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The Inn Way... to the North York Moors

89 miles, 6 days, 31 pubs...

Trail News

  • Long Stay parking is limited at Helmsley, so please use public transport. If you arrive by car, then enquire at the Tourist Information Centre at Helmsley about where to park your car. Hotels, B&Bs and the Youth Hostel etc usually allow you to park your car with them (if you stay with them at the start and end of your walk) – always 'phone to check.
  • The only cash-point facilities along the entire route are at Helmsley at the start of the walk (Barclay's & NatWest).
  • There are shops at the following Overnight Stops – Helmsley, Hutton-le-Hole, Rosedale Abbey and Hawnby. There is no shop at Levisham or Egton Bridge.
  • If you are relying on a pub for lunchtime food, then always 'phone in advance to check opening times. Many rural pubs close at lunchtimes early in the week.
  • Why not stay an extra night at Egton Bridge, then catch a train to Whitby for a day at the seaside – a perfect 'rest day'!
  • A tea rooms has opened at Dale Head Farm, Rosedale along Stage 4 of the route, and also at High Paradise Farm along Stage 6 of the route.
  • Closed pubs - The Mitre Inn and the Moon & Sixpence at Glaisdale (Stage 4) both closed in 2004, although there is a third pub at Glaisdale that is open (Arncliffe Arms). The Crown Hotel at Helmsley and the Plough at Fadmoor (Stage 1) closed in 2011; there are four other pubs in Helmsley and another pub in the next village to Fadmoor (Gillamoor). The Milburn Arms at Rosedale Abbey is closed, although there is the White Horse Farm Hotel and Coach House Inn in the village. The Hare Inn at Scawton (Stage 6) is now a restaurant.
  • The Inn at Hawnby has reopened (Sept 2020) as the Owl at Hawnby.
  • The footbridge across Hodge Beck just to the north of Kirkdale Minster was washed away during the 2005 floods and has not been replaced. The adjacent ford is usually passable. There is an alternative route through Kirkdale Wood East along the east bank of Hodge Beck from SE 677 855 to join the bridleway at SE 674 861.

  • Updates to route: Stage Three - the route through the valley of Havern Beck (p107, 2nd Edition) now heads through forest across the valley floor to the railway line, and is clearly marked on the ground. Also, the Public Footpath through the yard of Blue Beck Cottage (p111, 2nd Ed) has now been diverted a short distance to the west. Stage Five - the bridleway towards High Banniscue Farm now heads along the right-hand side of the fence, not the left-hand side (p163, 2nd Ed).
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