Exploring The Yorkshire Coast

Written by: Elmtree Press


The coast of Yorkshire is a wonder to behold! It can be wild, exquisitely beautiful or very strenuous and is, very often a mixture of all three!

Here are some suggestions of places to visit and we recommend using either an Ordnance Survey Map or one of the excellent walking and cycling guides produced by the National Parks and available at the Moors National Park Centre, Sutton Bank or tourist information centres.  Alternatively download their free mobile app or log on to www.northyorkmoors.org.uk

Explore the coast

Walk from Boggle Hole to Robin Hood’s Bay a picturesque fishing village situated down a steep ravine. Once the haunt of smugglers, it is famous for its fossils and rock pools.  This can either be a linear walk or for the more energetic a circular walk returning to Boggle Hole along the disused railway line.  Further along the coast is Staithes, another beautiful village of tumbling cottages, which makes a pleasant stop for a pub lunch.

Experience the magic of a woodland walk

Over a fifth of the North York Moors is covered in trees and ancient woodlands and is an ideal place to walk and look for woodland wildlife. If you are lucky you may spot a roe deer or badger, Jays and other birds are in abundance.  Why not join a wildlife safari?  For more information see www.yorkshirecoastnature.co.uk or call 01262 851999

Climb the highest peak

Roseberry Topping is the famous conical peak situated at the most easterly point of the Cleveland Hills.  On Christmas Day it is traditional for local people to climb to the top of the peak which is a very sociable event as many walkers carry a hip flask! 

For the best view in Yorkshire

Walk along Sutton Bank, an easy walk for all the family and also wheelchair accessible, it takes you along the escarpment to the famous hillside at Kilburn with the White Horse. A new cycle way has been created with bridleways and bike trails. 

Burn off some energy

Family Fun and plenty of activities can be had at Dalby Forest with cycle and walking trails.  For more information see http://www.forestry.gov.uk/dalbyforest


Easily accessible

Kilburn is where Master Craftsman Robert Thompson is situated, and you can visit his workshops and tea room.  His famous trademark is a small mouse which can be seen on his furniture and is evident in many local churches.

Farndale – a beautiful valley famous for its wonderful display of daffodils in spring - you can drive or walk through the valley to see them.

Hutton-le-Hole – a chocolate box village of neat mellow houses and a village green kept tidy by grazing sheep

Goathland – made famous by the television series Heartbeat this picturesque moorland village is the terminus of the North York Moors Railway.

Long Distance Trails

If you want to explore more, the ultimate is to walk part, or all of one of the three National Trails that cross Yorkshire.

Moors and Coast

The Cleveland Way National Trail runs in a horseshoe configuration from Helmsley along the Cleveland Hills to Saltburn and down the coast to Filey covering 110 miles of stunning scenery where it links with the Wolds Way National Trail.  For more information visit www.nationaltrail.co.uk/cleveland-way

Wolds Way Trail runs from Filey which is where the Cleveland Way ends, to Hessle and covers 79 miles visit www.nationaltrail.co.uk/yorkshire-wolds-way

From sea to shining sea

The Coast to Coast is one of Britain’s finest long-distance walking routes and was made famous by writer and illustrator Alfred Wainwright who in 1972 set out to walk from St Bees on the Cumbria coast to Robin Hood’s Bay on the Yorkshire Coast.  A total of 192 miles, the route crosses three National Parks and is one of the most popular walking routes in England.  For more information visit www.wainwright.org.uk