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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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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.

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.

Terrington Walk

Terrington Walk

Terrington Village Hall, Springfield Court South Back Lane, York, YO60 6PX

This enjoyable 2½-mile walk in the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty delivers some great views.

Runswick Bay Easy Access Walk

Runswick Bay Easy Access Walk

Upper Car Park, Runswick Bay, North Yorkshire, TS13 5HT

Take a pleasant 2-mile linear walk along the Runswick Bay clifftop to enjoy wide views over Runswick Bay and Port Mulgrave.

Staindale Lake Easy Access Walk

Staindale Lake Easy Access Walk

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.

BSE Memorial Woodland

BSE Memorial Woodland

Castlebeck & Scar Woods, Harwood Dale, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO13 0LB

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.

Osmotherley and Mount Grace Walk

Osmotherley and Mount Grace Walk

Osmotherley Market Cross, Osmotherley, DL6 3AA

Explore handsome Osmotherley and its surroundings on a 3¼ -mile circular walk that touches every aspect of the village’s rich religious past.

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.

Easily Accessible Walking Route

Easily Accessible Walking Route

Forge Valley, Near East Ayton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, 498500

A pretty and interesting wheelchair friendly 4Km walk along a smooth and safe boardwalk which follows the River Derwent, the start is close to the car park and the boardwalk ends where the path comes out of the wood on to pasture land.

Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail

Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail

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.

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.

Lion Inn to Hutton le Hole Walk

Lion Inn to Hutton le Hole Walk

Lion Inn, High Blakey, Kirkbymoorside, YORK, YO62 7LQ

Downhill all the way - with great views across Rosedale from the old Ironstone railway. Not happy with moorland crossing after Rosedale Bank Top? Then continue alongside the minor road back to Hutton le Hole.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cawthorn Roman Camps Easy Access Walk

Cawthorn Roman Camps Easy Access Walk

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.

Hutton le Hole and Lastingham Walk

Hutton le Hole and Lastingham Walk

Hutton le Hole Car Park, Moor Lane, Hutton le Hole, North Yorkshire, YO62 6UB

Enjoy quiet fields, country lanes and moorland tracks on a charming 4-mile circular walk connecting the two moorland villages of Hutton le Hole and Lastingham.

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.