GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

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 Circular Walk in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire.
The route starts at Scalby Mills just north of Scarborough and heads west along the pretty Scarborough Sea Cut and Scalby Beck 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, near Pickering.
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.

Tabular Hills Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Tabular Hills Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The route passes right through the idyllic Yorkshire village of Levisham which is an ideal place to stop for some refreshments. In the village there's a notable pub in the form of the 19th century Horseshoe Inn. It's in a lovely spot in the pretty village and includes a nice outdoor seating area if the weather is fine. The pub was featured in an article for The Telegraph's 'The 30 best winter pubs in Britain, for dog-lovers, walkers, foodies and more'. There's a good menu and a warm welcome at the this traditional country pub. You can find the pub at postcode YO18 7NL. They also have a sister pub in Lockton called the Fox and Rabbit. There's another splendid outdoor area with fine views of the countryside here.
Slightly of the route to the east of Levisham is the neighbouring village of Lockton. Here you'll find delightful Loft Tea Rooms and Gallery. These delightful tea rooms are the ideal place to enjoy a cream tea after your walk. It's an idyllic setting with the tea rooms surrounded by pretty gardens and attractive North York Moors countryside. The site includes a lovely gallery which showcases the work of local artists who have painted the beautiful surroundings. There's also Tag’s Bistro which offers a varied range of dining options and an evening menu. You can find the cafe in the village on Hudgin Lane with a postcode of YO18 7QA for you sat navs.


Tabular Hills Walk track junction - - 563124

Tabular Hills Walk track junction. The trail leaves the Cleveland Way National Trail at this point above Scalby Ness Sands.

Tabular Hills, North Yorkshire Moors - - 218258

This photograph was taken from near ‘The Nab,’ the northern edge of one of the tabular hills that are a feature of this part of the North Yorkshire Moors. Similar hills are shown on the right of the photograph. These hills form the southern reaches of this area of the North Yorkshire Moors and are a boundary between the moors proper and the Vale of Pickering. The public footpath through the bracken, left middle distance, enters the 'green' field and follows the field boundary toward Hutton-le-Hole.

Near the start of the "Tabular Hills Walk" - - 221352

Near the start of the "Tabular Hills Walk"

Tabular Hills Walk Fingerpost near Carlton - - 550034

Fingerpost near Carlton. This regional walking route, also known as "The Link" connects Scalby Mills at Scarborough to Helmsley via footpaths and country roads across the limestone escarpments known as The Tabular Hills. The idea of this route was conceived by the North Yorkshire National Park Authority as a means of connecting the start of the Cleveland Way at Helmsley and the end of it in Filey. This permits long distance walkers with a means of returning to Helmsley via a beautiful 48 mile route after completing the 110 mile long Cleveland Way at Filey. Two route guides are available for the Tabular Hills Walk - one by Cicerone and another available from the National Park Authority at their centres at Sutton Bank or Helmsley.

Tabular Hill Walk signpost, Scalby Bridge - - 1905523

Tabular Hill Walk signpost, Scalby Bridge

Trees lining the Sea Cut ^ Tabular Hills Walk - - 1906272

Trees lining the Sea Cut near Suffield-cum-Everley

Tabular Hills Walk above the Hole of Horcum - - 4135155

The trail above the Hole of Horcum. Lined with pretty heather in late summer.

Kissing gate on the Tabular Hills Walk - - 2363405

Kissing gate near Hutton-le-Hole.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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