Cleveland Way

  • Sutton Bank - © By Flickr user alh1
  • Robin Hood"s Bay - © By Flickr user PaulStephenson
  • Hasty Bank - © By Flickr user WipeoutDave
  • Huntcliff - © By Flickr user Spratmackrel
  • Rievaulx Abbey - © By Flickr user DaveHamster
  • Rievaulx Abbey - © By Flickr user DaveHamster
  • Sutton Bank - © By Flickr user alh1
  • Cold Moor From the Wainstones - © By Flickr user WipeoutDave
  • Sutton Bank - © By Flickr user alh1
  • Trees on Windswept Moors - © By Flickr user deargdoom57
  • Cleveland Way at Live Moor - © By Wikipedia user James F. Carter
  • Gristhorpe Clifftops on the Cleveland Way - © By Wikipedia user John Fielding

Key information: Cleveland Way

    • Wonderful 110 mile horseshoe around the western and northern sides of the North York Moors, then along the superb east coast.
      • Some of the best views in England, from its escarpments and along the coast, which boasts the highest sea-cliffs in eastern England. Heather moorland interchanging with hill (and some arable) farms.
        • Some historic wonders Rievaulx Abbey in its meltingly pretty valley; Iron Age forts; castles, the remains of early industry; and timeless villages and fishing ports.
          • You can stay in inns and B&Bs and walk selected sections.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating86
  • Beauty30
  • Natural interest13
  • Human interest13
  • Charisma30
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating86

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 177km (110 miles)
  • around 9 days
  • Maximum Altitude: N/A
  • Level of Difficulty: Variable
Cold Moor From the Wainstones - © By Flickr user WipeoutDave


This nine day National Trail circles around the edge (often an abrupt and spectacular escarpment) of the North York Moors, then down its rugged eastern seaboard.

Wonderful views varying from wide aspects across the mellow farmland of central Yorkshire to wild moorland to seaside cliffs and bays.

The North York Moors consist of huge areas of heather broken by dales and interspersed with hill farms and woodland, crowned in places by tors and jumbles of rock.

The coastal walks track the crumbling cliff lines, said to be the highest in eastern England, dropping to fishing villages in the valleys.

The area is rich in history, from wonderful ruined Rievaulx Abbey in its deep valley near the start at Helmsley, to ancient drove roads, to old quarries and mines, to castles, to Captain Cooks monument, to Roman signal stations, to immaculate fishing villages, to the whaling centre and synod scene of Whitby.

Stay in places ranging interesting old houses in hardy stone villages to farmhouses to seaside towns. Beware that accommodation can be scarce on some moorland sections, and making bus connections can be helpful. Plan carefully.

The Cleveland Way Relay is an annual race along the path.

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