The North York Moors

A Walking Guide

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1 Jun 2005
19 Jan 2015
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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.

Seasons Seasons
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.
Centres Centres
Great Ayton, Helmsley, Hutton-le-Hole, Pickering, Whitby, Osmotherley, Scarborough, Thisk, Guisborough
Difficulty Difficulty
Varied walks from 4 to 14 miles. Exposed moorland walks to coastal strolls.
Must See Must See
Rievaulx Abbey, Kilburn white horse, industrial archaeology, the high moors, coastal path Whitby – Robin Hood’s Bay
1 Jun 2005
19 Jan 2015
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.4cm
  • Overview

    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.

  • Contents

    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
    Emergency Services
    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

  • Maps

    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 –

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    July 2012

    Page 109 - Shows access through Sleddale Farm, this is not possible - see OS map.
    Landowner Lord Guisborough has not provided access.

    Many thanks for this information from

    Bill Dell
    Ramblers Association
    Footpath Secretary for this location

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Paddy Dillon

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.

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