Danby to Egton moors and valley cycle route

Steam train in North York MoorsStarting at the North York Moors national park visitors centre, this cicular cycle route takes in excellent views from Danby Beacon, rugged open moorland, several national park villages and a picturesque roll along the Esk Valley. Note: This route includes a 2 1/2 mile section of rough track which is NOT suitable for road bikes.

Start/finish: The Moors National Park Centre, Danby

Distance: 19 miles

  1. Starting at the car park for the national park visitors centre, turn right out of the car park and follow the road up the hill to Danby village.NYMNP Visitors centre
  2. At the Duke of Wellington pub, turn right onto West Lane. This road slowly winds up out of the village and onto Danby Low Moor
  3. As you reach the high point of the road (you should just be able to see the sea in the distance), take the unsigned right turn up a narrow, single lane road. This will take you to the top of Beacon Hill with its stunning 360deg views of the North York Moors national park.
  4. At the top of the hill, bear left following the sign for Lealholm. This road quickly turns into a rough stoney track – time to test that suspension!
  5. Danby BeaconAfter about 2 miles the track forks, bear right and drop onto the little used road. Turn left here and go across the cattle grid to the Whitby/Lealholm junction. Here you turn left again (signed Whitby 9) and follow the road through Stonegate
  6. Just after the village, take the right turn for Egton – look out for the blue National Cycle Network route 165 signs
  7. This stretch has great views across the valley, turn left at the t-junction and head towards the A171 moors road
  8. At the crossroads, turn right and head into Egton. As you come into the village turn right (towards Ye Horseshoe Inn) and then right again down Egton Lane – signposted Glaisdale 2.
  9. Beggars Bridge GlaisdaleFollow the lane to Glaisdale. As you come into the village take care going down Limber Hill the VERY steep (33%) drop has sharp turns and can be a little tricky to negotiate. At the bottom of the hill you’ll see the old Beggars Bridge – built in 1619!
  10. Follow the road past the Arncliffe Arms (stopping if you need a break) up and through the village. As you come out of Glaisdsale where the road forks, bear right and head for Lealholm along Low Wood Lane
  11. A the end of the road turn right and head into the village. The Board Inn on your left is a great place to stop and sit by the river
  12. Immediately after crossing the river, take the left turn signed Houlsyke 2 this road goes back through the village before winding along the Esk Valley
  13. LealholmGreat views of the valley along here as the road roughly follows the train line. If there’s any steam trains running there’s good photo opportunities along here!
  14. Follow this road through Houlsyke following signs for Danby, and all the way back to the Moors Centre car park

Danby cycle route