Walk: White Rose Way

in Dalby Forest in Leeds in Malton in Wetherby in York

From Leeds to Scarborough across the Vale of York and the more rugged North York Moors the final 2 miles of the White Rose Way was once voted the world’s most romantic walk.

The Route

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  • Start Point: Black Prince Statue in Leeds City Centre
  • Finish Point: South Bay, Scarborough
  • Distance: 104 Miles

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Walk Description

Take as long or as little as you want (somewhere between 4 and 10 days but 7 would be sensible) as you walk ‘Across Yorkshire’ from Leeds to Scarborough. The walk was created by local author Paul Brown.

Starting in Leeds the route follows many existing sections of long distance footpaths and linking them with lesser known paths. It is a walk where you need to be alert to the map reading challenges of lesser used paths and the exposure of the high moors. However at the end you will have a much greater appreciation of the fine county of Yorkshire.

From Leeds the route heads north to Harewood House before following the River Wharfe in to Wetherby. Continue east through attractive villages to the brewery town of Tadcaster and join the Ebor Way towards York. Passing the city to the south the walk turns north to follow the River Derwent past villages and the battleground of Stamford Bridge to the abbey ruins at Kirkham.

Eden Camp and the town of Malton are next before arriving in the North York Moors at Thornton-le Dale. From here enter the spectacular Dalby Forest and continue via the pretty Moors valley of Harwood Dale to the coast at Heyburn Wyke. Follow the coast south for the last few miles to Scarborough South Bay and the finish.

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