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Artist in residence appointed as part of plans for the Cleveland Way 50th anniversary

Debbie Loane, Artist in residence for the Cleveland Way painting at Runswick BayDebbie Loane, Artist in residence for the Cleveland Way painting at Runswick Bay

An ‘artist in residence’ has been appointed as part of plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of Britain’s best-loved long distance national trails in 2019.  

Cleveland Way National Trail 50th anniversary logoThe 109-mile Cleveland Way which runs across the North York Moors National Park from Helmsley to Filey Brigg via Osmotherley, Saltburn by the Sea, Whitby and Scarborough, is 50 years’ old on 24 May 2019.

Landscape artist Debbie Loane from Easingwold has been appointed as the trail’s artist in residence and is now preparing a major exhibition of her work, titled ‘109 Miles’ that will be staged from 11 May – 9 June at the National Park’s Inspired by… gallery at Danby to coincide with the anniversary.

The exhibition will be based on Debbie’s interpretation of six very distinct stretches of the Cleveland Way trail that she walked earlier this year and which were chosen to reflect the diverse landscape along the route.

The locations include the tree-lined route above Rievaulx Abbey, the sweeping escarpment of Sutton Bank, the cliff tops around Skinningrove and Boulby and the urban townscape of Scarborough.

In 2016, Debbie, who runs the Lund Gallery at Easingwold, was one of two artists who retraced the steps of artist JMW Turner across Yorkshire to produce an exhibition at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes marking the bi-centenary of his work.

Other plans to celebrate the Cleveland Way’s 50th will reflect the great diversity of the landscape, variety of features and the broad range of activities along the trail that make it so special.

Plans include:

  • the publication of a booklet in the New Year listing the general public’s suggestions for the 50 best things to do on the Cleveland Way
  • the creation of a new film about the trail  
  • a special 50-mile ultramarathon trail running event on 16 March organised by the Hardmoors Ultra Series.  
  • Inspired by… gallery’s 109 Miles exhibition 11 May – 9 June (preview day Thursday 9 May)
  • a special event on the actual anniversary on 24 May that will see walkers wearing 1960s hiking gear striding out from Helmsley to Rievaulx Abbey
  • two of the annual walking festivals dedicated to the Cleveland Way – the National Park’s WalkFest (25-27 May) and the Redcar & Cleveland Walking Festival (15-23 June)  
  • a 5k family run on the Cleveland Way on 16 June  
  • events aimed at schools and group visits.
  • fundraising for the official charities - Scarborough & Ryedale and Cleveland Mountain Rescue Teams.

Malcolm Hodgson, Cleveland Way National Trails Officer comments: “When the trail first opened it was mainly popular with hikers but now runners, families and artists are just as likely to enjoy sections of the route as well as those with particular interests such as bird watching or fossil hunting.  

“It’s also the sheer diversity of the landscape and terrain that makes the Cleveland Way special – whether you’re after a quiet sandy cove, beautiful heather moorland or dramatic scenery such as Sutton Bank’s escarpment from which author and vet James Herriot declared the view to be the ‘finest in England’.”


Notes to editors:

National Trails

National Trails are long distance routes for walking, running and sometimes cycling and horse riding through the finest landscapes in England and Wales. Altogether there are about 2,500 miles (4,000km) of National Trails in England and Wales. There are 15 Trails in England and Wales.  

The Cleveland Way was the second National Trail to open. The trail launched on 24 May 1969. It runs for 109 miles in a horseshoe loop across much of the North York Moors National Park between Helmsley and Filey. The coastal Cleveland Way follows part of the England Coast Path, which will be 2,795 miles (4,500km) long when it is completed in 2020.  

The Cleveland Way attracts thousands of visitors every year, mainly from the UK, but also from all over the world, especially the Netherlands and Germany.

The Cleveland Way is managed through the Cleveland Way Partnership by the North York Moors National Park Authority and Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council. Most of the funding for the National Trail comes from Natural England with additional support from the managing authorities.

North York Moors National Park

The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres), the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 7.6 million visitors a year.  

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a wide variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families.

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