Much like the Yorkshire Dales, although probably slightly less well-known, the North York Moors has some of the best walking country in England.
We recently discovered a fantastic resource for sourcing and downloading detailed walking guides for the North York Moors – the excellent North York Moors National Park website. So start planning your walking holiday to the North York Moors – take your pick from gentle walks under 3 miles to longer more challenging routes for more seasoned walkers.
I’ve chosen my favourite 3 walks to share with you here…
Walking in the North York Moors
Rosedale Mineral Railway | Distance 1 mile
Affording some of the best views of Rosedale and the surrounding moorland, this short walk takes you along the old railway line for Rosedale’s 19th Century Ironstone Mines. It’s one of my favourite spots in the North York Moors – the perfect introduction to this stunning landscape.
- Start – Chimney Bank Car-park, Rosedale Abbey
- Time – approx. 1 hour
- More details: www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/visiting/walking/walks/rosedale-mineral-railway
- Where to stay – Rosella Cottage, Rosedale Abbey
Helmsley & Rievaulx Abbey | Distance 7 miles
This is a medium length circular route which climbs up out of Helmsley towards Rievaulx Abbey through ancient bluebell woods and gentle rolling hills. There is much to love about this walk. You start in one of the prettiest towns in the North York Moors, Helmsley… The route takes in some beautiful moorland scenery on the way. And finally you are rewarded with genuinely spine-tingling views of Rievaulx Abbey, a quite magnificent ruin in the most picturesque setting.
- Start – Cleveland Way Car-park, Helmsley
- Time – approx. 4 hours
- More details: www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/visiting/walking/walks/helmsley-and-rievaulx-abbey
- Where to stay: Church View, Helmsley
Roseberry Topping & Cooks Monument
Roseberry Topping will always have a place in my heart, like most people who live within sight of the stunning ‘Yorkshire Matterhorn’. I’ve scaled it’s heights many times and it is always a pleasure. This classic 7-mile circular route takes in both Roseberry Topping and Cook’s Monument and leads you across heather moorland and woods between the two. Some stunning photo opportunities en route so recommend taking the camera along…
- Start – Great Ayton Tourist Info Car-park
- Time – approx. 5 hours
- More details: www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/visiting/walking/walks/roseberry-topping-and-cooks-monument
- Where to stay: Partridge Cottage, Chopgate
Happy rambling! And remember you can view the full list of 24 North York Moors Walking Guides on the North York Moors National Park website.