Much of the North York Moors has been consistently used for agriculture for over 2000 years. Although, in many parts, it is a barren place, it is criss-crossed by a network of transport routes of all description. Bridleways and former rail-tracks are the most favoured for cyclists as both are no longer relied upon by the local industry and are now free for recreational use. For decades cyclists have headed to the North York Moors to ride on some of the official cycle routes. For lovers of coastal scenery and the endless moorlands of the regions interior, the 'Moor to Sea' cycle route is the perfect choice. This route covers a very large distance and links the towns of Whitby, Pickering and Scarborough.