Hiking the North York Moors Trails

North York Moors | England
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Top three reasons to hike the North York Moors

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    The magical moorland provides amazing scenery and unique wildlife

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    A number of English villages perfect enough for a postcard

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    Coastline famous for fossil hunting and dinosaur footprints

Visiting the coast of North Yorkshire is the perfect way to get away from the crowded city streets and to enjoy the weekend discovering the beautiful upland area full of history and stunning vistas. North York Moors National Park offers 26 miles of dramatic coastline and amazing wildlife, including many species of birds, dolphins and whales. The area is also known for fossil hunting and dinosaur footprints — the entire area is made of Middle Jurassic sandstone. The inland doesn’t lack in hidden gems either, featuring one of the largest and most magical moorlands in Europe and many villages perfect enough for a postcard! Spend some time on the fantastic coastal trails, enjoy the rugged landscape of the North York Moors, hike along the ridges overlooking the North Sea, and visit old fishing villages along the way that are waiting to be explored! Find out more about top 7 North York Moors walks to explore from Gareth Williams, mountain leader and owner of Large Outdoors!



Nearest city

Leeds, UK, is about 2 hours away from the trailhead


1-2 days

Skill level

Beginner to intermediate


Choose how you spend your week

Beginner: Half-Day Night Navigation Experience


Join your expert guide for a fun 3-4 hours adventure and learn how to navigate in the hills, moorlands, and woods after sundown! After meeting your group in Lastingham, a little village known for its history and parish, you will go over the itinerary and head to the North York Moors. Learn how to navigate at night and find your way around, how to use a compass to its fullest, as well as some methods and tricks for determining your location and your paths. Spend some time stargazing if the weather allows and experience the wilderness in a new way. See why this is not only useful for any hiker, but also fun, especially when you are with an expert, local guide!

Intermediate: Yorkshire Coastal Walking Weekend

2 Days

Explore Yorkshire’s dramatic coastline and meet like-minded people as you experience the culture and learn about the history of the area! Spend your first evening getting to know your group and make final preparations for your weekend.

On your first day, you will ride from Whitby to Staithes and walk the 10 miles back to Whitby along the coastal trail, which also forms part of the Cleveland Way. Walk through magical wooded glades, along rugged clifftops and explore iconic fishing villages. Besides striking views of the North Sea and the local wildlife, you’ll pass Runswick Bay, Kettle Ness and the Whitby Sands. This area is known for dinosaur footprints and fossils, so look out for fossils hidden in the rocks along the way! The Cleveland Way trail is well-made and relatively flat, meaning you can enjoy the scenery to the fullest. Spend your evening in a local pub and mix with the locals to experience the local culture.

The next morning, after a hearty breakfast, take the path along the cliff-tops south of Whitby, the 6.5 miles trail to Robin Hood’s Bay. Admire the views of sandy beaches and dramatic cliffs, and pass the Saltwick Bay and Ness Point on the way to the famous smuggling haunt, supposedly where Robin Hood and the merry men retired! Spend the rest of the afternoon walking along the abandoned railway line or exploring Whitby and use your last hours in North Yorkshire to its fullest before heading back home!


Reviews (5)

Dave S. about Large Outdoors on Facebook

I’m not the fittest person and was very nervous about my first walk. Gareth and John and my fellow walkers could not have been more supportive and never stopped encouraging me. It was a great day and can’t wait to do it again next week.

Lianne B. about Large Outdoors on Facebook

My husband and I have just got back from Nighttime Navigation with John and it was a really enjoyable couple of hours. I liked learning to navigate, and learning at night time just added to the challenge.
We regularly stopped to look at and talk about the stars, which was really interesting.
I really felt as though I learned something useful, and navigation is something we might start to pick up.
After such a stressful couple of months, this was something different and fun to do, so thank you. Highly recommend!

Valerie A. about Large Outdoors on Facebook

Truly amazing 3 days with an awesome guide John & wonderful fellow walkers filled with humour, laughs, interest & knowledge.
Loved my time with you all.

