The Cleveland Way is a gorgeous walking holiday in the North York Moors National Park. Beautifully situated in the north east of England. The Cleveland Way is also a National Trail of wonderful variety. Starting in Helmsley, the Cleveland Way is around 108 miles long, and has two distinct sections. Inland walking, and coastal walking. Roughly half of this National Trail crosses attractive farmland, woods, and the beautiful heather moorlands of the North Yorkshire Moors. From Helmsley through to Saltburn-by-the-Sea you walk the inland section. From there on the walk remains coastal. Dramatic cliff tops, former fishing villages, and a fabulous coastline all the way to Filey. A walking holiday that has the lot!
The Cleveland Way was the second National Trail in England and Wales and was officially opened in 1969. Anyone who is reasonably fit can walk The Cleveland Way. It can be challenging in some sections, especially along the coast, but this just adds to the rewarding overall experience. Just choose an itinerary that looks comfortable, and you will have a truly super holiday.
The Cleveland Way is managed by the National Trails partnership. This means that the area you are walking has been well maintained, and you are going to be in a beautiful walking area. You follow the famous ‘white acorn’ symbol, which is on posts and stiles along this delightful route. There is a wonderful sense of history here, probably due to its remoteness and being a designated National Park. The Moors have been saved from change largely by altitude and land ownership. A rich assortment of Stone age and Bronze age burial forts, Norman Abbeys and Castles are dotted along the route.
When can I walk this trail? Well, anytime of the year is good for this particular route. We mostly offer our holidays between March and October. The weather and daylight hours are far better at that time of year too. If you want to see the moorland heather in bloom, then August/September is best. The route itself is a horseshoe shape. It skirts around the North York Moors National Park. Then onto the visual feast which is the dramatic North Yorkshire coastline. Helmsley Castle, Rievaulx Abbey, Mount Grace Priory, Gisborough Priory, Whitby Abbey and Scarborough Castle are just a few special sites of interest on this fabulous walk.
When you are not admiring the view, look to your feet. The changing geology as you walk along the length of this trail will display well drained limestone of the Tabular Hills north of Sutton Bank. The moorland is formed by an enormous block of acid sandstone exposing sandy orange pathways. Picturesque cottages are constructed from local limestone and sandstone.
A walking holiday on the Cleveland Way can be taken as a whole, or split into 2 sections. With varied walking itineraries from 6 to 11 days there is sure to be a walking holiday to suit you. Other holidays we offer in the north of England are the Hadrians Wall Path, The Pennine Way, The Coast to Coast Walk, and many more!
The Red Grouse is a bird native to Britain. It is only found amongst heather plants on the Moorland. You may be lucky and see some. Beautiful wild flowers adorn this route.
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