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Wild Yorkshire Way Route Description

Ingleborough Summit The Wild Yorkshire Way starts and finishes at the bar at Stainborough Cricket Club, close to the Trans Pennine Trail. Of course, as it's a circular walk you can start and finish wherever you want, but Stainborough is my cricket club, the Wild Yorkshire Way is my walk, so there you go! Please buy a pint in the bar before you set off, and another one when you get back. How long will it take? The answer depends so much on your fitness and the weather, but if you follow my suggested stops it will be about 38 days, averaging about 13.5 miles a day. Strong walkers can combine stages, walkers like me can split stages. Campers have more flexibility and can extend stages, catching up a day or two here and there.

Whoever designed Yorkshire did not get it perfectly right. The designer forgot to include high level sections in places, so a circular walk in Yorkshire is forced down into valleys at times. This is true in the Vale of York, where we have to cross from the Yorkshire Dales to the North York Moors, and also along the East Yorkshire plain where we follow the Trans Pennine Trail along several major rivers and contours are almost non-existent. Apart from these two interludes, the route prefers high ground, even along the coast where the path follows the cliff tops most of the time.

The route is documented in a clockwise direction, heading west from Stainborough towards the Peak District, and all mileages and ascent/descent figures assume that. However, there's no reason why you shouldn't head east (anti-clockwise) from the start, on the Trans Pennine trail towards Hull, and it's an easier start as it is largely flat for the first 80 miles. By the time you get to your first climb, approaching Welton, you'll be nicely toned up and ready to tackle the ups and downs of the Yorkshire Wolds and Cleveland Way beyond.

Below you can see the elevation profile for the entire route, with the vertical scale somewhat exaggerated, and with tags at important points on the route. Click/tap on a tag to display the name and height of each location. Below the elevation profile is a summary of the route in stages, with mileages. All total mileages are on the main route, ignoring alternatives. On each stage, click/tap on the picture or Details button for a detailed route description, along with transport links, pubs and accommodation on the way, GPX files for your GPS unit, and a gallery of my photos taken on the route.

Route Elevation Profile

Peak District
Yorkshire Dales
Yorkshire Dales
North York Moors
NYM
NYM
Pennine Way
3P
C2C
Cleveland Way
WW
Wolds Way
Trans Pennine Trail
Elevation Location
Stainborough Cricket Club 99m
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Oxspring 227m
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Wharncliffe Crags 268m
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Oughtibridge 85m
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High Bradfield 259m
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Rivelin Valley 181m
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Ringinglow 330m
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High Neb 458m
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Snake Pass Road A57 301m
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Back Tor 538m
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Woodhead Pass Road A628 416m
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Holme Moss 524m
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Black Hill 582m
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Standedge 384m
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Blackstone Edge 472m
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White House Inn 374m
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Stoodley Pike 392m
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Calder Valley 106m
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Pack Horse Inn 300m
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Withins Height 448m
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Ickornshaw Moor 436m
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Lothersdale 192m
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Pinhaw Beacon 388m
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Gargrave 109m
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Malham 197m
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Malham Tarn 374m
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Fountains Fell 657m
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Churn Milk Hole 452m
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Pen-y-Ghent 694m
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Horton-in-Ribblesdale 230m
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Long Scar 386m
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Ingleborough Cave 250m
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Gaping Gill 394m
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Ingleborough 723m
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Old Hill Inn 290m
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Whernside 736m
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Blea Moor 496m
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Cow Dub Farm 241m
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Great Knoutberry Hill 672m
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Moorcock Inn 313m
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Hangingstone Scar 563m
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High Seat (Mallerstang Edge) 709m
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Nine Standards Rigg 662m
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Ravenseat Farm 396m
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Keld Lodge 336m
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Swaledale Lead Mines 568m
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Kings Arms Hotel, Reeth 201m
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Greets Hill 511m
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Castle Bolton 240m
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Aysgarth Falls 158m
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West Burton 171m
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Newbiggin 194m
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Wasset Fell 503m
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Naughtberry Hill 573m
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Buckden Pike 702m
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Great Whernside 704m
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Little Whernside 604m
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Great Haw 543m
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Colsterdale 262m
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Healey 165m
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Masham 86m
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West Tanfield 51m
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Carlton Miniot 30m
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Thirsk 34m
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Kilburn 91m
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White Horse of Kilburn 270m
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Black Hambleton 391m
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Osmotherley 161m
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Beacon Hill 299m
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Huthwaite Green 144m
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Cleveland Hills - Live Moor 315m, Carlton Bank 408m, Cringle Moor 432m, Hasty Bank 398m
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Clay Bank Top 258m
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Round Hill 454m
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Kildale 172m
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Captain Cook Monument 323m
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Gribdale Gate 228m
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Roseberry Topping 320m
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Fox and Hounds, Slapewath 115m
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Saltburn by Sea 6m
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Boulby Bank Cliffs 208m
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Staithes 7m
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Runswick Bay 0m
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Whitby 3m
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Robin Hoods Bay 2m
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Ravenscar 195m
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Scarborough Harbour 2m
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Filey Station 36m
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Muston Wold 129m
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Staxton Brow RAF Station 177m
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Ganton 49m
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Heslerton Brow 184m
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Wintringham 48m
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Settrington Beacon 199m
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North Grimston 62m
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Cow Wold 218m
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Huggate 128m
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Cold Wold 192m
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Goodmanham 61m
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High Hunsley 163m
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Welton 29m
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Brough 6m
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Blacktoft 4m
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Goole Bridge 0m
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Barmby on the Marsh 4m
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Selby 0m
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Hirst Courtney 6m
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Sykehouse 4m
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Thorpe in Balne 6m
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Bentley 7m
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Denaby Ings 14m
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Old Moor Nature Reserve 19m
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Stainborough Cricket Club 99m

