The Lyke Wake Walk

The Challenge

The Lyke Wake Walk is a 40 mile crossing of the North York Moors starting near Osmotherley and finishing near Ravenscar overlooking Robin Hoods Bay. It is called Lyke Wake because the ancient people who inhabited the area carried their dead across the moors to the burial grounds there. On route you will see many burial mounds, hence the coffin badge!

It is generally considered to be a challenge as you cross the moors, ascending high ridges then into valleys; we reach a height of 454m and walk as low as 169m.

We cross the moors, stopping at 5 checkpoints on route for food and drinks and passing landmarks such as Lord Stones Café, Ralph’s Cross and the standing stone called ‘Fat Betty’ as well as crossing an old Roman road.

It is very picturesque on route, especially around Carlton Bank, Cringle Moor (Lord Stones Café) and Broughton Plantation then late on in the walk at Wheeldale.

We pass near Fylingdales and the early warning station there before arriving at the radio mast on the hillside near Ravenscar and our finish.

By this time your feet will be aching and body tired, but the prize of the small coffin badge will be yours as we toast your success at the finish!

Challenge details

Duration: approx. 11PM Friday to 9PM Saturday

Grade: moderate to tough

Challenge date

18th May 2019 West to East

7th September 2019 West to East

16th May 2020 West to East

5th Sept. 2020 West to East

Other group dates can be arranged by request

Challenge prices

2019 trip cost: registration £25 + £67 balance

2020 trip cost: registration £25 + £69 balance

What is included

Free transport to/from Barnsley if that is your nearest meeting

point, otherwise Osmotherley

All meals 3 hot, and 2 cold + snacks, inc hot and cold drinks

Qualified guides with first aid cover

Minibus backup support at each checkpoint. Badge and certificate at the finish

No hidden extras and everything included

What is not included

Personal outdoor clothing

Day pack to carry your snacks

Spare clothing

Personal car park charges

Challenge images

See below for a few images we have taken on previous challenge events;