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Lyke Wake Walk

64 km / 40 miles

N Yorks
This classic route that remembers the many corpses carried over the moors on old coffin routes and the ancient burial mounds encountered. It was pioneered by the late Bill Cowley in 1955 when much of the route was undefined and whilst this is not now the case, the route provides a strenuous challenge involving 5000ft of ascent to be completed in 24 hours. The name derives from a lyke, the corpse and the wake - watching over the corpse.

It is an undulating and exposed west to east traverse of the North York Moors with steep climbs and a boggy section and 5-mile section on a disused railway track. The highest point is at Bolton Head (1489ft). Most walkers have a support team as there are few facilities on the route and these may not be open, depending on the timing.

In the early stages it is coincident in parts with the Cleveland Way National Trail and the Coast to Coast route.

It has suffered from over-use and subsequent erosion in the early years when there were very large numbers of completions annually. In an effort to ease the use of the route the Shepherd's Round (40 miles) was devised to provide a strenuous circular challenge from Scarth Nick. Erosion at the Jugger Howe Beck section of the trail in the North York Moors National Park over moorland on access land owned by the Strickland Estate is being addressed by the Park by provision of a stone path.

The original Lyke Wake Club closed in 2005 after 50 years. The New Lyke Wake Club (link below from continues to support the walk.


Path Type: Anytime Challenges
Attributes: Very Challenging; Moorland
SE467992 - Scarth Wood Moor, Osmotherley, N Yorks
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NZ970013 - Ravenscar, N Yorks
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Open Date: 1955
Web Sites: New Lyke Wake Club
  Lyke Wake Company (scroll down)

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Paperback: Lyke Wake Walk Guide (Challenge Publications - 2007)
Paperback: Lyke Wake Walk: The Official Guide (Dalesman Publishing Co Ltd - 2001)
Badge: Badge for Lyke Wake Walk (New Lyke Wake Walk Club) (New Lyke Wake Club)
Book: Three Peaks, Ten Tors: And Other Challenging Walks in the UK (Cicerone Press - 2007)
Badge: Badge for Lyke Wyke Club (The Lyke Wake Company Limited)
Leaflet: Shepherd's Round (The Lyke Wake Company Limited)
Badge: Badge for Shepherd's Round (The Lyke Wake Company Limited)

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Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:
OS Landranger: 9394100
OS Landranger Active: 9394100
OS Explorer: 2627
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Digital Maps:
Digital Mapping (25k Scale): MEMORY-MAP V5 NORTH YORK MOORS OS 1:25,000 (Memory-Map Europe)

Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

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Hostel Accommodation: Cote Ghyll Mill 1 Km < 1 Km
Self-catering: Peelers Cottage  (bookable online) 2 Km < 1 Km
Bunk House: Teesdale & Cleveland Quakers 2 Km < 1 Km
Camping Barn: Farndale Camping Barn YHA, Kirbymoorside, North Yorkshire 1 Km 26 Km
Self-catering: Craven Garth Holiday Cottages  (bookable online) 3 Km 29 Km
Self-catering: Crag House Farm  (bookable online) 4 Km 33 Km
Other: Five Acre View  (bookable online) 3 Km 38 Km
B & B Accommodation: Sevenford House  (bookable online) 4 Km 39 Km
Self-catering: Coach House  (bookable online) 4 Km 39 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Bank House Farm Hostel 4 Km 40 Km
Self-catering: Snowy Owl Lodge  (bookable online) 3 Km 41 Km
Hotels: Mallyan Spout Hotel  (bookable online) 3 Km 48 Km
B & B Accommodation: The Beacon Guest House  (bookable online) 3 Km 48 Km
Self-catering: Kale Pot Cottage  (bookable online) 5 Km 49 Km
B & B Accommodation: Eighteen97  (bookable online) 3 Km 49 Km
Self-catering: Acorns  (bookable online) 4 Km 49 Km
Self-catering: Murk Head Holiday Cottages  (bookable online) 4 Km 59 Km
Self-catering: Meadowbeck Holiday Cottages  (bookable online) 1 Km 60 Km
Other: The Grainary  (bookable online) 5 Km 61 Km
Self-catering: Farsyde Farm Cottages  (bookable online) 4 Km 63 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Boggle Hole YHA, Fylingthorpe, Whitby, North Yorkshire 3 Km 63 Km
Self-catering: Brincliffe Cottage  (bookable online) 4 Km 63 Km
B & B Accommodation: Lynnfield Bed and Breakfast  (bookable online) 4 Km 63 Km
Self-catering: The White Owl Holiday Apartments  (bookable online) 4 Km 63 Km
B & B Accommodation: Lee-Side  (bookable online) 5 Km 63 Km
Hotels: Raven Hall Country House Hotel  (bookable online) 1 Km 64 Km

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Connected Paths:

E Routes: E-Route 2 UK Section - Harwich to Middleton in Teesdale
National Trails (England & Wales): Cleveland Way National Trail
Significant un-waymarked paths: Coast to Coast (Wainwright)
Other Paths: Abbey Trail; Bay to Bay Walks; Esk Valley Walk; Eskdale Way; Grassington to East Coast Walk; Inn the North York Moors; Newtondale Horse Trail; Newtondale Trail; One Week Coast to Coast Trek; Three Ridings on Foot; Whitby Abbeylands Walk; Whitby Way
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Anytime Challenges: Bilsdale Circuit; North York Moors Wobble; Rosedale Circuit; Samaritan Way; Seahorse Saunter; Shepherd's Round; White Rose Challenge Walk
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Route Profile:

63.1 Km (39.2 miles)
1,461 m (4,793 ft) ascent
447 m (1,467 ft)  maximum height