North York Moors Hikes

Along with a spectacular landscape, an abundance of activities is one of the reasons this region is so special – stroll through the shady forests, surf the coastal waves, cycle through the vast moorland, visit the area’s picturesque steam train tracks or head to the golf course to wind down. The North York Moors are also a great place for explorers of all ages, conditions and skill.

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THE TOP 10 HIKING TRAILS IN NORTH YORK MOORS NATIONAL PARK

#1. Captain Cook’s Monument and Roseberry Topping (8.25km, 324m, 2.25-2.75h): This is a superb hike – taking you to two distinctive peaks of the North  York Moors.  Though likely to be busy, especially on a summer day, it’s definitely worth the ascent!

#2. Ravenscar and Robin Hood’s Bay (14.7km, 226m, 3.25-4h): From high on the cliffs of Ravenscar this hike follows the coastline to the higgledy piggledy streets of Robin Hood’s Bay, gently meandering back inland via the old Scarborough-Whitby railway. This is truly special and not to be missed. Exceptional views across the bay from start to finish.

#3. Farndale ‘Daffodil walk’ (6km, 68m, 1.5-2h): A beautiful stroll along Farndale valley between the picturesque villages of Low Mill and Church Houses. Either follow the loop for a gentle couple of hours ambling through the Yorkshire countryside or for buggy/wheelchair option complete an out and back version.

#4. Hole of Horcum (10.9km, 165m, 2.5-3h): So superbly beautiful from start to finish, this hike is a popular yet peaceful trek through the varied countryside. Begin high above a great ravine and continue along the rim of the route towards the village of Levisham. From there, head into the heart of the Hole of Horcum – not to be missed!

#5. Goathland, Mallyan Spout and the Roman Road (12.4km, 316m, 3.25-4h): Although a challenging hike – both lengthy and requiring steady legs for the negotiation of some uneven and craggy terrain through West Beck – it’s most definitely worth it! You’ll be rewarded with beautiful wooded valleys, a spectacular waterfall, open moorland and the well-preserved Roman Road.

#6. Coughton and Hayburn Wyke (6.9km, 161m, 2-2.5h): This undulating but not overly challenging route links the Wyke’s of Cloughton and Hayburn along an intriguing stretch of the Cleveland Way. Highlights include the waterfall at Hayburn Wyke and stunning views out to the North Sea and along the coastline to Scarborough.

#7. Cold Moor and Urra Moor (14.8km, 450m, 3.75-4.5h): This strenuous hike includes plenty of steep ascents and descents but rewards with exceptional views in all directions. Join a beautiful part of the Cleveland Way, linking the aptly named Cold Moor and rugged Urra Moor.

#8. Sutton Bank, White Horse of Kilburn and Gormire Lake (13.5km, 313m, 4-5h): Starting on the top of Sutton Bank, the route follows the cliff top Cleveland Way, meanders along forest tracks, through rolling farmland and even catches Gormire Lake. This makes for an energetic and varied hike with lots of fantastic views along the way.

#9. Black Hambleton (12.9km, 280m, 3.25-4h): This hike starts just below the summit of Black Hambleton, skirting around the base of the hill through forestry and farmland before a sharp ascent brings you up onto the ridge. The final 6 km is an easy hike with impressive views across the Vales of York and Mowbray, and on a clear day you will be lucky enough to spot the Pennines in the distance.

#10. Helmsley to Rievaulx Abbey (10.6km, 185m, 1.5-2h): This popular 11 km route starts in the bustling market town of Helmsley and follows part of the Cleveland Way to reach the idyllic village and ruins of Rievaulx Abbey. With plenty of classic Yorkshire views and history a plenty this is a great loop and day out.

01. CAPTAIN COOK’S MONUMENT AND ROSEBERRY TOPPING

01. CAPTAIN COOK’S MONUMENT AND ROSEBERRY TOPPING

  • Difficulty
  • 8.25km
  • 324m
  • 2.25-2.75h

02. RAVENSCAR AND ROBIN HOOD’S BAY

02. RAVENSCAR AND ROBIN HOOD’S BAY

  • Difficulty
  • 14.7km
  • 226m
  • 3.25-4h

03. FARNDALE “DAFFODIL WALK”

03. FARNDALE “DAFFODIL WALK”

  • Difficulty
  • 6km
  • 68m
  • 1.5-2h

04. HOLE OF HORCUM

04. HOLE OF HORCUM

  • Difficulty
  • 10.9km
  • 165m
  • 2.5-3h

05. GOATHLAND, MALLYAN SPOUT AND THE ROMAN ROAD

05. GOATHLAND, MALLYAN SPOUT AND THE ROMAN ROAD

  • Difficulty
  • 12.4km
  • 316m
  • 3.25-4h

06. CLOUGHTON AND HAYBURN WYKE

06. CLOUGHTON AND HAYBURN WYKE

  • Difficulty
  • 6.9km
  • 161m
  • 2-2.5h

07. COLD MOOR AND URRA MOOR

07. COLD MOOR AND URRA MOOR

  • Difficulty
  • 14.8km
  • 450m
  • 3.75-4.5h

08. SUTTON BANK, WHITE HORSE OF KILBURN AND GORMIRE LAKE

08. SUTTON BANK, WHITE HORSE OF KILBURN AND GORMIRE LAKE

  • Difficulty
  • 13.5km
  • 313m
  • 4-5h

09. BLACK HAMBLETON

09. BLACK HAMBLETON

  • Difficulty
  • 12.9km
  • 280m
  • 3.25-4h

10. HELMSLEY TO RIEVAULX ABBEY

10. HELMSLEY TO RIEVAULX ABBEY

  • Difficulty
  • 10.6km
  • 185m
  • 1.5-2h

“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees

– Henry David Thoreau