|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. View Full Details>>
|Saltburn Valley Gardens||1 miles (2 km)||This park overlooks the lovely coastline at Saltburn in Yorkshire. It contains beautiful formal gardens and woodland with fine views of the ocean. There is also a woodland centre, the Albert Memorial, Victorian Gardens and Italian gardens. View Full Details>>|
|Eston Nab||3 miles (5 km)||Climb to Eston Nab and Eston Beacon on this popular walk in North Yorkshire. The hill is located just to the east of Middlesbrough standing at a height of 242 metres (794 ft). From the summit there are splendid views towards the coast and across the North York Moors. The nab is historically significant as it includes Bronze Age burial mounds and an Iron Age hill fort. There is also the Eston Nab monument which dates from the early 19th century. It was built as a look-out post against invasion during the Napoleonic wars.|
You can start your walk from Flatts Lane Country Park where there is a car park. From here you can pick up the Cleveland Way and follow it past Normanby Moor. Public footpaths then take you across Eston Moor to Eston Beacon and Eston Nab. Take a while to soak in the splendid views of the nearby Roseberry Topping and Urra Moor. From the nab you can descend on the same trail or on other paths running past Eston Bank.
There's a variety of habitats to enjoy on this varied walk. You will pass lowland heath, grassland and woodland. Look out for wildife including lapwing, curlew, green woodpecker, linnet and a wide variety of butterflies.
To extend your walk you could head south east along the Cleveland Way to Hutton Village and Hutton Lowcross Woods. Just beyond that is Roseberry Common and the splendid Roseberry Topping. It's a similar climb with great views of the Cleveland plain and the Pennines to enjoy. View Full Details>>
|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. View Full Details>>
|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 takes place on a good, waymarked footpath. The walk runs for about 4 miles on an undulating path with some moderate climbs. As such a reasonable level of fitness is required.|
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. View Full Details>>
|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 to the 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. View Full Details>>
|Robin Hoods Bay to Boggle Hole||2 miles (3 km)||This short cliff top walk takes you from Robin Hood's Bay to the smugglers cove of Boggle Hole. It's about a 1 mile walk using a section of the Cleveland Way National Trail. There's wonderful views down the North York Moors coast from the elevated path.|
Start the walk from the picturesque fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay. It's one of the jewels of the Yorkshire coast with lots of delightful old fishermen's cottages and a lovely beach. From the village you head south along the cliff top path to Mill Beck. Here you will find the Boggle Hole Youth Hostel which used to be an old mill. You can stop for refreshments at the walker's cafe here.
The hostel is a short stroll from the lovely beach at Boggle Hole. The area is named after the local name for a hobgoblin, a mischievous 'little person' thought to dwell in the caves along the coast. Smugglers used the local caves to conceal their contraband including rum and tobacco. The beach is a popular place for fossil hunters so keep your eyes peeled as you make your way through the area.
At low tide you can return along the foreshore, but please carefully check the tide times beforehand. It's a lovely section of beach with fine views of the bay and surrounding cliffs. View Full Details>>
|Redcar to Saltburn Beach Walk||4 miles (6.6 km)||A nice easy coastal walk from Redcar to Saltburn via Marske-by-the-Sea. The route runs for about 4 miles along a beautiful stretch of beach.|
Start the walk at Redcar Sands close to the train stations. Head south east past Redcar Rocks to the viillage of Marske-by-the-Sea. The village is a nice place to stop for refreshments at one of the cafes at what is roughly the half way point of the walk. It also includes the impressive, Grade I listed Marske Hall which was built in 1625.
Continue from Marske and you soon come to Saltburn where you can enjoy a stroll along the pier and catch the funicular railway up to the town. The railway was opened in 1884 and is the oldest operating water-balance cliff lift in the United Kingdom. View Full Details>>
|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. View Full Details>>|
|Cleveland Way Circular Walk - Great Ayton||7 miles (11 km)||This lovely circular walk from Great Ayton uses public footpaths and a section of the Cleveland Way to take you to two of the highlights of the area. On the route you'll visit Captain Cook's Monument before a climb to the wonderful Roseberry Topping for magnificent views over the North York Moors. It's a 7 mile hike with woodland trails, moderate climbing, heather moors and splendid views throughout.|
The walk starts in the village of Great Ayton in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire, on the edge of the North York Moors. The village is notable as the boyhood home of Captain James Cook, the British explorer and navigator with many notable local landmarks to in the area.
