Thornton-le-Dale and Ellerburn Walk

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3.9 km
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62 m
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The Thornton-le-Dale and Ellerburn Walk is a quick and easy adventure in North York Moors National Park that will take you between two charming villages. While out on the trail, you will walk along the winding banks of Thornton Beck and visit the small village of Ellerburn before looping around on the return to Thornton-le-Dale. This is a lovely adventure that is perfectly suited for a fun family adventure.

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Route Description

If you are after a relaxing village walk set within the lovely landscapes of the North York Moors, then the Thornton-le-Dale and Ellerburn Walk will be a great trail for you to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Featuring two charming villages and a tranquil setting along a winding stream, this quick adventure is almost guaranteed to help you disconnect from everyday life.

Setting out from the car park, you will initially head to the northwest to cross over the water, before turning to the northeast to exit the village of Thornton-le-Dale. From here, you will follow along the east bank of Thornton Beck, enjoying the tranquil atmosphere by the water’s edge until you arrive in Ellerburn. Crossing over the water, you will quickly meet up with Ellerburn Road and turn right to follow it back into Thornton-le-Dale where you began your walk.

Getting There

To reach the trailhead for the Thornton-le-Dale and Ellerburn Walk from Pickering, head southeast on Eastgate/A170 for 2.3 mi and make a right onto maltongate. After 0.2 mi, turn left to enter the car park.

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