2. Cleveland Way

The Cleveland Way route might be ideal if you’re looking for a multi-day trail. The full Cleveland Way walk is 175 kilometers (109 miles) starting in the town of Helmsley, follows a horseshoe shape, and heads to Filey Brigg past fishing villages and coastline. The full walk will take about seven to 10 days. It’s a national trail in England and Wales that starts on the western part of the North York Moors National Park. Cleveland Way enters the western gateway of North York at Sutton Bank, then links up with the coast.

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Cleveland Way National Trail at Port Mulgrave. Photo credit: Ceri Oakes

Cleveland Way offers ample opportunity for sightseeing

Cleveland Way is quite a nice walk in Yorkshire, not too strenuous or mountainous. Since it’s a national trail, it’s well-maintained, and most of the walk travels over a pretty good track. There are more variations in the trail along the coast, meaning elevation changes and a few challenging sections. The rest is set on easy, doable terrain.

One of the highlights of the Cleveland Way National Trail is the market village called Helmsley with a medieval castle. From there, you walk to the Sutton Bank with a great viewpoint begging to be photographed. If you’re happy to walk 16 kilometers (10 miles) a day, this walk will reward you greatly with sweeping coastal vistas and hidden fisherman villages for you to discover.

Camping is also an option while you’re hiking Cleveland Way. Most people prefer to stop at locations along the way. Pubs and guesthouses are an important part of walking the Cleveland Way route. Baggage transfer options also allow hikers to avoid hauling their gear. If you prefer to be one-on-one with nature, you have to stick to the designated campsites. Wild camping is prohibited.

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