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WalkFest 2017

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Saturday 27 May – Monday 29 May 2017

After a successful walking festival in May 2016, WalkFest will return in 2017. Further details to follow. Details of our 2016 Walking Festival are shown below.

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
  • expert guides, from the worlds of archaeology, wildlife, conservation, even brewing!
  • children’s treasure hunts to moorland hikes
  • afternoon tea strolls and steam train rides

Bookings and information

Advance bookings and payment are essential for all WalkFest walks. Unless otherwise stated below, to reserve a place on any of the festival walks, please call 01439 772738 or call into The Moors National Park Centre, Danby.

  • Children are welcome but minimum ages apply, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Dogs are allowed on some walks, 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 2016

Saturday 28 May – Monday 30 May

Bugs & Beasties
Pop into Thornton le Dale’s Chocolate Factory and pick up our minibeast treasure hunt at any time during WalkFest, seeking out bugs hidden around the village. Find all the creepy-crawlies and solve the clues to claim your prize! 
Cost: Adult: Free Child: £3
Time: 10am – 3.30pm (drop in any time)
Location: The Chocolate Factory, Thornton le Dale

Saturday 28 May

Conquer the Cleveland Way Part 1: Whitby to Ravenscar
This strenuous 9.5 mile linear walk along a popular section of the Cleveland Way National Trail has a piece of heritage at every turn. Spot shipwrecks on the shore, tread in the footsteps of smugglers, pass through Peak Alum Works (once the home of the world’s first chemical industry) and finish with a bracing climb up to Ravenscar. Please bring a packed lunch. Sorry, no dogs.
Cost: Adult: £6 Child: £6 (includes minibus cost) (minimum age 14)
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: National Trust Visitor Centre, Ravenscar, for minibus to Whitby

Time Travel – With Cake!
Join archaeologist Chris Hall to explore archaeological sites from the Bronze Age to the present day. This 9.5 mile circular walk starts at Ravenscar and crosses the nearby moors, returning on the Cleveland Way past the sites of the industries which once flourished in this area. The walk has some steep sections – but you will be rewarded at the end with tea and cake. Please bring a packed lunch. Sorry, no dogs.
Cost: Adult: £10 Child: £10 (includes tea and cake) (minimum age 14)
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: National Trust Visitor Centre, Ravenscar

Geocaching Treasure Hunt
Using one of our GPS units, enjoy a 3-mile walk searching for clues and goodies in hidden boxes along the way. You pay a charge (per family) for the GPS unit, plus a refundable deposit. The route takes about 2 hours to complete and you can just turn up on the day. Dogs welcome but must be kept on a lead.
Cost: Family: £5, plus £20 refundable deposit
Time: 10.30am – 2pm (drop in any time)
Location: National Trust Visitor Centre, Ravenscar

Bridestones Revisited
Walk along the Old Wife’s Way for 7.25 miles and listen to the stories surrounding it and its ‘giant’ connection. Visit one of the old pagan crosses that exist on the moors and marvel at a more recent addition to the skyline! You’ll also hear how nature has eroded stone outcrops to form the fascinating Bridestones, before returning to Saltergate and its wonderful view over Levisham Moor. Please bring a packed lunch. Sorry, no dogs.
Cost: Adult: £5 Child: £5 (minimum age 14)
Time: 11am – 3pm
Location: Saltergate car park, A169 (OS Grid Ref: SE 852 938)

Steam & Scones
Join a member of the ‘This Exploited Land’ Programme team on a 3.5 mile walk along part of George Stephenson’s original 1836 railway line from Goathland to Grosmont (mostly level but with some gradients). Enjoy a cup of tea and a scone afterwards at Hazelwood House – then enjoy the ride back on the steam train! Dogs on leads are welcome but will need to be left outside the tearoom (or sit in the lovely gardens). Please note there is an additional £3 charge for each dog taken on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
Cost: Adult: £15 Child: £15 (includes refreshments & steam train ride)
Time: 1pm – 5.30pm
Location: Goathland Station, YO22 5NF

A Taste of Smuggling
Step back in time to 18th-century Robin Hood’s Bay when smuggling was rife and discover its dangers, hiding places and secret passages. Join Paul Johnston from Baytown Beers and enjoy a gentle 60-minute stroll around Old Baytown, followed by the opportunity to taste locally brewed beer at The Victoria. Sorry, no dogs.
Cost: Adult: £7.50 (includes beer tasting) (minimum age 18)
Time: 6pm onwards
Location: Robin Hood’s Bay Museum

Sunday 29 May

Wildlife, Wildfire and Archaeology
Join Voluntary Ranger David Perry, and Wildlife Ranger Chris Hansell of the Hawk and Owl Trust, on a 5 mile circular walk around the eastern corner of Fylingdales Moor. See breathtaking views as you learn about the history of the area from the Iron Age to modern times. You’ll encounter burial mounds, standing stones and ancient woodland, as well as the flora and fauna of the open moor. Sorry, no dogs.
Cost: Adult: £4.50 Child: £4.50 (minimum age 14)
Time: 10am – 2pm
Location: Jugger Howe layby car park (OS Grid Ref: NZ 945 002)

A Different View
Voluntary Ranger Roger Mackintosh shows you Goathland and the surrounding area in a new light. This undulating 10 mile circular walk ranges from woodland and beck side to the open moor, and is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about moorland management and local history through clues in the landscape. Please bring a packed lunch. Sorry, no dogs.
Cost: Adult: £5 Child: £5 (minimum age 14)
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Goathland car park (OS Grid Ref: NZ 833 013)

Conquer the Cleveland Way Part 2: Osmotherley to Clay Bank
A strenuous 10.5 mile linear walk that follows the natural rollercoaster of the Cleveland Hills – a superb moorland experience with outstanding views. See and hear the red grouse as it breaks cover before you. Gaze across the Vale of Cleveland to Teesside, and turn the other way to look upon the heart of the North York Moors. Please bring a packed lunch. Sorry, no dogs.
Cost: Adult: £6 Child: £6 (includes minibus cost) (minimum age 14)
Time: 10am – 4.30pm
Location: Clay Bank car park, for minibus to Osmotherley

Mammal Tracking Treasure Hunt
Search the grounds for animal footprints and discover which belong to each creature. Pick up the missing letters on the way to find the magic code word for the treasure box!
Cost: Adult: Free Child: £3 (minimum age 4) 
Time: 11am – 4pm (drop in any time)
Locations: The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre

Monday 30 May

Conquer the Cleveland Way Part 3: Ravenscar to Scarborough
Our strenuous 10.5 mile linear walk uncovers some hidden gems on one of the quieter coastal lengths of the Cleveland Way, including Hayburn Wyke, with its pebble beach and magical waterfall. Continue to one of England’s finest seaside towns, Scarborough, overseen by its stunning castle. Please bring a packed lunch. Sorry, no dogs.
Cost: Adult: £6 Child: £6 (includes minibus cost) (minimum age 14)
Time: 10am – 4.30pm
Location: Scarborough Railway Station, for minibus to Ravenscar

Churches, Cake and Company
Enjoy a short 2 mile circular walk, taking a riverside stroll to the delightful hamlet of Ellerburn, and discover more about its ancient church from guest speaker, the Rev. Dr J M White. There’s a private lunch at the charming Tea Cosy Café before returning to the historic village of Thornton le Dale. Dogs welcome but must be kept on a lead.
Cost: Adult: £12 Child: £12 (includes lunch and refreshments)
Time: 11am – 1.30pm
Location: Thornton le Dale National Park car park (OS Grid Ref: SE 835 829)