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 walks that the North York Moors has to offer with our favourite walks.
Each walking route includes a map and walk description.
Best walks in the North York Moors
Forge Valley Woods, North Yorkshire
- 6.3km/4 miles
- 3 hours
Sutton Bank, North Yorkshire
Discover dramatic views, a white horse, a hidden lake and deep woodland on the edge of the North York Moors National Park.
- 13.4km/8.3 miles
- 5 hours
Rievaulx Abbey, North Yorkshire
Walk from the market town of Helmsley in the North York Moors National Park to one of the most important monastic centres in Britain.
- 10.6km/6.5 miles
- 3.5 hours
Gisborough Moor, North Yorkshire
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.
- 6.7km/4.1 miles
- 2.5 hours
Osmotherley, North Yorkshire
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.
- 10.3km/6.4 miles
- 4 hours
Roseberry Topping, North Yorkshire
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.
- 13km/8 miles
- 4.5 hours
Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire
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.
- 4.3km/2.7 miles
- 1.5 hours
Farndale, North Yorkshire
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 from the North York Moors National Park website.
Levisham Moor and the Hole of Horcum, North Yorkshire
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 from the North York Moors National Park website.
Wainstones, North York Moors
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 from the North York Moors National Park website.