From the village centre you head north east toward Rye Hill before passing through Slacks Quarry. You then head south past the pretty Larners Lake and Great Ayton train station which makes an alternative start point for the walk.
The next stage takes you past Round Hill before climbing to Captain Cook's Monument. The structure is an obelisk 60 ft (18 m) high in memory of the great British explorer. It's from here you pick up the Cleveland Way and follow it north across Great Ayton Moor where there's pretty heather and woodland trails. The trail eventually bends round to climb the summit of Roseberry Topping. The distinctive hill has a summit with a symbolic half-cone shape and jagged cliff, which has been likened to the Matterhorn in Switzerland. From the summit there are wonderful views of the Cleveland plain and the Pennines on a clear day.
After taking in the views the route descends through Newton Wood before returning to the village. View Full Details>>
|Whitby to Runswick Bay Walk||8 miles (12.5 km)||A splendid coastal walk along a section of the Cleveland Way from Whitby to the lovely Runswick Bay. There's stunning beaches, dramatic cliff tops and the pretty village of Sandsend to see on the way.|
Starting in the town head north to Whitby Sands and then turn left to Upgang Beach. The walk continues west towards Sandsend where you could divert off the path to visit Mulgrave Woods. The woods are great for walkers with miles of tracks and the ruins of the Norman Mulgrave Castle.
The route continues to Sandsend Ness, an old alum quarrying site dating from the 17th century. There's interesting geological features here in a moonscape style setting.
The next stage takes you to Kettleness where there is a beach popular with fossil hunters. Dinosaur and ammonite are regularly found along the foreshore and in the cliff.
The final section passes along Runswick Sands before finishing at Runswick Bay. The delightful fishing village is a highlight of the Yorkshire coast with its sandy beach, sheltered bay and pretty little cottages.
The white thatched property on the seafront is the only remaining thatched house on the Yorkshire coast. You can enjoy refreshments at one of the many cafes or hotels with lovely views over the bay. After exploring the village you can catch a bus directly back to Whitby.
To extend your walking in the area you could head south along the coast path on the Whitby to Robin's Hood Bay Walk. It's another very popular section of the path with views of the River Esk and a visit to the atmospheric ruins of Whitby Abbey.
You could also head north on the Saltburn to Whitby Walk and visit Staithes, Skinningrove and Boulby where there are some of the highest cliffs in England, at 203 metres (666 ft) above sea level. View Full Details>>
|Tees Link||11 miles (17 km)||Travel from Guisborough to Middlesbrough on this route which links the Teesdale Way and the Cleveland Way. The walk passes through Hutton Low Cross Woods, Pinchinthorpe and Flatts Lane Country Park before the final section takes you through Middlesbrough to the finish point on the River Tees.|
There's much to enjoy with some lovely North York Moors scenery at the start of the route including great views of the popular Roseberry Topping Hill. View Full Details>>
|Peasholm Park||2 miles (3 km)||Enjoy a walk along tree lined paths in this delightful park in Scarborough. The park has nice surfaced footpaths leading you to a pretty lake and gardens with an oriental theme. There's lovely little bridges over the water and a splendid Chinese Pagoda. Just across the road you can continue the walk into Royal Albert Park which leads to the North Sands beach. Just beyond there you will find Scarborough Castle which dates from the 1150s. The coastal path runs around the castle to the harbour with wonderful views over North and South Bay.|
To extend your walk you can pick up the Cleveland Way on the coast and try the Scarborough to Filey Walk. View Full Details>>
|Cleveland Street Walk||8 miles (13 km)||Follow the Cleveland Street Walk from Guisborough to Loftus through lovely rolling Yorkshire countryside. |
The path starts at the dramatic 12th century Guisborough Priory and heads east towards the coast through Slapewath, North Skelton and Skinningrove before finishing at Loftus.
Highlights on the path include the 11 arch Waterfall viaduct near Spa Wood and views of Margrove Park which is just to the south of the path near Boosbeck. The path also passes a series of dismantled railway lines and old mines. View Full Details>>
|Filey Brigg Country Park||2 miles (3 km)||This super country park is located on the coast at Filey in North Yorkshire. It is also known as North Cliff Country Park.
