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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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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.

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.

Withernsea

A Walk from Withernsea (or Rimswell)

Withernsea, Withernsea, HU19 2DJ

A chance to explore the only east coast seaside town with a lighthouse at its centre!

Spurn Point Lighthouse

Spurn Head Walks

Spurn Point, Spurn National Nature Reserve, Spurn Head, HU12 0UG

Look across the Stony Binks and Greedy Gut from this narrow tongue of sand, and see if you can spot a seal or two.

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.

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.

The Inn Way to the North York Moors

The Inn Way to the North York Moors

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!

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.

BSE Memorial Woodland

BSE Memorial Woodland

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lyke Wake Walk

Lyke Wake Walk

Ravenscar, SCARBOROUGH, North Yorkshire, YO13 0ET

THE LYKE WAKE WALK is a complete crossing of the North Yorkshire moors along their main east-west watershed between the Stone at grid reference 470994 and the Trig point at 971012, a distance of approximately 40 miles.

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.

The Moors National Park Centre, Danby

Lion Inn to Danby Moors Centre

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.

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.

Speeton Cliff Walk

Speeton Cliff Walk

Chapel Lane, Speeton, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9TQ

Rosedale Walk

Rosedale Walk

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.

May Beck and Falling Foss Walk

May Beck and Falling Foss Walk

May Beck Car Park, May Beck Farm Trail, Littlebeck, North Yorkshire, YO22 5JE

If ever there was a magical woodland walk, this is it.