Route Stage by Stage Summary

Day 1 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailStainborough Cricket ClubCock Inn, Oughtibridge13.2/21.213.2/21.2
An easy day to start, mainly flat on the Trans Pennine Trail, with outstanding views west from Wharncliffe Crags to the Peak District National ParkDetails
Day 2 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailCock Inn, OughtibridgeNorfolk Arms, Ringinglow12.6/20.325.8/41.5
A surprisingly hard day, with lots of ascent and descent, in beautiful countryside west of Sheffield in the foothills of the PenninesDetails
Day 3 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailNorfolk Arms, RinginglowBack Tor14.4/23.240.2/64.7
A hard but exhilarating day's walk on the majestic Stanage and Derwent Edges, with far reaching views west to Kinder Scout and BleaklowDetails
Day 4 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailBack TorHolme Moss (main route via Howden Edge)14.6/23.554.8/88.2
A wild and remote day, with undefined paths, possibly boggy in bad weather, and little chance of accommodation or refreshment without substantial detoursDetails
Day 4 (alternative)FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailBack TorHolme Moss (alternative via Upper Derwent Valley)14.7/23.754.8/88.2
An easier alternative with good route finding, dropping down into the Derwent Valley before climbing to join the main routeDetails
Day 4 (alternative)FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailBack TorHolme Moss (alternative via Langsett pubs)20.4/32.854.8/88.2
A very long alternative which should be split to allow 3 superb country pubs to be enjoyedDetails
Day 5 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailHolme MossWhite House Inn, Blackstone Edge (main route via Saddleworth Moor)14.1/22.768.9/110.9
A very hard and boggy route for peat-loving purists, on the original Pennine Way over Saddleworth Moor, then crossing the M62 motorwayDetails
Day 5 (alternative)FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailHolme MossWhite House Inn, Blackstone Edge (alternative via Wessenden Head)15.2/24.568.9/110.9
An easier alternative avoiding the worst peat bogs, on the current Pennine Way down the Wessenden ValleyDetails
Day 6 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailWhite House Inn, Blackstone EdgePackhorse Inn, Widdop Moor12.6/20.381.5/131.2
Easier walking at first on flat reservoir paths, passing Stoodley Pike and the Calder valley, then on to the remote Pack Horse InnDetails
Day 7 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailPack Horse Inn, Widdop MoorHare and Hounds, Lothersdale13.7/2295.2/153.2
A traverse of the Brontë moors and the wild Ickornshaw moors to the lovely village of LothersdaleDetails
Day 8 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailHare and Hounds, LothersdaleBuck Inn/Lister Arms, Malham15/24.1110.2/177.3
The last climb of the southern Pennines before entering the Yorkshire Dales National Park for the first timeDetails
Day 9 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailBuck Inn/Lister Arms, MalhamGolden Lion, Horton-in-Ribblesdale (main route via Malham Cove)14.8/23.8125/201.2
From Malham there's a choice of routes - the main route heads north for Malham Cove, but in good weather the Goredale Scar alternative is an awesome walkDetails
Day 9 (alternative)FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailBuck Inn/Lister Arms, MalhamGolden Lion, Horton-in-Ribblesdale (alternative via Goredale Scar scramble)15.4/24.8125/201.2
Warning: This route involves steep rock scrambling, and is unsafe in wet weather or if you get dizzy when you wear high heelsDetails
Day 10 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailGolden Lion, Horton-in-RibblesdaleOld Hill Inn, Chapel-le-Dale11.5/18.5136.5/219.7
Classic Yorkshire walking today, we leave the Pennine Way and follow the famous Yorkshire 3 Peaks walk over Ingleborough to Chapel-le-DaleDetails
Day 11 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailOld Hill Inn, Chapel-le-DaleCow Dub Farm9.3/15145.8/234.6
