The North York Moors is ideal for walking with landscapes varying from flatter terrains to more challenging climbs. Whether you are looking for easier or more challenging options, we have put together six of the best walks in the North York Moors.
All these walks have been taken from The North York Moors Pack from walking-books.com.
Easy walks in the North York Moors
1. Pickering Castle and the North York Moors Railway – 5.5 miles
This walk starts from the North York Moors railway station in Pickering (the start or end of the line depending on which way you are going), and should take about three hours to complete. We like the fact it’s a circular walk and you can treat yourself to a drink in one of Pickering’s many cafes and pubs after completion.
You’ll follow the railway line, crossing streams and woodland and there are lots of vantage points to spot passing steam trains.
Where to stay: Dove Cottage, Pickering
2. Littlebeck and Falling Foss – 4.5 miles
This walk should take about three hours and the start and end point (it’s circular) are an idyllic spot for a picnic. You’ll walk through a sheltered valley passing the scenic Falling Foss waterfall, as well as the pretty wooded hamlet of Littlebeck. This part of the North York Moors is close to the coast so you could always combine with a trip to Robin Hoods Bay.
Where to stay: Curlew Cottage, Goathland
Medium walks in the North York Moors
3. Mount Grace Priory and Scarth Wood Moor – 8 miles
This lovely walk starts at the pretty North York Moors village of Osmotherley and takes in the 14th-century Mount Grace Priory – the best-preserved Carthusian monastery in Britain. You’ll walk through the grounds and onto a woodland path that leads to the priory. Carrying on from here, you’ll get panoramic views across the countryside.
Where to stay: Isla Cottage, Osmotherley
4. Lastingham and Ana Cross – 8.5 miles
This walk takes in the lovely North York Moors villages – Hutton-le-Hole and Lastingham. It also takes in Ana Cross (at 12 feet high, it’s the largest in the Moors) at the top of Rosedale Bank. You’ll get fantastic views from here of Rosedale village which is right in the centre of the North York Moors.
Where to stay: The Escape, Kirbymoorside
Challenging walks in the North York Moors
5. Roseberry Topping, Highcliff Nab and Cook’s Monument – 10.5 miles
This North York Moors walk may be challenging, but it’s also very rewarding as it takes in three of the finest view points along the way. You’ll start off at Newton-under-Rosebery (close to Great Ayton) where there is a handy pub before ascending Roseberry Topping. You’ll then head to High Cliff Nab which is a great place to stop for some lunch as you enjoy the view.
Images courtesy of Mike Nichols
Finally, you’ll head to Captain Cook’s Monument – the sandstone pillar is 51 feet high – the age of Captain Cook when he died!
Where to stay: The Old Police House
6. Urra Moor, Cold Moor and The Wainstones – 7.5 miles
This exhilarating North York Moors walk crosses two moors and finishes off with a climb up to the Wainstones. You’ll start at the scenic Clay Bank, go through Chop Gate (where you can stop for a drink at The Buck Inn) and pass through Urra Moor and Cold Moor towards The Wainstones. These distinctive rocks are 1300 feet high so offer stunning views.
Where to stay: Partridge Cottage, Chop Gate
This is just a small selection of the scenic walks to try in the North York Moors – there really is something for all abilities. Let us know your favourite North York Moors walks.
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