28 August 2023
Moor to Sea Cycle Network
The popular ‘Moor to Sea’ cycle network connects Scarborough, Whitby, Dalby Forest, Pickering and Great Ayton across a beautiful series of moorland, forest and coastal loops.
There are around 150 miles to explore through the heart of the North York Moors National Park, on quiet winding roads, woodland tracks and bridleways, as well as along the route of the former Scarborough to Whitby railway (the ‘Cinder Track’).
Riding the whole network would provide 5 or 6 days’ great cycling, however it is split into eleven separate sections so that you can tackle shorter stages on day rides and outings. It’s also possible to do smaller circular trails off the main network, particularly starting from nearby Dalby Forest.
The ‘Moor to Sea Cycle Network’ book, a useful route guide, is available from the National Park Centres at Danby and Sutton Bank, and from local shops and tourist information centres. As well as the ‘route guide’, we recommend you use Ordnance Survey maps OL26 and OL27, which cover the North York Moors area and have information available in our Thirley Cotes Farm cottages and on-site reception.
The route is marked all the way, using cycle route signs and waymark arrows. Although the odd sign may be missing, so make regular map checks to save unnecessary miles.
Looking for a great day ride? Discover Yorkshire Coast have planned a 32-mile (51.5km) circular route taking in some of the best bits of the Moor to Sea. Download directions from the DYC website.
Basic cycling skills and reasonable fitness are required to cycle the “Moor to Sea” network. It is suitable for family cycling, although it does pass through some remote countryside in places, offering little in the way of shelter or facilities.
• The route uses forest tracks, green lanes and minor roads, as well as the Cinder Track. Surfaces are mostly good, although some sections are stony and there may be seasonal rain damage
• Moor to Sea crosses varied terrain, from the largely flat Cinder Track to gradual ascents and descents within the forests. It’s mostly moderate, but there are also some short, steeper sections (clearly indicated on the downloadable detailed route directions)
• Be aware that there is limited mobile telephone reception along much of the route