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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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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.

Mallyan Spout and Beck Hole Walk

Mallyan Spout and Beck Hole Walk

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Roseberry Topping and Cook's Monument Walk

Roseberry Topping and Cook's Monument Walk

Roseberry Topping and Cook's Monument, Great Ayton Tourist Information, High Green Car Park, Great Ayton, Middlesbrough, TS9 6BJ

An ascent of the ‘Yorkshire Matterhorn’, plus a reminder or two of the great navigator and explorer Captain Cook – just some of the delights of this classic 7-mile circular walk through dappled woodlands and across heather moorland.

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.

Robin Hood's Bay and Maw Wyke Walk

Robin Hood's Bay and Maw Wyke Walk

Station Car Park, Station Road, Robin Hood's Bay, YO22 4TG

The 6-mile walk to Maw Wyke follows the cliffs north of Robin Hood’s Bay and passes Ness Point, one of the most treacherous headlands along this coastline.

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.

Castleton to Lealholm Walk

Castleton to Lealholm Walk

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.

Filey Seafront

Filey Seafront Sculpture Trail

The Beach, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9LA

Transpennine Trail Sign

Trans Pennine Trail

Hornsea, East Yorkshire, HU18 1AB

The Trans Pennine Trail is a multi-user route across the North of England from Southport to Hornsea and with north - south route from Leeds to Chesterfield, plus a spur to York.

Staithes and Port Mulgrave Walk

Staithes and Port Mulgrave Walk

Bank Top Staithes Car Park, Whitegate Close, Staithes, TS13 5AD

Get some sea air on this 4-mile circular walk, starting at the atmospheric old fishing village of Staithes, with its harbourside cottages, cobbled streets and winding alleys.

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.

Ravenscar to Robin Hood's Bay Walk

Ravenscar to Robin Hood's Bay Walk

Ravenscar National Trust Coastal Centre, Peakside, Ravenscar, YO13 0NE

Enjoy the National Park in a nutshell on this 11-mile walk through some of the North York Moors’ most characteristic landscapes.

Jurassic garden at Pannett Park

The Jurassic Garden

Pannett Park, Whitby, YO21 1RE

A special pathway in the garden taking you through the Jurassic period.

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.