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Distance13.32km Vertical gain+300m Vertical drop-299m Duration4h30 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Ingleton - North Yorkshire

A Yorkshire Dales route that includes a traverse of Blea Moor from Ribblehead. The return route follows a section of the Dales Way across Gayle Moor. The walk includes some unavoidable road walking.

Distance16.8km Vertical gain+305m Vertical drop-297m Duration5h30 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Glaisdale - North Yorkshire

This North York Moors walk explores the moorland to the south of the Esk Valley at Egton Bridge. Some of the walk is along roads which are generally relatively traffic free.

Distance17.64km Vertical gain+236m Vertical drop-236m Duration5h35 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Farndale East - North Yorkshire

A relatively 'easy' but lengthy North York Moors walk that takes in the railway and mining heritage of the Rosedale valley. The walk also provides some wonderful views of the valley and surrounding moors.

Distance10.66km Vertical gain+558m Vertical drop-552m Duration4h20 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Kettlewell with Starbotton - North Yorkshire

This Yorkshire Dales walk has two ascents as you traverse the hills from Wharefdale to Littondale and back again. In complete contrast the final section is level walking following the Dales Way beside the River Wharfe.

Distance16.47km Vertical gain+294m Vertical drop-309m Duration5h25 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in North Yorkshire

This linear North Yorkshiore walk connects Scraborough and Filey using the Cleveland Way. There is a regular bus service connecting the start and end.

Distance16.1km Vertical gain+222m Vertical drop-220m Duration5h10 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in LCPs of Fylingdales and Hawsker-cum-Stainsacre - North Yorkshire

A North York Moors walk that explores the moorland west of Jugger Howes.

Distance13.4km Vertical gain+348m Vertical drop-356m Duration4h40 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Hawnby - North Yorkshire

This North York Moors route explores the moors to the north of the village of Hawnby and mainly uses moorland tracks. The walk makes a circuit of Hawnby, Bilsdale West and Wetherhouse Moors and gives views into upper Ryedale, Bilsdale and Ladhill Gill.

Distance16.34km Vertical gain+122m Vertical drop-125m Duration5h00 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Newby and Scalby - North Yorkshire

The North York Moors route uses a coastal section of the Cleveland Way north of Scarborough and returns along the route of the old railways.

Distance16.27km Vertical gain+389m Vertical drop-389m Duration5h35 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Bilsdale Midcable - North Yorkshire

This North York Moors walk takes you into the wild open moorland of this National Park. The route is mostly along well defined tracks and paths but do choose fine weather to enjoy the view.

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Distance16.31km Vertical gain+267m Vertical drop-267m Duration5h20 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Bransdale - North Yorkshire

This North York Moors circular walk's main focus is to enjoy the views from Rudland Rigg. This is a quiet part of this National Park and you can almost be guaranteed solitude.

Distance15.21km Vertical gain+320m Vertical drop-312m Duration5h05 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Westerdale - North Yorkshire

This North York Moors walk takes you around Baysdale which is remote and unspoiled. The route is generally easy to follow and it is best to chose a fine day so you can enjoy the views.

Distance19.35km Vertical gain+302m Vertical drop-306m Duration6h15 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Farndale East - North Yorkshire

A North York Moors walk that offers miles of easy walking around Farndale. There is some uphill walking at the start but the rewards are some wonderful views.

Distance15.71km Vertical gain+230m Vertical drop-230m Duration5h00 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Helmsley - North Yorkshire

This North York Moors walk starts from Helmsley and takes in Beck Dale, the River Rye & Rievaulx Abbey before joining the final stage of the Cleveland Way from Rievaulx Bridge back to Helmsley.

Distance20.14km Vertical gain+499m Vertical drop-500m Duration6h55 Difficult Difficult
Starting pointStarting point in Cold Kirby - North Yorkshire

This North York Moors walk includes a further stage in the series of circular walks on the theme of the Cleveland Way. This route takes in a short section of the Cleveland Way between Cold Kirby and Rievaulx Bridge and provides an excellent taste of the scenery in this area.

Distance10.31km Vertical gain+108m Vertical drop-111m Duration3h10 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in North Yorkshire

This is a wonderful Yorkshire Dales walk that includes pleasant countryside, villages and a super walk along the banks of the River Wharfe. Refreshments are available in Burnsall.

Distance9.87km Vertical gain+229m Vertical drop-229m Duration3h20 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Aysgarth - North Yorkshire

This Yorkshire Dales walk explores the pleasant countryside and moorland of Wensleydale. It starts from Aysgarth village and uses moorland paths and tracks for much of its route.

Distance9.92km Vertical gain+220m Vertical drop-220m Duration3h20 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Askrigg - North Yorkshire

Wensleydale in the Yorksire Dales National Park offers some wonderful walking. This route takes in a stretch of the River Ure, passes historic Nappa Hall before traversing the slopes below Ellerkin Scar. The walk then visits Whitfield Gill Force before returning to Askrigg.