The park has super views over Filey Bay and the town below. The walk also takes you along Filey Brigg - a long narrow peninsula with steep cliffs and lovely coastal views.|
The Cleveland Way and the Centenary Way walking routes run past the park so there is scope for continuing your walk along the coast to the nearby town of Scarborough. The Scarborough to Filey Walk gives more details on this stretch of coast which is one of the finest in the country. View Full Details>>
|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. View Full Details>>
|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. View Full Details>>
|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. View Full Details>>
|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.
You could return the same way or turn it into a circular walk by following a track inland to Hawsker and Stainsacre. The trail can be picked up in the village just to the west of the coast path.
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.
Heading west along the coast path will take you to Runswick Bay where there is a delightful fishing village with a sandy beach and pretty little cottages.
You can virtually follow this stretch of coast using the google street view link below! View Full Details>>
|Scarborough to Filey||9 miles (14.5 km)||This is a popular coastal walk between these two attractive North Yorkshire towns. It's a particularly beautiful stretch of coast with lovely bays, exhilarating cliff tops, gorgeous beaches and fascinating rock formations. The route is a 9 mile walk on good paths with some moderate climbs along the way. It follows the Cleveland Way National Trail for much of the way.|
The walk starts by St Nicholas cliff in Scarborough and heads south past South Sands and South Bay to Wheatcroft Cliff. You'll also pass through South Cliff Gardens and Holbeck Gardens on this lovely opening section.
The route then heads along the golf course at Wheatcroft to Cornelian Bay before coming to one of the walk's major highlights at Cayton Bay. The area is managed by the National Trust and includes a beautiful surfing beach and a woodland section along Cayton Cliff.
The next section takes you past the interesting rock formations at Lebberston Cliff to the pretty Gristhorpe Sands. You then pass along Newbiggin cliff before coming to Filey Brigg. This striking rocky promontory is another major feature of this section of the coast path. It's a great place for looking out for the wide variety of sea birds which visit the area.
The final section takes you along Filey Sands to the town of Filey. It's a great place for refreshments with plenty of pubs and cafes to choose from.
Filey sits at the northern end of the Yorkshire Wolds Way so you could pick this up to extend your walk. You can follow it inland through the countryside to nearby Muston.
At the end of the route you will also find the lovely Filey Brigg Country Park. The park has super views over Filey Bay and the town below.
You can virtually explore this section of the Cleveland Way by using the google street view link below.
You can also extend your walking by following the Cleveland Way north and visiting Robin Hood's Bay and Whitby on the Whitby to Scarborough Walk.
Heading south will take you to Bempton Cliffs and Flamborough Head on the Filey to Bridlington Walk. View Full Details>>
|Helmsley Circular Walk||7 miles (11 km)||A lovely circular walk from Helmsley passing through Rye Dale and visiting the wonderful Rievaulx Abbey. The varied walk includes riverside sections, woodland trails, wonderful history and fabulous views over the North York Moors.|
The walk starts in Helmsley and follows the Cleveland Way west past the medieval Helmsley Castle which has a walled garden to explore. You continue west through Winny Bank Wood, Ashberry Hill and Nettle Dale. Here you'll pass a series of pretty ponds surrounded by attractive woodland. The route then bends round to the north, passing Spring Wood and Lambert Hag Wood before coming to Rievaulx. Here you will find the atmospheric ruins of the 12th century Cistercian abbey. It was one of the great abbeys in England until it was seized under Henry VIII of England in 1538 during the dissolution of the monasteries. The photogenic ruins of its main buildings are a major tourist attraction, owned and maintained by English Heritage.
The site includes the wonderful Rievaulx Terrace. The 18th-century landscape gardens contain woodland, grass banks, wildflower meadows and two temples.
