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The best walks on North Yorkshire moors

A complete guide to the best places to explore

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North Yorkshire moors are a vast area of stunning scenery, and at the heart you'll find the North York Moors National Park. 1 of 15 National Parks in the UK, covering an area of 554 square miles of moorland, coastline, forests, and dales. With so many places to discover, we’ve listed some of the best North Yorkshire moors walks…

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Our top 5 North Yorkshire moors walks

1. Ravenscar

First on our list of North Yorkshire moors walks is Ravenscar. An easy route to follow, this 2.7km trail is made up of a figure-of-eight loop passing through National Trust landscape. Splitting into two sections, there are no steps or stiles on either loop however, there is a short incline on the southern loop as well as two kissing gates. The northern loop is ideal for people with mobility issues due to the flat terrain. Boasting coastal views, over sheer cliffs this trail takes in views of Blea Wyke and Robin Hood’s Bay. Views are spectacular all year long, but especially beautiful in spring with wildflowers along the cliff edge.

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Ravenscar

Take in beautiful views from Ravenscar out to the north coast of Yorkshire

2. Runswick Bay

Next on our list is Runswick Bay. A linear route, this 3.2km trail is an easy access walk following the Cleveland Way National Trail. The route is mostly level with a grassy terrain through fields and along the cliff edge, with just one kissing gate along the way. Walk along the clifftop and enjoy wide views over Runwick Bay and Port Mulgrave. At the halfway point you will see the remains of the harbour at Port Mulgrave, which dates to 1856 when it was used to ship iron ore from nearby mines to furnaces.

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Runswick Bay

Explore Runswick Bay on the north Yorkshire coast

3. Levisham Moor and the Hole of Horcum

For a slightly longer North Yorkshire moors walks, Levisham Moor and the Hole of Horcum is the one for you. A circular route, this 7km walk takes in beautiful scenic views across the North York Moors starting from Saltergate over the Hole of Horcum. There’s a possible diversion to the viewpoint of Skelton Tower, which extends this trail by 4km making it an 11km trail.

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Levisham Moor and the Hole of Horcum

Take in beautiful scenic views across Hole of Horcum

4. Robin Hood's Bay and Maw Wyke

Another long walk is Robin Hood’s Bay and Maw Wyke. A circular route, this 9.8km trail follows the cliffs of Robin Hood’s Bay passing Ness Point. An easy route to navigate, follow the signposts for the Cleveland Way National Trail on the outward part of the journey and return along the Cinder Track. For North Yorkshire moors walks with coastal views this route is a must with plenty of cafés, pubs and restaurants along the way.

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Robin Hood's Bay

Witness the summer heather in full bloom looking out to Robin Hood's Bay

5. Wainstones Walk

Last on our list is Wainstones Walk. A circular route, this 13km trail boasts some of the most spectacular views in the National Park. Navigate your way through the heights of Cold Moor as you approach the rock crags known as the Wainstones and enjoy the scenic views across the moors. This route follows heather moorland tracks along Cold Moor and Urra Moor, which can be wet and muddy. The Cleveland Way section of the walk is predominantly along a stone surfaced waymarked track.

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Wainstones walk

Discover rock crags known as the Wainstones

With so many North Yorkshire moors walks to choose from you’ll be spoilt for choice on your walking and hiking holiday in the UK. Our hot tub cabins are situated within the North York Moors making them an ideal base. Choose between accommodation at Keldy in a grassy, sunlit glade or accommodation in Cropton within a picturesque grassy meadow. Book your cabin and explore Yorkshire on two feet.

 

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