Circular and Linear Walks

Circular and Linear Walks

This is one of the North York Moors National Park's coastal ambles.

This coastal stretch of Cleveland Way is steeped in local folklore, fishing traditions and an industrial past that can be seen in the villages and natural surroundings. The linear route takes in the picturesque coastal villages of Runswick Bay and Staithes and offers breath-taking views.

  • Distance:  4 1/2 miles
  • Duration:  allow about 3 hours including breaks
  • Difficulty:  This walk is fairly easy,  as it descends gradually to Staithes

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This is one of the North York Moors National Park's Coastal Ambles. 

Become immersed in birdsong, observe nature and admire the stunning views from Ravenscar. This is the perfect place to escape to for peace and quiet. Ever wandered what mindfulness is about? Take a mindful meander to find out.

  • Distance:  just over 3 miles/ 4.8km
  • Duration:  allow 2 1/2 hours including breaks
  • Difficulty:  A moderate walk including hills and uneven ground

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This short walk is one of our coastal ambles.  Saltburn was once an important Victorian seaside town. Today it still retains that grandeur; with the North East’s only pleasure pier and the oldest working water-balanced inclined tramway in Britain. There are plenty of fascinating finds to discover here, including the Valley Gardens, a miniature railway and artisan cafes and shops. Peruse the town to get to know its history and sample its quirkier delights.

  • Distance: just under 2 miles/ 3.2 kilometres
  • Duration:  allow 2 1/2 hours with plenty of breaks
  • Difficulty: This is a generally easy ramble, with a bit of a climb out of the Valley Gardens to reach the top of Saltburn, then the option of the Cliff Lift to return to beach level

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A 3 mile (1.5 - 2 hours) walk around the lively harbour town of Seaham, a place full of history. The walk takes you to the 7th Century church, one of only 20 surviving pre-Viking churches in the country, and provides opportunities to explore Seaham and the Marina.



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A 3 mile (1.5 hour) walk exploring the coastal village of Crimdon.

Crimdon has been a popular place for holiday makers for many years. From the 1920's mining communities from the area visited Crimdon for their annual summer holidays. The walk takes in the beach and the important little tern breeding ground. It crosses Crimdon Dene and passes many features of historical interest.



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This is one of the North York Moors National Park coastal ambles.  It is a better alternative route for the Cleveland Way along the beack when the tide is out

With picture postcard cottages, babbling becks and stunning seascapes, Sandsend’s romantic setting will get your heart racing. The extensive 3-mile beach stretches all the way to Whitby with views of the imposing Whitby Abbey perched high on the clifftops. Walk along the beach at low tide and head back through the pretty village of Sandsend in time for sunset. Check tide times.

  • Distance:  about 3 miles/ 5km
  • Duration: about 2 hours with a break
  • Difficulty:  an easy walk along the beach


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Part of the Try a Trail series, here is a perfect walk for a weekend.  It follows the northern escarpment of the Cleveland Way from Kildale through to the sea at Saltburn.  The recommended overnight stop is at Guisborough. There are many highlights to the route, including Captain Cooks Monument, Roseberry Topping, Gisborough Priory and the delightful seaside settlement of Saltburn by the Sea.  There are also great rail connections to both ends at Kildale and Saltburn via Middlesbrough.

  • Distance:  16.6 miles (26.7km)
  • Duration:  Two day walk - Day 1 about 5 hours and Day 2 also about 5 hours
  • Difficulty:  This is a moderate walk

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This is a fantastic two day walk taking in the jewels of the North Yorkshire Coast.  Take a weekend to explore this superb section of the Cleveland Way starting from Whitby and travelling  to Scarborough, with an overnight stop at the enchanting village of Robin Hood's Bay.  There are endless highlights to this route, the cliff scenery, Whitby Abbey, Ravenscar and the rocky cove of Hayburn Wyke to name but a few.

  • Distance:  20.8 miles (33.5km)
  • Duration:  Two days - Day 1 about 5 hours, Day 2 about 8 hours
  • Difficulty:  Moderate - there are plenty of ups and downs along this walk

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This is a circular walk on an attractive coastal section of the Cleveland Way at Ravenscar.  Ravenscar is a great spot to visit, with a unique history - it is known as the "Town that never was" and outstanding views across the coast to Robin Hoods Bay. It also houses the National Trust Visitor Centre, where there is plenty of good advice and drinks and light snacks are available, as well as the Ravenscar Tea Rooms and Raven Hall Hotel

This is a  walk of great contrasts. Firstly the dramatic cliff top experience, then a chance to walk on the old railway line between Scarborough and Whitby before culminating in a visit to the fascinating site of the Peak Alum Works.

  • Distance:  6 miles (9.5km)
  • Duration:  allow 3 1/2 to 4 hours including breaks
  • Difficulty:  this is a fairly easy walk

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Enjoy the National Park in a nutshell on this 11-mile walk through some of the North York Moors’ most characteristic landscapes. From the craggy heights of Ravenscar the route runs across Howdale Moor for some classic moorland scenery before dropping down to the old Scarborough-to-Whitby railway line and along to the famous smugglers’ haunt of Robin Hood’s Bay. Both here and at nearby Boggle Hole you can indulge in a spot of rock-pooling and fossil-hunting, before returning along an exhilarating clifftop stretch of the Cleveland Way National Trail, via the old alum works industrial site. That’s a powerful combination of the best National Park experiences in one big day out.

  • Distance: 11 miles (17.7km)
  • Duration:  6 1/2 hours
  • Difficulty:  This is a strenuous walk

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