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Leaping salmon and name on white discEsk Valley Walk

N Yorkshire

56 km / 35 miles
A route across the North York Moors from Castleton to the coast at Whitby, first following a loop on the moors to the south of Castleton, reaching the source of the River Esk. From Castleton the route leads to Danby Dale, Rosedale Head and Blakey Ridge. It then passes through the remains of Esklets, a medieval sheep farm, and on to Westerdale and, passing Castleton once more, Esk Dale proper. Next it reaches Danby, including the Moors Centre at Danby Lodge, and then climbs to Danby Beacon. From here it leads to Leaholm, Glaisdale, Egton Bridge and Grosmont, the terminus of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. The final section passes through Ruswarp to reach the end of the route at the old port of Whitby. There is a variety of countryside from open moorland to riverside pastures.


Waymark: Leaping salmon and name on white disc
Path Type: Other Paths
Waymark: Leaping salmon and name on white disc
Attributes: Challenging
Start: NZ683085 - Castleton Railway Station, N Yorkshire View on StreetMap
Finish: NZ898108 - Whitby, N Yorkshire View on StreetMap
Web Sites: North York Moors National Park - Esk Valley Walk Esk Valley Walk [YouTube video] Esk Valley Walk: Castleton to Lealholm Esk Valley Walk: Grosmont to Whitby Esk Valley Walk: Lealholm to Grosmont

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Esk Valley Walk: A Regional Route  (North York Moors National Park  - 2008 )


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
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Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:
OS Landranger 94, 100
OS Landranger Active 94, 100
OS Explorer 26, 27
OS Explorer Active 26, 27
Other Paper Maps:
ZigZag 16 Stripmap
Esk Valley Walk: Castleton to Whitby (Yellow Publications - 2023)

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Route Profile:

59.4 km (36.9 miles)
1,268 m (4,160 ft) ascent
415 m (1,362 ft)  maximum height

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