How to get to the North York Moors
Major rail stations:
There are rail links from all over the UK to stations in the towns surrounding the National Park
Local rail stations:
The picturesque Esk Valley Railway operating between Middlesbrough and Whitby takes you right into the heart of the National Park. Stops include
- Great Ayton - for the Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum
- Kildale - for walks to Roseberry Topping
- Castleton Moor - for the Esk Valley Walk
The North York Moors Railway offers steam train rides from Pickering to Whitby
National Express coaches serve the region with drops at Thirsk, Northallerton and Middlesbrough
Coastliner buses operate between Leeds, Tadcaster, York and Heworth and the resorts of Whitby, Scarborough, Filey and Bridlington on the East Coast.
Arriva buses operate in the northern area of the North York Moors including Stokesley, Great Ayton and coastal services linking Middlesbrough, Guisborough, Whitby and Scarborough.
East Yorkshire Motor Services (known as Scarborough and District bus company in North Yorkshire) runs local buses in Hull, East Yorkshire, the North Yorkshire coast and the North York Moors
The North York Moors National Park’s Moorsbus operates every Sunday and Bank Holiday from Easter to October from:
- Redcar and East Cleveland
Moors To Sea - This 80-mile cycle route links Scarborough, Pickering and Whitby. It also includes a link from Great Ayton to Whitby via the Esk Valley.
Walney to Wear and Whitby - You can now cycle coast to coast from Walney Island in Cumbria to Whitby via Tan Hill, thanks to the opening of Regional Route 52 between Barnard Castle and the historic North Yorkshire port.
There's also great cycling around Rosedale and along the White Rose Cycle Route which follows the River Ouse and quiet roads in the Vale of York to the foothills of the North York Moors National Park
For mountain biking in Dalby, Boltby and Guisborough Forests see
Trailways Cycle Hire, Hawsker
Purple Mountain Bike Centre and Cafe, Dalby, Pickering
The Cleveland Way - This 109-mile trail takes in the North York Moors and the North Yorkshire coast
The North Sea Trail - There are around 20 routes, circular and linear, along the North Yorkshire Coast, themed to help you discover the area's history, culture and nature
For more walks, at places from the Esk Valley to Robin Hood's Bay see
And eight, easy-going trails suitable for wheelchair and buggy access are listed at
Canoeing, rowing and sailing are all available in the Park at
Ruswarp - Canoes and rowing boats for hire
Scaling Dam -canoeing and dinghy sailing- phone to book
Wykeham Lakes - Wykeham Watersports, canoeing, sailing, boat hire and tuition - booking necessary
Sutton Bank National Park Centre, Thirsk
The Moors National Park Centre, Whitby