The great yorkshire road trip

The North Riding Section is 200 miles long.

From its most westerly point at Garsdale Head in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, on the A684 between Sedbergh and Hawes, (where the West Riding’s Garsdale, meets the North Riding’s Wensleydale) to Filey Ravine, (where the North Riding meets the East Riding). The North Riding stretches north from the walls of the City of York to the banks of the River Tees. The Yorkshire 600 route closely follows the River Tees from Holwick, in the Pennines to Tees mouth, then swings south through Saltburn and Guisborough, then across the moors, then along the Yorkshire coast, passing Staithes, Runswick Bay, Sandsend, Whitby, Robin Hoods Bay and Scarborough before arriving in Filey.

In the eastern part of the North Riding are the North York Moors, where the Cleveland Hills plunge down to the sea along the coast. The route includes Whitby, with its sea faring history, fishing and now a popular holiday destination. The North Riding coast is marked by beautiful cliffs and bays, with wooded valleys tumbling down from the high moors to the sea, the location for pretty fishing villages nestling under the cliffs.

The western part of the North Riding is in the Pennines, with breath-taking scenery, including Mickle Fell standing at 2,591 feet, the highest point of Yorkshire. In its south western quarter you will find part of the Yorkshire Dales, renowned for their beauty including the historic town of Richmond in Swaledale. In adjacent Wensleydale you will find waterfalls, rapids, delightful villages and the market town of Hawes, with wonderful walking country being the first of a string of jewels on the River Ure.  

Between the Pennines and the North York Moors is the Vale of York, a wide, low and fertile land where rivers sweep down from moors and dales to York and the Humber plains and estuary.