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Unforgettable hikes in the North York Moors

Graham Hicks

Unforgettable hikes in the North York Moors

Hiking Collection by komoot

7

Tours

25:50 h

56.8 mi

6,075 ft

The North York Moors National Park is an extremely special place. Where else do you find stunning moorland next to golden beaches? Picturesque fishing villages set amid wildflower meadows? Ancient ruins next to bustling harbors? There is nowhere quite like it.

From the glorious coastline—an example of the British seaside at its best—wild moorland erupts proudly before giving way to lush meadows and farmland. Three quarters of all the world’s heather moorland is in Britain and North Yorkshire boasts the largest expanse in England.

In winter, the moors have a rugged and melancholy charm. In the summer, they erupt in glorious purple blossom as the heather flowers. At any time of year, you will find them a welcome escape from the hustle-and-bustle of modern life.

With such a rich variety of scenery and things to explore, there is something for everybody in the North York Moors and the routes in this Collection represent that. Whether you want to hike up hills and through empty moors, saunter through ancient ruins and churches, relax on sandy beaches, paddle in the sea, swim in freshwater lakes, admire cliff-top views, or explore hidden coves, there will be something to fall in love with in this glorious part of England.

This Collection will show you the many different sides of this national park. With routes of varying lengths, for all ages and abilities, you will be taken to some of the best known—and best kept secrets—of the North York Moors on these glorious routes.

Whitby is a fantastic choice to stay when visiting the area. A fascinating town to explore in its own right, the ancient port boasts a huge range of accommodation, plenty of food and drink options, a glorious beach, history, nightlife, museums, and more. There is an abundance of classic countryside and coastal walks straight from Whitby, too, and fantastic bus links from the town to inland honeypot towns and villages. Whitby has a train station, too, with decent connections from all over the country.

If you opt to stay somewhere a little more off the beaten track, there are also train stations in the nearby towns of York, Malton, Scarborough, Middlesbrough, Saltburn by the Sea, Northallerton and Thirsk, with good bus links from the stations.

For more information about the North York Moors, where to stay, visit, eat and drink, transport advice and much more, visit: northyorkmoors.org.uk.

For local bus timetables and information, visit: yorkshiretravel.net.

For train timetables and tickets, visit: thetrainline.com.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    03:02
    6.81 mi
    2.2 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This delightful circuit is an absolute classic. Taking you along the cliff tops from Robin Hood’s Bay to Maw Wyke, and back down an old railway line, you are treated …

  • Intermediate
    04:51
    11.0 mi
    2.3 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The coastline of North Yorkshire is so charming and beautiful, it is easy to ignore the inland delights. This spellbinding circuit ensures you will not miss-out, though, showing you another …

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  • Difficult
    06:02
    13.8 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,125 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    If you are looking for the ultimate coastal walk in North Yorkshire to complete in one day, this route is just that. For nearly 14 miles (23 kilometers), there is …

  • Easy
    01:21
    3.13 mi
    2.3 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    When you visit Whitby, it is easy to understand why generation-after-generation falls in love with the town.

    The ancient and picturesque sea port boasts Blue Flag beaches with golden sands …

  • Intermediate
    03:26
    7.23 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A young James Cook spent many days exploring the countryside of this route. Perhaps the tantalizing views of the North Sea from the summit of Roseberry Topping set something alight …

  • Intermediate
    03:41
    7.54 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This superb route treats you to some of the finest views in the North York Moors national park. From the heady heights of Cold Moor to the rugged Wainstones and …

  • Intermediate
    03:27
    7.34 mi
    2.1 mph
    975 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    From one of the area’s most famous landmarks, to the best wild swimming spot, and including majestic woodland and breathtaking cliff-top views, this route is a hidden gem of the …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    56.8 mi
  • Duration
    25:50 h
  • Elevation
    6,075 ft
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Unforgettable hikes in the North York Moors