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Cleveland Way


Cleveland Way

Cleveland Way
Live Moor: the waymarked path crosses remote upland moors
Length 110 mi (177 km)
Location North Yorkshire, England
Designation National Trail
Trailheads Helmsley, Filey
Use Hiking
Highest point Urra Moor, 1,489 ft (454 m)
Lowest point Sea level
Hiking details
Trail difficulty Moderate

The Cleveland Way is a National Trail in ancient Cleveland in northern England. It runs 110 miles (177 km) from Helmsley to the Brigg at Filey, skirting the North York Moors National Park.


  • History 1
  • Route 2
  • Geology and biology 3
    • Flora and fauna 3.1
  • Connecting trails 4
  • Circular walks 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Development of the Cleveland Way began in the 1930s when the Teesside Ramblers' Association pressed for the creation of a long distance path in the north-east of Yorkshire linking the Hambleton Drove Road, the Cleveland escarpment and footpaths on the Yorkshire coast. Subsequently, in 1953, a formal proposal to create the route was submitted to the North Riding of Yorkshire Council by the National Parks Commission.[1] The trail was officially opened in 1969. It was the second official National Trail to be opened.[2]


The trail can be walked in either direction linking the trailheads of Helmsley (grid reference ) and Filey (grid reference ) in a horseshoe configuration. The trail is waymarked along its length using the standard National Trail acorn symbol.[3]

The trail falls into two roughly equal sections. The inland section leads west from Helmsley, then north, then east around the west of the North York Moors National Park. It then leaves the National Park near Guisborough to meet the coast at Saltburn. It re-enters the National Park just north of Staithes; the coastal section follows the coast from Saltburn to Whitby, then leaves the National Park for the final time at Cloughton Wyke to reach Scarborough and Filey.

Geology and biology

Flora and fauna

The moorland sections of the trail provide a habitat for species including red grouse, curlews and emperor moth caterpillars. The coastal sections may provide sightings of seabirds such as great cormorants, shags, puffins, guillemots and sea gulls.[4]

Connecting trails

The Cleveland Way connects with various other long distance footpaths. These are listed in order from Helmsley to Filey.

The Ebor Way goes from Ilkley (where it connects with the Dales Way) to Helmsley. The White Rose Walk from Kilburn White Horse to Roseberry Topping crosses the Cleveland Way. The whole coastal section of the Cleveland Way forms part of the North Sea Trail. The route of the White Rose Way follows the same coastal section. The Esk Valley Walk from Castleton ends at Whitby. The Coast to Coast Walk starts or ends at Robin Hood's Bay, and the Lyke Wake Walk crosses the moors from Osmotherley to Ravenscar.

The Tabular Hills Walk, a regional route developed by the North York Moors National Park Authority, links the two southerly ends of the Cleveland Way, enabling walkers to walk the complete perimeter of the North York Moors National Park.

The Yorkshire Wolds Way goes from Filey to Hessle, near Hull, where it connects with the Trans Pennine Trail which forms part of the European walking route E8.

Circular walks

Official circular walks along the Cleveland Way include:

  • Ravenscar Round
  • Great Ayton Try a Trail


  1. ^ The Cleveland Way. Bill Cowley. Dalesman Publishing 1969
  2. ^ About this Trail - Cleveland Way - National Trails
  3. ^
  4. ^ Wildlife - Cleveland Way - National Trails

External links

Media related to at Wikimedia Commons

  • Official website
  • Description of the trail at
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