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 6 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 concrete structure 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 : Usually Midnight to 9PM approx. (Saturday’s)

Grade : Moderate to Tough

Challenge Date

8th December 2018
27th April 2019
7th September 2019

Other dates can be arranged for groups, minimum of 10 people

Challenge Prices

Deposit of  £25, plus a further £67

What is Included

Transport to the start from a central point in South Yorkshire and back from the finish (Optional)

All meals/snacks at 6 checkpoints

Qualified guides

Minibus support

First aid cover

Badge & certificate

What is not included

personal outdoor clothing

Day pack to carry your snacks

Spare clothing


Spending money

Personal car park charges

Challenge images

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