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WalkFest 2022

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WalkFest 2022

Join us over a spring weekend for the return of our walking festival and enjoy a great programme of guided themed walks in some very special places.

Saturday 28 May -  Sunday 29 May 2022

This year, WalkFest celebrates the 70th anniversary of the North York Moors National Park with a series of walks following the coastal stretches of the Cleveland Way National Trail, giving you a chance to walk linear stretches of the trail (with transport provided). There will also be a special walk delving into the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Byland, a significant but largely forgotten battle at Sutton Bank.

Festival schedule 2022

Saturday 28 May

Cleveland Way: Saltburn to Staithes
Leaving Saltburn by the Sea, which rose in popularity with the Victorians, this 9 mile route rises quickly onto the clifftop. After coming across several art features, the path climbs up to Boulby Cliff, at 203 metres the highest on England’s east coast, before finishing at the picturesque harbour village of Staithes.
Please bring a packed lunch.
Time: 10 am – 4:30 pm  
Cost: £6 per person (includes return transport). Booking essential
Location: Top of Saltburn Cliff Tramway TS12 1HQ (toilets at start/finish)

Cleveland Way: Staithes to Whitby
The Cleveland Way follows the clifftop from Staithes to Runswick Bay then drops down in to Sandsend with its extensive beach. This 11.5 mile walk finishes in Whitby, famous for its links with whaling, Captain Cook and Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Please bring a packed lunch.
Time: 10 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: £6 per person (includes return transport). Booking essential
Location: Staithes Bank Top car park TS13 5BB (OS Grid Ref: NZ 781 185) (toilets at start/finish)

Sunday 29 May

Cleveland Way: Whitby to Ravenscar
Leaving Whitby Abbey, this 9.5 mile route follows the clifftop where we spot shipwrecks on the shore below. After passing a redundant lighthouse and foghorn station, the route goes through the popular village of Robin Hood's Bay before a climb past the Peak Alum Works finishing at Ravenscar, regarded as ‘the town that never was’.
Please bring a packed lunch.
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: £6 per person (includes transport to start of walk). Booking essential
Location: National Trust Visitor Centre, Peakside, Ravenscar YO13 OET (OS Grid Ref: NZ 980 015) (toilets at start/finish)

Battle of Byland walk:  Sutton Bank to Rievaulx Abbey
Sunday 29 May  6 miles
This is the first of two walks provided by the National Park marking 700 years since the Battle of Byland. Leaving Sutton Bank, the initial point of attack by the Scots, hear more about the battle as the route follows that taken by their 500 horsemen as they desperately rode to Rievaulx Abbey in the hope of capturing the English King.
Time: 1 pm – 4:30 pm  
Cost: £6 per person (includes return transport). Booking essential
Location: Sutton Bank National Park Centre YO7 2EH  (toilets at start/finish)

Bookings and information

Advance bookings and payment are essential for all WalkFest walks unless otherwise stated. Book your tickets online.

No refunds will be given unless the event is cancelled by the organisers or there are exceptional circumstances. For further information, call 01439 772738.

  • Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Sorry no dogs, although dogs on short leads are welcome on many of our other guided walks organised throughout the year.
  • 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.
  • 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.