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River at Great Ayton

Great Ayton to Danby

A journey of discovery that takes you from the edge of the Cleveland Plain right into the heart of the North York Moors. The magnificent peak of Roseberry Topping and the imposing Cleveland Hills dominate the first part of the route. You’ll enjoy views over Eskdale and get a taste of the area’s unspoiled villages, with the option of finishing your trip with a visit to The Moors National Park Centre, just outside the moorland village of Danby.

Cycle route info

Route type:
Moors to Sea Network
13 miles (21km)
2 to 3 hours
Start point:
Great Ayton train station
Cycle hire
Grid Ref:
NZ 574 108
OS Map:
Ordnance Survey OL26
Pubs and/or cafés in Great Ayton, Kildale, Commondale, Castleton, Ainthorpe and Danby; and a café at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby

About this cycle route

Undulating, with a few moderate climbs, on back roads and a bridleway

This cycle route is part of the 'Moor to Sea Cycle Network', which connects Scarborough, Whitby, Dalby Forest, Pickering and Great Ayton in a stunning series of moorland, forest and coastal loops.

There are 11 different connecting sections, adding up to around 150 miles of cycling in total, through the very heart of the North York Moors National Park. Cycle it all at once (in 5 or 6 days), or tackle it a section at a time – each part of the route offers a different challenge.

There are more details on our Moor to Sea Cycle Network page, and a list of local hire outlets on the Cycle hire page.

Route highlights!

  • A riverside picnic in charming Great Ayton
  • Snap a pic of Roseberry Topping, Yorkshire's Matterhorn!
  • Discover the upper Esk Valley, from Commondale to Danby