Raincliffe Woods Circular Walk

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Moderate
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2.5-3.5h
Distance
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8.4 km
Elevation
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315 m
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Raincliffe Woods Circular Walk

The Raincliffe Woods Circular Walk is a fantastic trail in North York Moors National Park that will see you explore a beautifully scenic swathe of ancient woodland terrain. While out on the trail, you will loop around Raincliffe Woods, passing by Throxenby Mere and climbing uphill to take full advantage of the hilly landscape in the area to get some added exercise. The dirt path along this trail can become very muddy after periods of wet weather, so be sure to wear proper walking boots for this adventure.

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Route Description

Walking the Raincliffe Woods Circular Trail is an amazing excursion that will allow you to experience the natural beauty of an ancient stretch of forest within the North York Moors. While there are a few steep climbs along the trail, these will be manageable for walkers of most skill levels and are a minor price to pay for the chance to explore the beautiful landscape.

Setting out from the trail head, you will head to the east along the forested path and make your way past the calm waters of Throxenby Mere. From here, you will climb up the steep hillside and follow the trail as it heads west along the divide between forest and field.

After reaching the southwest corner of the route, you will descend the hillside and turn back to the northeast, taking some time to appreciate the mature trees and diversity of plant life that makes this area so unique and beautiful. After passing through a small meadow, you will arrive back at the trailhead where you began your adventure.

Getting There

To get to the trailhead for the Raincliffe Woods Circular Walk from East Ayton, head north for 0.3 mi along Castlegate and keep straight onto Seavegate for another 1.6 mi. Make a right onto Hazel hill and follow it for 0.2 mi, continuing straight on Low Road for another 1.4 mi to arrive at the starting point of the walk.

Route Details

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    March-November

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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