The highest point on the entire walk today, Whernside 736m. A short day so you've plenty of time to enjoy the magnificent views from WhernsideDetails
Day 12 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailCow Dub FarmHangingstone Scar13.5/21.7159.3/256.4
A very hard day ending with a wild camp on Mallerstang Edge on Yorkshire's western boundary, looking down into the upper Eden valley and over to the Lake DistrictDetails
Day 13 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailHangingstone ScarKeld Lodge, Keld (main route via River Swale)13.9/22.4173.2/278.7
Another wild day, joining the great Wainwright's Coast to Coast Walk on Nine Standards Rigg and following it to KeldDetails
Day 13 (alternative)FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailHangingstone ScarKeld Lodge, Keld (alternative via Tan Hill Inn)19.7/31.7173.2/278.7
An extremely long, hard and rough day to visit England's highest pub, the Tab Hill InnDetails
Day 14 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailKeld Lodge, KeldKings Arms, Reeth (main route via Swaledale lead mines)11.9/19.2185.1/297.9
Today we continue on the Coast to Coast Walk through the old Swaledale mine workings to the welcoming Kings Arms at ReethDetails
Day 14 (alternative)FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailKeld Lodge,KeldKings Arms, Reeth (alternative via Gunnerside)12.8/20.6185.1/297.9
A beautiful and welcome low level route along the pretty River SwaleDetails
Day 15 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailKings Arms, ReethFox and Hounds, West Burton11.6/18.7196.7/316.6
A shortish but delightful day, crossing high over Greets Hill into Wensleydale and visiting the famous Aysgarth Falls, before heading into West Burton for the nightDetails
Day 16 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailFox and Hounds, West BurtonGreat Whernside12.4/20209.1/336.5
An exhilarating climb above Bishopdale over Wasset Fell to Naughtberry Hill, followed by tremendous ascents of Buckden Pike and Great WhernsideDetails
Day 16 (alternative)FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailFox and Hounds, West BurtonMiddleham (alternative via West Witton)10/16.1209.1/336.5
A pretty rural alternative, avoiding the torture of Great and Little Whernside in lower WensleydaleDetails
Day 17 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailGreat WhernsideHealey15.1/24.3224.2/360.8
A hard and boggy traverse over the "other" Whernsides, Great and Little, then a moorland trudge descending eventually into little known Colsterdale as we leave the Yorkshire DalesDetails
Day 17 (alternative)FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailMiddlehamMasham (alternative via Jervaulx Abbey)12/19.3224.2/360.8
A lovely easy stroll along the River Ure, passing Jervaulx Abbey on the way to rejoin the main route at MashamDetails
Day 18 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailHealeyAinderby Quernhow18/29242.2/389.8
A rural day through Masham, home of Theakstons Ale and Black Sheep, and a delightful saunter along the Ripon Rowel Walk by the River Ure, then some unpleasant road walkingDetails
Day 19 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailAinderby QuernhowForresters Arms, Kilburn16.1/25.9258.3/415.7
A short day after yesterday's marathon, ending at a lovely pub in Kilburn below the White HorseDetails
Day 20 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailForresters Arms, KilburnQueen Catherine/Golden Lion, Osmotherley14.1/22.7272.4/438.4
High ground at last, the famous White Horse and some of the finest views in England from the North York Moors escarpment, over the Hambleton Hills to OsmotherleyDetails
Day 21 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailQueen Catherine/Golden Lion, OsmotherleyClay Bank Top11.2/18283.6/456.4
A hard day, a roller coaster of ups and downs over the switchback Cleveland Hills, with fine views north to TeessideDetails
