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Cleveland Way

Cleveland Way

A scenic walk from Helmsley to Filey around the edge of the North York Moors National Park.

6 to 11 nights
111 miles
Moderate to Strenuous

From £550 per person

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About this route

Book your self-guided walking holiday along the Cleveland Way. This holiday option explores the entirety of the National Trail, from the tranquil beauty of the North York Moors National Park to the bustling fishing ports of the Cleveland Heritage Coast.

There is plenty of spectacular scenery and amazing history to discover along this 110-mile walking trail, with something new to take in at every turn. As the landscape changes from heather-clad moors and green dales to sandy beaches and breezy clifftops, the walk visits a range of old market towns and fishing villages, each boasting their own unique character and warm welcome.

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© Contours Walking Holidays Cleveland Way map
Helmsley to Filey
111 miles (178 km)
14th March to 31st October

Holiday highlights

Visiting locations rich in history and heritage, from Rievaulx Abbey, Scarborough Castle and Mount Grace Priory to the inspiration for Dracula in Whitby.

Spotting the variety of wildlife, from grouse in the heather moors to the sea birds along the coastline.

Being rewarded by dramatic coastal views as you reach the North Yorkshire coastline on the approach to Filey.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
CLEVW1 From Helmsley to Filey 6 nights, 5 days walking Strenuous£550
CLEVW2 From Helmsley to Filey 8 nights, 7 days walking Demanding / Strenuous£730
CLEVW3 From Helmsley to Filey 10 nights, 9 days walking Moderate / Demanding£910
CLEVW4 From Helmsley to Filey 11 nights, 10 days walking Moderate£1000

Cleveland Way 6 nights, 5 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Important information

Please note that the Filey overnight stop is proving difficult to book for Summer 2021. If you are looking to book this tour, a transfer to a nearby town, or an upgrade fee to expand the accommodation options available to more expensive properties may be necessary. Please note your preference in the additional info field at the end of the booking form, or contact us directly if you wish to go ahead.

Start

Travel to Helmsley where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Helmsley to Osmotherley. 22.5 miles (36km) / 2441 ft (744 m) ascent

Day 2

Osmotherley to Captain Cook's Monument(T). 23 miles (37km) / 3921 ft (1195 m) ascent

Day 3

Captain Cook's Monument(T) to Staithes. 21 miles (34km) / 2822 ft (860 m) ascent

Day 4

Staithes to Robin Hood's Bay. 18.5 miles (29.5km) / 2395 ft (730 m) ascent

Day 5

Robin Hood's Bay to Filey. 25.5 miles (41km) / 3015 ft (919 m) ascent

Finish

Depart from Filey after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£45.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£35.00 per person / per night


You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Filey)
Price on request

What's included?

  • 6 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

The charming village of Osmotherley, with its neat stone cottages huddled around its green, ancient market cross and stone table where John Wesley preached during one of his sermon tours is a popular choice for an extra night. A lovely short walk from here visits the Lady Chapel and Mount Grace Priory, an attractive 14th century Carthusian monastery.

Staithes is an attractive little fishing village with an interesting exhibition on Captain Cook while another popular choice for an extra night is Robin Hood's Bay, which is within easy reach of Whitby. Here, there is an attractive harbour, atmospheric ruined abbey, Captain Cook Museum, Lifeboat Museum, Whitby Museum and St Mary's Church. The interior of this intriguing church was altered in 1612 to resemble the lower deck of a wooden sailing ship.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Filey)
Price on request

Tour Facts

Total distance: 111 miles (177.5 km)
Duration: 6 nights, 5 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 18.5 miles (29.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 25.5 miles (41 km)
Code: CLEVW1 Grade: Strenuous
Season: 14th March - 31st October
Start of holiday: Helmsley
End of holiday: Filey

Route Profile

Cleveland Way Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Leeds-Bradford, Manchester and Durham Tees Valley.

