An intro to... The Cleveland Way
Have you ever wanted to walk the Cleveland Way? Here is a little run down of this walk around the North York Moors National Park, plus two other neighbouring long distance walks: the Yorkshire Wolds Way and the Tabular Hills Walk.
Where is it and how far is it?
The Cleveland Way is 110 miles from Helmsley to Saltburn and down the coast to Filey. Also starting from Helmsley and ending near Scarborough is the Tabular Hills Walk - a dinky (50 mile) shortcut to the coast. At Filey you could also continue along the Yorkshire Wolds Way to Hull which would add another 80 miles. Fear not, all three routes are covered in Paddy Dillon's guidebook to walking the Cleveland Way (see below).
Why should you walk it?
According to Paddy Dillon, who ought to know, "Together the three trails of the Cleveland Way, Yorkshire Wolds Way and the Tabular Hills Walk open up a wonderfully rich and varied landscape of cultivated countryside, intricate networks of dales, wild heather moorlands and dramatic cliff coastline, peppered with dozens of interesting little towns and villages."
Spring can be a wonderful time to walk these routes - the weather is improving and the wild flowers are blooming. Walkers can make use of the much longer days of summer or enjoy the russet hues of autumn. However, Paddy suggests that winter "is for the hardiest of walkers". The walks are possible in all seasons but you must be mindful of snow, rain and wind, especially along the clifftops.
Where should you stay?
There are masses of places to stay along these routes. You can choose from camping barns to hotels or campsites to B&Bs. There are a few different accommodation listings available from the North York Moors National Park Authority or Tourist Information offices.
The heather moorland in autumn is:
blimmin' awesomeCicerone's Lesley Williams
The National Trails website
The North York Moors National Park website
How to pack for a long distance trek - Cicerone Extra article
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