.|
The Cleveland Way runs along the eastern fringe of the forest so you can pick this up to continue your walk. Heading north will take you across Thimbleby Moor to Osmotherley where you can enjoy a waterside walk around Cod Beck Reservoir. The video below shows a walk to the forest from there.
Heading south will take you to Boltby Forest where there are more good trails to try.
|Sutton Bank and the Kilburn White Horse||6 miles (9 km)||This challenging circular walk in the North York Moors visits the Kilburn White Horse, the lovely Gormire Lake and the scar at Sutton Bank. |
You start at the car park which sits just under the white horse and pick up the Cleveland Way to take you to the 978 ft (298 m) summit of Sutton Bank. The hill is a high point in the Hambleton Hills and commands splendid views over the North York Moors, the Vale of York and the Vale of Mowbray. At the summit you will find the fascinating Sutton Bank National Park Centre where you can find out how the dramatic landscape was formed in the ice age. From the viewing platform there are views of Roulston Scar, Hood Hill and Lake Gormire. Also look for gliders setting off from the top of the hill.
From the summit you descend through woodland to Gormire Lake, passing the striking Whitestone Cliff as you go. You continue through the countryside before a final woodland section through the Hoodhill Field Plantation returns you to the car park.
The area is also great for mountain biking. The North York Moors National Park Authority has created a green, blue and red trail. These are all waymarked and start from the Sutton Bank National Park Centre where you can hire bikes.
|Tabular Hills Walk||48 miles (77 km)||This long distance trail takes you across the southern boundary of the North York Moors National Park. The waymarked path takes you from the coast at Scarborough to Helmsley in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire.|
The route starts at Scalby Mills just north of Scarborough and heads west to Wykeham Forest. The woods consist mainly of pine trees with some great viewpoints to visit such as the Raptor viewpoint where you can look out for buzzards and crossbills.
The next stage takes you through Dalby Forest where you pass the fascinating Bridestones with its fascinating sandstone sculptures.
The route continues to another major walk highlight at the beautiful natural amphitheatre known as the Hole of Horcum shortly before crossing Levisham Moor to take you to Levisham.
The route then skirts the southern edge of Cropton Forest before coming to the delightfully scenic village of Hutton-le-Hole. Look out for sheep roaming the streets at will in this typically picturesque North York Moors village.
You continue west through Gillamoor, Kirk Dale, Riccal Dale and Ash Dale before coming to the finish point at Helmsley, next to the beautiful Duncombe Park.
It's a fabulous and varied walk with some gentle climbs, steeper challenging climbs, long woodland sections and amazing views. It's waymarked with a green and purple circular disc.
The walk links with Cleveland Way allowing you to turn it into a long distance circular walk.
|Urra Moor||6 miles (9 km)||Urra Moor is the highest moor in the North York Moors and an atmospheric and beautiful place for a walk. This route takes you to the high point at Round Hill which reaches a height of 454 metres (1,454 ft) above sea level. There's some wonderful moorland scenery with the lovely purple heather in the late summer months. There's also far reaching views across the national park from the elevated position of the moor.|
You can start the walk from the Clay Bank car park just to the north of the moor. The route then follows a section of the Lyke Wake Walk across Carr Ridge to Round Hill. The route then turns west to Medd Crag before returning north to Cowkill Well. From here it is a short distance back to the car park.
On your walk look out for some interesting carved rocks including the Face Stone, a carved stone about 1 metre (3 ft 3 in) in height into which has been carved the shape of a face.
To extend your walking in the area you could try the Wainstones walk which also starts at the Clay Bank car park. The stones are a series of fascinating sandstone rocky outcrops with a number of interesting Bronze Age carvings. They are located just a mile west of the start/finish point for this walk so are easy to visit.
Two long distance paths also pass Urra Moor. You can pick up the Cleveland Way and the Lyke Wake Walk to further explore this lovely area on the moors.
|Wainstones||2 miles (4 km)||Climb Hasty Bank Hill and visit the fascinating Wainstones on this circular walk in the North York Moors. The Wainstones are a series of sandstone rocky outcrops with a number of interesting Bronze Age carvings. They are located near the village of Great Broughton and make for a splendid walking destination.|
This walk begins at the car park on Clay Bank Road and climbs Hasty Bank using the Cleveland Way National Trail. From the summit there are wonderful views of the Tees Valley and the nearby Roseberry Topping and Urra Moor. The route then descends on an adjacent footpath, passing Hasty Bank Farm before arriving back at the car park. This is a challenging walk but the footpaths are generally good and you are rewarded with truly wonderful views of the North York Moors for most of the way.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area you could head to the nearby Roseberry Topping and Captain Cook's Monument for more great climbing and fabulous views. You could also continue along the waymarked Cleveland Way in either direction.
The Lyke Wake Walk also passes the stones. The challenging walk crosses is a complete crossing of the North Yorkshire Moors from west to east.
The Urra Moor walk also starts from the Clay Bank car park so you could pick this up and head to Round Hill, the highest point on the North York Moors.
|Whitby to Robin's Hood Bay||6 miles (10 km)||This coastal walk follows a popular section of the Cleveland Way from Whitby to Robin's Hood Bay. It's a beautiful stretch of coast with pretty bays and cliff top views. The walk runs for about 7 miles on generally good, waymarked footpaths.|
The walk starts in Whitby on the River Esk and heads to Whitby Abbey. The atmospheric ruined abbey overlooks the North Sea on the East Cliff above Whitby. It's a very photogenic spot with the abbey ruins surrounded by coast, river and countryside.
The route continues to Saltwick Bay and the Whitby Lighthouse, before passing Oakham Beck and Rain Dale. Soon after you come to the fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay. The village is very picturesque with lots of old fishermen's cottages.
To extend your walk you can continue along the coast path to Ravenscar and visit Harwood Dale Forest. There's lots of footpaths and bridleways to explore the coniferous woodland with its pine and spruce trees, streams and ponds.
Wainwright's Coast to Coast starts at Robin's Hood Bay so you could pick up this long distance trail and head inland towards Littlebeck and explore the North York Moors National Park. For example you could head just south of Littlebeck and visit the lovely Falling Foss waterfall.
You can virtually follow this stretch of coast using the google street view link below!
|Wykeham Forest||4 miles (6 km)||This large forest in the North York Moors has miles of walking trails and a mountain bike trail. Cyclists can also follow the many country lanes that run through the woods. The woods consist mainly of pine trees with some great viewpoints to visit. The Raptor viewpoint overlooks Troutsdale and is a popular spot for birdwatchers looking for birds of prey such as Buzzards and Crossbills. From the High Wood Brow viewpoint there are great views over the River Derwent Valley.|
The forest is located just to the east of the expansive Dalby Forest. It's a great place to extend your outing with miles of cycling and walking trails to follow. Also nearby is the splendid Bridestones nature reserve with its fascinating sandstone sculptures and variety of interesting flora fauna. You could follow the long distance Tabular Hills Walk to both of these sites. The waymarked 48 mile trail takes you across the southern boundary of the North York Moors National Park from Scarborough to Helmsley.