Walk: Lyke Wake Walk

in Osmotherley in Ravenscar

The Lyke Wake Walk is a challenging long-distance path in North Yorkshire, England, spanning approximately 40 miles (64 km) across the North York Moors National Park. The route traditionally begins near Osmotherley on the western edge of the moors and ends at the coastal town of Ravenscar on the eastern side.

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The Route

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  • Start Point: Quarry Ln, Osmotherley, Northallerton DL6 3AL
  • Finish Point: Ravenscar
  • Distance: 40 miles

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Walk Description

The trail, established in 1955 by local farmer Bill Cowley, is named after the “Lyke Wake Dirge,” a 14th-century funeral song. The dirge reflects on the soul’s journey from Earth to the afterlife, a metaphor fitting for the traverse across the stark, expansive moorland.

The walk is marked by diverse terrains, starting with the rolling hills near Osmotherley. It then ascends to the high, flat moorland plateau, characterized by peat bogs and heather expanses, offering panoramic views across the moors. The path crosses several forested areas and passes near or through notable landmarks such as the Wainstones, a distinctive rock formation, and the Lion Inn on Blakey Ridge, one of the highest public houses in England.

As walkers approach the eastern edge of the moors, the terrain descends through more wooded areas before reaching the dramatic cliffs above Ravenscar, looking out over the North Sea. The route is renowned not only for its natural beauty but also for its historical and archaeological significance, featuring ancient standing stones and burial mounds.

Completing the Lyke Wake Walk within 24 hours is a popular challenge among hikers, often undertaken as part of a group. Those who accomplish this feat are humorously referred to as “Dirgers” in homage to the walk’s funereal namesake.

Related Accommodation

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Fairview House in Ravenscar

Fairview House

Robin Hood Road, YO13 0ES Ravenscar, United Kingdom

Weaver Apartment

Weaver Apartment, Cote Ghyll, Osmotherley, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL6 3AH, United Kingdom

Loom Apartment

Loom Apartment, Cote Ghyll, Osmotherley, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL6 3AH, United Kingdom

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