By Rail - The nearest rail stations to Helmsley are either Malton (about 16.5 miles away) or York (about 25 miles away). There is a rail station at the end of the trail (Filey).

By Bus - There are no suitable bus journeys from Malton to Helmsley, so a taxi would be the best option. There is a bus from York to Helmsley, Monday to Friday only, but a taxi would be a much quicker option, and essential on a weekend. Various bus services run from Filey.

From London - Trains run from London Kings Cross station to Malton and York. A taxi/bus will be required to Helmsley.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take a train from Filey to Malton. From there a taxi will be required to Helmsley.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

Routes on this trail

Cleveland Way - Moors Section
6 nights
58 miles
Moderate
From £570 per person
A walking holiday from Helmsley to Saltburn-by-the-Sea through the green dales of the North York Moors.Find Out More
Cleveland Way - Coast Section
4 to 7 nights
53 miles
Moderate+
Dog friendly
From £380 per person
A self-guided walk along the stunning Cleveland Heritage Coast from Saltburn-by-the Sea to Filey.Find Out More
Cleveland Way Short Break
3 nights
23 miles
Moderate
From £290 per person
A short, pleasant walk along the Cleveland Way National Trail from Helmsley to Osmotherley.Find Out More

Customer reviews from the Cleveland Way

“The walk was the best we have done so far with Contours. The walk itself was varied, challenging in places, and it obviously helped that the weather was nearly perfect. The instructions from Contours were excellent as always and the accommodation was mostly good or better. The baggage transfers worked without a hitch.”
Mr Gill, UK
“This was one of the most enjoyable long distance walking holidays yet! We barely needed the handbook and maps, it was so clearly signed. We have always found the Contours service reliable.”
Mrs Burke, UK
“Everything went to plan, even the weather!”
Mr Newton, UK
“Wonderful scenery, great variety of terrain, interesting towns and villages on the way. Accommodation varied but overall good.”
Mrs Wood, UK
“Wonderful contrasts of landscapes, and similar to our previous trips, luggage transfers worked well, variety of accommodations appreciated, and a good time had by us.”
Ms Miller, USA
“The combination of the moors and the sea coast is stunningly beautiful and provides great variety in the terrain and views. I am amazed at the amount of work that has gone into creating and maintaining the trail. This was my fourth holiday with Contours; I expect to book more in the future.”
Ms Matthews, USA
“Brilliant holiday in every way.”
Mr Clipson, UK
“This was the best long distance trail to date that I have had the pleasure of walking. The scenery was amazing – countryside, moorland and coast all in one package. Challenging in places but doable.”
Mr Wilson, UK
“As usual, the staging of the walk and the choice of accommodation were excellent.”
Mr Calderisi, Canada
"Saltburn" by Bridget Casson (2021) "Saltburn" by Bridget Casson (2021)
"Ring Sculpture" by Bridget Casson (2021) "Ring Sculpture" by Bridget Casson (2021)
"On the Beach at Sandsend" by Bridget Casson (2021) "On the Beach at Sandsend" by Bridget Casson (2021)
"Between Saltburn and Staithes" by Bridget Casson (2021) "Between Saltburn and Staithes" by Bridget Casson (2021)
"Saltburn-by-the-Sea" by Thomas Witzel (2019) "Saltburn-by-the-Sea" by Thomas Witzel (2019)
