From welly wanders over stepping-stone streams and pooh-stick bridges, to epic voyages following in the footsteps of rebel warlords and saintly monks, the Yorkshire Coast is a walker’s kingdom, where entire vistas and natural worlds are revealed only to those on foot, whatever the season.

You can walk right across the region from north to south, and east to west on long-distance routes like the Cleveland Way National Trail.  You can turn a walk into a safari, seeking elusive wildlife, fossils, or foraging for food!  You can simply dawdle, pooh-stick or beachcomb.  Or just step out for a short while to enjoy a majestic view, a marvel of nature, or a rare quiet moment.

Stretching from Saltburn-by the Sea to Spurn Point, the Yorkshire Coast is famously a country of contrasts, the most varied coastline in Britain: designated a Heritage Coast by Natural England and nicknamed the Dinosaur Coast by the world’s geologists.  It’s also where you’ll find the North York Moors National Park and the Yorkshire Wolds.

Best 5 places to look out for:

Best sea views: Seek romantic views across Ravenscar and Robin’s Hood Bay, artist’s inspiration from Staithes to Whitby, and wondrous wildlife from Filey to Flamborough.

Best enchanted woodland dells:  wild spring daffodils in Farndale; kaleidoscopic autumnal leaves in the Howardian Hills (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty); or the magical waterfall and ‘fairy-glade’ of Falling Foss near Whitby.

Best 360˚ views: Sutton Bank (as voted by James Herriot author, Alf White) along the Cleveland Way National Trail, or Clay Bank (Alfred Wainwright’s favourite) along the Coast to Coast; Blakey Ridge and Danby Dale along the Esk Valley Walk, or the legendary Hole of Horcum.

Best time-travelling: fossil-hunting on the ‘Dinosaur Coast’; smugglers’ trails and the town that time forgot in Ravenscar and Boggle Hole; historic hikes around castles and abbeys, like Rievaulx or Whitby Abbeys.

Best wildlife-watching: birds-eye views of puffins and seabirds at Bempton Cliffs; seashore safaris at the flagship Living Seas Centre (Flamborough), and Yorkshire’s seal hospital at Scarborough Sealife Centre; Britain’s best rock-pooling at Saltburn, Robin Hood’s Bay and Boggle Hole, and Scarborough; unforgettable safaris with Yorkshire Coast Nature, Hidden Horizons or Whitby Whale-Watching.

For plenty of walking inspiration visit: www.discoveryorkshirecoast.com/what-to-do/outdoor-activities/walking.aspx

Plan before you go!  For all the latest updates, including COVID-19 guidance, about the Yorkshire Coast, to find out about events and attractions or to book accommodation, head to www.discoveryorkshirecoast.com / @discovercoast


Picture by Duncan Lomax

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