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Walking on the Yorkshire Coast

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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

Scarborough Harbour & Castle Treasure Trail

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 Trails

Yorkshire Trails

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.

Howdale Moor and Brow Moor Walk

Howdale Moor and Brow Moor Walk

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 and Ellerburn Walk

Thornton le Dale and Ellerburn Walk

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.

Farndale's Famous Daffodil Walk

Farndale's Famous Daffodil Walk

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 Harbour

Bridlington Maritime Trail

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 to Beck Hole Easy Access Walk

Esk Valley to Beck Hole Easy Access Walk

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 Easy Access Walk

Sutton Bank and the White Horse Easy Access Walk

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 and Falling Foss Walk

May Beck and Falling Foss Walk

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 And Greenhow Plantation

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 Easy Access Walk

Saltburn Valley Gardens Easy Access Walk

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 Easy Access Walk

Rosedale Mineral Railway Easy Access Walk

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.

Forge Valley Wood Easy Access Walk

Forge Valley Wood Easy Access Walk

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.

Helmsley and Rievaulx Abbey Walk

Helmsley and Rievaulx Abbey Walk

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 Walk

Lord Stones Walk

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 to Grosmont Walk

Lealholm to Grosmont Walk

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.

Danby Castle Walk

Danby Castle Walk

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 Walk

Castle Howard Walk

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.

Broxa Forest Walk

Broxa Forest Walk

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.

Cloughton and Hayburn Wyke Walk

Cloughton and Hayburn Wyke Walk

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.

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