"Staithes" by Thomas Witzel (2019) "Staithes" by Thomas Witzel (2019)
"View from Urra Moor" by Thomas Witzel (2019) "View from Urra Moor" by Thomas Witzel (2019)
"Scarborough" by Thomas Witzel (2019) "Scarborough" by Thomas Witzel (2019)
"View to Cleveland Escarpment from near Roseberry Topping" by Bob Parkinson (2019) "View to Cleveland Escarpment from near Roseberry Topping" by Bob Parkinson (2019)
"View from Sutton Bank" by Bob Parkinson (2019) "View from Sutton Bank" by Bob Parkinson (2019)
"View from Cringle Moor to Cold Moor" by Bob Parkinson (2019) "View from Cringle Moor to Cold Moor" by Bob Parkinson (2019)
"View from Beyond Whitestones" by Bob Parkinson (2019) "View from Beyond Whitestones" by Bob Parkinson (2019)
"View back to Cringle End" by Bob Parkinson (2019) "View back to Cringle End" by Bob Parkinson (2019)
"On Holey Moor" by Bob Parkinson (2019) "On Holey Moor" by Bob Parkinson (2019)
"Completing the Walk" by Vanessa Burrell (2018 Photo Competition Winner) "Completing the Walk" by Vanessa Burrell (2018 Photo Competition Winner)
"Staithes" by Vanessa Burrell (2018) "Staithes" by Vanessa Burrell (2018)
"View from Cringle End" by Vanessa Burrell (2018) "View from Cringle End" by Vanessa Burrell (2018)
"Repus" by Vanessa Burrell (2018) "Repus" by Vanessa Burrell (2018)
"Ironwork Scultpure" by Vanessa Burrell (2018) "Ironwork Scultpure" by Vanessa Burrell (2018)
"Signpost between Whitby and Robin Hoods Bay" by Anne Swindell (2018) "Signpost between Whitby and Robin Hoods Bay" by Anne Swindell (2018)
"Heather and Sea near Kettleness" by Carmen Matthews (2018) "Heather and Sea near Kettleness" by Carmen Matthews (2018)
"Helmsley Castle" by Carmen Matthews (2018) "Helmsley Castle" by Carmen Matthews (2018)
"Clifftops near Cloughton" by Carmen Matthews (2018) "Clifftops near Cloughton" by Carmen Matthews (2018)
"Sheep among Heather" by Carmen Matthews (2018) "Sheep among Heather" by Carmen Matthews (2018)
"Little Moor" by Carmen Matthews (2018) "Little Moor" by Carmen Matthews (2018)
"Roseberry Topping" by Stuart Inglis (2017) "Roseberry Topping" by Stuart Inglis (2017)
"Mount Grace Priory" by Stuart Inglis (2017) "Mount Grace Priory" by Stuart Inglis (2017)
"Hang-gliding on Easby Moor" by Stuart Inglis (2017) "Hang-gliding on Easby Moor" by Stuart Inglis (2017)
"Guisborough Priory" by Stuart Inglis (2017) "Guisborough Priory" by Stuart Inglis (2017)
"Staithes" by Stuart Inglis (2017) "Staithes" by Stuart Inglis (2017)
"View across Robin Hoods Bay" by Bob Parkinson (2017) "View across Robin Hoods Bay" by Bob Parkinson (2017)
"View of Runswick Bay" by Bob Parkinson (2017) "View of Runswick Bay" by Bob Parkinson (2017)
"Approaching Ravenscar" by Bob Parkinson (2017) "Approaching Ravenscar" by Bob Parkinson (2017)
"View over Whitby" by Bob Parkinson (2017) "View over Whitby" by Bob Parkinson (2017)
"Whitby Abbey" by Bob Parkinson (2017) "Whitby Abbey" by Bob Parkinson (2017)
"Descent from Roseberry Topping" by Christine Harrison (2016) "Descent from Roseberry Topping" by Christine Harrison (2016)
"Kettle Ness from Runswick Bay" by Pauline Ellington (2016) "Kettle Ness from Runswick Bay" by Pauline Ellington (2016)
"Roseberry Topping" by Pat Fergusson (2016) "Roseberry Topping" by Pat Fergusson (2016)
"Saltburn-by-the-sea to Staithes" by Pat Fergusson (2016) "Saltburn-by-the-sea to Staithes" by Pat Fergusson (2016)
"Scalby Mill" by Christine Harrison (2016) "Scalby Mill" by Christine Harrison (2016)
"Staithes" by Christine Harrison (2016) "Staithes" by Christine Harrison (2016)