The North York Moors
A Walking Guide
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This guidebook describes 50 circular day walking routes in the North York Moors. The moors offer no great height but cover seven regions; the Tabular Hills, Hambleton Hills, Cleveland Hills, Northern Moors, High Moors, Eastern Moors and Cleveland Coast. There is also a four-day route following the classic Lyke Wake Walk.
- Spring and autumn are ideal to explore the North York Moors. Weather an issue on unsheltered moorland in winter; and accommodation is busy in summer.
- Great Ayton, Helmsley, Hutton-le-Hole, Pickering, Whitby, Osmotherley, Scarborough, Thisk, Guisborough
- Varied walks from 4 to 14 miles. Exposed moorland walks to coastal strolls.
- Must See
- Rievaulx Abbey, Kilburn white horse, industrial archaeology, the high moors, coastal path Whitby – Robin Hood’s Bay
This guidebook offers 50 walks in the North York Moors National Park, enabling walkers to discover the Tabular Hills, Hambleton Hills, Cleveland Hills, Northern Moors, High Moors, Eastern Moors and Cleveland Coast. There are almost 750km (465 miles) of walking routes described throughout this book, in routes ranging between 4 and 14 miles long, though the North York Moors could easily furnish many more splendid and enjoyable routes. For those walkers who like to rise to a challenge, the course of the classic Lyke Wake Walk is also offered, split over a four-day period as it stretches across the national park from east to west.
The broad North York Moors offer a wonderful sense of spaciousness, but there are also dozens of deep, verdant dales full of charming scenes and hoary stone buildings, as well as a remarkable cliff coastline.
The moors offer no great height yet offer spectacularly extensive views. This guidebook contains 50 walks in seven regions of the North York Moors National Park, enabling walkers to discover the Tabular Hills, Hambleton Hills, Cleveland Hills, Northern Moors, High Moors, Eastern Moors and Cleveland Coast. The walks vary between 4 to 14 miles long and explore the rich variety of the area, focusing on its charm, history, heritage and wildlife.
Getting to the North York Moors
Getting around the North York Moors
Food and Drink
When to Walk
Maps of the Routes
National Park Visitor Centres
Tourist Information Centres
The Tabular Hills
Walk 1 West Ayton, Hackness and the Forge Valley
Walk 2 Hackness, Broxa and Whisper Dale
Walk 3 Lockton, Stain Dale, Saltergate and Levisham Moor
Walk 4 Levisham and the Hole of Horcum
Walk 5 Levisham Station, Levisham and Newton-on-Rawcliffe
Walk 6 Hutton-le-Hole, Lastingham, Cropton and Appleton-le-Moors
Walk 7 Gillamoor, Boonhill Common and Fadmoor
Walk 8 Newgate Bank, Rievaulx Moor and Helmsley Bank
Walk 9 Helmsley, Beck Dale and Ash Dale
Walk 10 Hawnby Hill and Easterside Hill
The Hambleton Hills
Walk 11 Rievaulx Abbey and Old Byland
Walk 12 Byland Abbey, Mount Snever and Oldstead
Walk 13 Sutton Bank, Gormire Lake and the White Horse
Walk 14 Osmotherley, Thimbleby, Siltons and Black Hambleton
The Cleveland Hills
Walk 15 Osmotherley, Beacon Hill and High Lane
Walk 16 Chop Gate, Cringle Moor and Cock Howe
Walk 17 Chop Gate, Urra Moor, Hasty Bank and Cold Moor
Walk 18 Kildale, Ingleby Moor and Battersby Moor
Walk 19 Kildale, Leven Vale, Baysdale and Hograh Moor
The Northern Moors
Walk 20 Great Ayton, Easby Moor and Roseberry Topping
Walk 21 Guisborough, Gisborough Moor and Hutton Village
Walk 22 Danby, Siss Cross, Commondale and Castleton
Walk 23 Scaling Dam, Clitherbeck, Danby and Beacon Hill
The High Moors
Walk 24 Chop Gate, Cock Howe, Ryedale and Wetherhouse Moor
Walk 25 Chop Gate, Tripsdale, Bransdale and Bilsdale
Walk 26 Low Mill, Harland, Rudland Rigg and West Gill
Walk 27 Church Houses, Bloworth Crossing and Farndale Moor
Walk 28 Hutton-le-Hole, Ana Cross, Spaunton Moor and Lastingham
Walk 29 Rosedale, Hartoft, Lastingham and Ana Cross
Walk 30 Rosedale Ironstone Railway around Rosedale Head
Walk 31 Rosedale Ironstone Railway from Blakey to Battersby
Walk 32 Westerdale, Fat Betty, Westerdale Moor and Esklets
