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Best trails in North York Moors National Park, England

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Looking for a great trail in North York Moors National Park, North Yorkshire? AllTrails has 104 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 85 moderate trails in North York Moors National Park ranging from 1.5 to 22.1 miles and from 91 to 1,482 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

North York Moors National Park contains one the largest expanse of heather moorland and reaches to the impressive cliffs of the North Sea Coast. The park is a moorland plateau, intersected by a number of deep dales or valleys containing cultivated land or woodland, provides visitors with an incredible landscape to explore. Visitors can enjoy the network of rights-of-way almost 2,300 km. North York moors includes famous walks such as the Cleveland Way, which circles the moors, and has a section along the coast; the Lyke Wake Walk, which leads directly across the heart of the moors and the White Rose Way, a long distance walk from Leeds to Scarborough. Visitors can also enjoy cycling, mountain biking, and horse-riding, including a circular long distance bridle route created around the North York Moors which can be accessed at a number of locations.

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Map of trails in North York Moors National Park, England
Park information
Acreage:
354,560 acres
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Top trails (104)
#1 - Mallyan Spout via Grosmont
North York Moors National Park
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Length: 7.7 mi • Est. 3 h 57 m
Enjoy the beautiful waterfall of Mallyan Spout on this walk.Show more
#2 - Whitby to Robin Hood's Bay
North York Moors National Park
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Length: 8.2 mi • Est. 4 h 13 m
This is a well maintained trail along the coast with great views of Robin Hood's Bay. Show more
#3 - Hole of Horcum
North York Moors National Park
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 27 m
A circular walk to the Hole of Horcum. The Hole of Horcum is a "Devil's Punchbowl" type feature which, according to local legend, was made by a giant who scooped up a large ball of earth and tossed it aside to create a nearby hill, Blakey Topping. Begin at the car park just east of the Hole of Horcum, which provides great views of the countryside. Follow the route along the moor to the town of Levisham. The Horseshoe Inn is a great spot to stop for refreshments! Keep walking along the town's main road and follow signs for the Hole of Horcum. The path slowly ascends uphill and back to the parking lot where the walk began.Show more
#4 - Roseberry Topping
North York Moors National Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 36 m
The distinctive shape of Roseberry Topping is clearly visible from a good distance away and whilst not the highest point in the North York Moors, it is much more recognizable. It's 320m above sea level, some 130m lower than the nearby Urra Moor and makes a fine walk on its own or as part of a longer walk in the area. The views from the top are big and broad making it a popular destination. It's quite a steep climb to get to the top but not difficult - the walk here takes the shortest route to the top rather than a more gentle approach, although to reach the very top there is no gentle approach! The walk here takes between 2 and 3 hours. Do note that after rain the paths can be very muddy and slippery, so do take care and you might find walking poles very helpful when descending the very rocky and quite tricky path from the summit. Roseberry Topping has many historical connections. Bronze Age and Iron Age remains have been found on the slopes. Captain Cook was born in 1736 on a farm in the nearby village of Great Ayton and apparently was a favourite destination as a boy. The area was part of a game estate and an old hunting shelter is still on the southern part of the hill. Mining subsidence and geological faults appear to have caused a landslip in 1914 that have resulted in the current shape of the summit. Roseberry Topping is now under the ownership and care of the National Trust.Show more
#5 - Guisborough Three Peaks Circular
North York Moors National Park
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Length: 9.1 mi • Est. 4 h 50 m
This route features Bousdale Hill, Roseberry Topping, Little Roseberry, and Highcliffe.Show more
#6 - Goathland and Mallyan Spout
North York Moors National Park
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 23 m
A short walk from the famous village of Goathland in the heart of the North York Moors. The walk gives you chance to explore the village itself (made famous as the set of TV drama "Heartbeat") then descends into the valley to visit the Mallyan Spout waterfall and an enchanting stretch of the West Beck river before joining a section of the old railway for the climb back to the village. There are several climbs and descents throughout (including long flights of steps) and to reach the Mallyan Spout waterfall you will need to scramble over a few hundred yards of rocks and boulders which can be very slippery so sturdy waterproof footwear is a must. There are no stiles, just a few gates. You will be sharing some of the paths with sheep so keep dogs under close control. There are toilets alongside the car park at the start of the walk. Approximate time 1.5 hours.Show more
#7 - Sutton Bank, White Horse of Kilburn, and Gormire Lake
North York Moors National Park
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Length: 7.7 mi • Est. 4 h 11 m
Begin the walk at the Sutton Bank car park. Cross the road and get on the Cleveland Way. After a couple of kilometers, you will pass by the White Horse of Kilburn. Continue along the route, crossing Hood Beck and Sutton Bank Road. You will then pass by Gormire Lake before connecting to a larger bridleway. Follow the Cleveland Way and you will ascend again to the Sutton Bank car park, taking in the great views along the way.Show more
#8 - Lord Stones and Cringle Moor
North York Moors National Park
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 29 m
A circular walk from Lord Stones in the North York Moors, near Chop Gate in North Yorkshire. The walk begins at Lord Stone (https://lordstones.com/), home to a cafe-restaurant and shop, and visits the standing stones which give the site its name. Setting out, the route crosses a beautiful section of remote moorland before joining the Cleveland Way to climb steeply to the top of Cringle Moor, the third highest hill in the North York Moors which offers spectacular views, before a gentler descent back to Lord Stones. With the views on offer, it is definitely a walk to save for a clear day. The route has several steady undulations throughout, plus one very steep climb to the top of Cringle Moor and a long moderate descent. There are no stiles or kissing gates on route, but you will need to negotiate two bridle gates plus flights of uneven rocky steps (meaning boots are a must). The paths on top of the moor are very exposed so dress appropriately. The paths are all well-maintained, making navigation straightforward. Dogs are welcome and there is a large grass area to burn off canine energy, near the stones at the start. Once onto the moor, you are asked to keep dogs on the paths and under close control, to protect the wildlife. The top path across Cringle Moor has steep drops to one side so take care with children and dogs on this stretch. Approximate time 1.5 hours. Show more
#9 - Cuddy Lane Circular Walk
North York Moors National Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 1 h 48 m
#10 - Captain Cook's Monument and Roseberry Topping
North York Moors National Park
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 35 m
This route includes two of the North York Moors most unique peaks in the area. Start the walk at the car park on Dikes Lane and head south toward Easby Moor. After about 1 km you will arrive at Captain Cook's monument, which is dedicated to the navigator, sailor, explorer, and captain who attended school nearby in Great Ayton. Next, begin the descent to the north, crossing Fir Brook and Dikes Lane. Take Aireyholme Lane and continue along the route to Roseberry Topping, which offers great views of the surrounding countryside. Then, follow the route east in the direction of Little Roseberry before the trail turns south back towards the starting point.Show more
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