Distance7.42km Vertical gain+227m Vertical drop-230m Duration2h40 Easy Easy
Starting pointStarting point in Levisham - North Yorkshire

A short walk in the North York Moors National Park. The start is the village of Levisham and the route takes you into Newton Dale before returning via Dundale Pond back to the start.

Distance10.5km Vertical gain+137m Vertical drop-138m Duration3h20 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in West Witton - North Yorkshire

This a pleasant walk in Wensleydale that allows you to enjoy this beautiful part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The highlights of the walk include the River Ure, Redmire Force and the Chapel of the Kinights Templar.

Distance13.4km Vertical gain+249m Vertical drop-252m Duration4h25 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Thixendale - North Yorkshire

This walk in the Yorkshire Wolds provides a mixture of walking through quiet secluded dales and across the wide open spaces of a limestone plateau with extensive views over the Vale of York. It starts and finishes in the village of Thixendale which has a pub and a small shop.

Distance19.58km Vertical gain+315m Vertical drop-309m Duration6h20 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Cropton - North Yorkshire

The North York Moors walk starts from at the Cawthorne Roman Camp site just north of Cawthorne. The circular route takes in sections of the Tabular Hills Walk and Cropton forest walks, the Seven valley and Cropton Banks. On completion of the route there is a circuit of the Roman camps with a panorama which includes a good deal of the walk you have just completed.

Distance7.37km Vertical gain+34m Vertical drop-35m Duration2h10 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Bolton Abbey - North Yorkshire

This walk follows the River Wharfe from Bolton Abbey to Barden Bridge in the Yorkshire Dales. One of the highlights of the walk is the Strid, a narrow rocky defile, through which the River Wharfe thunders through. The walk has few gradients and includes some pleasant woodland.

Distance8.77km Vertical gain+319m Vertical drop-311m Duration3h15 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Settle - North Yorkshire

This short walk explores the limestone scenery to the east of Settle and includes the area in the vicinity of Attermire Scar.

Distance11.48km Vertical gain+346m Vertical drop-346m Duration4h05 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Conistone with Kilnsey - North Yorkshire

This Yorkshire Dales walk traverses some fine limestone scenery above Wharfedale. The start is near the village of Conistone and the route takes you high above the dale to enjoy some wonderful views. A section of the Dales Way is used for this walk.

Distance16.2km Vertical gain+284m Vertical drop-284m Duration5h20 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Snainton - North Yorkshire

This North York Moors walk has a feel of remoteness despite being only 12 miles from Scarborough. Good views into the Troutsdale and Upper Derwent valleys although the area does suffer from large expanses of forest. The route is generally easy to follow.

Distance19.1km Vertical gain+316m Vertical drop-316m Duration6h15 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Egton - North Yorkshire

This North York Moors route has the disdvantage that much of the walk follows quiet moorland roads. However the walks offers some beautiful views of Northdale, Rosedale, the Fryup Dales and Glaisdale.

Distance10.3km Vertical gain+131m Vertical drop-133m Duration3h15 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Masham - North Yorkshire

A pleasant North Yorkshire walk that starts from the brewing town of Masham. The outward route follows the banks of the River Ure. The return uses paths and lanes to return via Nutwith Common.

Distance18.1km Vertical gain+223m Vertical drop-220m Duration5h40 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Goathland - North Yorkshire

This lengthy North York Moors walk crosses Two Howes Rigg and circles the Goathland and Howl Moors. In addition the Wheeldale Beck valley is very pretty. For railway enthusiasts you may also see steam trains on the North York Moors Railway.

Distance13.02km Vertical gain+234m Vertical drop-234m Duration4h15 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Spaunton - North Yorkshire

A North York Moors walk that is never too strenuous. The route offers some fine views into the Seven Valley with some wonderful moorland walking. In poor visibility a sense of direction and good map reading skills are essential.

Distance15.36km Vertical gain+151m Vertical drop-152m Duration4h45 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Helmsley - North Yorkshire

This North York Moors walk around Rievaulx Moor is easy to follow and gives periodic views into the lower valleys below the Rievaulx Bank. There are some muddy stretches after heavy rain.

Distance18.51km Vertical gain+111m Vertical drop-106m Duration5h35 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Oswaldkirk - North Yorkshire

This North Yorkshire walk is full of interest, visiting three villages, the rivers Rye and Riccal, a section of old railway and a section of the Ebor Way. The route also starts from an excellent pub.

Distance10.09km Vertical gain+352m Vertical drop-329m Duration3h45 Average Average
Starting pointStarting point in Great Ayton - North Yorkshire

This circular walk from Great Ayton takes in the summit of Roseberry Topping and Captain Cook's Monument. Both of these features are worth exploring with the added bonus of some fine views across the countryside.