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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Whitby Town, Langborne Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1YN
This trail looks at some of the ‘dark’ and mysterious forces that have shaped Whitby long before a famous vampire sank his teeth into it
Saltergate Car Park, Lockton, North Yorkshire, YO18 7NR
Be prepared for grand landscapes and big views on this North York Moors classic.
Goathland Car Park, Beck Hole Road, Goathland, North Yorkshire, YO22 5NJ
Long before Heartbeat and TV fame, the tumbling waterfall of Mallyan Spout helped put Goathland on the map as a tourist village in the nineteenth century.
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.
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!
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.
Hinderwell, Whitby, North Yorkshire, TS13 5HA
The result is St Hilda's Way, a 40 mile long-distance footpath in North Yorkshire, where Hilda was once Abbess of Whitby Abbey.
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.
Levisham Station Car Park, Levisham Station, Levisham, North Yorkshire, YO18 7NN
Explore the forest tracks of Newtondale on a 6-mile circular route that combines easy valley-bottom walking with a climb into the trees for a lovely woodland wander.
Yorkshire Trails, Various locations across Yorkshire, YO11 2HG
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.
Various locations across Yorkshire, YO11 2HG
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.
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.
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.
Castleton Moor Station, Castleton, Whitby, YO21 2EU
The moorland villages of Castleton and Danby set the scene on this 7½-mile linear walk that wends its way from the higher moors down to the gentler reaches of the Esk Valley around Lealholm.
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.
Rosedale, Rosedale Village Green, Pickering, YO18 8RA
Now a peaceful, rural dale in the heart of the National Park, in the nineteenth century Rosedale was part of industrial Yorkshire, with its ironstone mines, kilns and even a moorland railway.
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.
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.
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.