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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Yorkshire Trails, Yorkshire, HG4 1AQ
Complete a spy mission as you explore the harbour and old town areas of Scarborough on this Treasure Trail. Follow the Trail and solve intriguing clues in order to complete your mission.
Yorkshire, HG4 1AQ
A Treasure Trail is a self-guided walk, cycle or drive where Trailers follow clear directions and find clues along the way in order to solve a mystery. They are available in many locations across the country.
Ravenscar Transmitter Mast, YO13 0NE
Choose a clear day for this 4-mile circular walk to enjoy amazing views of two very different landscapes of the National Park – sweeping heather moorland and the dramatic Ravenscar coastline looking across to Robin Hood’s Bay.
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.
Low Mill Car Park, Daleside Road, West Farndale, North Yorkshire, YO62 7UY
Enjoy a classic spring walk in the so-called ‘Daffodil Dale’ to see Farndale’s glorious wild daffodils.
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.
Esk Valley Hamlet parking area, YO22 5BG
When the railway came to the Esk Valley in the 1830s it transformed both life and landscape.
Sutton Bank and the White Horse Walk, Sutton Bank National Park Car Park, Sutton Bank, Thirsk, YO7 2EH
This old favourite takes you to the top of the most northerly white horse in England.
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.
Saltburn Valley Gardens, Valley Gardens, Saltburn-By-The-Sea, TS12 1NY
Take a stroll in Saltburn Valley Gardens, where a maze of pleasant paths and tracks wind through a mixture of formal gardens and woodland.
Rosedale Mineral Railway Walk, Chimney Bank Car Park, Rosedale Abbey, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 8RA
Choose a clear day and the panoramic views of Rosedale will reward your efforts on this glorious 1-mile route.
The Old Man's Mouth Picnic Site, Forge Valley, East Ayton, Scarborough, YO13 9EW
Take to the boards on this easy-going 2-mile linear route through the strikingly beautiful woods of Forge Valley.
Cleveland Way Car Park, Cleveland Way, Helmsley, YO62 5AH
The route from the market town of Helmsley to Rievaulx Abbey is a well-trodden one, but it never loses its capacity to delight and inspire.
Lord Stones Country Park, Carlton Bank, Chop Gate, TS9 7JH
It might only be a shade under 3 miles, but this is a real adventure walk for all the family, with some awe-inspiring views into the bargain.
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.
The Moors National Park Centre, Lodge Lane, Danby, Whitby, YO21 2NB
Danby Castle – ancestral home of the Danby Estate – lies high up on a spur overlooking the Esk Valley.
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.
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.