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Walking group by David Richardson, Large OutdoorsWalking group by David Richardson, Large Outdoors

You don’t have to go walking on your own!

Don't fancy map reading? Or maybe you'd like to meet new people while enjoying the great outdoors (and some good food)? Or how about joining a local expert on a walk of discovery, reaching the parts that other miss? Be spooked on a ghost walk, or discover the dark secrets of the smugglers... from our fishing heritage to wildlife, you'll have an unforgettable experience on any of these walks. 

Baytown A Taste of Smuggling
Discover the smuggling heritage of Robin Hood's Bay, explore secret passages and hiding places, before rounding off with a taste of one of the local beers. 
E: paul@baytownrhb.com

Large Outdoors
A nationwide outdoor pursuits and social group, with its home here in the North York Moors. There's no joining fee, simply log on and book, either on your own or with friends. From walking weekends exploring Whitby and the coast, to luxury cottage trips into the heart of the moors, the emphasis is on fun and social rather than clocking up the miles. Meet new people, try something new, enjoy good food, all at a relaxed pace. Perfect for all abilities.
T: 0161 401 0460
E: hello@largeoutdoors.com

Mikes Hikes
Guided walks for everyone, available all year, designed to make the most of each season. Informative and entertaining historical walks in the Cleveland area take a look at castles and ironstone mining. Evening walks in the dark too.
T: 07572 944362
E: mikeshikes64@gmail.com

Nordic Walking North York Moors & Coast
Take a walk on the wild side and turn a walk into a workout! Experience a genuine whole body exercises in Dalby Forest or Cloughton that can be enjoyed by all ages and all abilities. Contact Gill for more information or to book a session.
T: 07770 838472
E: nordicwalknorthyorkmoors@gmail.com

One Degree West
Provides walk guiding and navigation training for all ages and abilities. Environmental explorations with experienced, qualified teacher. Mountain Training qualified and AALA registered provider for under 18s. Bespoke packages a speciality.
T: 07508837454
E: info@onedegreewest.net

Real Staithes
Experience a way of life that is fast disappearing as you go on a foreshore walk with Sean, from Staithes to Port Mulgrave. Haul in a lobster pot, and learn about the area's dramatic history and local customs, before finishing with a lobster lunch - it's an unforgettable insight into our coastal landscape.
T: 01947 840278
E: sean@realstaithes.com

Whitby Storyteller
Walking tours and wild walks around Whitby and beyond, inspired by the history and legends of the North York Moors, following monks' trods, smuggling routes and woodland trails. Regular Robin Hood's Bay ghost walks too - a board showing times can be found next to the Slipway outside the Old Coastguard Station on the days walks are being held.
T: 01947 895122
E: info@whitbystoryteller.co.uk

Whitby Walks
Discover fine houses, secret courtyards, historic alleys and ghauts with the Storywalker who, dressed in character costume, will tell you tales and answer your questions about local ghosts, Dracula and Whitby's heritage.
T: 01947 821734
E: harry@whitbywalks.co.uk

Wild Country Walkabouts
Low impact, outdoor activities and wild walks in and around Rosedale Abbey, taking you to special places and uncovering Rosedale's fascinating ironstone history.
T: 01751 417950
E: ajm@wildcountrywalkabouts.co.uk

Yorkshire Coast Nature
Guided wildlife walks, nature tours and organised short breaks across the North York Moors and Yorkshire Coast, discovering the secrets of the area's amazing natural history.
T: 01262 851999

Local Ramblers groups also run their own programmes of walks in Scarborough, Ryedale, Darlington, Cleveland and Northallerton. The North Yorkshire group of the Long Distance Walkers Association welcomes non-members to join them on their social walks. 

The North York Moors Meetup Walking Group has more than 300 active members who organise a wide range of walks throughout the year while the Loftus ACCORD Walking Group organises free guided walks, weekly health walks and organises walks during Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council's various walking festivals in and around the north east of the National Park, with a particular emphasis on history and heritage.

If you’re looking for someone to carry your bags while you tackle a long-distance trail, or want to book a self-guided walking holiday or longer walking break, take a look at these baggage carriers and walking holiday operators.  

Free National Park walks

We have a great annual programme of events, including free guided walks, led by our knowledgeable and dedicated band of National Park Rangers, volunteers and specialists.

Let them show you their favourite parts of the North York Moors, looking at wildlife, local history and archaeology – with plenty of time to enjoy the wonderful views and changing seasons.

  • Children are welcome on the walks if accompanied by an adult
  • Dogs can also come on many of the walks, but they must be on a short fixed lead at all times
  • Some walks require a certain level of fitness – please ask when you book
  • Donations are welcome as they help us to care for the National Park.

Guided Walks Booklet

Download the 2016 guided walks programme (pdf)

Booking

It's essential to book in advance for the guided walks, either by calling 01439 772738 or by booking at one of our Visitor Centres. Numbers on each walk are restricted and many walks fill up quickly, so please book as early as possible.

Please don't just turn up on the day as you will not be allowed to join the walk. 

Occasionally, guided walks are cancelled because of poor weather or for other reasons. We make every effort to contact pre-booked walkers, but you should call us on 01439 772738 if you are at all uncertain.