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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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Cleveland Way

Cleveland Way - Filey

Cliff Top, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9HG

This 109 mile/176 kilometre walking route follows the fantastic scenery of the North York Moors National Park starting (or ending) from the cliff top at Filey Brigg.

Ebor Way Walk

Ebor Way Walk

Market Place, Helmsley, YO62 5BL

Another route starting in Helmsley is the 70-mile Ebor Way through the Howardian Hills and Vale of York to Ilkley in Wharfedale (thus connecting the North York Moors to the Yorkshire Dales).

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!

Filey Seafront

Filey Seafront Sculpture Trail

The Beach, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9LA

Helmsley and Rievaulx Abbey Walk

Helmsley and Rievaulx Abbey Walk

Cleveland Way Car Park, Cleveland Way, Helmsley, YO62 5AH

The route from the market town of Helmsley to Rievaulx Abbey is a well-trodden one, but it never loses its capacity to delight and inspire.

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.

Coast to Coast Walk

Coast to Coast Walk

The Dock, Robin Hoods Bay, WHITBY, North Yorkshire, YO22 4SJ

Lake District walker extraordinaire Alfred Wainwright first published his Coast to Coast Walk in 1973, and it's grown to become one of the best-loved long-distance trails in the world.

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.

Saltburn Valley Gardens

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.

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.

Newtondale Walk

Newtondale Walk

Levisham Station Car Park, Levisham Station, Levisham, North Yorkshire, YO18 7NN

Explore the forest tracks of Newtondale on a 6-mile circular route that combines easy valley-bottom walking with a climb into the trees for a lovely woodland wander.

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.

Danby Castle Walk

Danby Castle Walk

The Moors National Park Centre, Lodge Lane, Danby, Whitby, YO21 2NB

Danby Castle – ancestral home of the Danby Estate – lies high up on a spur overlooking the Esk Valley.

Lord Stones Walk

Lord Stones Walk

Lord Stones Country Park, Carlton Bank, Chop Gate, TS9 7JH

It might only be a shade under 3 miles, but this is a real adventure walk for all the family, with some awe-inspiring views into the bargain.

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.

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.

St. Hilda's Way Walk

St. Hilda's Way Walk

Hinderwell, Whitby, North Yorkshire, TS13 5HA

The result is St Hilda's Way, a 40 mile long-distance footpath in North Yorkshire, where Hilda was once Abbess of Whitby Abbey.

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.

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.

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.