Joanna W. about Large Outdoors on Facebook

A fortnight back from walking in the Lake District with Large Outdoors and feeling energised and inspired. A massive thanks to our fantastic guide John, for reigniting my love of the fells and to the group for their excellent company through sun/rain/storms/rain/etc. Looking forward to more walking, swimming and kayaking with Large Outdoors throughout 2021.

Jane I. about Large Outdoors on Facebook

A big thanks to Ben Henderson for another great navigation training session. Having taken part in a group navigation weekend last year with Ben, LO arranged, on my request, a private navigation day and, again, it was super! Ben is really knowledgeable, friendly and patient! He helped me work on the areas I need to improve, his teaching is great, and I came away from the day feeling more confident and clear about next steps to become more proficient in the mountains.
Large Outdoors – Great social weekends with lots of choice of walks to suit all. All walks I have been on have been led by great MLs. Overall, very well organised. I’ve got more weekends booked for the future and would highly recommend.

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Covid measures in North York Moors

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in North York Moors, England, please refer to the Official Government of the UK website.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

    • A professional, knowledgeable, medically-trained, wilderness guide
    • Half or full days of hiking with a local guide, depending on your chosen itinerary
    • Pre-event support, from training advice to kit lists

For the Half-Day Night Navigation Experience:

    • Around three hours exploring the North York Moors at night with one of our expert guides, who will teach you some of the basics of night navigation
    • Free copy of the Cicerone guide to Navigation
    • All maps and compasses (if you have your own please feel free to bring them — map needed: OL26 North York Moors – Western Area)

For the Yorkshire Coastal Walking Weekend:

    • 2 days of guided day walks, with our qualified professional leaders – please note any excursions or other extra activities will incur an additional charge
    • 2 nights hostel accommodation in a shared male or female room — possible private twin room for an additional fee
    • Breakfasts and a packed lunch for Saturday’s walk
    • Please note your group will eat out on both Friday and Saturday night and these are not included in the cost

What’s not included:

    • Transportation
    • Accommodation for day hikes
    • Meals and snacks for day hikes

How fit do I need to be?

The best thing about hiking in the North York Moors is that there are incredible options for all skill levels. For beginner hikes, if you can walk for three to five hours with little elevation gain, you are good to go! Intermediate hikes will see a little more change in elevation and hikes will start to increase in length, hiking anywhere between five to ten miles.

What do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

    • Day pack large enough to carry all the items (around a 25L bag)
    • Trekking poles — optional (but recommended)
    • Headlamp
    • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
    • Snacks and electrolytes
    • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
    • Hiking socks
    • Light trekking trousers (not jeans)
    • Spare clothes for layering
    • A warm sweater, polar or fleece
    • A good quality waterproof jacket
    • Beanie
    • Gloves
    • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
    • A small first-aid kit
    • Sunglasses
    • Camera — optional (but recommended)

Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and prices:

    • The tours are not private and the cost is per person. The cost does not decrease as your group grows.
    • The usual group size on the Yorkshire Coast Walking Weekend tour is ten guests and one guide, but larger groups can be accommodated.
    • The usual group size on the Night Navigation Experience tour is eight guests and one guide, but larger groups can be accommodated.

If your hiking party is larger than five people, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Min. age requirements:

    • Anyone over the age of 18 can join these day-hiking tours
    • Minors as young as 14 may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis.

If you plan to hike with anyone under the age of 14 please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to the North Yorkshire area, most people fly into Leeds Bradford International Airport in Leeds. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle or a train ride to your meeting point. Unless you have previous experience with driving in the UK, it is advisable to take a shuttle.

The meeting point for the Night Navigation Experience is in Lastingham, about 90 minutes away from Leeds. The meeting point for the Yorkshire Coast Walking Weekend is in Whitby, 2 hours away from Leeds. From there, you’ll head straight to your tour. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the hiking ability of the group.

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