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.

(8.3km, 324m, 2.25-2.75h)

Cook's Monument

This is a superb hike – taking you to two distinctive peaks of the North York Moors – Captain Cook’s Monument and Roseberry Topping. Though likely to be busy, especially on a summer day, it’s definitely worth the ascent!

(14.7km, 226m, 3.25-4h)

View across bay from Ravenscar

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.

(6.0km, 68m, 1.5-2h)

Views down across valley

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.

(10.9km, 165m, 2.5-3h)

Abandoned farmhouse

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!

(12.4km, 316m, 3.25-4h)

Stepping stones

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.

(6.9km, 161m, 2-2.5h)

Hayburn Wyke

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.

(14.8km, 450m, 3.75-4.5h)

Edge of Urra Moor

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.

(13.5km, 313m, 4-5h)

Cows grazing in Happy Valley

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.

(12.9km, 280m, 3.25-4h)

Silton Forest

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 6.0km 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.

(10.6km, 185m, 1.5-2h)

Rievaulx Abbey

This popular 11.0km 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.