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Cyclist at viewpoint over Ellerburn

Pickering to Highwood Brow

Starting in Pickering – southern gateway to the North York Moors National Park – this stage of the Moor to Sea meanders from the sweeping expanse of the Vale of Pickering through the wooded heart of Dalby Forest. It passes through the pretty village of Thornton le Dale and the peaceful hamlet of Ellerburn, before a gradual ascent through pleasant forest, mostly on good quality forest roads. At Low Dalby you’ll find a forest visitor centre, refreshments and cycle hire, after which you climb up onto the plateau and ride on to reach Highwood Brow, from where there are stunning views across Troutsdale.

Cycle route info

Route type:
Moors to Sea Network
14 miles (22.5km)
2½ to 4 hours
Start point:
Cycle hire
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OS Map:
Plenty of choice in Pickering and Thornton le Dale; refreshments and visitor centre in Low Dalby; picnic areas at Low Dalby and Highwood Brow

About this cycle route