Starting 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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!
- After 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
- Just after the village, take the right turn for Egton – look out for the blue National Cycle Network route 165 signs
- This stretch has great views across the valley, turn left at the t-junction and head towards the A171 moors road
- 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.
- Follow 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!
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Great 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!
- Follow this road through Houlsyke following signs for Danby, and all the way back to the Moors Centre car park