A 3-mile fairly strenuous circular walk from the Moors Centre at Danby in the heart of the North York Moors. The route heads out along the side of the Esk Valley on a quiet lane between pastures, before climbing up to join lanes and paths through the open moors for the return leg. There are stunning views across the moorland and valley throughout.
The walk includes several long and fairly steep slopes both up and down. The paths are a mixture of field/moorland and quiet lanes, the former of which can get very muddy and boggy. There are four stiles on route – two of which have dog gates, but of the other two, one is a tall ladder stile and the other has wire fence surrounds so dogs will need a lift over. Some of the fields may be holding cattle and of course the moors are home to lots of sheep. There are public toilets at the visitor centre at the start of the walk. Approximate time 2 hours. Danby is accessed via the A171 between Guisborough and Whitby. Or better still visit Danby on the train.
The walk starts from the pay and display car park for the Moors Centre on Lodge Lane. Approximate post code YO21 2NB.
You can find full details of the route including detailed directions, a map and snaps we took along the way at