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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 49 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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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.

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.

Wainstones Walk

Wainstones Walk

Chop Gate Village Hall, Middlesbrough, TS9 7JL

Some of the most spectacular views in the whole National Park unfold as you cross the heights of Cold Moor, en route to the magnificent rock crags known as the Wainstones.

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.

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.

Osmotherley and Mount Grace Walk

Osmotherley and Mount Grace Walk

Osmotherley Market Cross, Osmotherley, DL6 3AA

Explore handsome Osmotherley and its surroundings on a 3¼ -mile circular walk that touches every aspect of the village’s rich religious past.

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.

Zog Activity Trail at Dalby Forest

Zog Activity Trail

Dalby - The Great Yorkshire Forest, Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT

Following the success of the Gruffalo, Stick Man and Highway Rat trails, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s magical children’s picture book, Zog, will be the new activity trail for families to enjoy at Dalby Forest this winter.

Levisham Moor and Hole of Horcum Walk

Levisham Moor and Hole of Horcum Walk

Saltergate Car Park, Lockton, North Yorkshire, YO18 7NR

Be prepared for grand landscapes and big views on this North York Moors classic.

Runswick Bay Easy Access Walk

Runswick Bay Easy Access Walk

Upper Car Park, Runswick Bay, North Yorkshire, TS13 5HT

Take a pleasant 2-mile linear walk along the Runswick Bay clifftop to enjoy wide views over Runswick Bay and Port Mulgrave.

Sutton Bank and the White Horse Easy Access Walk

Sutton Bank & 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.

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.

Filey Seafront

Filey Seafront Sculpture Trail

The Beach, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9LA

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.

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.

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.

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.

Thornton le Dale and Ellerburn Walk

Thornton le Dale and Ellerburn Walk

Thornton le Dale Car Park, Malton Gate, Thornton-le-Dale, Yorkshire, YO18 7TJ

Thornton le Dale is regarded by many people as the prettiest village in the National Park.

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.

Grosmont  to Whitby Walk

Grosmont to Whitby Walk

Grosmont Railway Station, Front Street,, Grosmont, YO22 5QE

Join the River Esk on the final part of its journey from the high moors to the sea on this 8-mile linear walk that starts in Grosmont and finishes in style on the pier in Whitby (fish and chips optional!).