10 great walks in the North York Moors

PUBLISHED: 00:00 03 May 2017 | UPDATED: 18:57 02 August 2018

Castleton lies just south of Commondale Photo by Janet Danks

Castleton lies just south of Commondale Photo by Janet Danks


Witness breathtaking views from the natural landmarks of Roseberry Topping and Sutton Bank, explore medieval ruins at Rievaulx Abbey and Sheriff Hutton castle or visit pretty villages such as Hutton-le-Hole and Glaisdale; the North York Moors has a walk for everyone.

The White Horse on the Kilburn hillside by Phil MoonThe White Horse on the Kilburn hillside by Phil Moon

Sutton Bank and Kilburn

Sutton Bank can boast of arguably one of the finest countryside views in the whole of the UK. This walk starts and finishes at the visitor centre and also takes in the iconic White House of Kilburn.

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Ruins of Rievaulx Abbey by Terry FletcherRuins of Rievaulx Abbey by Terry Fletcher

Rievaulx Abbey

This walk on the edge of the Hambleton Hills starts out at the charming hamlet of Old Byland and visits the stunning ruins of Rievaulx Abbey.

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Beggar's Bridge, Glaisedale by John HoltbyBeggar's Bridge, Glaisedale by John Holtby


The walk starts out at Beggar’s Bridge, near Glaisdale Station, a location with a romantic back story. Take in the woods and moorland tracks, farm roads and the River Esk.

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Hawnby Hill Crag looking north by Terry FletcherHawnby Hill Crag looking north by Terry Fletcher


Hawnby is known to many as the location of the award-winning hotel, The Inn at Hawnby. This walk starts out at All Saints’ Church in the village, close to the River Rye.

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Walking near Rosedale Abbey by Janet DanksWalking near Rosedale Abbey by Janet Danks

Rosedale Abbey

This walk quickly leaves Rosedale Abbey to enjoy spectacular panoramas of the surrounding dales as well as some delightful beck-side scenery and a brief exploration of more recent conifer plantations.

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Sherriff Hutton Castle ruins by Terry FletcherSherriff Hutton Castle ruins by Terry Fletcher

Sheriff Hutton

This walk starts in the shadow of the castle in Sheriff Hutton before climbing the escarpment to enjoy extensive views over the surrounding hills and plain.

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Roseberry Topping by Roger DunnRoseberry Topping by Roger Dunn

Great Ayton and Roseberry Topping

This walk sets off from Great Ayton to climb Roseberry Topping before crossing to visit the tall sandstone obelisk on Easby Noor which honours the memory of local man Captain James Cook, who alse lived in Staithes.

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Siss Cross near Commondale by Terry FletcherSiss Cross near Commondale by Terry Fletcher


The walk starts from Commondale, a small village sitting in a bowl among the encircling moors of the northern fringe of the national park. You can spot the many crosses dotted around the landscape that were used to aid travellers crossing the North York Moors in times past.

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Mount Grace Priory in Springtime by Derek ProctorMount Grace Priory in Springtime by Derek Proctor


Osmotherley is an attractive moors village sitting snugly below the western flank of the Cleveland Hills and is an ideal place to start a bracing walk. You can take a short diversion and visit Mount Grace Priory, a former Carthusian Monastery now in the care of the National Trust. The nearby Cleveland Tontine is a good place to stay or stop off for a post walk meal.

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Hutton-le-Hole by Tony JohnsonHutton-le-Hole by Tony Johnson


This lovely Ryedale walk sets off from the Ryedale Folk Museum and takes in the charming valley of the River Dove and follows field paths, forest roads and quiet lanes before calling in on another charming community at Gillamoor before making its way back to the start.

Click here to view the walk around Hutton-le-Hole

All the routes were correct at the time of publication, over time access to certain parts of the walk may be subject to change.

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