Day 22 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailClay Bank TopGribdale Gate12.7/20.4296.3/476.8
Good walking on the old mining railway, crossing the highest point in the North York Moors and passing Captain Cook's monumentDetails
Day 23 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailGribdale GateSaltburn by Sea14.7/23.7311/500.5
A fine ascent to Roseberry Topping, good moorland walking and a gradual descent to the sea at SaltburnDetails
Day 24 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailSaltburn by SeaRoyal Hotel, Runswick Bay11.4/18.3322.4/518.9
Cliff top walking at its finest on Yorkshire's north east coast, with the quaint village of Staithes as the highlightDetails
Day 25 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailRoyal Hotel, Runswick BayBay Hotel, Robin Hood's Bay15.7/25.3338.1/544.1
More cliff top walking, through Whitby with its famous abbey, ending at the lovely village of Robin Hoods Bay, my favourite coastal place in EnglandDetails
Day 26 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailBay Hotel, Robin Hood's BayScarborough Harbour15.1/24.3353.2/568.4
A stiff climb to Ravenscar, and a coastal walk past secret wykes and bays to the bustling town of Scarborough.Details
Day 27 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailScarborough HarbourFiley Station10.7/17.2363.9/585.6
Still on the cliffs, but softer now, to Filey Brigg where Cleveland Way meets the Yorkshire Wolds WayDetails
Day 28 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailFiley StationGanton Greyhound, Ganton11.4/18.3375.3/604
A gentle but surprisingly remote day, climbing up onto the Yorkshire Wolds from the coastal plain of FileyDetails
Day 29 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailGanton Greyhound, GantonMiddleton Arms, North Grimston16.8/27392.1/631
A long day in lovely Wolds chalkland scenery, moderate height but plenty of ascent and descentDetails
Day 30 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailMiddleton Arms, North GrimstonWolds Inn, Huggate14.9/24407/655
A historical day, through the famous deserted village of Wharram Percy and the lovely village of ThixendaleDetails
Day 31 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailWolds Inn, HuggateGoodmanham Arms, Goodmanham13.6/21.9420.6/676.9
An undulating Wolds day though magnificent countryside, ending at the Goodmanham Arms, one of the best pubs on the entire walkDetails
Day 32 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailGoodmanham Arms, GoodmanhamGreen Dragon, Welton16.7/26.9437.3/703.8
Another long day, heading for the River Humber to the lovely village of Welton, where the Green Dragon awaitsDetails
Day 33 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailGreen Dragon, WeltonHope and Anchor, Blacktoft14.7/23.7452/727.4
Today we leave the Wolds Way and head east along the River Humber on the Trans Pennine Trail towards the end of our marathon walkDetails
Day 34 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailHope and Anchor, BlacktoftKings Head, Barmby on the Marsh14.4/23.2466.4/750.6
Following the banks of the Ouse, with not a contour in sightDetails
Day 35 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailKings Head, Barmby on the MarshHirst Courtney14.3/23480.7/773.6
Leaving the Ouse at Selby, and heading south towards the River AireDetails
Day 36 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailHirst CourtneyThorpe in Balne15/24.1495.7/797.8
Today we cross the River Aire, head into South Yorkshire and follow the New Junction Canal for a while. Getting close now!Details
Day 37 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailThorpe in BalneDenaby Ings13.7/22509.4/819.8
The penultimate day, a countryside corridor through heavily populated South YorkshireDetails
Day 38 FromToMiles/kmTotal
ThumbnailDenaby IngsStainborough Cricket Club14.3/23523.7/842.8
The last day! Following the trail along rivers and through valleys in industrial South Yorkshire, back to a well-earned pint afterwards at the cricket club. Well done!Details