The Cleveland Way and the Yorkshire Wolds Way
By Paddy Dillon
A walking guidebook to the Cleveland Way and Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trails, plus the Tabular Hills Walk. Crossing the North York Moors National Park, coastal scenery and quiet countryside, the three routes can be joined to create an easy circular route of over 250 miles (400km). Includes a 1:25,000 scale OS map booklet of the Cleveland Way.
SeasonsAll year round, though winter can be bleak and wet on the moors.
CentresScarborough, Whitby, Filey, Helmsley, Osmotherley
DifficultySuitable for all: the trails are divided into sections ranging from 2½-12 miles. There are some isolated stretches.
Must SeeYorkshire's Heritage Coast; Ryedale Folk Museum; Rievaulx Abbey; Whitby; historic villages; moorland scenery
Guidebook to the Cleveland Way and Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trails, plus the Tabular Hills Walk link route. The guidebook also contains a 1:25,000 scale OS route map booklet of the Cleveland Way.
The Cleveland Way National Trail, described in seven day stages, is a fine 177km (110 miles) walk around the North York Moors National Park from Helmsley to Filey. The Yorkshire Wolds Way is one of the quietest of Britain's National Trails and wanders for 130km (80 miles) through gentle, cultivated and sparsely populated countryside. Described here in nine day stages, from Hessle near Redcar to Filey, it links end-to-end with the Cleveland Way on the coast. Also described is the three-day, 80km (50 mile) Tabular Hills Walk, a Regional Trail that allows walkers to close the loop of the Cleveland Way and transform it into an enormous circular walk.
The guidebook comes with a separate map booklet of 1:25,000 scale OS maps showing the full route of the Cleveland Way. The clear step-by-step route description links together with the map booklet at each stage along the Way, and the compact format is conveniently sized for slipping into a jacket pocket or the top of a rucksack.
Planning your trip
When to walk
Getting to Yorkshire
Getting around Yorkshire
Tourist information centres
Food and drink
Planning day by day
Using this guide
Maps of the routes
All about Yorkshire
Wolds, moors and coast
The Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail
Stage 1 Hessle to South Cave
Stage 2 South Cave to Goodmanham or Market Weighton
Stage 3 Goodmanham or Market Weighton to Millington
Stage 4 Millington to Thixendale
Stage 5 Thixendale to Sherburn
Stage 6 Sherburn to Filey
Stage 7 Filey to Scalby Mills (via the Cleveland Way)
The Tabular Hills Walk
Stage 1 Scalby Mills to Levisham
Stage 2 Levisham to Hutton-le-Hole
Stage 3 Hutton-le-Hole to Helmsley
The Cleveland Way National Trail
Stage 1 Helmsley to Sutton Bank
Stage 2 Sutton Bank to Osmotherley
Stage 3 Osmotherley to Clay Bank
Stage 4 Clay Bank to Kildale
Stage 5 Kildale to Saltburn-by-the-Sea
Stage 6 Saltburn-by-the-Sea to Sandsend
Stage 7 Sandsend to Robin Hood’s Bay
Stage 8 Robin Hood’s Bay to Scarborough
Stage 9 Scarborough to Filey
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Stage 6 Saltburn-by-the-Sea to Sandsend - page 155 second paragraph After climbing from Staithes and passing a farm, the Cleveland Way has been re-routed and improved. Instead of walking straight ahead through fields, turn left as signposted along a broad, grassy track flanked by fences. This leads to a cliff-top. Turn right and follow a broad, grassy path towards Old Nab. Turn right and climb steeply to continue following the cliff-top path.
This route gives widely contrasting terrain, from cultivated countryside, wild heather moorlands and dramatic coastline and passes through charming villages.
Using this guide it is possible to do a 250 mile walk combining the Yorkshire Wolds Way, Tabular Hills Walk and the Cleveland Way. This route gives widely contrasting terrain, from cultivated countryside, wild heather moorlands and dramatic coastline and passes through charming villages.
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Paddy Dillon is a prolific walker and guidebook writer with over 90 guidebooks to his name, and contributions to 40 other titles. He has written for several outdoor magazines and other publications, and has appeared on radio and TV. Paddy is an indefatigable long-distance walker who has walked all of Britain’s National Trails and several European trails. He has also walked in Nepal, Tibet, Korea and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the US. Paddy is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild and President of the Backpackers Club.