The North York Moors

50 walks in the National Park

By Paddy Dillon

Guidebook describing 50 varied walks in England's beautiful North York Moors National Park. Showcasing the region's sweeping moorlands, sheltered valleys, woodlands and cliff coasts, routes range from short and easy low-level walks to long and strenuous routes across the high moors, including the Lyke Wake Walk.



Spring and autumn are quiet, with good weather. The heather moorlands turn purple in summer, and it can be busy. Winter weather is harsh, with the moorlands becoming soaked or covered in deep snow.


Staithes, Whitby, Robin Hood's Bay, Scarborough, Pickering, Helmsley, Hutton-le-Hole, Bilsdale, Osmotherley, Great Ayton, Guisborough, Eskdale and Goathland.


Varied walks from 4 to 13½ miles. Terrain includes exposed moorlands, sheltered valleys, woodlands, forests and cliff coasts. No special equipment is needed on the lower, easier walks, but walkers need to be prepared for bad weather on the higher, longer and more exposed moorland walks, where good navigation is also required.
Must See

Must See

High heather moorlands, verdant dales and cliff coastline. Bustling towns and pretty villages. Abbeys, castles, prehistoric remains, industrial archaeology and interesting museums. The Lyke Wake Walk, Cleveland Way and interesting old railway paths.
19 Feb 2019
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.6cm
  • Overview

    Guidebook to 50 walks in the North York Moors National Park. The walks, which range from 4 to 13 miles, are distributed through seven regions within the park, enabling walkers to discover and appreciate the Tabular Hills, Hambleton Hills, Cleveland Hills, Northern Moors, High Moors, Eastern Moors and Cleveland Coast. For those who like a challenge, the course of the classic Lyke Wake Walk, crossing the national park from east to west, is also described.

    For each walk (most of which are circular), step-by-step route description is accompanied by extracts of OS mapping. Points of interest are highlighted, and background information provided, detailing the history and industry of the area. The guidebook also includes planning and preparation details such as when to go, where to stay, and how to get around using public transport.

    Comprising the largest continuous expanse of heather moorland in England, the North York Moors offer a wonderful sense of spaciousness, with extensive views under a 'big sky'. People have crossed the North York Moors since time immemorial and some of their routes survive to this day. It is a place of great history and undeniable charm, making it a worthy walking destination.

  • Contents

    Brief history of the moors
    North York Moors industries
    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
    Using this guide
    The Tabular Hills
    Walk 1 West Ayton, Hackness and the Forge Valley
    Walk 2 Hackness, Broxa and Whisper Dales
    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 Abbey, 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 Route summary table
    Appendix 2 Useful contacts

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    May 2019

    Walk 32

    The 'Seated Figure' sculpture on Castleton Rigg was planned to remain in place until 2022. However, it has now been moved to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

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Paddy Dillon

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 extensively for several outdoor magazines and other publications and has appeared on radio and television. 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, Africa 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.

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