After exploring the abbey and the terrace the route follows a country lane south back to Rievaulx Bridge on the River Rye. From here you can follow the Cleveland Way back into Helmsley. View Full Details>>
|Whitby to Staithes||11 miles (17.8 km)||Follow the Cleveland Way from Whitby to Staithes on this walk along the North Yorkshire Coast. The walk is just over 11 miles with spectacular coastal scenery, cliff top views, pretty beaches and lovely fishing villages to see on the way.|
Starting at the striking ruins of Whitby Abbey the walk heads north west to Sandsend. You'll pass along the lovely beaches at Whitby Sands, Upgang Beach and Sandsend Beach. Here you can take a slight detour away from the coast by heading into Mulgrave Woods. There's nice peaceful trails to follow around the site with becks, waterfalls and the interesting ruins of Mulgrave Castle.
You continue past Kettleness to the noteworthy Runswick Bay. The picture postcard fishing village is a highlight of the Yorkshire coast with its sandy beach, sheltered bay and pretty little cottages.
The final section takes you past Hinderwell and Port Mulgrave where you will pass Rosedale Cliffs. Shortly after you come into Staithes, passing along the attractive harbour before finishing at Staithes Beck.
The area is well known for its geology with Jurassic (Lias), strata cliffs and fossils of ammonites to be found at nearby Port Mulgrave. There's also a number of fine pubs where you can refresh yourself after the walk. View Full Details>>
|Saltburn to Whitby||19 miles (30.5 km)||A lovely coastal walk along a section of the Cleveland Way National Trail between Saltburn and Whitby. It's a stunning area with bracing cliff tops paths, lovely beaches and a series of pretty villages.|
The walk starts in Saltburn, passing the pretty Saltburn Valley Gardens where there's beautiful formal gardens, woodland and fine views of the ocean. You continue east towards Skinningrove, passing the attractive Cattersty Sands on the way.
The path continues to the village of Boulby where there are some of the highest cliffs in England, at 203 metres (666 ft) above sea level.
The next stage takes you to the village of Staithes. It's a popular tourist destination with its sheltered harbour, high cliffs and pretty cottages. Here you'll also find Cowbar Nab with it's huge seabird colony including Kittiwake, Fulmar and Razorbill.
You continue along the coast to Port Mulgrave and Runswick Bay. This fishing village is another highlight of the Yorkshire coast with its sandy beach, sheltered bay and pretty little cottages. The white thatched property on the seafront is the only remaining thatched house on the Yorkshire coast.
The final section takes you past the moonscape quarry at Sandsend Ness before passing along Whitby Sands and finishing at Whitby. View Full Details>>
|Whitby to Sandsend Walk||3 miles (4.82 km)||A popular coastal walk from Whitby to the nearby village of Sandsend. It's about a 3 mile walk on a fairly flat path with splendid cliff top views and lovely beaches.|
The walk starts from the atmospheric ruins of Whitby Abbey. The abbey has a fascinating history stretching back to the 7th century. It overlooks the North Sea in a dramatic location on the East Cliff above Whitby. It's a very photogenic spot with the abbey ruins surrounded by coast, river and countryside.
From the abbey you pick up the Cleveland Way and follow it west, crossing the Swing Bridge over the River Esk on the way.
After crossing the bridge you turn north along Pier Road, passing the Magpie Cafe. The restaurant is well known for its excellent fish and chips which are considered one of the best in the county.
The path then turns west along the promenade, passing the lovely Whitby Sands, the golf club and Upgang Beach before coming to Sandsend. The pretty fishing village includes a nice beach and lots of attractive cottages. The western side of the village is one of the most expensive areas to buy property on the Yorkshire Coast.
On the beach you can explore the little rock pools and go fossil hunting before enjoying refreshments in one of the fine local cafes or pubs.
After exploring Sandsend you can return to Whitby along the beach but please check the tide times before you do this. When the tide is out its a huge beach stretching out to the North Sea so you can walk out quite a bit for great views along the coast and back to the town. View Full Details>>
|Thirsk||4 miles (7 km)||Enjoy a pleasant riverside stroll through this small market town, on this circular walk. Thirsk is an attractive town with a large medieval market square and some interesting Georgian architecture. The rushing waters of the Cod Beck River and fine views towards the Hambleton Hills and Yorkshire Dales make it a fine place for a walk.|
The walk starts in the centre of town and picks up footpaths along the Cod Beck river. You follow the river north to the village of South Kilvington before turning west towards the woodland of the Underwood Plantation. You then turn south to head through the countryside to New Thirsk, before returning to the town centre.
