Best walks in the North York Moors

The North York Moors landscape comprises more than 1,400 miles of public footpaths – discover the national park's vast moorland and sweeping coastline with our favourite walks
15th May 2018
Roseberry Topping

The North York Moors was designated as a national park on 28 November 1952.  It covers 554 square miles and contains the largest area of heather moorland in England and Wales.

Boasting  26 miles of coastline and an incredible 1,408 miles of footpaths, the national park is one of Britain's most-loved walking destinations. Discover some of the best trails that the North York Moors has to offer with our favourite walks.

Forge Valley Woods, North Yorkshire
King fisher
 Kingfishers nest along the banks of the Derwent ©Getty

The beautiful nautre reserve on the banks of the River Derwent in the North York Moor National Park was once home to iron smelting. Today it's a peaceful spot – go quietly and you may see an otter. Route and map.

Sutton Bank, North Yorkshire
Lake Gormire
The walk passes Lake Gorier (seen here in the below the hill) ©Getty

Discover dramatic views, a white horse, a hidden lake and deep woodland on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. Route and map.

Rievaulx Abbey, North Yorkshire
Rievaulx Abbey
Rievaulx Abbey ©Getty

Walk from the market town of Helmsley in the North York Moors National Park to one of the most important monastic centres in Britain. Map and route.

Gisborough Moor, North Yorkshire
Great Ayton Moor
 Great Ayton Moor in winter© Mick Garratt

This short walk takes you across Great Ayton Moor in the North York Moors National Park to an isolated World War II building, masqueraded as an entire city in order to save Middlesbrough from burning. Map and route.

Osmotherley, North Yorkshire
Mount Grace Priory
A short diversion away from the path (between points 1 and 2) takes you to Mount Grace Priory ©Getty

Stride out on the Lyke Wake walk as it follows the ancient journey of the dead across the North York Moors National Park, starting and finishing in the village of Osmotherley. Route and map.

Rosebery Topping, North Yorkshire
Roseberry Topping
Roseberry Topping in low light ©Getty

Quilted with banks of bluebells, sorrel and stitchwort, Yorkshire’s Matterhorn in the North York Moors National Park is a spring masterpiece. Explore this landscape with an 8-mile circular walk. Route and map.

Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire
Robin Hood's Bay
The tide ebbs at Robin Hood’s Bay in the North York Moors National Park to reveal a series of wave-cut platforms ©Alamy

Steep stairwells, pitched roofs, an intriguing past and windy clifftop walks make this village in the North York Moors National Park the perfect rural getaway. Route and map.

Farndale, North Yorkshire
Farndale North yorkshire
Farndale's daffs were planted by monks in the 12tch century ©Alamy

Classic spring walks don't come much better than n amble through the is one of England’s finest wildflower emergences. This 3.5-mile route takes you alongside the enchanting River Dove in the centre of the North York Moors National Park. Route and map.

Levisham Moor and the Hole of Horcum, North Yorkshire
Hole of Horcum
The Hole of Horcum is a 400-foot-deep scoop in the hillside ©Getty

This classic North York Moors route offers walkers grand views across the national park. Pass fascinating archaeological remains then loop back through the valley past the impressive Hole of Horcum – a 400-foot-deep hollow in the side of the hill. Route and map.

Wainstones, North York Moors
Wainstones
The Wainstones lie on the Cleveland Way ©Getty

Climb high on to Cold Moor before discovering the magnificent  rocky crags of the Wainstones on this eight-mile loop walk in the northern reaches of the national park. Route and map.

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