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WalkFest 2018

Walkers in the North York Moors National Park Credit www.rjbphotographic.co.ukWalkers in the North York Moors National Park Credit www.rjbphotographic.co.uk

WalkFest 2018 (Saturday 26 May – Monday 28 May 2018)

Join us over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend for the return of our walking festival and enjoy a great programme of guided themed walks in some very special places. We'll have:

  • walks for all ages and abilities, with expert guides
  • a chance to visit the only new working mill in Yorkshire
  • walks in the Land of Iron, giving a captivating insight into ironstone heritage
  • a chance to walk linear stretches of Wainwright’s Coast to Coast and the Cleveland Way (with transport provided)

Bookings and information

Advance bookings and payment are essential for all WalkFest walks. Unless otherwise stated below, book your place online at http://northyorkmoors.eventbrite.com/

No refunds will be given unless the event is cancelled by the organisers or there are exceptional circumstances. For further information, call 01439 772738.

  • A minimum age of 14 applies to our walks, and all children aged 14+ must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Dogs are allowed on Captain Cook's Younger Years, but must be kept on a short fixed lead at all times.
  • Appropriate clothing and footwear is essential. It's also your responsibility to choose walks appropriate to your ability and experience – participation will be at the final discretion of the walk leader.

Festival schedule 2018


Saturday 26 May

Captain Cook’s Younger Years
With 2018 marking the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s epic journey on the HMS Bark Endeavour, get a flavour of his life as a boy. Meet at Great Ayton where Cook went to school, before following a 6.5 mile route to Little Ayton he may have taken to the farm where his father worked. On to Easby Moor walking up to the Captain Cook’s Monument, before joining the Cleveland Way as it heads towards Roseberry Topping, with the option of climbing to the top before returning to the start, past the newly excavated house where James and his family lived during summer months. Please bring a packed lunch.
Cost: Adult: £5.00  Child: £5.00 (minimum age 14) Details of how to book online to follow.
Time: 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Location: Great Ayton car park, near TIC (OS Grid Ref: NZ 564 106)

Coast to Coast Part 1: Blakey Ridge to Glaisdale
This 10 mile linear walk from Blakey Ridge affords expansive views of Rosedale before a fine traverse of moorland leads to the circling of the head of Great Fryup Dale. The track, an ancient highway, follows Glaisdale Rigg which leads pleasantly down to the village of Glaisdale. Return by minibus. Sorry no dogs. Please bring a packed lunch.
Cost: Adult: £6.00  Child: £6.00 (includes minibus) (minimum age 14) Details of how to book online to follow.
Time: 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Lion Inn, Blakey Ridge (OS Grid Ref: SE 679 997)

The Rosedale Iron-rush (Land of Iron walk)
Travel back in time as we explore Rosedale’s industrial past on the 9.5 mile walk. Visit the place where the chance discovery of magnetic ironstone led to a mining boom that lasted 70 years and left a monumental mark on the landscape. Some steep and rough terrain will be encountered on this route. There’s the option to have lunch at Dale Head Farm Tea Garden (not included in the price). Sorry no dogs. Please bring a packed lunch.
Cost: Adult: £5.00  Child: £5.00 (minimum age 14) Details of how to book online to follow.
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Rosedale Abbey, village green (OS Grid Ref: SE 724 959)

Sunday 27 May

Conquer the Cleveland Way Part 1: Sutton Bank to Osmotherley
An 11.5 mile walk heading out on the Cleveland Way from Sutton Bank along the escarpment. Look down on Gormire Lake, one of only four natural lakes in Yorkshire. Join the historic Hambleton Drove Road, used since prehistoric times, before descending towards the former reservoir at Oakdale and the attractive village of Osmotherley. Return from Osmotherley to Sutton Bank by minibus. Sorry no dogs. Please bring a packed lunch.
Cost: Adult: £6.00  Child: £6.00 (includes minibus) (minimum age 14) Details of how to book online to follow.
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Sutton Bank National Park Centre

Coast to Coast Part 2: Glaisdale to Falling Foss
This 9 mile walk leaves Glaisdale through woodland, and follows a centuries old pannier way towards Egton Bridge before reaching Grosmont with its varied history. A steep climb takes us back onto open moorland and finally dropping down into Littlebeck and the woodland setting of Falling Foss waterfall. Return to Glaisdale from Falling Foss by minibus. Sorry no dogs. Please bring a packed lunch.
Cost: Adult: £6.00  Child: £6.00 (includes minibus) (minimum age 14) Details of how to book online to follow.
Time: 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Glaisdale Railway Station (OS Grid Ref: NZ 783 056)

The Five Mills Walk
After a brief slide show in the Village Hall, we follow a 7-mile route that takes in five mills with a chance to speak to three of the owners and the opportunity to look in one which is probably the only new working mill in Yorkshire. Enjoy your packed lunch in the grounds of Lastingham Village Hall with a chance to view the church’s Norman crypt before ending the walk with tea and biscuits back at Appleton’s Village Hall. Sorry no dogs. Please bring a packed lunch.
Cost: Adult: £7.50  Child: £7.50 (minimum age 14) Details of how to book online to follow.
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Appleton le Moors Village Hall (OS Grid Ref: SE 735 877)

Monday 28 May

Conquer the Cleveland Way Part 2: Scarborough to Filey
A 7-mile walk that starts by rambling along Scarborough’s two bays and round the headland, we climb up on to the cliff tops to pass the former location of the Holbeck Hall Hotel, which famously slipped into the sea. We pass further evidence of coastal slippage before reaching the beautiful expanse of Cayton Bay and experiencing the last few miles of the Cleveland Way to the stunning Filey Brigg, a birdwatchers’ paradise. Return from Filey to Scarborough by minibus. Sorry no dogs. Please bring a packed lunch.
Cost: Adult: £6.00  Child: £6.00 (includes minibus) (minimum age 14) Details of how to book online to follow.
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Sea Life Centre car park, Scarborough

Coast to Coast Part 3: Falling Foss to Robin Hood’s Bay
Leaving the waterfall’s woodland setting, the 12-mile route passes through forest and moorland to reach High Hawsker. We follow the road briefly, leaving it to head for the North Sea and the Cleveland Way. Following the cliff top route, enjoy views of the broad sweep of Robin Hood’s Bay until we reach the old part of the village, known as Baytown, and the seashore finish. Minibus back to the start at Falling Foss. Sorry no dogs. Please bring a packed lunch.
Cost: Adult: £6.00  Child: £6.00 (includes minibus) (minimum age 14) Details of how to book online to follow.
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Robin Hood's Bay, Station car park (OS Grid Ref: NZ 950 054)

Trods and Trees (Land of Iron walk)
Traverse hidden byways through the historic landscapes of the Esk Valley on this 7.8 mile walk. Discover how land use and the environment has changed over time, watched over by ancient woodland and veteran trees that have seen several centuries come and go. Expect some steep and rough terrain on this route. Sorry no dogs. Please bring a packed lunch.
Cost: Adult: £5.00  Child: £5.00 (minimum age 14) Details of how to book online to follow.
Time: 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Location: Beggar's Bridge, Glaisdale (OS Grid Ref: NZ 785 054)