Tabular Hills Walk, Black Sheep on Spaunton Moor, North York Moors

Tabular Hills Walk

47 miles Moderate

A path from Helmsley in North Yorkshire to Scarborough following the southern boundary of the North York Moors National Park. The Tabular Hills are named for their distinctive table top shapes. Starting in the market town of Helmsley with its medieval castle, this walk finishes near the seaside resort town of Scarborough. The walk passes through forests and across moors, offering spectacular views of the North York Moors.

The Tabular Hills Walk terrain is moderate, with the highest point on the path only 939 ft high near the Hole of Horcum. The Hole of Horcum is a hollow that is 400 feet deep and 0.75 miles across. It was created by spring-sapping, whereby water welling up from the hillside gradually undermined the slopes above, eating away the rocks. Over thousands of years, a once narrow valley widened and deepened into the enormous cauldron you see today.


  • Day 1   Helmsley to Hutton-le-Hole – 13 miles
  • Day 2   Hutton-le-Hole to Newton-upon-Rawcliffe – 13.5 miles
  • Day 3   Newton-upon-Rawcliffe to Dalby Forest – 8 miles
  • Day 4   Dalby Forest to Scalby Mills – 13.5 miles

The most popular direction to do this walk is from West to East (taking advantage of the prevailing wind), but if you would prefer to go from East to West then this can be easily arranged. The nearest train station to Helmsley is at Thirsk which is about 35 minutes away by taxi. There is a train station in Scarborough (for Scalby Mills).


The price for a holiday walking the Tabular Hills Walk is from £495 per person (based upon 2 people sharing). This includes:

  • Personalised itinerary for walking the Tabular Hills Walk on a self-guided basis over 4 days
  • 5 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation on a double or twin room basis (this includes B&B for the night before you start and the day you finish)
  • Taxis for drop-off/pick-up where the B&B is not within easy walking distance of the Path
  • Advice on travel arrangements to and from the start and finish points
  • Ordnance Survey Explorer maps which can be downloaded onto the OS App
  • Standalone Safe Seat Plan Guarantee for each traveller issued by the Travel Trust Association
  • Kit checklist – covering boots & socks, clothes & waterproofs, and other useful kit
  • Helpline – you can call us at any time

Solo traveller price is £655. This is because most B&Bs do not have single rooms and so will charge almost as much for one person as for two.

Key Information:

  • Time of Year: this walk can be done at any time of year, although if you choose to go between November and March then you will have to contend with winter weather conditions and shorter daylight hours. Therefore, we would suggest that the best time to go is between April and October.
  • Terrain: The terrain is moderate. For much of its length, the path is relatively level with a few steep climbs and descents. The walking surfaces are generally good, but can be muddy in places depending upon the time of year.
  • Waymarking: The route is well signposted with the Tabular Hills Walk symbol.
  • Bed & Breakfast: We always aim to book good quality B&B accommodation as near as possible to the path. Despite the fact that the Tabular Hills Walk is a popular long-distance walk, there are not a huge number of B&Bs actually on the path itself or within easy walking distance. This means that sometimes the only option is to book B&Bs that are away from the path and arrange pick-up/drop-offs by taxi.
  • Refreshments: Compared with some other routes, this walk is not the greatest when it comes to finding places en route where you can get a cup of coffee while not having to deviate too far from the path. Whether these will be open depends upon the time of year, day of week and time you happen to be passing.

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