Walkers Accommodation North Yorkshire
Hungate cottages are situated in Pickering known as the Gateway to the Moors and lies along the southern edge of the National Park, making it a popular base for walking. The North York Moors, has the largest continuous expanse of open heather moorland in England, and also over 1,400 miles of paths and tracks to choose from. It is a popular area for walking, cycling, pony trekking, climbing and other outdoor activities.
Close to pickering is Harwood Dale Forest, which has a lovely walking routes perfect for a warm summer's day. Also nearby are the Hambleton Hills, on the edge of the moors. They provide excellent walking country, the many paths and bridle ways leading to historical buildings like Rievaulx Abbey and Helmsley Castle and through picturesque villages like Coxwold and Kilburn. It is possible to buy local walking guides from the local tourist centres or use ordinance survey maps to plan your own routes and itineraries.
If you want to try longer walks more than a day out but less than a trek, Regional Routes are an easy and enjoyable way to explore the North York Moors National Park.The four walks are Esk Valley Walk, Tabular Hills Walk, Hambleton Hillside Mosaic Walk, Newtondale Horse Trail. They aim to combine the best of the area's paths and tracks, avoiding roads wherever possible.
As well as local walks there are two long distance walks through the area:
The Cleveland Way National Trail follows the northern perimeter across heather moorland and continues down the Heritage coast;
The Lyke Wake Walk defiantly crosses the highest open moorland from Osmotherley to Ravenscar.
Most of the best walking in the North York Moors is accessible by public transport and using the bus and train can actually make it better for everyone. Whether it’s a stride along the Cleveland Way National Trail, or simply a stroll between two villages, it makes sense to do a one way walk and then catch the bus or train back. You can find timetables by visiting the Yorkshire travel web site journey planner
Sensible guidelines to use when walking in the Area
Fences and Walls - Use stiles or gates (and shut them).
Fire - Don't start campfires or drop cigarettes or matches.
Litter - is dangerous as well as unsightly. Take it home.
Dogs - on rights of way please keep dogs on leads at all times. Follow local restrictions on Open Access land.
Noise - moorlands should be quiet places. Try to keep it that way.
Safety - weather conditions can change quickly. Are you fully equipped.
Footpaths - are for feet. Bicycles may be ridden on bridle ways. Motorcycles and other traffic should stick to roads.
Leave the countryside as you found it, for others to enjoy.
Wear footwear that is up to the job
Take spare, high energy food with you, eg chocolate or dried fruit and a drink.
Take a map and compass and know how to use them!
Take a whistle/torch/ to signal for help in an emergency A mobile phone offers contact, but reception is patchy away from main road corridors
Take spare clothing and waterproofs ...
on the coast Check the time of high tide before you go down onto the beach.
Keep away from cliffs - falling from the top is an obvious hazard, but this is an eroding coastline so watch out for rock falls when you are on the shore ...
The historic new right of Open Access commenced in the North York Moors on 28 May 2005. Open Access means that you can walk across miles of spectacular moorland that was previously out of bounds to the public. Look out for this symbol on Open Access land. Exact details of where you can walk are available from the Countryside Agency. . Moorland access points Panels with information about Open Access and details of any local restrictions are located at key moorland access points Some of these key access points are shown by red symbols on the new Ordnance Survey Explorer maps and include: Saltergate Car Park Rosedale Village Hutton le Hole Levisham Road Elbow Blakey Junction Crossing of Cleveland Way, Carlton Bank Hawnby: Moor Gates Kepwick Little Moor Sheep Wash Newgate Bank Hazel Heads Square Corner Goathland Car Park The Moors Centre Car Park Wheeldale Bridge Wheeldale, Hazel Heads Sil Howe Car Park Jugger Howe Sledgates Car Park Castleton Car Park Danby Beacon Lord Stones Kildale Chop Gate Car Park Gribdale Gate Clay Bank Car Park