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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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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.

Robin Hood's Bay and Maw Wyke Walk

Robin Hood's Bay and Maw Wyke Walk

Station Car Park, Station Road, Robin Hood's Bay, YO22 4TG

The 6-mile walk to Maw Wyke follows the cliffs north of Robin Hood’s Bay and passes Ness Point, one of the most treacherous headlands along this coastline.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Grosmont to Beck Hole Walk

Grosmont to Beck Hole Walk

Grosmont Car Park, Front Street, Grosmont, North Yorkshire, YO22 5QE

Enjoy the signs of spring on a circular walk of just under 5 miles from Grosmont that starts with a shady woodland stroll through the bluebells of Doctor’s Wood and Crag Cliif Wood.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Speeton Cliff Walk

Speeton Cliff Walk

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

Rosedale Mineral Railway Easy Access Walk

Rosedale Mineral Railway Walk

Chimney Bank Car Park, Rosedale Abbey, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 8RA

Choose a clear day and the panoramic views of Rosedale will reward your efforts on this glorious 1-mile route.