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Walks & trails at Keldy and Cropton, Yorkshire

Drop into the Forest Retreat to find out about our self-led trails; some are themed and great for family walks. Or try the Rosedale trail, a 3-mile loop with views of Rosedale, Hartoft Valley and the distant moors. A longer 10-mile loop offers more great views and a variety of landscapes. For a more challenging walk, the Newtondale trail is a 14-mile hike, with a rewarding vista over the dales.

Helmsley and Rievaulx Abbey

One of the top UK walks

A popular walk and deservedly so, Helmsley to Rievaulx Abbey is as glorious a view of the Yorkshire landscape as you will find. It’s a seven-mile walk that climbs gently from Helmsley, affording lovely views of the town and castle. It continues into the woods, which have a carpet of bluebells in the spring, to the beautiful abbey ruins at Rievaulx. Heading back, the views of the abbey from Rievaulx Terrace are breath-taking.

Roseberry Topping and Cook's Monument

Ascend the 'Yorkshire Matterhorn'

Take a scenic drive through the North York Moors to Roseberry Topping, known locally as the ‘Yorkshire Matterhorn’ to begin this 7-mile circular walk, which involves a strenuous climb. Look south from the summit and you see the natural beauty of heather-clad moors; look north and the industrial landscape of Middlesbrough and Redcar offer a sharp contrast. This 7-mile circular walk also takes in Cook’s Monument, another of Yorkshire’s iconic landmarks.

Cleveland Way

Miles of stunning scenery

Bask in some of Yorkshire’s most beautiful scenery on the stunning Cleveland Way walking route. Stretching over 109 miles from the delightful market town of Helmsley to the Victorian seaside destination, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, the dramatic landscapes of both moorland and coastline are guaranteed to take your breath away.

Only half an hour from our cabins at Keldy and Cropton, and a favourite of our resident Forest Ranger, be sure not to forget your camera!

Dalby Forest Walks

Woodland rambles and hikes

Dalby Forest is a walkers’ paradise. Take the moderate Bridestones Trail and enjoy looking at the natural sandstone sculptures; meet the wildlife on the more demanding Deepdale Habitat Trail and savour the sweeping views over the Moors on the 4.5-mile Woodcock Way. The Visitor Centre at Dalby Forest is a great place to start and here you can pick up details of the many walks, as well as enjoying some refreshments.

North York Moors National Park

Picturesque North Yorkshire

For a pleasant day out, take the four-mile circular walk connecting the moorland villages of Hutton le Hole and Lastingham, and visit the open-air Ryedale Folk Museum at Hutton. Or try the six-mile circular route through Newtondale, where you might catch the whistle and steam of a train on the North York Moors Railway. For a riverside ramble, Thornton-le-dale to Ellerburn is hard to beat, or take the two-mile walk in the heart of Little Beck wood to discover the enchanting Falling Foss waterfall. For a more challenging hike, take the Wainstones 8-mile route end enjoy views of the whole of the moors spread out before you.

Hiking by the coast

Stunning sea views

The famous Cinder Track, along the route of the old Whitby to Scarborough railway line is a glorious 21-mile hike. For a shorter day trip, take the seven-mile section from Whitby to Ravenscar, where you will encounter smugglers coves, sea views and natural beauty. An 11-mile moorland-to-coast walk is Ravenscar to Robin Hood's Bay – take a break at Boggle Hole for some rock-pooling. The four-mile circular Howdale Moor and Brow Moor is another, shorter, coast and moorland walk, and you may spot birds of prey over Fylingdale Moor.