Festivals and events
There are four 'Walkers are Welcome' towns and villages in and around the North York Moors (Guisborough, Loftus Parish, Rosedale Abbey and Thirsk), all committed to making visits from walkers as enjoyable as possible.
Some of them organise annual walking festivals too, wonderfully intimate affairs showcasing the best of the North York Moors. They're a great way to experience the spectacular scenery and meet like-minded souls.
- Redcar & Cleveland's Walking Festivals (January/February 2017, June/July and October)
A week or more's worth of walks around Cleveland, led by Countryside Rangers, Loftus ACCORD Walking Group, Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, River Tees Rediscovered and others. Hidden woodlands, ancient trods, coastal views, history and wildlife, from 90 minute strolls to full day classics, there's something for all abilities. New for the 2017 Winter Walking Festival (30 January - 5 February) is a chance to have a go at Nordic walking. See details of all Redcar & Cleveland's events here.
- WalkFest (27 - 29 May 2017)
Join us over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend for the return of our exciting walking festival! Come and join us and enjoy a great programme of over 10 guided themed walks in some very special places.
- Rosedale Walking Festival (24 - 25 June 2017)
Usually includes a range of themed walks over the weekend, such as a Tea Shop Walk, Pilgrims Way, a ‘Little Boots’ walk aimed at children, and historical and wildlife walks.
A little further afield, the Yorkshire Wolds Walking & Outdoors Festival is held over nine days every September, offering a mix of walking, cycling and riding tasters.
The Ramblers annual Festival of Winter Walks, held over the Christmas and New Year period, usually includes some walks in the North York Moors area. Check out their events calendar for the most up-to-date information.
Challenge events and charity walks
Pull on your walking boots (or running shoes) and take on a challenge with one of the many annual fundraising events organised by the local Long Distance Walkers Association groups, the two Mountain Rescue teams for the North York Moors area, local Boys' Brigade and Scouts groups, and other charities. Check their websites for specific dates.
- Scarborough Rock in January (16 or 24 miles)
- Follow the Seagulls charity walk for brainstrust (50 miles over two days)
- The Rotary Crown Tavern Charity Walk - join the 40th “Ruby Red” walk 30 April 2017 (8 or 22 miles)
- Whale Bones Walk in May (22 miles)
- North York Moors 100 (27 - 29 May 2017) - The Long Distance Walkers Association also hold an Annual 100 mile walk over the late May Bank Holiday and in 2017, it will be coming to the North York Moors! Expect a fantastic route, covering 100 miles in 48 hours. Always popular, make sure you book your place early.
- Cleveland Hike in June - a two day challenge hike for teams of 3+; as well as route finding each team faces a series of tasks ranging from general knowledge questions to Army assault courses and water obstacles. One day options now available too.
- Hanging Stone Leap in August (13 or 24 miles in 10hrs)
- Smugglers Trod in August (17 or 25 miles in 10hrs)
- Pathfinder 25 in October (15 or 25 miles)
- Kilburn Kanter in November (24 miles in 10hrs)
Find specific running and fell running events here.
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