Great Ayton to Danby Cycle Route

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A journey of discovery that takes you from the edge of the Cleveland Plain right into the heart of the North York Moors. The magnificent peak of Roseberry Topping and the imposing Cleveland Hills dominate the first part of the route. You’ll enjoy views over Eskdale and get a taste of the area’s unspoiled villages, with the option of finishing your trip with a visit to The Moors National Park Centre, just outside the moorland village of Danby.

About this cycle route

Route type: Moors to Sea Network

Distance:13 miles (21km)

Time: 2 to 3 hours

Start point: Great Ayton train station

Grid Ref: NZ 574 108

OS Map: Ordnance Survey OL26

Refreshments:Pubs and/or cafés in Great Ayton, Kildale, Commondale, Castleton, Ainthorpe and Danby; and a café at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby

Undulating, with a few moderate climbs, on back roads and a bridleway

This cycle route is part of the 'Moor to Sea Cycle Network', which connects Scarborough, Whitby, Dalby Forest, Pickering and Great Ayton in a stunning series of moorland, forest and coastal loops.

There are 11 different connecting sections, adding up to around 150 miles of cycling in total, through the very heart of the North York Moors National Park. Cycle it all at once (in 5 or 6 days), or tackle it a section at a time – each part of the route offers a different challenge.

There are more details on our Moor to Sea Cycle Network page, and a list of local hire outlets on the Cycle hire page.

Route highlights!

•A riverside picnic in charming Great Ayton
•Snap a pic of Roseberry Topping, Yorkshire's Matterhorn!
•Discover the upper Esk Valley, from Commondale to Danby.



  • Parking with charge


  • Accessibility of route - Easy to access.
  • Description of route - Undulating, with a few moderate climbs, on back roads and a bridleway.
  • Length of route (miles) - 13
  • Typical duration of route - 2-3 hrs.

Map & Directions

Great Ayton to Danby Cycle Route

Type:Cycle Route

Dikes Lane, Great Ayton, Westborough, Middlesborough, Cleveland, TS9 6HQ
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Season (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

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