The Lyke Wake Walk: Ravenscar to Osmotherley – 40 miles, 3 days

Since ages past, this pilgrimage has linked together the bronze age tumuli (burial mounds) on the high watershed of the moors. This was a route for coffin-bearers, and the ghosts of the dead allegedly sang via the whistling mists that floated along with the coffins.

When the walk first started the route was a major test of endurance, with no footpaths, pure navigation and moorcraft, knee deep heather and little idea of what lay ahead.

Nowadays, it can be done at any time during the year at any pace, or very fast, during the Lyke Wake Race in July each year.

Low-cost hostels along route – Robin Hood’s Bay, Boggle Hole YHA, Fryup, Glaisdale, Cote Ghyll Mill and across region.

Visit the official website of the Lyke Wake Walk.

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