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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 http://www.lykewake.org) continues to support the walk.


Details:

Path Type
Anytime Challenges
Attributes
Very Challenging; Moorland
Start
SE467992 - Scarth Wood Moor, Osmotherley, N Yorks
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Finish
NZ970013 - Ravenscar, N Yorks
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Open Date
1955
Web Sites

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 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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Five Acre View  (bookable online)
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Murk Head Holiday Cottages  (bookable online)
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The Grainary  (bookable online)
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Lynnfield Bed and Breakfast  (bookable online)
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Lee-Side  (bookable online)
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Raven Hall Country House Hotel  (bookable online)
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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