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

“Loved the contrast of moorland and coast.”
Mrs Burrell, 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
“For most of the walk I just had sheep and Grouse for company. It was isolated and beautiful.”
Mrs Davies, 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
“Great walking. Good scenery. Met many friendly people along the way.”
Mr Calvert, UK
“As usual, the staging of the walk and the choice of accommodation were excellent.”
Mr Calderisi, Canada
“Extremely beautiful walk.”
Dr Hicks, UK
“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
“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
"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)