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Summer Solstice Walking Challenge on the North York Moors

Come and join us to celebrate the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere with the sun at its highest on Sunday 20th June 2021.

This summer walking challenge is a 22 mile (35.4) event with about 9 -10 hours of walking. This new challenge starts and finishes in the beautiful village of Goathland, known internationally as Heartbeat Country.

Surrounded by high moors and interlaced with cascading streams and waterfalls, Heartbeat Country is a walker’s paradise. You will experience the Mallyan Spout Waterfall, which at over 60 feet, is the tallest waterfall on the North York Moors.

Surrounded by an abundance of crosses, stones and ancient monuments, makes this one of the most intriguing walking locations within the National Park. Situated on the popular North York Moors railway line with its magnificent steam engines Goathland station was also used by Warner Brothers as the setting for Hogsmeade Station in Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone.

The Route

We meet outside Scripp’s Garage at 0800 ready to walk.

From the start we head off and join the Rail Trail (now there’s a story) before turning south and follow the river path to the Mallyan Spout waterfall. From the Mallyan Spout we climb the steps at the side of the hotel and cut across the moor to meet the Lyke Wake Walk route and head east towards the ancient burial mound at Simon Howe. From Simon Howe we turn south and enter Cropton Forest before we cross the North York Moors Railway line at Newtondale Halt. The route then follows the prominent trail along Levisham Bottoms to Skelton Tower. From the tower we head south through Levisham Wood and pick up the Tabular Hills Walk at Farwath and head north into the village of Levisham, (refreshment may be available at the Horseshoe PH). Heading back to the moor we follow the top path along Levisham Moor and the Hole of Horcum, where you experience the stunning views across the valley and low Horcum way below.

Just before we meet with the main track/A169 road junction the route goes north and heads back to Newtondale Halt, and we cross over the railway line for a second time. From here we follow a reciprocal route back to Simon Howe, and make our way across Goathland Moor to Moorgates, and head back to Goathland along the Centenary Walk, and back to Scripp’s Garage and pop in next door for a well-earned drink at the Inn on the Moor.


£40 per person to include:

A fully guided walk following the Summer Solstice walking challenge.

Guided by Kev Borwell and one other Walk Yorkshire Mountain leader.

We will produce an itinerary of what to bring with you for your own comfort and safety, this walk will be completed during daylight hours.

Walk Yorkshire Summer Solstice tee shirt

For those wishing to participate a free drink at the Inn on the Moor courtesy of Walk Yorkshire.

Please note:

You will be responsible for your own food and water on this event, we also highly recommend an isotonic drink/mix as dehydration can become an issue if the weather is hot. Please ensure you have adequate footwear (walking boots/shoes) and in good repair. We will send a kit list and further detailed information about walking in the summer months. Kev Borwell is also a qualified exercise nutritionist so please contact Kev if you have concerns about hydration or food selection.