Walk 33 Danby, Castleton, Botton Village and Danby Rigg
Walk 34 Lealholm, Heads, Glaisdale Moor and Glaisdale Rigg
Walk 35 Glaisdale Rigg, Egton High Moor and Egton Bridge
The Eastern Moors
Walk 36 Goathland, Simon Howe, Wheeldale and Mallyan Spout
Walk 37 Rail Trail from Moorgates to Goathland and Grosmont
Walk 38 Goathland, Sleights Moor and Whinstone Ridge
Walk 39 Goathland, Eller Beck, Lilla Howe and Goathland Moor
Walk 40 Chapel Farm, Lilla Howe and Jugger Howe Beck
Walk 41 Sleights, Ugglebarnby, Falling Foss and Littlebeck
The Cleveland Coast
Walk 42 Runswick Bay, Hinderwell, Staithes and Port Mulgrave
Walk 43 Runswick Bay, Kettleness and Goldsborough
Walk 44 Whitby, Saltwick Bay, Robin Hood's Bay and Hawsker
Walk 45 Robin Hood's Bay, Boggle Hole and Ravenscar
Walk 46 Cloughton, Staintondale, Ravenscar and Hayburn Wyke
The Lyke Wake Walk
Walk 47 Osmotherley, Carlton Bank, Cringle Moor and Hasty Bank
Walk 48 Clay Bank, Urra Moor, Bloworth Crossing and Blakey
Walk 49 Rosedale Head, Hamer, Wheeldale Moor and Simon Howe
Walk 50 Eller Beck, Lilla Howe, Jugger Howe Moor and Ravenscar
Appendix 1 A Brief History of the Moors
Appendix 2 North York Moors Industries
Appendix 3 Route Summary
Extracts from the Ordnance Survey Landranger series of maps, at a scale of 1:50 000, are used throughout this guidebook, with overlays showing the routes. These extracts are perfectly adequate for navigation on the walks, but if you wish to explore more of the countryside off-route, and see exactly where you are in relation to other walking routes, then you will need the appropriate Ordnance Survey maps. The Landranger maps covering the North York Moors National Park include sheets 93, 94, 99, 100 and 101. Greater detail and clarity is available using Ordnance Survey Explorer maps, at a scale of 1:25 000. The relevant Explorer maps are OL26, covering the western half of the national park, and OL27, covering the eastern half of the national park. Bear in mind that these maps are printed on both sides, so that each sheet has a North and South side. The relevant Ordnance Survey maps for each walk are quoted in the information box introducing the walk. The starting points for the walks can be pinpointed using the six-figure Ordnance Survey grid references supplied.
Use up-to-date maps, as dozens of rights of way have been officially diverted over the years, often to avoid either farmyards or cutting across fields of crops. On the high moors walkers who are good map-readers will frequently notice that the clear path or track they are following is not actually a right of way, and that the route shown on the map as a right of way is in fact quite untrodden on the ground! What to do? It seems that most walkers are happy to vote with their feet and follow the clear paths and tracks, and most landowners seem happy for them to continue doing so. The most up-to-date maps will show vast areas that are available under the so-called ‘freedom to roam’ arrangement. While the ‘freedom’ may be there most of the time, it can be curtailed when land management and other activities require it. Not all walkers would relish trekking through deep heather! For current access conditions check the relevant website – www.countrysideaccess.gov.uk.
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Paddy Dillon is a prolific outdoor writer with over 90 guidebooks to his name, and contributions to 40 other publications. He has written for a variety of outdoor magazines, as well as many booklets and brochures for tourism organisations. Paddy lives near the Lake District and has walked in every county in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales; writing about walks in every one of them. He enjoys simple day walks, challenging long-distance walks, and is a dedicated island-hopper. He has led guided walks and walked extensively in Europe, as well as in Nepal, Tibet, Korea, Africa and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the United States.View Articles and Books by Paddy Dillon
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