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