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NYMR Train in Newtondale by Mike Kipling

Rosedale Abbey to Dalby

The most challenging Moor to Sea section crosses no fewer than four steep-sided woodland valleys – including the North York Moors' own miniature 'Grand Canyon' of Newtondale – and also includes long stretches on stone tracks and grass and earth paths. Your reward? Spectacular scenery, shady forest tracks and moorland paths on a route that’s largely traffic-free.

Cycle route info

Route type:
Moors to Sea Network
Distance:
15 miles (24km)
Time:
2 to 4 hours
Start point:
Rosedale Abbey village green
Cycle hire
Grid Ref:
SE 724 959
OS Map:
Ordnance Survey OL26 & OL27
Refreshments:
Pubs and cafés in Rosedale Abbey, café and visitor centre at Low Dalby, and pub in Levisham

About this cycle route

Country lanes and forest tracks, with mostly easy gradients

This cycle route is part of the 'Moor to Sea Cycle Network', which connects Scarborough, Whitby, Dalby Forest, Pickering and Great Ayton in a stunning series of moorland, forest and coastal loops. 

There are 11 different connecting sections, adding up to around 150 miles of cycling in total, through the very heart of the North York Moors National Park. Cycle it all at once (in 5 or 6 days), or tackle it a section at a time – each part of the route offers a different challenge.

There are more details on our Moor to Sea Cycle Network page, and a list of local hire outlets on the Cycle hire page.

Route highlights!

  • Shady tracks in Cropton Forest
  • Newtondale – 12 miles long and 250-feet deep
  • Watch out for the steam trains of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway
  • Explore the villages of Levisham and Lockton