Walking on the Yorkshire Coast
So wrote Alfred Wainwright acknowledging that on his famous Coast-to-Coast walk the finest section outside Lakeland lay between Ingleby Cross and Clay Bank Top over the North York Moors.
Something Lakeland and the Yorkshire Dales don't have is dramatic coastal walking. The Cleveland Way National Trail (110 miles/177km) combines both beautiful moorland and coastal walking in one continuous well way-marked route between Helmsley and Filey. To go full circle and extend your holiday, head inland from the outskirts of Scarborough and follow the 48 miles (77km) Tabular Hills route back to Helmsley.
Alternatively you can just dip in for a day and do a Try a Trail walk. There's 6 mile (9.7km) Ravenscar round and the 4.8 mile (7.8km) Osmotherley Ramble, or have a go at the Roseberry Topping trek.
A whole stretch of the Yorkshire Coast around 35 mile long between Staithes and Flamborough Head to the south, is known as the Dinosaur Coast with fossils going back an impressive 120 million years! From the National Trust Coastal Centre at Ravenscar, follow a trail pointing out the sites of interest to fossil hunters. Check out the organised fossil hunting trips from Whitby, and Scarborough's Rotunda Museum also has exhibitions and Dinosaur Coast events.
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High Blakey, Kirkbymoorside, YORK, YO62 7LQ
A walk of contrasts – moorland, dales and village. The route can be tricky around Danby Head and across Danby Rigg. Save time? Ask the driver to drop you off 1 mile north of the Lion Inn at the road junction by Young Ralph Cross.
Country Park Caravan Site, FILEY, North Yorkshire, YO14 9ET
The Yorkshire Wolds present amazing chalk landscapes with dry valleys and stunning wildlife alongside vibrant market towns and ancient villages.
Thornton le Dale Car Park, Malton Gate, Thornton-le-Dale, Yorkshire, YO18 7TJ
Thornton le Dale is regarded by many people as the prettiest village in the National Park.
The Old Vicarage, Bondgate, Helmsley, York, YO62 5BP
Starting and finishing in Helmsley, the Inn Way promises 89 miles of National Park walking in 6 days – and, more crucially, 31 pubs along the way!
Saltergate Car Park, Lockton, North Yorkshire, YO18 7NR
Be prepared for grand landscapes and big views on this North York Moors classic.
Market Place, Helmsley, YO62 5BL
Another route starting in Helmsley is the 70-mile Ebor Way through the Howardian Hills and Vale of York to Ilkley in Wharfedale (thus connecting the North York Moors to the Yorkshire Dales).
Grosmont Car Park, Front Street, Grosmont, North Yorkshire, YO22 5QE
Enjoy the signs of spring on a circular walk of just under 5 miles from Grosmont that starts with a shady woodland stroll through the bluebells of Doctor’s Wood and Crag Cliif Wood.
Cawthorn Roman Camps Car Park, Pickering, YO18 8QQ
Nearly 2,000 years ago the Romans built a group of fortifications overlooking the central moorlands of the National Park.
May Beck Car Park, May Beck Farm Trail, Littlebeck, North Yorkshire, YO22 5JE
If ever there was a magical woodland walk, this is it.
Clay Bank and Greenhow Plantation Walk, Clay Bank Car Park, TS9 7JA
The car park and picnic area at Clay Bank is a popular stop for its dramatic views across the Cleveland plain.
Reasty Hill Top Car Park, Harwood Dale, YO13 0DT
Get a birds-eye view of gorgeous Harwood Dale from the escarpment edge on a circular walk (just under 6 miles) that starts and finishes in the shade of Broxa Forest.
Castleton Moor Railway Station, Castleton, Whitby, YO21 2EU
Make no mistake – you have to be up for a challenge to tackle our most strenuous moorland walk, a 16½-mile circuit of the western dales and high moors that takes in the source of the River Esk, starting and finishing in Castleton.
Lealholm Railway Station, Lealholm, Whitby, YO21 2AG
It’s a tale of four contrasting valley villages on this linear walk in the central part of the Esk Valley.
Cloughton Station, Station Lane, Cloughton, YO13 0AD
Discover one of the gems of the Heritage Coast – the wooded valley of Hayburn Wyke, which reaches down to a magnificent rocky cove complete with tumbling waterfall and giant boulders.
High Staindale Car Park, Dalby Forest, YO18 7LT
Take a walk around Staindale Lake in the heart of Dalby Forest and you won’t be disappointed.
Esk Valley Hamlet parking area, YO22 5BG
When the railway came to the Esk Valley in the 1830s it transformed both life and landscape.
Bridlington Tourist Information Centre, East Riding Leisure - Bridlington, The Promenade, Bridlington, East Yorkshire, YO15 2QQ
Deep in history and rich in unexplored maritime heritage, Bridlington offers visitors and local residents a bounty of untouched hinterland which is ready and waiting to be discovered.
Castle Howard Car Park, The Stray, York, YO60 7DA
This 5-mile walk exploring the Castle Howard parkland starts outside the courtyard to Castle Howard – a perfect spot for a pre-walk coffee or post-walk refreshment.
Ravenscar, SCARBOROUGH, North Yorkshire, YO13 0ET
THE LYKE WAKE WALK is a complete crossing of the North Yorkshire moors along their main east-west watershed between the Stone at grid reference 470994 and the Trig point at 971012, a distance of approximately 40 miles.