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The East Yorkshire Moors Explorer (ME1) operates on the Spring Bank Holiday Sunday/Monday 25/27 May, Sundays 21 and 28 July, and Sundays 4, 11, 18, 25 August, plus Bank Holiday Monday 26 August.

The 2019 Moors Explorer Timetable is available now from East Yorkshire Travel Centres, or
Click here to download a copy (PDF File) - Moors Explorer Timetable

The routes shown below just provide ideas for walks from the Moors Explorer bus service. They are not precise route descriptions.

It is essential that anyone embarking on a walk across the Moors is properly equipped (water-proof walking boots, waterproof clothing, etc) and have the relevant OS Maps (Explorer OL26 and/or OL27) and compass or GPS.
The routes from the Lion Inn in particular, cross open moorland.

Make sure you can do the walk comfortably in the time available - otherwise you may have to wait a week for the next bus back!

Linear Walks on the North York Moors
Lion Inn to Hutton le Hole Lion Inn to Danby Moors Centre
Lion Inn>Rosedale Railway>Bank Top>Hutton-le-Hole
(8 miles/4 hours)
Lion Inn>Fat Betty >Danby Head>Danby Rigg>Moors Centre
(7 miles/4 hours)
Bus set down Blakey (Lion Inn) ; Return from Hutton-le-Hole Bus set down Blakey (Lion Inn); Return from Danby (Moors Centre)
Downhill all the way - with great views across Rosedale from the old Ironstone railway.
Not happy with moorland crossing after Rosedale Bank Top? Then continue alongside the minor road back to Hutton
The route can be tricky around Danby Head and across Danby Rigg.
Save time? Ask the driver to drop you off 1 mile north of the Lion Inn at the road junction by Young Ralph Cross
Circular Walks
Lion Inn to Lastingham/Lower Askew Pickering - Howl Dale
Hutton le Hole>Lower Askew>Lastingham>Spaunton>Hutton
(7 miles/3 hours)
Pickering>Howl Dale>Newbridge>Pickering Castle
(6 miles/3 hours)
Bus set down Hutton-le-Hole; Return from Hutton-le-Hole Bus set down Pickering (Ropery); Return from Pickering (Ropery)
Time to spare? Visit the Ryedale Folk Museum in Hutton le Hole and the historic St Mary's Church in Lastingham. Time to spare? Visit the Beck Isle Museum, the Castle, or the NYMR Station in Pickering.
More ideas for Linear Walks on the Moors
Kirkbymoorside to Hutton-le-Hole (short) Kirkbymoorside to Hutton-le-Hole (long)
(5 miles/2 hours)
(8 miles/4 hours)
Bus set down Kirkbymoorside ; Return from Hutton-le-Hole Bus set down Kirkbymoorside ; Return from Hutton-le-Hole
More ideas for Circular Walks on the Moors
Kirkbymoorside via Kirkdale & Gillamoor Lion Inn - Upper Rosedale
(8 miles/4 hours)
Lion Inn - Rosedale Railway trackbed round Upper Rosedale>Dale Head Farm (Tea Garden)>Lion Inn
(6 miles/3 hours)
Bus set down Kirkbymoorside; Return from Kirkbymoorside Bus set down Lion Inn; Return from Lion Inn
Discover the Yorkshire Wolds Way
Via Wharram Percy 'Lost' Medieval Village Wharram le Street & North Grimston
Wharram le Street via Centenary to Raisthorpe Wold.
Return on the Wolds Way via Wharram Percy
(6 miles/3 hours)
Can be extended via Thixendale (9 miles/4 hours)
For route map click here:
Via Wharram Percy Route
Wharram le Street via Wolds Way to North Grimston.
Return via Luddith Road over Grimston Brow via Wharram Quarry (Nature Reserve) or Wharram Percy (Medieval Village Site)
(6 or 8 miles/3 or 4 hours)
For route map click here:
Via North Grimston Route
Bus set down Wharram le Street; Return from Wharram le Street Bus set down Wharram le Street; Return from Wharram le Street
Other ideas for Circular Walks on the Yorkshire Wolds
North Grimston & Settrington Bainton to North Dalton
North Grimston>Settrington>Settrington Beacon>Wolds Way>Wood House>North Grimston
(8 miles/4 hours)
Bainton>Minster Way>North Dalton>Tithe Top Farm (long)>Deep Dale>Wolds Village Tearoom>Bainton
(6 or long 9 miles/3 or 4 hours)
Bus set down North Grimston; Return from North Grimston Bus set down Bainton; Return from Bainton

Routes created using TrackLogs Digital Mapping

Images reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.


There are also plenty of walks that can be accessed using other East Yorkshire bus services, for example:

On the Yorkshire Wolds from Welton, South Cave, Market Weighton, and Pocklington.
Flamborough Headland and the Coast from Bridlington, Filey and Scarborough.
The southern edge of the Moors from Scarborough, Pickering and Helmsley.

Walks in these areas and other parts of East Yorkshire can be found on the 'Walking with Underwood' page of this website


NOTE: The information given in the above routes has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a general guide.
Every effort has been made to ensure that details were correct at the time of publication.
It is the responsibility of individuals to ensure that they are suitably fit, and have the appropriate equipment, maps, clothing and footwear before embarking on the activity.

This page was created by
Arnold Underwood