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WalkFest 2019

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WalkFest 2020

Thank you to everyone who came along to WalkFest this year to celebrate the Cleveland Way turning 50. We'll be updating you on 2020 dates and information towards the end of the year, but to find out more about the programme this year, see below. 


WalkFest 2019 - Cleveland Way 50th Anniversary

Cleveland Way 50th anniversary logoSaturday 25 May - Monday 27 May 2019

Join us over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend for the return of our walking festival and enjoy a great programme of guided themed walks in some very special places.

This year we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Cleveland Way, all walks were themed around the UK's favourite National Trail giving you a chance to walk linear stretches of the trail (with transport provided). 

Bookings and information

Advance bookings and payment are essential for all WalkFest walks unless otherwise stated below. Online booking will be available early in 2019.

No refunds will be given unless the event is cancelled by the organisers or there are exceptional circumstances. For further information, call 01439 772738.

  • A minimum age of 14 applies to our walks, and all children aged 14+ must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Due to the limited space in our minibuses, dogs are not allowed on these walks. Dogs are welcome on the geochaching treasure hunt (26 May) and on many of our other guided walks organised throughout the year, but must be kept on a short fixed lead at all times.
  • Appropriate clothing and footwear is essential. It's also your responsibility to choose walks appropriate to your ability and experience – participation will be at the final discretion of the walk leader.

Festival schedule 2019


Saturday 25 May

Cleveland Way: Saltburn to Staithes
Leaving Saltburn by the Sea, which rose in popularity with the Victorians, the 9-mile route rises quickly onto the cliff top. After coming across several art features, the path climbs up to Boulby Cliff, at 203 metres the highest on England’s east coast, before finishing at the picturesque harbour village of Staithes.
Sorry, no dogs. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a packed lunch. 
Cost: Adult: £6 Child: £6 (includes minibus cost). Book online. FULLY BOOKED
Time: 10am - 4:30pm
Location: Meet at the top of the Saltburn Cliff Tramway TS12 1HQ (minibus at end back to Saltburn) 

Cleveland Way: Sutton Bank to Helmsley
From the dramatic escarpment of Sutton Bank, the 10-mile route passes near to the famous site of the Hambleton Down racecourse. After walking through managed woods the route passes the fascinating 800 year old ruins of Rievaulx Abbey finishing at the historic market town of Helmsley.
Sorry, no dogs. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a packed lunch.
Cost: Adult: £6 Child: £6 (includes minibus cost). Book online. FULLY BOOKED
Time: 10am - 4:30pm
Location: Meet at Sutton Bank National Park Centre YO7 2EH (minibus at end back to Sutton Bank) 

Sunday 26 May

Cleveland Way: Kildale to Slapewath
Leaving the estate village of Kildale, this 10-mile walk first heads for Captain Cook’s Monument. Then it’s on to Roseberry Topping and the last moorland section of the trail before descending from the escarpment above Guisborough through woodland to Slapewath.
Sorry, no dogs. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a packed lunch.
Cost: Adult: £6 Child: £6 (includes minibus cost). Book online. FULLY BOOKED
Time: 10am - 4:30pm 
Location: Meet at Kildale Village YO21 2RG (OS Grid Ref: NZ 608 094) (minibus at end back to Kildale) 

Cleveland Way: Staithes to Whitby
Cleveland Way follows the cliff top from Staithes to Runswick Bay then drops down in to Sandsend with its extensive beach. This 11.5 mile section finishes in Whitby famous for its links with whaling, Captain Cook and Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’.
Sorry, no dogs. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a packed lunch
Cost: Adult: £6 Child: £6 (includes minibus cost). Book online. FULLY BOOKED
Time: 10am - 4:30pm
Location: Meet at Staithes Bank Top car park TS13 5BB (OS Grid Ref: NZ 781 185) (minibus at end back to Staithes)

Cleveland Way: Geocaching Treasure Hunt
Using one of our GPS units, get out on the Cleveland Way and enjoy a 2-3 mile walk searching for clues in hidden boxes. Just turn up on the day, but please allow approximately 2 hours to complete the route. Latest departure time is 2pm.
Sorry, not accessible by wheelchair. Steep ascents and descents (pavements, roads and steps). Varied and uneven surfaces.  Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Dogs allowed on short lead. No booking required just drop in between 10:30am and 4pm.
Cost: Family: £5, plus £20 deposit
Time: Drop in between 10:30am - 4pm
Location: Ravenscar, National Trust Visitor Centre, Peakside 

Monday 27 May

Cleveland Way: Ravenscar to Scarborough
After a brief introduction to Ravenscar ‘the town that never was’, this 9-mile stretch of the trail heads south and drops into the delightful wooded bay of Hayburn Wyke. Climbing back up on to the cliff top again Scarborough castle soon comes into view so head on towards this busy seaside resort.
Sorry, no dogs. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a packed lunch.
Cost: Adult: £6 Child: £6 (includes minibus cost). Book online.
Time: 10am - 4:30pm 
Location: Meet at Ravenscar Station Square YO13 0ET (OS Grid Ref: NZ 985 013) (minibus at end back to Ravenscar) 

Cleveland Way: Square Corner to Lord Stones Café
This 9-mile walk first drops down into delightful Oak Dale then through the attractive village of Osmotherley. Next, it’s on to the dramatic moorland landscape and signs of the area’s industrial past, before finishing at the Lord Stones Cafe and the opportunity for some refreshments. 
Sorry, no dogs. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a packed lunch.
Cost: Adult: £6 Child: £6 (includes minibus cost). Book online. FULLY BOOKED
Time: 10am - 4:30pm 
Location: Meet at Lord Stones Cafe car park, TS9 7JH (OS Grid Ref: NZ 525 030) (minibus to the start at Square Corner)