You can then head south towards Sowerby Flats and explore the delightful Georgian village street of Sowerby.
The town was the home of the authour James Herriot. You can explore the villages and countryside associated with his work on the Herriot Way long distance trail. There's also a musuem at Skeldale House in the Kirkgate of Thirsk. It was the surgery of local vet James Wight, better known by his pen name, James Herriot. The museum tells the history of veterinary science and is one of the most popular attractions in the town. View Full Details>>
|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. View Full Details>>
|Osmotherley||5 miles (8.5 km)||The North Yorkshire village of Osmotherley is situated on the western edge of the North York Moors National Park in the Hambleton Hills. It's a lovely area for walking with trails through the nearby woodland and around the nearby Cod Beck Reservoir.|
This circular walk around Osmotherley visits the medieval Mount Grace Priory and the lovely Cod Beck Reservoir.
It's a lovely area with waymarked paths, woodland trails, hill climbs and waterside paths to enjoy.
The walk starts in Osmotherley village and picks up the Cleveland Way long distance trail to take you north west to Mount Grace Wood and the priory. The fascinating Carthusian house dates from the 14th century when it was founded by Thomas Holland, 1st Duke of Surrey the son of King Richard II's half-brother Thomas, Earl of Kent. The site is now run by the National Trust so visitors today can explore the ruins of the whole monastery,
together with the typically small Carthusian chapel and the later house. It also includes a museum and pretty gardens where there are a variety of beautiful plants including snowdrops in the winter.
After exploring the priory the route then returns to the Cleveland Way to take you through Arncliffe Wood where you can see lots of pretty bluebells in the spring. The trail bends round to Scarth Wood Moor where you turn south along a country lane to take you to Cod Beck Reservoir, passing the popular tourist spot of Sheepwash and the Cod Beck.
You can follow nice footpaths along the reservoir which is surrounded by attractive woodland and moorland scenery.
From the reservoir it's a short stroll back to the village centre where the route finishes. View Full Details>>
|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. View Full Details>>
|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. View Full Details>>
|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. View Full Details>>
|Whitby to Scarborough||20 miles (32.5 km)||This walk follows a section of the Cleveland Way between these two major towns on the Yorkshire coast. It's one of the finest stretches of coast in the country, with visits to Whitby Abbey, Robin Hood's Bay and Scarborough Castle to enjoy. It's a 21 mile walk along rugged coastline with some challenging climbs, so it's best to allow 2 days for completion.|
Highlights on the first section of the route include a visit to the atmospheric ruins of Whitby Abbey and the delightful fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay. The second leg of the trip runs from Robin Hood's Bay to Scarborough, passing Compton Cliff and Beast Cliff, before passing the North Sands Beach and finishing at the remains of Scarborough Castle.
To extend the walk continue along the Cleveland Way on the Scarborough to Filey Walk. It's another wonderful stretch of coast with more exhilarating cliff tops and great views.
For an inland cycle route between the two towns see the Whitby to Scarborough Cycle Route. View Full Details>>
|Mulgrave Woods||4 miles (5.8 km)||These pretty woods near Whitby have some nice walking trails to try. On the estate you'll find miles of tracks and paths leading to becks, waterfalls and the interesting ruins of Mulgrave Castle. It's a great place to go when the sea front is too windy as the paths are all nicely sheltered.|
Start your walk on the coast at Sandsend where there is a car park just to the west of the beach. Then follow the paths west along the East Bow Beck and you will come to the castle after a mile or so. The Norman castle is thought to have been built by Nigel Fossard who obtained the property after the Norman Conquest.
After rounding the castle you can pick up paths along the Sandsend Beck to lead you back to the car park.
Please note the woods are open to the public from dawn to dusk on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays throughout the year except for the month of May when they are closed for the entire month. On certain Sundays you can visit the beautiful gardens. See the link below for details.
Sandsend is on the Cleveland Way so it's easy to extend your walk along the coast. Heading east will take you into Whitby, while heading north takes you to the lovely Runswick Bay. View Full Details>>
|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.
Just next to the Wainstones you will find Lord Stones Country Park. Here you will find a number of ancient stones with prehistoric carvings. There's also a fantastic viewpoint on Cringle Moor with a viewfinder detailing several landmarks you can see.
