GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Esk Valley Walk

35 miles (56 km)

A stunning walk through the North York Moors National Park from Castleton to Whitby.
The walk begins with a loop from Castleton which passes through Danby Head, Westerdale Moor, Farndale Moor and High Blakey Moor. You return to Castleton where you begin the next section through Esk Dale to Danby and then the climb to Danby Beacon. From here it leads to Leaholm, Glaisdale, Egton Bridge and Grosmont with several sections along the River Esk. The final section takes you through Sleights to the finish point at Whitby, on the North Sea. See the Sleights to Whitby Walk for more details on this nice section.
The walk passes the North York Moors Railway which you can take for part of the route. The steam railway is a significant tourist attraction and may be the busiest steam heritage line in the world, carrying around 350,000 passengers in 2009.

Esk Valley Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Esk Valley Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

If you are doing the walk in early spring then be sure to try the Farndale Daffodil Walk as you pass through the area. This delighful circular walk explores the 'wild' daffodils of Farndale. The flowers are very well known in the area and attract large numbers of visitors in the spring. The River Dove also runs through the area with the pretty daffodils lining the riverbank. It's a pcituresque sight and well worth seeing if you have time to take a small detour from the route.

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Photos

River Esk - geograph.org.uk - 199011

River Esk near Sleights

Floating Drydock, Parkol Marine - geograph.org.uk - 1401263

Floating Drydock, Parkol Marine with Whitby Abbey in the background

Bridleway approaching Hecks Wood - geograph.org.uk - 810337

Bridleway approaching Hecks Wood

Towards Westerdale Moor and Eskdale - geograph.org.uk - 895166

Towards Westerdale Moor and Eskdale This view is north, and one of the options for the Lyke Wake Walk, followed this route, but with the need to avoid boot erosion, and the understandable desire to visit the Lion Inn at Blakey, most walkers now continue east along the disused railway line.

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GPS Files

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Memory Map Route

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