North York Moors Hikes

Region in England, United Kingdom

Along with a spectacular landscape, an abundance of activities is one of the reasons this region is so special – stroll through the shady forests, surf the coastal waves, cycle through the vast moorland, visit the area’s picturesque steam train tracks or head to the golf course to wind down. The North York Moors are also a great place for explorers of all ages, conditions and skill.

The North York Moors covers 554 square miles making it one of the largest national parks in England. Our top 10 hikes include a little bit of everything from wonderful family strolls to a steep and long trek, all with amazing views. The beauty of such a large park allows you to travel through so many varied landscapes. Our favourite hikes in the park take you along the coast, through quiet wooded area, passing through quaint villages and landmarks, and of course through beautiful heather strewn moors.

#1. Captain Cook’s Monument and Roseberry Topping (8.3km, 324m, 2.25-2.75h): This is a superb hike – taking you to two distinctive peaks of the North York Moors. Though likely to be busy, especially on a summer day, it’s definitely worth the ascent!

#2. Ravenscar and Robin Hood’s Bay (14.7km, 226m, 3.25-4h): From high on the cliffs of Ravenscar this hike follows the coastline to the higgledy piggledy streets of Robin Hood’s Bay, gently meandering back inland via the old Scarborough-Whitby railway. This is truly special and not to be missed. Exceptional views across the bay from start to finish.

#3. Farndale ‘Daffodil walk’ (6.0km, 68m, 1.5-2h): A beautiful stroll along Farndale valley between the picturesque villages of Low Mill and Church Houses. Either follow the loop for a gentle couple of hours ambling through the Yorkshire countryside or for buggy/wheelchair option complete an out and back version.

#4. Hole of Horcum (10.9km, 165m, 2.5-3h): So superbly beautiful from start to finish, this hike is a popular yet peaceful trek through the varied countryside. Begin high above a great ravine and continue along the rim of the route towards the village of Levisham. From there, head into the heart of the Hole of Horcum – not to be missed!

#5. Goathland, Mallyan Spout and the Roman Road (12.4km, 316m, 3.25-4h): Although a challenging hike – both lengthy and requiring steady legs for the negotiation of some uneven and craggy terrain through West Beck – it’s most definitely worth it! You’ll be rewarded with beautiful wooded valleys, a spectacular waterfall, open moorland and the well-preserved Roman Road.

#6. Coughton and Hayburn Wyke (6.9km, 161m, 2-2.5h): This undulating but not overly challenging route links the Wyke’s of Cloughton and Hayburn along an intriguing stretch of the Cleveland Way. Highlights include the waterfall at Hayburn Wyke and stunning views out to the North Sea and along the coastline to Scarborough.

#7. Cold Moor and Urra Moor (14.8km, 450m, 3.75-4.5h): This strenuous hike includes plenty of steep ascents and descents but rewards with exceptional views in all directions. Join a beautiful part of the Cleveland Way, linking the aptly named Cold Moor and rugged Urra Moor.

#8. Sutton Bank, White Horse of Kilburn and Gormire Lake (13.5km, 313m, 4-5h): Starting on the top of Sutton Bank, the route follows the cliff top Cleveland Way, meanders along forest tracks, through rolling farmland and even catches Gormire Lake. This makes for an energetic and varied hike with lots of fantastic views along the way.

#9. Black Hambleton (12.9km, 280m, 3.25-4h): This hike starts just below the summit of Black Hambleton, skirting around the base of the hill through forestry and farmland before a sharp ascent brings you up onto the ridge. The final 6 km is an easy hike with impressive views across the Vales of York and Mowbray, and on a clear day you will be lucky enough to spot the Pennines in the distance.

#10. Helmsley to Rievaulx Abbey (10.6km, 185m, 1.5-2h): This popular 11 km route starts in the bustling market town of Helmsley and follows part of the Cleveland Way to reach the idyllic village and ruins of Rievaulx Abbey. With plenty of classic Yorkshire views and history a plenty this is a great loop and day out.

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01. Captain Cook's Monument and Roseberry Topping
Difficulty

8.3km 324m 2.25-2.75h

This is a superb hike – taking you to two distinctive peaks of the North York Moors. Though likely to…

02. Ravenscar and Robin Hood’s Bay
Difficulty

14.7km 226m 3.25-4h

From high on the cliffs of Ravenscar this hike follows the coastline to the higgledy piggledy streets of Robin Hood’s…

03. Farndale "Daffodil walk"
Difficulty

6.0km 68m 1.5-2h

A beautiful stroll along Farndale valley between the picturesque villages of Low Mill and Church Houses. Either follow the loop…

04. Hole of Horcum
Difficulty

10.9km 68m 2.5-3h

So superbly beautiful from start to finish, this hike is a popular yet peaceful trek through the varied countryside. Begin…

05. Goathland, Mallyan Spout and the Roman Road
Difficulty

12.4km 316m 3.25-4h

Although a challenging hike – both lengthy and requiring steady legs for the negotiation of some uneven and craggy terrain…

06. Cloughton and Hayburn Wyke
Difficulty

6.9km 161m 2-2.5h

This undulating but not overly challenging route links the Wyke’s of Cloughton and Hayburn along an intriguing stretch of the…

07. Cold Moor and Urra Moor
Difficulty

14.8km 450m 3.75-4.5h

This strenuous hike includes plenty of steep ascents and descents but rewards with exceptional views in all directions. Join a…

08. Sutton Bank, White Horse of Kilburn and Gormire Lake
Difficulty

13.5km 313m 4-5h

Starting on the top of Sutton Bank, the route follows the cliff top Cleveland Way, meanders along forest tracks, through…

09. Black Hambleton
Difficulty

12.9km 280m 3.25-4h

This hike starts just below the summit of Black Hambleton, skirting around the base of the hill through forestry and…

10. Helmsley to Rievaulx Abbey
Difficulty

10.6km 185m 1.5-2h

This popular 11 km route starts in the bustling market town of Helmsley and follows part of the Cleveland Way…