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From Moorland to Coast

The Cleveland Way

What is the Cleveland Way?

The Cleveland Way National Trail is a 110-mile (177 Km) walking route from Helmsley to Filey. It is waymarked with the distinctive acorn symbol. 


 It opened in 1969 and was the was the second National Trail in England and Wales (the first was the Pennine Way, opened in 1965). It offers the best of both worlds: the North York Moors and stunning coastal scenery. 


You don't have to complete this National Trail in one go to enjoy the best it has to offer. There are circular walks, including 1- and 2-day walks, and shorter easy access walks for everyone to enjoy. You can find books that include short walks on the Cleveland Way here


The Cleveland Way follows a horseshoe-shaped route around the beautiful North York Moors National Park. Starting from the attractive market town of Helmsley it heads across the heather moorland of the North York Moors before reaching the coast at Saltburn. From here it follows the dramatic North Yorkshire coastline to Filey, passing old fishing villages including Robin Hood's Bay, Staithes and Runswick Bay and the lively coastal towns of Whitby and Scarborough. 


There is a wealth of history and heritage to enjoy including Helmsley Castle, Rievaulx Abbey, Mount Grace Priory, Guisborough Priory, Whitby Abbey and Scarborough Castle. The Cleveland Way follows a horseshoe-shaped route around the beautiful North York Moors National Park. Starting from the attractive market town of Helmsley it heads across the heather moorland of the North York Moors before reaching the coast at Saltburn. From here it follows the dramatic North Yorkshire coastline to Filey, passing old fishing villages including Robin Hood's Bay, Staithes and Runswick Bay and the lively coastal towns of Whitby and Scarborough. 


There is a wealth of history and heritage to enjoy including Helmsley Castle, Rievaulx Abbey, Mount Grace Priory, Guisborough Priory, Whitby Abbey and Scarborough Castle.

How long does it take to walk the Cleveland Way end to end?

The official guidebook recommends a nine-day trip. However, you might want to take a little longer so you have time to see more of the sites along the way.

How hard is the Cleveland Way?

Anyone who is reasonably fit can walk the Cleveland Way. The route is challenging in places, especially the coastal sections as it passes through Saltburn, Staithes, Robin Hoods Bay and Scarborough, but this adds to the overall experience. The last stile on the Cleveland Way was removed in 2021. Whilst the route is well signed throughout, an up-to-date map is essential.

Who can enjoy the Cleveland Way National Trail?

The Cleveland Way is a long-distance National Trail primarily designed for walkers, although some short sections can be ridden or cycled.

Taking your dog on the Cleveland Way

Your dog is welcome on the Cleveland Way. However, you will need to keep it under close control, and we recommend a lead on the moorland stretches where there can be nesting birds and/or sheep. You may encounter cows with calves; these can be very protective and aggressive towards dogs. Try to avoid walking close to cows with calves; if you experience any aggression, release your dog, do not try to pick it up. There are no stiles on the Cleveland way.

What is the best time of year to walk on the Cleveland Way?

The Cleveland Way can be walked right through the year. Each season offers something different. The heather of the North York Moors is in bloom in late August and September. Holiday destinations such as Whitby, Scarborough and Filey may be very busy during school holidays so it is wise to book accommodation in advance.

Can I buy Cleveland Way merchandise?

We sell a range of Cleveland Way merchandise including sew on badges, enamel badges, mugs and other merchandise. We also sell recycled Cleveland way trail signs that have been removed from the trail. These are only available periodically, and always sell out fast – if you want one make sure you follow us on social media so you see when we get the signs in stock.

Guidebooks for the Cleveland Way

Big Trails: Great Britain & Ireland Big Trails: Great Britain & Ireland loading
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Big Trails: Great Britain & Ireland Volume 2 Big Trails: Great Britain & Ireland Volume 2 loading
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Borders Abbeys Way Borders Abbeys Way loading
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Cleveland Way Cleveland Way loading
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Cleveland Way Cleveland Way loading
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Cleveland Way - reduced price copy Cleveland Way - reduced price copy loading
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Cleveland Way - Trailblazer Cleveland Way - Trailblazer loading
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Coast to Coast Coast to Coast loading
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Coast to Coast Path - Trailblazer Coast to Coast Path - Trailblazer loading
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Maps for the Cleveland Way

A-Z Adventure Atlas National Three Peaks A-Z Adventure Atlas National Three Peaks loading
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Cleveland Way A-Z Adventure Atlas Cleveland Way A-Z Adventure Atlas loading
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Coast to Coast Walk A-Z Adventure Atlas Coast to Coast Walk A-Z Adventure Atlas loading
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Cotswold Way A-Z Adventure Atlas Cotswold Way A-Z Adventure Atlas loading
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Glyndwr's Way A-Z Adventure Atlas Glyndwr's Way A-Z Adventure Atlas loading
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Hadrian's Wall Path A-Z Adventure Atlas Hadrian's Wall Path A-Z Adventure Atlas loading
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Lake District A-Z Adventure Atlas Lake District A-Z Adventure Atlas loading
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North Downs Way A-Z Adventure Atlas North Downs Way A-Z Adventure Atlas loading
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Offa's Dyke Path A-Z Adventure Atlas Offa's Dyke Path A-Z Adventure Atlas loading
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Peak District (Dark Peak) A-Z Adventure Atlas Peak District (Dark Peak) A-Z Adventure Atlas loading
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Cleveland Way merchandise

National Trail Completion Certificate National Trail Completion Certificate loading
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Wales Coast Path Completion Certificate Wales Coast Path Completion Certificate loading
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National Trail sew-on woven badge National Trail sew-on woven badge loading
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Wales Coast Path woven badge Wales Coast Path woven badge loading
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Cotswold Way enamel badge Cotswold Way enamel badge loading
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Coast to Coast Walk enamel badge Coast to Coast Walk enamel badge loading
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Cleveland Way enamel badge Cleveland Way enamel badge loading
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Glyndwr's Way enamel badge Glyndwr's Way enamel badge loading
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What are National Trails?

There is something about parenthood that gives us a sense of history and a deeply rooted desire to send on into the next generation the great things we have discovered about life. And part of that is the desire to instill in our children the love of science, of learning.

Which trails are National Trails?

The National Trails are: 
  • Cleveland Way
  • Cotswold Way
  • England Coast Path
  • Glyndwr’s Way
  • Hadrian’s Wall Path
  • Norfolk Coast Path and Peddars Way
  • North Downs Way
  • Offa’s Dyke Path
  • Pembrokeshire Coast Path
  • Pennine Bridleway
  • Pennine Way
  • The Ridgeway
  • South Downs Way
  • South West Coast Path
  • Thames Path
  • Yorkshire Wolds Way 

The Coast to Coast is not currently a National Trail but will become one in the next couple of years.

Are there National Trails in Scotland?

There is something about parenthood that gives us a sense of history and a deeply rooted desire to send on into the next generation the great things we have discovered about life. And part of that is the desire to instill in our children the love of science, of learning.

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