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Cleveland Way
Gordon Simm   Jacquetta Megarry  
08 February 2021
UK price £12.99
72pp, 130 x 220mm, 172g

Cleveland Way


Gordon Simm Jacquetta Megarry

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“A testament to excellent research, writing and photography” - Malcolm Hodgson, Trail Manager

The Cleveland Way is one of England’s oldest and best-loved National Trails. It runs for 108 miles (174 km) around the North York Moors National Park, starting inland at Helmsley, offering panoramic views over the vales of York and Mowbray and from the Cleveland Hills. After reaching the coast at Saltburn, it heads south along the dramatic sea cliffs, with their tales of shipwrecks and smugglers, to end at Filey.

The route features ancient burial mounds, ruined castles, abbeys and Roman remains, with more recent traces of industrial history. Vast areas of heather moorland are host to a wide range of wildlife. The Cleveland Way is easily accessible by public transport and is divided into easy stages by villages of character with friendly pubs and accommodation. Above all, walkers are welcomed with warm Yorkshire hospitality.

Our new second edition has larger-scale mapping, several route updates and 95 colour photos. It is in our pocket-friendly format, with perfect binding instead of concealed wiro.


This guidebook contains all you need to plan and enjoy the Cleveland Way:

  • detailed description of the route walked clockwise from Helmsley to Filey via Saltburn
  • background on heritage, geology and scenery
  • wildlife information supported by superb photographs
  • map of the entire route on 11 pages (1:80,000)
  • information about public transport and travel
  • lavishly illustrated, with 95 colour photographs
  • rucksack-friendly and on rainproof paper.
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From Planning (pp 6-11)
Habitats & wildlife (pp 18-22)
3.6 Saltburn to Sandsend (pp 47-53)

Reviewed by an online blog

This Rucksack Readers book maintains their high standards. The pages on Heritage are good with a fine section on the geology of the area and the iron and alum which were mined in the areas through which the path passes. The illustrations are superb and there are 90 colour photos which means that on completion you can refresh your memory of the walk. I particularly like the section on the History of the Cleveland Way which highlights the work of the pioneers as much of the walk has been used from the early days of leisure walking in England.

In future l will be using this guide when on the Cleveland Way … because l like this book which has all the information that l need in a compact format which can be easily used on windy days.

From an online blog called Bill's Walks.

Comment by W R Mitchell

I knew Alan Falconer and Bill Cowley, both authors of guides to the Cleveland Way. Bill Cowley wrote a regular monthly piece for the Dalesman and we climbed one or two Yorkshire hills together. I’ve visited and written about virtually all the places mentioned in your new guidebook. I am greatly impressed by its facts, figures and presentation of the Cleveland Way.

Bill Mitchell, who for 40 years was editor of The Dalesman

Email comment by the Trail Manager

The guide is a testament to excellent research, writing and photography.

Malcolm Hodgson, Trail Manager

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