“Anyone wishing to discover what really makes the North York Moors so unique and important must spend some time within its heart”.
Between the North York Moors Railway and the B 1257 lies the true heart of the Yorkshire Moors. Rosedale, Farndale, Bransdale typify the peace and tranquility of the area; deep fertile valleys full of cows, sheep and some agriculture are hemmed in by the high moors. It is these high moors that characterise the area, bleak for some particularly when the wind blows (which it often does) but exhilarating for others. It is exhilarating for me, there is nothing more satisfying than striding out over the excellent moorland tracks, through the endless miles of purple heather and enjoying the far reaching views.
Those living in the valleys can no doubt clearly differentiate one from another but I don’t live in one so they tend to roll one in to another. Rosedale Abbey is lovely, as is the more popular Hutton-le-Hole but to me the red roofed houses with their clean lines and feeling of prosperity are part of what makes the Moors what it is – distinct, unusual with wonderful walking.
History is everywhere in the central Yorkshire Moors but no more so than on the high moors of Farndale, Blakey and Danby where the old railway that used to send the iron ore down to the lowland villages and towns has created such distinctive walking paths, Although there is no sign of the old iron tracks now at places such as Bloworth Crossing it is clear where the branch lines headed off in different directions to the mines. Nowhere can this be seen clearer than on the flanks of Rosedale where history really does come alive.
A word too for the weary traveller because the miles are long and the distance between different points of sanctuary may stretch the walker. It certainly did me when I passed through on both the Coast to Coast and the Lyke Wake Walk but the Lion Inn is ideally positioned to split any trip up – an iconic country inn with great history and great beers.
Further south and west the land becomes tamer with more forestry and some very good low land walking. Helmsley and Kirkbymoorside are the heartbeat of the area with Rievaulx Abbey and the lovely little village of Hawnby its crowning glory. The moors are never far away but the best walking is along the valley floors, alongside the rivers and streams that eventually find their way in to the Derwent and the sea at Scarborough.
Jonathan’s view of Osmotherley & the West
Jonathan’s view of Steam, Great Ayton & the Esk Valley
Jonathan’s view of the Yorkshire Coast
Rosedale Explorer. History, moorland and valley combine on a 7 mile walk from Rosedale Abbey
Head of Farndale. Short walk on to the high moors at Bloworth Crossing
Farndale & High Blakey Moor. Over 12 miles of superb moorland walking
Lands over Hutton le Hole. Link popular Hutton le Hole with the quieter Lastingham village
Dales of Kirkbymoorside. Some interesting lands to explore north of Kirkbymoorside
Ash Dale from Helmsley. 2 dales to explore from the popular market town of Helmsley
Rievaulx Abbey. Extend a visit by exploring the ‘feudal’ lands nearby
Hills over Hawnby. An attractive setting and walk over some beautiful hills & moors
Other Things to do the Central moors & dales
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Places to Stay
Ford End B & B, nr Helmsley
Church House Farm B & B, Danby
Church House Farm Cottages, Danby