The Cleveland Way is one of twelve designated National Trails. Starting at the historic market town of Helmsley the 110 mile walk skirts the upland ridge on the edge of the North York Moors National Park before reaching the coast to end at Filey. It is often described as two walks in one: The first of beautiful heather moorland and the second of outstanding coastland.
First opened in 1969, The Cleveland Way National Trail is the second oldest British National Trail, and it shares much of its route with other well respected long distance paths – Wainright’s Coast to Coast Path follows the same route around Osmotherley over the moors to Blowarth Crossing, some distance short of Kildale. Walkers on the Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail also join you for the closing sections of the route.
The Cleveland Way National Trail is officially split into 6 sections, though with the amount of things to see and do along the way, it’s worth thinking about splitting some of the sections over a couple of days in order to take it all in properly There is much history to be seen along the Cleveland Way National Trail, ranging from remnants of a proud industrial and mining past up on the moors to nefarious smuggling activities along the coast. Further, there’s a wealth of interesting features and wildlife to be enjoyed in between.