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COVID 19 Update. Last Updated: Wednesday 6th January 2021

Important: All National Trail users need to ensure they are following the latest Government rules and guidance. The relevant links are provided below.

There is guidance in England on staying safe and protecting others in green spaces.

Exercise is important for health and wellbeing, but please follow guidance to stay safe and protect others.

Read the full up-to-date rules effective in England here. Those relevant to visiting green space include you:

  • must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary.
  • may leave your home to exercise once per day.
  • may exercise outside of your home with your household (or support bubble) or with one other person,
  • should not travel outside your local area, but you can travel a short distance within your area to exercise if necessary (for example, to access an open space).
  • must wear a face covering in most enclosed public settings, unless you have an exemption
  • should follow the rules on meeting others safely
  • must not go out for exercise if you are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms, are self-isolating as a result of coronavirus symptoms, are sharing a household or support bubble with somebody with symptoms, or have been told to self-isolate after being contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

 

You should read the full advice and regulations for England here before exercising outdoors.

Relevant advice when using National Trails in England:

  • Wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors.
  • Take hand sanitiser with you in case there are no handwashing facilities.
  • Make space and stay at least 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household or support bubble where possible, or at least 1 metre with precautions, such as wearing a face mask.
  • Follow the Countryside Code. Leave no trace of your visit, take all your litter home and don’t light fires or barbecues.
  • Keep dogs under effective control and on a lead when you are around farm animals.
  • Leave gates as you find them or follow instructions on signs.
  • Use footpaths and follow signs where they suggest an alternative route to protect other people and protect the natural environment.
  • Take the time to read signage. Respect the measures that local authorities and site management have put in place to help ensure social distancing
  • Remember your actions can affect people’s lives and livelihoods.

Remember – ‘Hands. Face. Space’

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Introducing the Trail

Find useful facts and learn more about the Cleveland Way below.. Select the blue tabs below for more details.

About the Trail

The Cleveland Way National Trail is a 109 mile (175 km) walking route through beautiful and ever-changing landscapes and scenery. Officially opened on 24th May 1969, it was the second recognised National Trail in England and Wales.

Starting from the attractive market town of Helmsley, the Cleveland Way heads across the inspirational, and breathtaking heather moorland of the North York Moors National Park, before reaching the coast at Saltburn-by-the-Sea. From here it’s a visual feast along the North Yorkshire coastline to Filey, passing old fishing villages and lively coastal towns.

The National Trail runs through the famous smuggler’s village of Robin Hood’s Bay and the popular seaside resorts of Scarborough and Whitby – one of England’s best coastal towns and home to Whitby Abbey, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

There are Route Descriptions in the Further Information section of this website.

Anyone who is reasonably fit can walk the Cleveland Way. The route is challenging in places, especially on the Cleveland Hills and some of the coastal sections, but this adds to the overall experience. Whilst the route is well-signed throughout, an up-to-date map or GPS mapping is essential.

You can walk the Cleveland Way at any time of year but if you want to see the moorland heather in bloom, the best time to visit is late August and early September.

Most people walk the route in a clockwise direction from Helmsley to Filey as you are likely to have the wind behind you. But there is no right or wrong way and plenty of people enjoy walking the route in the opposite direction.

What is special about the Trail?

The Cleveland Way follows a horseshoe direction, encompassing great variety around much of the beautiful North York Moors National Park.

Running from the historic market town of Helmsley, across the North York Moors and along the dramatic North Yorkshire coastline to Filey, the Trail is considered a classic route because of the rich and varied landscape through which it passes.

There is a wealth of history and heritage to enjoy along the way including Helmsley Castle, Rievaulx Abbey, the White Horse of Kilburn, Mount Grace Priory House and Gardens, Gisborough Priory, Whitby Abbey and Scarborough Castle.

Latest News

Visit our News Page for the latest interesting and exciting news on the Cleveland Way.

Events

Take a look at our Events Calendar to find details of the enjoyable events that are taking place along the trail.  If you want, you can even add your own event.

Trail Itineraries

Starting in the beautiful market town of Helmsley the Cleveland way takes you across the heather-clad North York Moors to reach the sea. The coastal section offers some of the best coastal walking in the UK.
Explore the Cleveland Way for three days, a week or even longer. Find inspiration for your walking adventure using our suggested itineraries, or select one of our bookable itineraries which are highlighted with a star.

The Cleveland Way

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DAYS

9

DISTANCE

175km

History, heritage and hidden gems

Discover something new to explore every step of the way, from natural icons and historic attractions to coastal towns and villages…

Create your own trip

Feeling inspired? Build a bespoke itinerary and start planning your visit to this great National Trail here.