Cleveland Way

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Live Moor on the Cleveland Way

The Cleveland Way is a national trail up and over the Cleveland Hills in the North Riding of Yorkshire. It runs 110 miles from Helmsley, deep inland in Ryedale, to the Brigg at Filey on the North Sea coast, skirting the North York Moors National Park.


Development of the Cleveland Way began in the 1930s when the Tees-side 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. In 1953 the National Parks Commission took the matter up formally. The trail was officially opened in 1969. It was the second official 'National Trail' in the United Kingdom.[1]


The trail can be walked in either direction, from either of the trailheads, which are at Helmsley (SE6125183849) and Filey (TA1155480742). The trail runs in a horseshoe configuration between them. It is waymarked along its length using the standard National Trail acorn symbol.[2]

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-by-the-Sea. 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 sea birds such as Great cormorants, Shags, Puffins, Guillemots and Seagulls.[3]

Connecting trails


The Cleveland Way connects with various other long distance footpaths. Listed in order from Helmsley to Filey, there are:

Circular walks

Published circular walks along the Cleveland Way include:

Outside links

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about Cleveland Way)


Long-distance footpaths in the United Kingdom

Cleveland WayCotswold WayGlyndŵr's WayGreat Glen WayHadrian's Wall PathIcknield WayNorth Downs WayNorfolk Coast PathOffa's Dyke PathPeddars WayPembrokeshire Coast PathPennine BridlewayPennine WayThe RidgewayScottish National TrailSouth Downs WaySouthern Upland WaySouth West Coast PathSpeyside WayThames PathUlster WayWest Highland WayYorkshire Wolds Way