Experience the Moors ...  NYMA runs guided walks, themed events and visits to interesting places. The walks are led by people keen to share their favourite places, and some have a theme such as botany or geology. The visits are to places of historical, cultural and environmental interest.  

Sometimes we set the challenge of doing a long-distance route - but in stages. So in 2015 members completed 48 miles through the Tabular Hills (from Helmsley to Scarborough) in several circular walks, and in 2016 they did walks linking to the Cleveland Way. In 2017-18 some walks are themed around the 'History Tree' book we're publishing. Most walks are 5-7 miles long. Note that we don't always allow dogs - please check with the walk leader.  
As places are limited, do please confirm with them if you're coming!  
We're always keen to add more walks to our programme, so please get in touch if you have a special place you'd like to share. 
 
We also run guided visits and events to places of historical, cultural or ecological interest. Most of these take place in the North York Moors, but sometimes they're to places relevant to the Moors. We do hope you'll join us! 
 

Walks 2018 

Sat 12 May - a 'History Tree' walk along part of the Cleveland Way to Boggle Hole. Meet at Ravenscar outside National Trust information centre (postcode YO13 0NE, roadside parking nearby). 5 mile walk with scenic views of coastline and passing former workings of the alum industry, so important in this area in the 17th-19th centuries. Return via Coast Railway path. Walk leader: Margaret Kirby (margaret.r.kirby@gmail.com).  
 
Sat 23 June - a 'History Tree' walk from Whitby led by local historian Jane Ellis. 11am start from Whitby railway station. 5 mile walk to Briggswath, returning by bus to Whitby. We stop half-way round for lunch at the Victoria Farm Garden Centre, with panoramic views over Whitby. During the walk we visit the crash-site of the first aircraft to be shot down on English soil in World War II, in 1940, and pass Ewe Cote, home of renowned photographer Frank Meadow Sutcliffe (1853-1941). We also walk along the 12th century Featherbed Lane, "the narrowest King's Highway in England". Strong footwear with good grip essential. (Advance notice not necessary - just turn up.) 
 
All walks are guided and circular (unless otherwise stated). Please come dressed and equipped for the weather.  
 

Events 2018  Sat 28 April: Unveiling of blue plaque to the Yorkshire ‘tramping’ author and moorsman A. J. Brown (1894-1969), in Goathland. John White, biographer of A.J.Brown, is arranging the ceremony and the plaque will be unveiled at the former hotel owned by A.J.Brown (Whitfield House, Darnholm) by NYMA Chair Tom Chadwick at 12.30. Do join us, but parking is limited, so please use the National Park carpark in Goathland (YO22 5NJ). Albert Elliot will lead a 3-mile walk beforehand starting at 10.00 at the National Park carpark, via Beck Hole and returning to Darnholm for the ceremony. A.J. Brown was a devoted advocate of the North Yorkshire Moors and defended the public right of access to moorland footpaths. Please let us know here if you plan to come to the ceremony (so we can buy enough biscuits!) or on the walk.  Sat 26 May: Group visit for NYMA members to Shandy Hall, Coxwold, first built in 1430 and later the home of the Revd. Laurence Sterne (author of Tristram Shandy, one of the 18th century's most innovative novels). The house opened to the public in 1974, and we will be shown round by curators Patrick Wildgust and Chris Pearson, who between them maintain the house and garden. We shall have the opportunity to visit the pretty gardens too. The tour starts at 2.30 pm, and the cost is £5. This is another of our 'History Tree' events, with a chapter on Shandy Hall - written by Patrick and Chris - featuring in NYMA's forthcoming book 'The History Tree - Moments in the Lifetime of a Memorable Tree'. (Please email us here for more details or to let us know you're coming.)   Sat 16 June: NYMA AGM and launch of 'History Tree' book, at the Moors Centre, Danby.  

 
For other walks and events in and around the North York Moors, please click here...