The North Yorkshire Moors are a national treasure. Fittingly, the National Trust care for and preserve this beautiful part of the world, whilst welcoming visitors. They have a number of walks to suggest. The best place to find walks, however, is the North York Moors National Park website, where you can download maps and choose the length of the walk you want to take.
Ravencar to Robin Hood’s Bay
This popular walk is 7 miles long, and family friendly. There are plenty of sights along the way. Pick a day for your walk with a midday low tide. Beginning from Ravenscar, cross Howdale Moor and then down to the Scarborough-to-Whitby railway line. From here, walk along the beach, enjoying the beachcombing and fossil hunting all the way to the smuggler town of Robin Hood’s Bay. You may be lucky enough to see and hear the singing seals! Walk back along the Cleveland Way national trail along the cliffs, via out for alum mines. Toilet stops and refreshments along the way. Details here.
Roseberry Topping and Captain Cook’s Monument
This walk will take you four hours and it is quite challenging. It is a circular walk, and very satisfying to complete. It particularly appeals to Captain Cook fans, as he lived here as a boy, and would have known the area well. It starts in Great Ayton, where James Cook has a statue on the green and takes you around Roseberry Topping via Newton Woods, which has Spring bluebells and wildlife, Aireyholme Farm, where Cook’s father worked, and through a disused Ironstone mine. Details here.
This 12 mile walk is a great favourite with serious walkers, beginning in Hovingham. It’s a flat walk, so family friendly, and there are plenty ways of shortening the walk if children rebel or you run out of steam. You will see a huge range of wildlife if you are lucky, plus many different types of fungi and flora. There are places to stop along the way for refreshment. Details here
Bridestone Nature Trail
This gentle 1.7 mile walk, starting at Stain Dale Carpark, is a great day out for families and extremely popular with ramblers children. Children love scrambling over the rocks. There are paths leading to the stones, which are formed from alternating layers of hard and soft rock, shaped by natural erosion. You can see pictures and details of the Bridestone walk here.
White Horse Walk
This is a three mile walk, which begins in the Sutton Bank National park, and takes you right up to the famous hillside landmark – the White Horse of Kilburn. It is circular walk, and you will have stunning views to take in. The walk takes you onto woodland paths below the escarpment, and back up again to the horse. More details here.