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Cyclists near Danby Beacon by Tony Bartholomew

Whitby to Danby

Starting at the seaside in Whitby, follow peaceful back lanes and country roads through the beautiful Esk Valley into the heart of the North York Moors. After passing through quiet villages like Ruswarp, Aislaby and Egton, there’s a gentle climb across moorland to the magnificent viewpoint of Danby Beacon. Your efforts are easily repaid by the view of the moors and the sea from the top, before descending to The Moors National Park Centre and on to the moorland village of Danby.

Cycle route info

Route type:
Moors to Sea Network
15 miles (24km)
2 to 3 hours
Start point:
Whitby railway station
Cycle hire
Grid Ref:
NZ 898 107
OS Map:
Ordnance Survey OL27
Plenty of choices in Whitby, plus pubs and/or cafés in Danby, Egton, Aislaby and Ruswarp, and a café at The National Park Moors Centre, Danby

About this cycle route

Undulating, with a few steep hills, and mainly on tarmac back roads with a short bridleway section

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!

  • Take a break at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby
  • Art for all at the Inspired
  • Danby Beacon – 360-degree views of the National Park
  • Sweeping ride across Lealholm Moor