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. View Full Details>>
|Staithes to Runswick Bay||3 miles (5.2 km)||This short coastal walk follows a lovely section of the Cleveland Way National Trail from Staithes to Runswick Bay. The walk is just over 3 miles, running along the waymarked path along the spectacular cliff tops.|
The walk starts at the picturesque harbour in Staithes and heads south along the path towards Beacon Hill. Shortly after you come to the lovely hamlet of Port Mulgrave. The area is well known for its geology with Jurassic (Lias), strata cliffs and fossils of ammonites to be found.
The route then passes Rosedale cliffs before coming into Runswick Bay. The delightful fishing village is a highlight of the Yorkshire coast with its sandy beach, sheltered bay and pretty little cottages.
The white thatched property on the seafront is the only remaining thatched house on the Yorkshire coast. You can enjoy refreshments at one of the many cafes or hotels with lovely views over the bay. View Full Details>>
|Portishead to Clevedon||5 miles (8.5 km)||Follow the coastal path from Portishead to Cleveland on this point to point walk in Somerset. There's pretty bays, nice beaches, sandstone cliffs and great views across the Severn Estuary into Wales. The route runs along a fairly flat path for about 5 miles.|
The walk starts from the Portishead Lake where there is a nice park, lakeside cafe and car parking. Just to the north is Portishead Point lighthouse at Battery Point which is another good start point for the walk.
From the park you head south along the Mariner's Path to Black Nore lighthouse. The Grade II listed building was built in 1894 to guide shipping in the Severn Estuary as it made its way in and out of Bristol Harbour.
You continue past Redcliff Bay, Charlcombe Bay and Walton Bay where you reach the coastal golf course. The route continues past the 17th Century, Grade II listed Walton Castle and Ladye Bay before passing along the sea front in Clevedon and finishing at the pier. You can either return the same way or catch the bus back. View Full Details>>
|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. View Full Details>>|
|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, 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. View Full Details>>
|Lord Stones||3 miles (4.9 km)||Visit this ancient stone and enjoy fabulous views from Cringle Moor on this exhilirating circular walk on the North York Moors. The area is steeped in ancient history with the Three Lords' Stone marked with prehistoric carvings. It forms part of a Bronze Age burial mound with a number of large kerbstones, situated in a captivating area.|
The route runs for about 3 miles, using good paths with some steep steps up to the high point on Cringle Moor. There's fabulous views, fascinating history and lovely heather moorland to enjoy.
You can start the walk from the Lord Stones Cafe car park on the western side of the country park. From here you can pick up the Cleveland Way and follow it east across Cringle Moor, the third highest hill in the North York Moors. After a short distance a path heads off to the left, climbing towards Busby Moor and Dromonby Bank.
The path then descends to Kirby Bank where you turn west to climb to the Cringle Moor viewpoint. Here you will find a viewfinder detailing a number of landmarks you can see from the hill. Highlights include the Penshaw Monument, Roseberry Topping, Captain Cook's Monument, Ingleborough Mountain and Whernside.
After taking in the views the walk then descends back to the cafe where you can enjoy refreshments in the outdoor seating area. View Full Details>>
|Grasmere to Elterwater||3 miles (5 km)||This walk visits the village of Elterwater and its lake from Grasmere. It's a moderate 3 mile walk, climbing over the fells which separate the two villages.|
Starting in the village the route follows Red Bank Road around the western part of the lake. At the Wyke you pick up a footpath on your right to climb through a woodland section to Huntingstile Crag. There's lovely views here back down to Grasmere Lake and red squirrels to look out for in the woods.
The walk then descends to the village of Elterwater where you could stop for refreshments at the large pub where there's outdoor seating with nice fell views. In the village you pick up a section of the Cumbria Way long distance footpath to take you east along the Great Langdale Beck. The waterside trail leads you through a pocket of woodland before coming out at Elterwater Lake where there's a nice seating area with views across the water. View Full Details>>
|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, passing the village of Osmotherley, the pretty Cod Beck Reservoir and the ancient stones at Lord Stones Country Park and the Wainstones.
After enjoying the fabulous views on the elevated moors you arrive 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. View Full Details>>