Pickering to Highwood Brow Cycle Route

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Starting in Pickering – southern gateway to the North York Moors National Park – this stage of the Moor to Sea meanders from the sweeping expanse of the Vale of Pickering through the wooded heart of Dalby Forest. It passes through the pretty village of Thornton le Dale and the peaceful hamlet of Ellerburn, before a gradual ascent through pleasant forest, mostly on good quality forest roads. At Low Dalby you’ll find a forest visitor centre, refreshments and cycle hire, after which you climb up onto the plateau and ride on to reach Highwood Brow, from where there are stunning views across Troutsdale.

About this cycle route

Route type: Moors to Sea Network

Distance:14 miles (22.5km)

Time: 2½ to 4 hours

Start point: Pickering roundabout

Grid Ref: SE 796 839OS

Map: Ordnance Survey OL27

Refreshments: Plenty of choice in Pickering and Thornton le Dale; refreshments and visitor centre in Low Dalby; picnic areas at Low Dalby and Highwood Brow

Roads and forest tracks with a fairly easy gradient, apart from a couple of moderate hills

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!
•Enjoy an ice cream in picturesque Thornton le Dale
•Don't miss the charming church in Ellerburn – and the tea rooms too!
•A shady ride through the woods in Dalby Forest
•Visitor centre and café at Low Dalby.

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  • Parking with charge


  • Accessibility of route - Easy to access.
  • Description of route - Roads and forest tracks with a fairly easy gradient, apart from a couple of moderate hills
  • Length of route (miles) - 14
  • Typical duration of route - 2hrs 30mins-4hrs.

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Public Transport Directions

Accessible by Public Transport: Scarborough Railway Station station is 0 miles away.

Pickering to Highwood Brow Cycle Route

Type:Cycle Route

Pickering Roundabout, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7DL
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Season (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)

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