Abbey Trail

A 118 miles long distance path which visits seven abbeys in the counties of West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire. The abbeys are Kirkstall, Fountains, Byland, Rievaulx, Lastingham, Rosedale and Whitby. Maps, statistics and gpx route file for the walk are included.

Google Maps Open Source Maps

Statistics and Files
Start: Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds
Distance: 118 miles (191 km)
Grid Ref: SE259361
Climbing: 3,923 metres
Walk time: 50-60 hours
Days: 8-12

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000)

Summary: The Abbey Trail is a long distance footpath which crosses beautiful Yorkshire countryside while visiting some of the historic counties greatest abbeys. It links seven of these historic buildings, namely Kirkstall, Fountains, Byland, Rievaulx, Lastingham, Rosedale and Whitby. In essence the Abbey Trail is a great long distance path with an ecclesiastical and historical theme. Apart from the abbeys the walk which begins in Leeds and which crosses the Vales of York and Mowbray and the North York Moors also visits Guiseley, Otley, Pateley Bridge, Ripon, Thirsk, Kilburn, Helmsley, Gillamoor, Hutton-le-Hole, Glaisdale and Egton Bridge before finishing in Whitby.

Useful Links:
Abbey Trail Guide Book
Long Distance Walkers Association

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