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Cleveland Way 50th Anniversary

Cleveland Way National Trail, near Whorl Hill, credit Thomas Heaton VisitEnglandCleveland Way National Trail, near Whorl Hill, credit Thomas Heaton VisitEngland

The North York Moors National Park is home to the nation's favourite national trail, the Cleveland Way. The 109 mile long route meanders through dramatic coastline and heather moorland, whilst offering stunning views of castles, ancient stone crosses and fishing villages tucked into tiny coves, it really does have it all!  

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Cleveland Way and to celebrate, we'll be hosting a series of events, walks, talks, competitions and exhibitions, including: 

Cleveland Way National Trail 50th Anniversary

  • A booklet listing the general public’s suggestions for the 50 best things to do on the Cleveland Way. Flick through the e-book below or pick a copy up from our National Park Centres at Sutton Bank and Danby.
  • A new film all about the National Trail produced by students from Teesside University, updating the original public information film that was created back in the 1970s.
  • A new 5k family run, Bunny Run, on the Cleveland Way on 16 June starting from Sutton Bank
  • Events aimed at schools and group visits
  • A celebratory print of the Cleveland Way and accompanying cards, donated by award-winning landscape photographer Joe Cornish as a fundraiser for the two official charities - Scarborough & Ryedale and Cleveland Mountain Rescue Teams, available to purchase through Joe Cornish Galleries as well as Sutton Bank National Park Centre and The Moors National Park Centre.

Workshops at Sutton Bank National Park Centre

Family Drawing Workshop (7 September) - Join artist-in-residence Debbie Loane for a three hour workshop. Taking a short walk along the Cleveland Way to Garbutt Wood, Debbie will explain some of her techniques for finding interesting things, taking photos and making quick sketches. From these a beautiful record of the walk will be created in the form of a concertina book. All necessary equipment and materials are provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Minimum age 7. Booking essential

Natural Landscape Workshop (8 September) - Join Debbie Loane for this all-day workshop, beginning with a guided walk along the Cleveland Way towards Garbutt Wood nature reserve. Debbie will explain some of her techniques and participants will be encouraged to collect materials to make their own mark making tools. Back at the centre, create brushes and tools and experiment with mark making to make a concertina book incorporating your experiences of the walk. All necessary equipment and materials are provided. Minimum age 18. Booking essential.

Two exhibitions were also held in the Inspired by... gallery from 11 May to 9 June: 109 Miles exhibition featured around 100 paintings and drawings by Debbie Loane, the trail’s artist-in-residence, depicting the diverse landscape of the Cleveland Way; Cleveland Way in Miniature, a collection of postcard-size works of art dedicated to the National Trail; and a Nostalgia gallery displayed items and memorabilia relating to the trail.

Walking event

Celebrate the Cleveland Way 50th, with Large Outdoors who have introduced a new walking event, The Castle to Abbey Coastal Challenge along the Cleveland Way, taking place on 14 September.

Keep checking back here for more details and information on activity and announcements taking place in 2019.

Cleveland Way photo competition

To celebrate 50 years of the Cleveland Way, we wanted you to share what you love about our treasured national trail with us. We had over 400 entries for the competition! Below are the three winning photos. You can also see framed versions of them at Sutton Bank National Park Centre. 

: The three winning photos of the Cleveland Way photo competition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Trail

Getting around the Cleveland Way 

Leave the car at home and enjoy bite size sections of the national trail by public transport. 

Seasonal weekend and bank holiday services

Moorsbus services operate from 3 May to 29 September 2019 but only on specific days, using low-floor accessible buses. It serves a number of railway stations including York, Malton, Thirsk, Northallerton and Danby. Download all Moorsbus timetables here.

Daily services
  • Arriva's regular X93 service runs from Middlesbrough to Scarborough via Guisborough, Whitby and many villages including Robin Hood's Bay. The X4 serves villages along the coastal stretch of the Cleveland Way north of Whitby including Sandsend, Runswick Bay, Staithes and Saltburn by the Sea through to Middlesbrough.
  • Coastliner and Transdev York - Including the 840 Coastliner service, voted Britain's most scenic bus route in 2018! Pick up their various daily services from Leeds, Tadcaster, York, Easingwold and Malton, serving Helmsley and Whitby along the National Trail.  

For more options and detailed service information and times visit Traveline to plan your journey.