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distance 6.27mi Vertical gain +1155ft Vertical drop -1079ft duration 3h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

Thorpe & Burnsall from Linton
distance 6.4mi Vertical gain +354ft Vertical drop -364ft duration 3h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting 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.

Walking The Rudland Ridge ( Download : PDF )
distance 10.13mi Vertical gain +876ft Vertical drop -876ft duration 5h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 7.13mi Vertical gain +1135ft Vertical drop -1135ft duration 4h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 8.33mi Vertical gain +817ft Vertical drop -827ft duration 4h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 10.15mi Vertical gain +400ft Vertical drop -410ft duration 5h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 8.09mi Vertical gain +768ft Vertical drop -768ft duration 4h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 9.45mi Vertical gain +1050ft Vertical drop -1024ft duration 5h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 8.33mi Vertical gain +1142ft Vertical drop -1168ft duration 4h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 6.4mi Vertical gain +430ft Vertical drop -436ft duration 3h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 11.24mi Vertical gain +732ft Vertical drop -722ft duration 5h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 11.87mi Vertical gain +1037ft Vertical drop -1037ft duration 6h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 4.58mi Vertical gain +112ft Vertical drop -115ft duration 2h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 10.07mi Vertical gain +932ft Vertical drop -932ft duration 5h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 12.16mi Vertical gain +1033ft Vertical drop -1014ft duration 6h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 6.52mi Vertical gain +449ft Vertical drop -453ft duration 3h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 4.61mi Vertical gain +745ft Vertical drop -755ft duration 2h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 8.28mi Vertical gain +984ft Vertical drop -981ft duration 4h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 9.55mi Vertical gain +495ft Vertical drop -499ft duration 4h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 11.5mi Vertical gain +364ft Vertical drop -348ft duration 5h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 6.16mi Vertical gain +722ft Vertical drop -722ft duration 3h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 5.45mi Vertical gain +1047ft Vertical drop -1020ft duration 3h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 12.51mi Vertical gain +1637ft Vertical drop -1640ft duration 6h55 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 9.76mi Vertical gain +755ft Vertical drop -755ft duration 5h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 12.02mi Vertical gain +991ft Vertical drop -1004ft duration 6h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 10.11mi Vertical gain +1276ft Vertical drop -1276ft duration 5h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 10mi Vertical gain +728ft Vertical drop -722ft duration 5h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in LCPs of Fylingdales and Hawsker-cum-Stainsacre - North Yorkshire

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

distance 10.23mi Vertical gain +965ft Vertical drop -1014ft duration 5h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 6.63mi Vertical gain +1831ft Vertical drop -1811ft duration 4h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 10.96mi Vertical gain +774ft Vertical drop -774ft duration 5h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 10.44mi Vertical gain +1001ft Vertical drop -974ft duration 5h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 6.13mi Vertical gain +751ft Vertical drop -751ft duration 3h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting 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.

distance 11.53mi Vertical gain +2087ft Vertical drop -2087ft duration 6h50 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in North Yorkshire

A nice 11 mile walk starting and finishing at the Lord Stones Cafe at the top of Carlton Bank, where there is good parking. It takes in the three North facing hills and the climb to Round Hill. The route returns down past Bilsdale Hall to Seave Green. From here it passes through rolling pastures to a short section on Raisdale Road before taking a lovely path through woods and over the moors back to the start.

In total it is 11.66 miles and covers 2262ft of ascent and descent.