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WalkFest 2020

Walkers in the North York Moors National Park Credit www.rjbphotographic.co.ukWalkers in the North York Moors National Park Credit www.rjbphotographic.co.uk

Saturday 23 May - Monday 25 May 2020

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.

This year, WalkFest takes on a watery theme, featuring a mix of walks with local experts taking in the River Rye or River Esk, as well as following stretches of the Cleveland Way National Trail, giving you a chance to walk linear stretches of the trail (with transport provided). 

Bookings and information

Advance bookings and payment are essential for all WalkFest walks unless otherwise stated below. 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.

  • A minimum age of 14 applies to our walks (except the geocaching treasure hunt), and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Dogs are welcome on the Cleveland Way Kildale to Clay Bank walk and the geochaching treasure hunt (plus many of our other guided walks organised throughout the year), 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.
  • 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.

Festival schedule 2020


Saturday 23 May

Cleveland Way Plus: Kildale to Clay Bank
We leave Kildale to follow the Cleveland Way ‘in reverse’ on this 10-mile route towards the National Park and Warren Moor. The chance to visit Baysdale is taken before returning to the main route on Ingleby Moor and then it’s on to Bloworth Crossing. After crossing the highest section of the North York Moors, including Round Hill summit, it’s back to Clay Bank car park.
Please bring a packed lunch. Dogs welcome on a short lead.
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: Adult: £6 Child: £6 (includes minibus cost). Book online.
Location: Car park at Clay Bank on B1257 between Stokesley and Helmsley (2 miles south of Great Broughton) (OS Grid Ref: NZ 572 036 or what3words: ///montage.prospered.blip)

Hawnby and Upwards!
Starting at the quaint village of Hawnby, we explore open fields and woodland on this 8.5 mile circular walk before making our way upwards to the top of the Hambleton Hills. We then descend down the valley admiring the views and the hillside streams before entering the wooded Hawnby Estate, making our way back towards the village.
Be prepared for mud and uneven ground! Please bring a packed lunch.  Sorry, no dogs.
Time: 10am – 3pm
Cost: Adult: £5 Child: £5. Book online.
Location: Hawnby Village Hall YO62 5QR (Grid Ref: SE 542 893 or what3words: ///places.trendy.supposes)

Sunday 24 May

Cleveland Way: Ravenscar to Whitby
Leaving Ravenscar, ‘the town that never was’, the 9.5-mile route passes through the derelict Peak Alum Works and then on to Robin Hood’s Bay. Picking up the Cleveland Way again, we spot shipwrecks on the shore whilst following the cliff top, finishing at Whitby Abbey. A linear walk with some strenuous sections. A minibus takes us back to Ravenscar.
Please bring a packed lunch. Sorry, no dogs.
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: Adult: £6 Child: £6 (includes minibus cost). Book online.
Location: National Trust Visitor Centre, Ravenscar YO13 0ET

Follow the Rye
Starting in vibrant Helmsley, we make our way along the Cleveland Way on this 10-mile route towards Rievaulx and Old Byland. We then make our way through Ashberry Wood seeing glimpses of Rievaulx Abbey in the distance. We’ll then follow the River Rye back along the Cleveland Way to Helmsley.
Be prepared for mud and uneven ground. Please bring a packed lunch. Sorry, no dogs.
Time: 10am – 3pm
Cost: Adult: £5 Child: £5. Book online.
Location: Helmsley Castle car park (start of the Cleveland Way) YO62 5AZ (OS Grid Ref: SE 610 838 or what3words - ///sofas.beanbag.sands)

Monday 25 May

Esk Valley Walk: Grosmont to Whitby
Follow the River Esk on the final part of its journey from the moorland to the sea. After leaving the railway heritage of Grosmont, the 8-mile route takes in fields, woods and two small villages, shadowing both the line of the river and the Esk Valley Railway, before finishing in Whitby. A minibus runs us back to the start.
Please bring a packed lunch. Sorry, no dogs.
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: Adult: £6 Child: £6 (includes minibus cost). Book online.
Location: Whitby Tourist Information Centre, Langbourne Road, YO21 1DN or what3words: ///rebounded.continues.almost

Bilsdale from all Angles!
Starting at Chop Gate Village Hall Car Park, we head up onto Bilsdale West Moor on this 7.5-mile route, taking in the views of the valley and the surrounding moorland before walking towards the Bilsdale Transmitting Station. We then head down to Fangdale and follow the contours of the River Seph back to Chop Gate.
Be prepared for mud and uneven ground! Please bring a packed lunch. Sorry, no dogs.
Time: 10am – 3pm
Cost: Adult: £5 Child: £5. Book online.
Location: Chop Gate Village Hall Car Park TS9 7JW (OS Grid Ref SE 558 993 or what3words: ///dish.tolerable.paves)

Cleveland Way: Geocaching Treasure Hunt
Join the Cleveland Way National Trail, the National Trust and the North York Moors National Park on a hunt for hidden treasure. Using one of our GPS units, get out on the Cleveland Way and enjoy a 2-3 mile walk searching for clues in hidden boxes. Just turn up on the day, but please allow approximately 2 hours to complete the route. Latest departure time is 2pm.
Steep ascents and descents (pavements, roads and steps). Varied and uneven surfaces. Dogs allowed on short lead. No booking required just drop in anytime.
Cost: Family: £5, plus £20 deposit
Time: Drop in between 10:30am - 2pm
Location: Ravenscar, National Trust Visitor Centre, Peakside