Cleveland Way

A self-guided walk around the North York Moors National Park and the Cleveland Heritage Coast.

3 to 11 nights
22-110 miles
Moderate to Demanding / Strenuous

From £250 per person

About the trail

Beginning in the old market town of Helmsley, the Cleveland Way traverses the western escarpment of the North York Moors to the coast at Saltburn-by-the-Sea, before following the Cleveland Heritage Coast to the Victorian town of Filey.

While walking through the Moors, the trail traverses woodland, green dales and heather moorland. This section is packed with historic interest, including the iconic White Horse of Kilburn. The coastal section then follows high cliffs, sandy bays and wooded ‘wykes'. Picturesque fishing villages pepper the trail, as well as the famous port of Whitby. Overall, the Cleveland Way is an incredible walking trail filled with intrigue and beauty.

We offer multiple holiday options along this trail. If you wish to walk the entire trail, simply select the first option from the list below.

Dog friendly tours available

Dogs are welcome on select routes along this trail. Look for the pawprint icon when choosing your holiday.

Trail running available

We also organise trail running holidays along this trail. Visit Contours Trail Running Holidays.

Customer reviews from the Cleveland Way

“Great walking. Good scenery. Met many friendly people along the way.”
Mr Calvert, 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
“Stunningly beautiful walk, very enjoyable, would do it again.”
Ms Unwin, UK
“Loved the contrast of moorland and coast.”
Mrs Burrell, UK
“A brilliant walk arranged by yourselves of course and helped by perfect walking weather, all the accommodations were good. Once again thanks for a great holiday and let us know when we need to book for next April.”
Mr Bottomley, UK
“Easy cliff top walking along the beautiful Yorkshire Coast, blessed by glorious weather. Very well signposted throughout. One of our best Contours walks to date.”
Mr Parkinson, UK
“As usual, the staging of the walk and the choice of accommodation were excellent.”
Mr Calderisi, Canada
“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
"View to Cleveland Escarpment from near Roseberry Topping" 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 Beyond Whitestones" by Bob Parkinson (2019)
"View back to Cringle End" by Bob Parkinson (2019)
"On Holey Moor" by Bob Parkinson (2019)
"Completing the Walk" by Vanessa Burrell (2018 Photo Competition Winner)
"Staithes" by Vanessa Burrell (2018)
"View from Cringle End" by Vanessa Burrell (2018)
"Repus" by Vanessa Burrell (2018)
"Ironwork Scultpure" by Vanessa Burrell (2018)
"Signpost between Whitby and Robin Hoods Bay" by Anne Swindell (2018)
"Heather and Sea near Kettleness" by Carmen Matthews (2018)
"Helmsley Castle" by Carmen Matthews (2018)
"Clifftops near Cloughton" by Carmen Matthews (2018)
"Sheep among Heather" by Carmen Matthews (2018)
"Little Moor" by Carmen Matthews (2018)
"Roseberry Topping" by Stuart Inglis (2017)
"Mount Grace Priory" by Stuart Inglis (2017)
"Hang-gliding on Easby Moor" by Stuart Inglis (2017)
"Guisborough Priory" by Stuart Inglis (2017)
"Staithes" by Stuart Inglis (2017)
"View across Robin Hoods Bay" by Bob Parkinson (2017)
"View of Runswick Bay" by Bob Parkinson (2017)
"Approaching Ravenscar" by Bob Parkinson (2017)
"View over Whitby" by Bob Parkinson (2017)
"Whitby Abbey" by Bob Parkinson (2017)
"Descent from Roseberry Topping" by Christine Harrison (2016)
"Kettle Ness from Runswick Bay" by Pauline Ellington (2016)
"Roseberry Topping" by Pat Fergusson (2016)
"Saltburn-by-the-sea to Staithes" by Pat Fergusson (2016)
"Scalby Mill" by Christine Harrison (2016)
"Staithes" by Christine Harrison (2016)