Whitby Way
71 mile pilgrimage walk from York Cathedral to Whitby Abbey

The Whitby Way meanders through the Vale of York and over the North York Moors visiting many pilgrimage places of interest and taking in Crayke, Coxwold, Helmsley, Kirkbymoorside, Egton and Sleights. Ancient paved ways as well as moorland tracks and field paths form the 71 mile route.

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Holiday Packages

All our Standard Itineraries include:

  • Hand-picked accommodation in B&Bs / guest houses / inns / small hotels
  • En-suite facilities where available
  • Breakfast
  • Daily baggage transfers from our own team of local drivers
  • All booking fees

We will also endeavour to include all these in any custom itinerary you wish to build for this walk.

Day 1: York to Crayke (15.5m)
Day 2: Crayke to Helmsley (17.4m)
Day 3: Helmsley to Lastingham (12.2m)
Day 4: Lastingham to Glaisdale (13.9m)
Day 5: Glaisdale to Whitby (11.9m)

 

£540 per person (based on two sharing)
£505 per person (based on group of 3)
£490 per person (based on group of 4)
£480 per person (based on group of 5 or more)

 

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Day 1: York to Crayke (15.5m)
Day 2: Crayke to Helmsley (17.4m)
Day 3: Helmsley to Rosedale Abbey (16.2m)
Day 4: Rosedale to Whitby (22.8m)

 

£445 per person (based on two sharing)
£420 per person (based on group of 3)
£405 per person (based on group of 4)
£400 per person (based on group of 5 or more)

 

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Day 1: York to Huby (11.5m)
Day 2: Huby to Byland Abbey (12.3m)
Day 3: Byland Abbey to Pockley (11.5m)
Day 4: Pockley to Lastingham (9.8m)
Day 5: Lastingham to Glaisdale (13.9m)
Day 6: Glaisdale to Whitby (11.9m)

 

£625 per person (based on two sharing)
£585 per person (based on group of 3)
£565 per person (based on group of 4)
£550 per person (based on group of 5 or more)

 

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Day 1: York to Huby (11.5m)
Day 2: Huby to Coxwold (9.8m)
Day 3: Coxwold to Helmsley (11.6m)
Day 4: Helmsley to Kirkbymoorside (7.7m)
Day 5: Kirkbymoorside to Rosedale Abbey (8.5m)
Day 6: Rosedale Abbey to Glaisdale (9.9m)
Day 7: Glaisdale to Whitby (11.9m)

 

£700 per person (based on two sharing)
£655 per person (based on group of 3)
£635 per person (based on group of 4)
£625 per person (based on group of 5 or more)

 

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* All headline holiday prices are shown per person, based on two people sharing.

Baggage Transfer

Baggage Transfer is automatically included in the price of all our Walking Holiday packages.

These prices are for anyone planning their own holiday and just need bags moving from one stop to the next.

£115 per person (based on two people)
£80 per person (based on group of 3)
£60 per person (based on group of 4)
£9.50 per person per day (based on group of 5 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£85 per person (based on two people)
£60 per person (based on group of 3)
£45 per person (based on group of 4)
£9.00 per person per day (based on group of 5 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£130 per person (based on two people)
£90 per person (based on group of 3)
£70 per person (based on group of 4)
£9.00 per person per day (based on group of 5 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£135 per person (based on two people)
£90 per person (based on group of 3)
£70 per person (based on group of 4)
£8.50 per person per day (based on group of 5 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

Note: If you are booking accommodation in an Airbnb, you must ensure that there will either be someone available to take collection/delivery of your bags or that they have appropriate, secure storage in the event that the proprietor is absent.

Walk Information

  • Holiday Options
  • Walk Info
  • Maps & Guide Books

Rest Days
Rest days can be incorporated into any walking holiday package at an additional £50.00 per person per night

Solo Travellers
Solo travellers please contact us or use the booking form to send your proposed itinerary including dates, and we will price accordingly. Where possible, we take advantage of existing bookings from other clients to ensure you receive a cost effective service.

Alternative Itineraries
For alternative itineraries to those provided for this route, please contact us, or use the Booking Form to submit your proposed itinerary and number of participants and we will quote accordingly.

