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Easy access walks

People on accessible trails at Sutton BankPeople on accessible trails at Sutton Bank

Walks for all in the North York Moors

The walks we describe as 'easy access' are short, fairly level routes, suitable for wheelchairs, scooters capable of travelling over rough ground, trampers and robust pushchairs. 

Please remember that these are countryside walks, so the surface of the paths may be affected by the weather. You should also consider the suitability of your chair and strength of the person pushing, although all our promoted 'easy access' walks are designed to be easy going with no hazards.

There are currently six easy access routes available (between half a mile and 3 miles in length):
Cawthorn Roman Camps (near Cropton)
Esk Valley (near Grosmont)
Rosedale Mineral Railway (Rosedale Abbey)
Runswick Bay
Staindale Lake (Dalby Forest)
Sutton Bank (National Park Centre)

Parts of our other promoted routes may also be suitable – like the daffodil walk at Farndale, for example.

In addition:

  • The Cinder Track from Whitby to Hawsker (3 miles) and from Hawsker to Robin Hood's Bay (3 miles) is easy going, with no hazards for wheelchairs, scooters or trampers
  • At Whitby Abbey, a wheelchair-accessible trail leads from Abbey Fields turning area out along the cliffs, with a ramp offering access down to Whitby Holiday Park (where there's a café and toilet)
  • A RADAR-key-operated gate on the western side of Cod Beck Reservoir, Osmotherley, provides access for all to a level, sheltered and scenic circular route
  • Mulgrave Woods at Sandsend has a number of possible routes (4 miles, circular) suitable for all types of wheelchair or scooter
  • Guisborough Forest Walkway has waymarked, compacted gravel paths, suitable for all users, and there's an accessible visitor centre and disabled toilets on site

More easy access walks

For other easy access walks in and around the National Park, check out the following:

  • Cleveland Way National Trail - downloadable easy access routes on the National Trail website - including a more challenging 5-mile circuit at Sutton Bank suitable for people with a wheelchair, mobility scooter, hand cycle mountain bike or mountain trike
  • Dalby Forest - a choice of well-signposted routes, including the Ellerburn Trail (a multi-user pathway), the Watcliff Trail and Staindale Lake Trail  
  • Disabled Ramblers - helping mobility-challenged people get out into the countryside
  • Viewranger - smartphone app and website, with lots of downloadable route guides, including the North York Moors area (app is free, OS mapping available to buy)

Moorsbus offers accessible public transport across the National Park and surrounding areas (seasonal weekend and bank holiday services only). For information on accessible daily services that operate year-round, please see Getting around the North York Moors.