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About our walks

Rievaulx Abbey by Tessa BunneyRievaulx Abbey by Tessa Bunney

We're sure you'll find a walk to enjoy, at any time of the year.

Blazing summer moorland, autumnal woodland colours, crisp winter days by the sea, blooming spring meadows and riverbanks – there's so much to enjoy in the North York Moors.

Pick a walk

Take a look at our walks. Choose an area of the National Park. How far do you want to go? The choice is yours!

  • A stroll or a short walk (under 3 miles)
  • A longer route (3–7 miles)
  • A full day out (over 7 miles)

Where do the walks start from?

All our walks start from established car parks and parking areas, or from towns and villages in the National Park. Many of the walks can be accessed by public transport, including directly from stations on the Esk Valley Railway and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

For routes and timetables for all public transport in Yorkshire, check out the Traveline Yorkshire website or call Traveline on 0871 200 2233.

How long will the walk take?

Each route has a distance (in miles and kilometres) and an estimated time for the walk. We've been pretty generous with the times – why rush in such beautiful surroundings? Quick or experienced walkers may find that they can complete the walks in a shorter time.

Who are the walks for?

Like the National Park itself, the walks are for everyone! But as they all explore different parts of the Park, and have different things to see on the way, we've added some helpful tags. When you see the following words, you'll know what to expect:

  • big-sky views – walks with a stunning panoramic view, either moor or coast
  • coastal capers – walks that include coastal clifftop paths, beaches or bays
  • easy access – short, fairly level walks, suitable for robust pushchairs and wheelchairs
  • family walks – fun and interesting walks for a family of all sizes and ages
  • history buffs – walks with an historical tale to tell
  • list-tickers – knock off the National Park's highest, biggest, oldest, most famous features
  • more than a stroll… – longer, more strenuous walks, both moorland and coastal
  • nature nuts – walks that look at nature and wildlife
  • riverside rambles – walks primarily alongside becks, streams, rivers or waterfalls
  • rock-hounds – walks that explore geological features and landscapes
  • woodland wanders – walks that are largely in the woods and forests

Are they suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs?

The walks we describe as 'easy access' are short, fairly level walks, suitable for wheelchairs and robust pushchairs.

There are currently eight easy access routes available (between half a mile and 3 miles in length) at Sutton Bank, Cawthorn Roman Camps, Esk ValleyForge Valley Woods, Rosedale Mineral Railway, Runswick Bay, Saltburn Valley Gardens and Staindale Lake in Dalby Forest. Parts of other routes may also be suitable – like the daffodil walk at Farndale, for example.

Please remember these are countryside walks, so the surface of the paths may be affected by the weather, and consider the suitability of your chair and strength of the person pushing.

Can I take my dog?

You can take dogs on almost all our walks, though there are restrictions in place on some routes. Each walk has specific advice on walking the route with your dog, and don't forget to read our general information about walking with dogs.

How do I get my walk guide?

Each of our downloadable walk guides contains a map, full route details and other interesting information about the walk.

You can either print off a pdf of the guide, or download GPX or MMO files for use with your handheld Satnav or other devices.