Walking Season Dates
Prices are based on the walk starting after 1st April and ending before 30th September. For walks outside those dates, please contact us. We provide a reduced out of season service, but still manage to meet the needs of most customers who contact us during this period.

Walk Information
The Whitby Way meanders through the Vale of York and over the North York Moors visiting many pilgrimage places of interest, especially St Gregory’s Minster, Kirkbymoorside and The Mary Magelene Well just before Lastingham and also taking in Crayke, Coxwold, Helmsley, Kirkbymoorside, Egton and Sleights. Ancient paved ways as well as moorland tracks and field paths form the 71 mile route.

OS Explorer Maps
OL26 - North York Moors - Western area
OL27 - North York Moors - Eastern area

290 - York
299 - Ripon & Boroughbridge
300 - Howardian Hills & Malton

ViewRanger Digital Maps
Digital Maps can be viewed on a modern smartphone using an appropriate ‘app’, which is usually provided as part of any map purchase. Brigantes are happy to recommend ViewRanger for all your digital mapping and mobile navigation needs.

The ViewRanger Shop provides Ordnance Survey maps for all parts of the UK, as well as the National Trail and selected Long Distance Paths. Map segments can also be purchased ad-hoc, allowing you to cover any walk you plan to take.

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Walkers' Testimonials

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2 Replies to “Whitby Way”

  1. Thank you for your really useful feedback, we will incorporate this advise into our information. We are really glad you enjoyed the walk, and look forward to assisting with another of our walks next year!

  2. The Whitby Way is not uniquely way-marked, nor is it shown as a promoted route on the Ordnance Survey maps. Before we went, we followed the route on the Brigantes & LDWA websites, and transcribed it on to 25000 Explorer maps. One of us had a basic GPS app on his phone but we mainly used map and compass and had no serious navigational problems.

    The Way is described as meandering through the Vale of York and over the North York Moors, visiting many pilgrimage places of interest. Without a guide book it’s easy to miss some of these, especially St Gregory’s Minster not far before Kirbymoorside. This famous Anglo-Saxon church is just off the route but well worth a visit. There is also the Mary Magdelene Well just before Lastingham, and St Mary’s Church in Lastingham itself which attracts thousands of visitors every year. The crypt is particularly fascinating.

    The scenery went from pleasant farmland to stunning moorland and hills. Even the walk out of York was all off-road, mainly following the Fosse Stream then farmland paths. And although we did find a few paths that were overgrown with crops (it was late June) or poorly marked, the general standard was good. Some stiles, gates and bridges were a bit ropey, and these I have reported to the highway authority North Yorkshire CC. However, none of them were show-stoppers.

    The accommodation arranged by Brigantes was good, likewise the baggage transfers. We were 4 males who will share rooms but not beds, and we were suitable accommodated over 6 nights. There were 2 guesthouses, 2 pubs and 2 B&Bs. One of the latter, at Glaisdale, provided us with dinner as well, as the nearest pub was a mile away and we’d already had a long walk. They also got us some beer in case we were thirsty! And it turned out I shared a number of mutual friends with the owners.

    The culinary and thirst-quenching highlights must include Gepetto’s Italian in Helmsley, and the Helmsley Brewing Company’s pub. Also the Blue Bell in York where it all started, the Blacksmiths Arms in Lastingham and the Black Horse in Whitby. The Coxwold Tea Room (slightly off the Way – turn right instead of left at the cross road in village centre) was a very welcome oasis, with huge pots of tea and slices of cake. Likewise the Penny Bank Cafe in Kirbymoorside (in an old bank) was brilliant, with no complaints about our rucksacks, etc. despite being busy. We also came upon a few places where pubs were closed, despite being advertised as open (e.g. both such in Huby) so it’s advisable not to depend on them for lunch stops without checking in advance.

    All in all, a very satisfactory and enjoyable walk. According to GPS the actual distance was about 75 miles including a small diversion into Grosemont and a couple of places where we missed the route and wandered about a bit. We took 5 days, with day 2 being the longest at 18 miles. There may well be places of interest that we missed, so if other walkers know of them perhaps they could submit them to Brigantes and a guide might be reassembled.

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