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Explore moor trails

Cleveland Way near Sutton Bank Credit Ben Read PhotographyCleveland Way near Sutton Bank Credit Ben Read Photography

With almost 1,500 miles of public rights of way we've more footpaths and bridleways than you can shake a stick at! The diverse landscapes of the North York Moors invite you to explore heather moorland, rugged clifftops and coast, ancient woodland and peaceful dales.

Check out our suggestions below to discover the very best spots on foot, wheels or hooves!

Soak up the views on horseback

Horse riding in Bilsdale Credit Olivia Brabbs

Nestled close to Hawnby on the western edge of the National Park, Bilsdale Riding Centre is perfectly placed for exploring some wonderfully tranquil spots. Their rides take in vast expanses of forest and moorland on old coaching roads and smugglers routes. With such varied terrain there's plenty to see all year round from a horse's-eye view.

The family-owned centre can cater for every level of riding ability – from hour-long gentle ambles for novice riders through to a full-day faster paced ride which includes lunch at a remote café.

Find out more about the people and horses behind Bilsdale Riding Centre and book your trek.

Really into horse riding?

Check out other riding centres dotted around the National Park. If you're planning on bringing your horse on holiday then you might like to see our horse riding information for route suggestions and accommodation for the both of you.


Social adventures with a difference

Finest View at Sutton Bank Credit VisitBritain

Gareth and the rest of the Large Outdoors team have years’ of experience guiding walkers across the North York Moors. Book onto one of their group trips and discover some of our must-see landmarks such as the finest view at Sutton Bank. Or, quieter spots in the National Park like the picturesque hamlet of Hawnby. Some weekends include yoga and meditation options.

Alternatively, if you’re up for a longer hike, then the 24-mile Castle to Abbey Challenge which Large Outdoors organises might appeal, following the Cleveland Way National Trail between Scarborough Castle and Whitby Abbey.

Start planning your next adventure.


Cruising on two wheels

Bike hike at Hutch E Bikes Credit Olivia Brabbs

The team at Hutch E Bikes in Helmsley are not only cycling enthusiasts but also draw on their insider knowledge to provide great route suggestions. They've devised the very best rides starting from the shop doorstep so you know you're guaranteed to get the most out of your ride.

They hire out pedal-assisted electric bikes which are perfect for having an enjoyable day’s cycling as the motor provides exactly the right amount of assistance just when the route becomes a little more challenging.

Hire a bike from their fleet including electric mountain bikes, tandems, road bikes and Dutch-style city cruisers.

Keen to make more pedalling plans?

Our cycling pages are crammed full of information including hire providers in other locations and lots of route inspiration. Take the stress out of the planning and speak to an expert specialising in cycling holidays or guided rides.


Experience the essence of the North York Moors

Walking in Boltby

Former Royal Marine leader Kev Borwell has turned his lifelong passion for walking the North York Moors into a business providing guided day walks and self-guided holidays.

Whether you prefer to stand on your own two feet or join a like-minded group, he’s designed each itinerary so that it’s packed with interest. There's a view or valley for everyone such as seeing an ancient abbey, waterfall, stunning view or simply popping into a good pub along the way.

Choose from Walk Yorkshire’s itineraries and guided day events.


Want more?

Try something a bit different and have a go at Nordic walking. Pat and Jo from Coast & Moors Nordic Walking are great coaches which means that within minutes, newcomers are confidently striding out. They lead small groups, from beginners to experienced Nordic walkers, along coastal and inland routes.