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Walking & Cycling in the Esk Valley & Around Whitby

Walking & Cycling in the Esk Valley & Around Whitby

The Esk Valley and Yorkshire coast have become popular destinations for walkers and cyclists. With plenty of options to choose from and something for all abilities it's easy to see why.

Granary Cottages is the perfect location from which to explore Yorkshire's trails and footpaths. If you're looking for an easy ramble with a pub lunch half way round, your're spoiled for choice! Equally, if you're a keen cyclist looking to challenge yourself against some of the toughest hills, we've got you covered!

Esk Valley Trail

The Esk Valley Trail is a relatively new footpath. Developed by the North York Moors National Park it runs for 37 miles from the source of the River Esk to its mouth at Whitby.

This well-signed route is split into several smaller sections - making it easy to tackle a section at a time. It passes through most of the Esk Valley villages, which serve as excellent picnic or refreshment stops.

Starting of on the higher ground to the south of Castleton, you'll enjoy some wonderful views across miles of unspoiled National Park. This is a varied route, with plenty of sheltered sections, great views and great places to eat along the way.

Cleveland Way

The Cleveland Way is easily accessible from Whitby. It's a well-known route which clings to the cliff top, affording dramatic views of the North Sea and coastal villages.

Sunset over heather in bloom on the North York Moors National Park

We'd recommend joining the route at Whitby Abbey and then heading south to Robin Hood's Bay. From there you can choose to continue towards Ravenscar and Scarborough, or get the bus back!

Alternatively, head to Sandsend then pick up the trail in the car park at the foot of Lythe Bank. Head north taking in the amazing scenery as you pass a number of halmets on the way to Staithes.

If you enjoy a bracing cliff top walk with unrivalled sea views then you won't be disappointed!

Coast to Coast

The Coast to Coast Walk is perhaps the most famous in the UK. Traditionally walkers begin this route in St Bees, Cumbria, and head east, finishing in Robin Hood's Bay.

Robin Hoods Bay

It can take anything from a few days to a few weeks to complete the entire route. But if you'd like to get a taste of it then why not pick up the route somewhere between Robin Hood's Bay and Blakey Ridge. Walk the last few miles, and then dip you toes in the North Sea. No-one needs to know you only did the last bit!

North York Moors Footpaths

The North York Moors National Park is covered in a network of footpaths, making it easy to explore. Our recommendation is to get yourself an OS Map of the area and then follow your nose!

Obviously you'll want to make sure you're prepared for the terrain and distance you're planning on covering. Take appropriate clothing, snacks and a drink. Mobile phone reception can be patchy so it's always best to let someone else know where you're planning on walking before you set off, just in case.

Goathland to Grosmont Rail Trail

A section of railway used to directly connect Goathland to Grosmont via Beck Hole. This route now serves as a handy footpath, connecting these two picturesque villages.

steam train at grosmont station

If you plan ahead you can get the North York Moors Steam Railway between the two villages, then walk back or visa versa.

The Cinder Track

The Whitby to Scarboroug Cinder Track follows the route of the old railway line, which was closed in the 1960s. It's an accessible route, which has been recently resurfaced in many areas. Perfect for walkers who want a slightly easier route than the Cleveland Way, or for families.

Whether walking or cycling you'll enjoy wonderful coastal views on the way to Robin Hood's Bay. And if you wanted a circular route you could walk to Robin Hood's Bay on the Cleveland Way and then back again on the Cinder Track.

Country Lanes

If you're looking for picturesque cycling routes then the Esk Valley and North York Moors is a fantastic location. There's a network of country lanes connecting the Esk Valley villages and North Yorkshire's market towns.

Depending on how far you want to cycle you could consider following Wheeldale Road from Egton towards Pickering. Then return via Rosedale Abbey. Alternatively, head south towards Scarborough. You'll enjoy exploring the hamlets around Harwood Dale and Hackness.

Mountain Biking

The Cinder Track is a family-friendly mountain bike route. But if you want something a bit more challenging then head over to Dalby Forest. There are miles of purpose-built trails to enjoy. You'll also find a great cafe, visitors centre and Go Ape too - if that's your thing!

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For more challenging mountain biking routes click here.

On Yer Bike!

The North York Moors and Esk Valley is a wonderful location for cyclists and walkers of all abilities. There are so many options to choose from. From easy-going rambles to full day cycling and walking routes taking in some of the most dramatic scenery in Yorkshire.

We've got plenty of room for bikes at Granary Cottages. So go ahead - plan your perfect active holiday in North Yorkshire. You won't be disappointed!

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