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Lilla Cross by Mike Kipling

Langdale End to Whitby

This stunning ride sums up the essence of the North York Moors – mile after mile of heather moorland reaching out towards the glistening sea beyond. It’s a challenging section of the Moor to Sea that takes you across some of the most remote and least visited areas of the National Park. It’s also exposed in parts, particularly at Stony Leas, the route’s highest point at 299m, but the three large forests on the route provide some shelter. At Hawsker the cycling suddenly becomes easier, as you join the ‘Cinder Track’, the former Scarborough-to-Whitby railway line, for the last 3 miles or so to Whitby. There’s cycle hire and a café at Hawsker, but no other facilities en route until you reach Whitby.

Cycle route info

Route type:
Moors to Sea Network
18 miles (29km)
3½ to 4½ hours
Start point:
Cycle hire
Grid Ref:
OS Map:
Moorcock Inn at Langdale End, picnic site at May Beck, cycle hire and café at Trailways in Hawsker, and plenty of choices in Whitby.

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