Long Distance Walking

Our most popular long distance walk from the Carlton Lodge B&B is the Cleveland Way.

Opened in May 1969 as one of the national trails of Britain (it was the second one established after the Pennine Way). It stretches for approx. 106 miles along the edge of the North York Moors and the North Yorkshire Coast. The scenery encompasses farming landscapes and forests, some unchanged for many years, dramatic rolling country with abrupt scarps and sandstone edges some with limestone capping, bleak moorlands, dramatic cliff and beach seaside scenery.

All this is punctuated at intervals with interesting market and fishing towns steeped in history and literary association. The walk must not be underestimated there is a lot of ascent and descent, traverses over high moorland and some steep climbing. Highlights of the Cleveland Way include, the remains of Rievaulx Abbey, and Whitby Abbey, the Captain Cook Monument, and Robin Hoods Bay with it’s cliff-hanging cottages.

The Ebor Way is a relatively gentle walk, taking its name from Eboracum, Roman York. From Helmsley it heads southwards to Hovingham and crosses undulating farmland to Strensall, from where the River Foss is followed to York. The city is crossed on the path along its medieval walls and is left along the banks of the River Ouse. At Tadcaster the route turns west and continues along the Wharfe valley and the Ainsty bounds to Wetherby and Harewood. Here the Way climbs to the gritstone outcrops of the Chevin and Cow and Calf Rocks on the edge of Ilkley Moor before descending to Ilkley in Wharfedale.

Carlton Lodge walking boots

The North of England Way pioneered by Alfred Wainwright was intended in part to encourage others to devise their own routes, walking coast to coast connecting the Irish and North Seas. This particular route also links three National Parks taking a high level traverse wherever possible.

From the west, the coastal plain is crossed to, and through, the Lake District to Shap, followed by the crossing of the Westmorland limestone plateau to Kirkby Stephen, a climb across the Pennine watershed to reach Keld and over Gunnerside Moor and Melbeck Moors to Reeth and Richmond to the low level Vale of Mowbray, before again achieving height across the North York Moors. Between Keld and Reeth you have a choice to take the high level route or a low level route through beautiful Swaledale.

If you choose any long distance walk it can be a real pain carrying your luggage, can’t it? So we can offer some help with that. Two companies offer to transport your bags on a daily basis to your next overnight stop. Sherpa and Brigantes both cover the long distance walks we list here and others in other parts of Yorkshire and beyond.

Local walks include Helmsley to Rievaulx Abbey, Helmsley to Cow House Bank, Along the River Rye, Duncombe Park and many other to numerous to mention here. Suffice to say that if you walk and you haven’t been to see us you are missing out on a treat.

Naturally we are happy to send you out fully equipped from our bed and breakfast not only with maps but also with a suggestion where you can buy the best sandwich and accompaniments in Helmsley. They open at 8.00 am and have varieties of fillings to suit all tastes. We have a team of specially trained dogs who are able to find you if you get lost and it gets dark! We once lost Jon Snow the news presenter on Channel 4 but you’ll have to come and stay to hear out about that.