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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.

Experiences | Walking groups | Free National Park guided 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. 

Coast & Moors Nordic Walking
Take a walk on the wild side and turn a walk into a workout! Experience a genuine whole body exercise from Saltburn, Redcar, Guisborough or the North York Moors that can be enjoyed by all ages and all abilities. Led by qualified and experienced Nordic Walking instructors, there are classes every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, or why not try a free taster session? 
T: 07774 844921

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: 01653 740400

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

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

Walk Yorkshire
Whether it's route planning or an experienced trail guide you're looking for, former Royal Marine Mountain Leader, Kevin Borwell has over 30 years experience walking and exploring the trails within the National Park. The routes can be as gentle or as difficult as you wish and he can guide you on smaller less energetic days to longer high mileage events.
T: 01347 811566 / 07834232153

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

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: 07880 801 957 or 01947 880485

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: 01642 965918

Yorkshire Coast Nature
Guided wildlife walks, nature tours and organised short breaks in the North York Moors, across its moorland, forests and coast; discover the secrets of the area's amazing natural history.
T: 01262 851999

Walking groups

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 nearly 300 members who organise a wide range of walks throughout the year while a newer group North York Moors & Coast Walking and Stuff will warmly welcome you.

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

The Breath of Fresh Air Guided Walks is a great annual programme of events, including free guided walks, led by our knowledgeable and dedicated band of National Park volunteers and specialists. Our programme returns in June 2021, please read our covid-19 guidelines below before booking.

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.

It's essential to book in advance for our free guided walks. Book your place online at

Please note that stated finish times for all walks are for guidance only and although every endeavour is made to finish on time, occasionally external factors such as the weather can have an influence.

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. For further information, call 01439 772738.

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.

Covid-19 guidelines

Please do not attend if you show Covid symptoms or have been exposed to the virus in the last 14 days, including having been contacted by ‘NHS Test and Trace’.

Participants will be reminded at the beginning of the walk to maintain social distancing of 2 metres, but our Walk Leaders are not able to take responsibility for ensuring that this is respected 100% of the time. If you feel that your space is being impinged upon, please raise this with the other participants and the Walk Leaders at the time.

The maximum group size will usually be 8 people in June and then 15 from July 2021.

Social distancing puts increased pressure on the Walk Leaders to ensure they are able to be heard, even with the reduced group sizes. Be aware that this may be an insurmountable problem for the hard of hearing.

Our Walk Leaders will not wear face masks nor are we requiring our participants to do so. However, please bring one to wear in the event where social distancing is not possible.

Please bring a hand sanitiser to use as you feel fit e.g. crossing stiles or handling gates.

Please be aware that there will be no hand washing facilities should there be a lunch stop on the walk so please use your sanitiser.

Provision of first aid will be limited. Where possible, for example for minor injuries, dressings etc. will be supplied and you will be asked to apply them yourself or with the assistance of any member of your bubble who is accompanying you. Please bring a face mask to be worn in emergency situations where our Walk Leaders are required to administer first aid.