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Step into Spring - exciting walks and curriculum linked activities

Explore the National Park with your pupils on one of these fabulous day walks. Blow the cobwebs away, stretch your legs and boost your mental health whilst learning about our spectacular landscapes, wildlife and heritage. Each walk is led by an experienced leader from the National Park Education Service and usually lasts 4 hrs.  A typical day starts at 10:00am and finished at 2:00pm but some can be extended if required. Cost for a four hour day is £5.75 per child. Please note that there are no toilet facilities during the walks but are available at the start and finish. Max group size is a class per activity leader with a maximum of two classes per day.

Robin Hood’s Bay circular (pdf) with an opportunity to add rockpooling and fossil hunting.

A fabulous loop taking in spectacular cliff top views.  Learn about mythical boggles and smugglers whilst exploring the life within rockpools and searching for fossils. Coach pick up and drop off at Robin Hood's Bay.

Robin Hood’s Bay to Ravenscar

As well as spectacular cliff top views you’ll find and identify spring/summer plants and flowers.  You’ll discover how the landscape has been shaped by industry, visiting the historic alum works and spotting signs of the town that never was! Coach drop off at Robin Hood's Bay and pick up at Ravenscar.

Sutton Bank loop to the White Horse (pdf)

Look out on “England’s finest view” and learn how it was formed during the last Ice-age. You’ll discover moorland and woodland and you’ll create your own white horse. Listen to folklore tales of Gormire Lake and the thieves’ highway and if you’re lucky watch the gliders take off and land. Circular route from Sutton Bank National Park Centre to the famous White Horse of Kilburn.

Goathland to Grosmont (pdf)

Walking the path of Stephenson’s railway you’ll discover Ironstone mines, lost settlements, steam trains, woodlands and river habitats. Walk through one of the oldest railway tunnels in the world and if there’s time visit the engine sheds. Coach drop off at Goathland and pick up at Grosmont.

Staithes to Runswick Bay

Discover the incredible art illusion trail in the heart of this picturesque village then climb the step hill and enjoy sweeping clifftop views.  You’ll learn about the geology along this stretch of coast and how it has shaped the area, whilst spotting wildlife.  For an extended day there is time for some rockpooling at the ‘best beach in Britain’ at Runswick Bay. Coach drop off at Staithes an pick up at Runswick Bay.

Additional curriculum linked activities

Most of the following activities are based at Danby Lodge National Park Centre (formerly The Moors National Park Centre) and Sutton Bank Visitor Centre and are again led by experienced leaders from the National Park Education service . Activities last from an hour up to a full day (just mix and match), the maximum capacity is usually 60 children depending on the children's age, the number of accompanying adults and the activities. If you can't see anything suitable here, we're happy to adapt activities whenever possible to link to your objectives or to cater for any special needs of your children.

Additional walks

We use a range of resources and short activities along these routes to help children enjoy and understand these spectacular places.

Moorland Walk  (pdf)  Circular walk from Danby Lodge National Park Centre (formerly The Moors National Park Centre) to experience the moorland environment. Make a full day by adding one of the other activities listed below

Food and Farming Walk (pdf) Circular walk through farmland from Danby Lodge National Park Centre (formerly The Moors National Park Centre)

Levisham Moor Walk (pdf) A circular walk around the Hole of Horcum from Saltergate car park on the A169

Living things and their habitats

Moorland Discovery Day (pdf) A full day of moorland themed activities, indoors and outdoors

Woodland Discovery Day (pdf) A full day of woodland themed activities, indoors and outdoors

River Discovery Day (pdf) A full day of river themed activities, indoors and outdoors

Seashore Activities -  Rock pooling, beach art, walks, village studies in Robin Hood's Bay. These can be stand alone activities or can be combined to make a full day.

Woodland Habitat Study (pdf)  An hour and a half exploring a woodland environment. Combine with other activities to make a full day visit.

River Investigation (pdf) A two and a half hour session working in a small tributary of the River Esk. Combine with other activities to make a full day visit.

Classifying and Identifying Animals (pdf) An indoor session lasting an hour and a half which includes the 'Battle of the Beasts' team quiz, a giant floor ID key for moorland birds and working in teams to design a new bird adapted to a particular habitat.  Combine with other activities to make a full day.

Animals and Adaptations (pdf) An indoor session lasting an hour and a half, handling a range of stuffed animals & birds looking at similarities, differences and adaptations. Combine with other activities to make a full day.

Quest for the Lost Words (pdf) A full day linked to the best selling book.  A guided walk through different habitats searching for the lost words and writing our own poetry.

Nocturnal Animals (pdf) A full day incorporating a range of sensory activities and games, indoors and outdoors, to learn how nocturnal animals use senses and adaptations to find their prey and avoid becoming another's prey.

Evolution (pdf) An indoor session lasting two and a half hours (with a break), which can be used as an introduction to evolution, or as reinforcement of previous learning. Combine with other activities to make a full day.


River Investigation (pdf) A two and a hour  session working in a small tributary of the River Esk. Combine with other activities to make a full day.

Map Skills (pdf) Indoor & outdoor session lasting and hour and a half including use of maps, point to point navigating and team orienteering trail in the grounds of the centre. Works well will compass skills and/or the moorland walk.

Compass Skills (pdf) An outdoor session lasting an hour. Learn to walk on a compass bearing using a compass course in the grounds of the centre. Works well with map skills and/or the moorland walk.

Geocaching (pdf) Primarily based outside this is hi-tech orienteering with GPS units. Lasts up to two hours. Works well with map skills and/or the moorland walk.

Danby Settlement Study(pdf) An outdoor session lasting two and a half hours.  Assess the function of Danby village by recording services & facilities on a base map, then discuss options for a new development in the village. Includes a walk from the centre to the village and back.


Stone Age Day (pdf)  A full day of outdoor activities learning how Stone Age people used woodlands and how the landscape has changed since the last ice age. Available May to October only. Options for an extended full day.

Discover the First Railways (pdf) A full days walk from Goathland to Grosmont following the route of George Stephenson's original railway line of 1836, includes resources and activities to do along the way.

Farms to Furnaces (pdf) A history discovery day based in the scenic village of Grosmont.  Through hands-on, fun activities children discover how Grosmont changed from a tiny farming community into a hive of industry in Victorian times.

Art and design

Landscape Painting (pdf) A relaxing outdoor session lasting an hour and a half, learning to sketch and then paint a view with watercolours. Combine with other activities to make a full day.

What is Sculpture? (pdf) An hour and a half touring of sculptures in the grounds of the centre followed by group work to create sculptures out of natural materials. Combine with other activities to make a full day.

Woolly Weaving (pdf) An indoor session for an hour including demonstrations of traditional weaving techniques and an opportunity for children to make a 'Gods Eye' to take away. Works well with the food and farming walk.

Learning about the National Park and FREE assemblies

A Sense of Place (pdf) Indoor session combining slides, resources and small group work to help children understand the concept of national parks, the special qualities of the North York Moors and its wildlife. Group work is focused on negative impacts resulting from millions of visitors each year and the possible solutions.

Free assemblies for Primaries around the National Park include options on the National Park's special wildlife (linked to the science curriculum) and different places to visit around the North York Moors which supports the wellbeing agenda and is popular just before holidays through the year.

Resources for KS 2 teachers

Free resources to extend learning before and after activities.

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