Explore region with WalkFest

Walkers will get the chance to find out more about the smugglers of Robin Hood's Bay. Photo: Tony Bartholomew/Turnstone Media.
Walkers will get the chance to find out more about the smugglers of Robin Hood's Bay. Photo: Tony Bartholomew/Turnstone Media.

The North York Moors National Park’s third annual WalkFest returns later this month.

The event offers people the chance to explore the smuggling history of one of the area’s best-loved fishing villages, Robin Hood’s Bay, and for keen walkers to enjoy longer, linear walks with return transport provided.

Walkers in Rosedale enjoy the views to be had on the moorland route. Photo: Tony Bartholomew/Turnstone Media.

Walkers in Rosedale enjoy the views to be had on the moorland route. Photo: Tony Bartholomew/Turnstone Media.

Taking place over the next May Bank Holiday weekend (27-29 May), the programme of guided, themed walks will take participants to some very special places in the park, including Ampleforth College, the Hole of Horcum, Robin Hood’s Bay and Rievaulx Abbey.

Mike Winterflood, voluntary ranger and walks leader at the National Park, said: “These walks will take our visitors to some our favourite and most special places, both familiar and unfamiliar.”

The programme includes:

l Over Moors and Dales: a linear walk from Blakey Ridge.

l Geocaching Treasure Hunt: a three-mile walk with clues and goodies in hidden boxes.

l Ampleforth Amble: a circular walk taking in Ampleforth College.

l The Derelict, the Restored and the Remains: takes in Saltergate Inn, Newton Dale and Skelton Tower.

l A Taste of Smuggling: join Paul Johnston from Baytown Beers and ‘Smuggler George’ for a gentle 60-minute stroll round Robin Hood’s Bay.

l Conquer the Cleveland Way Part 1 - Helmsley to Sutton Bank: a strenuous linear walk from Helmsley to Sutton Bank.

l Conquer the Cleveland Way Part 2 – Clay Bank to Kildale: a strenuous linear walk the village of Kildale via Urra Moor.

l Enjoy the Esk Valley Walk Part 1 – Castleton to Blakey Ridge.

l Enjoy the Esk Valley Walk Part 2 – Blakey Ridge to Castleton.

l The Manor of Spaunton: Explore one of the few remaining English manors with an active Court Leet.

l Mammal Tracking Treasure Hunt: Search the grounds of the NYMNPA’s two visitor centres.

l A Moor Gate Meander: A walk taking in the moorlands and dales of Hawnby Moor.

Places on the walks cost from £5 to £10 per head (the Mammal Tracking Hunt is free for adults and £3 for children).

Visit: www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/walkingfestival for the full programme of WalkFest.