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17th December 2022

Winter Walks North Yorkshire

What better way to stretch off the festive season than with a wrapped-up wander?

If you’re looking to burn off the mince pies, we have mapped out a few of our favourite North Yorkshire winter walks. Complete with scenery stretching from the cobblestone streets of Staithes to the wild and rugged coastline of Port Mulgrave.

Or perhaps you’d prefer to stay closer to home and explore the Thirley Cotes Farm estate.

Runswick Bay – Staithes

Our neighbouring coastline is studded with beautiful bays and headlands and this walk connects two coastal villages in an outing of very distinct halves – the first passing through wildlife-filled woodland and the second a breezy stroll along the rim of the county.

Start in the centre of Runswick Bay and, to really appreciate the village’s character, it is best to use the beach car park, though this does require a steep climb back to the top.

For a less picturesque, though simpler start, opt for the car park by Cliffmount Hotel and pass behind the buildings of Boulby potash mine. Here, more than 3,000ft underground is Yorkshire’s own version of the giant hadron collider, where scientists are trying to identify the mysterious Dark Matter particles of our universe.

Staithes – Port Mulgrave

Experience fresh sea air on this 4-mile circular route, leaving the sheltered harbour of Staithes and following the Cleveland Way National Trail for the first half of the walk. Ramble across the high cliffs to Port Mulgrave and enjoy spectacular coastal views, before returning across rolling fields through the small hamlet of Dalehouse.

The Maw Wyke Walk

If you’d prefer a challenge, why not head out on the 6-mile Maw Wyke Walk?

It’s one of the most strenuous of the Yorkshire coastal rambles, but also one of the most rewarding, starting at Robin Hood’s Bay, where panoramic views set the scene for the path ahead.

From here, make your way past Ness Point, a particularly tough route that requires you to navigate a series of jagged rocks, soaking in the fresh sea air as you return via the gentler Cinder Track – once an old railway line.

If you’re joining us for a stay at on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors and Coast, keep these wonderful winter walks front of mind.

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