North York Moors Walks

North York Moors Walks

The fabulous North York Moors, where the scenery changes constantly with the seasons

We love the North York Moors, as it reminds us of those wild moors mentioned in Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights.  Can't promise you'll meet your Heathcliff (not sure you would want to!), but the moors do offer a highly changing environment; with different colours of heather with the passing seasons and the wild and fluctuating weather!

Whitby is a great base to access the eastern parts of the North York Moors as gives you the lively town facilities as well as being on the edge of the Moors. So if you are staying for a week, choose your activity to match your mood, as there is something to do for every weather condition at all times of the year.

Nearby walks include:

  • the dramatic cliff walk south from the Abbey to Robin Hood's Bay. In good weather and low tide, you can also pop down the cliff in some sections to check out the fossils and rock formations strewn along the coast in this region. This is about 3 miles each way, but it not too challenging (as long as you don't mind heights!).
  • The stunning Levisham Moor, just off the road to Pickering, is a hive of activity with walkers, fell runners and paragliders all out on good days. This is a stunning spot and offers walks from 3miles and upwards, so perfect for all!
  • Around the Hole of Horcum, legend has it that the basin-like valley, which
    measures nearly 300 feet deep and half a mile long, was created by a giant named Wade. Angry with his wife one day, Wade scooped up a handful of earth, which he threw at her. He evidently missed, as legend has it that this soil created the nearby hill, Blakey Topping. Additional credence is given to this imaginative folklore by interpreting the furrows down the sides of the Hole as finger marks.
  • In reality, the Hole of Horcum was created by Levisham Beck cutting through hard rock and exposing soft clay underneath. This was then carried away in the ice age, creating the spectacular hollow. See a video excerpt from  ITV's Yorkshire Walks by clicking here.

Check out more walking routes on the following websites: