Osmotherley & the Western Moors

Jonathan’s View

“Some of the best, undiscovered walking in England”

The western and northern fringes of the North York Moors are scenically the most dramatic, have many of the best views and is a rightly popular area for walking. James Herriott (no less) described the views from Sutton Bank as the best in England and who am I to disagree. Having said it is popular I found that it was rare to see another soul once I had left the most popular long distance trails (Coast to Coast. Cleveland Way, Lyke Wake Walk) which criss cross the area. Much of the area is as yet undiscovered, The moors are at their most impressive at any time of the year, but particularly I think in high summer when the flowers are out and the heather is at its most colourful.

Osmotherley is the walkers capital of the Moors, a pretty Yorkshire village with a sense of purpose. Ideal for heading on to the moors or skirting the escarpment (thereby enjoying the views) the village provides the base for a great walking break. Mount Grace Priory sits at the feet of the village whilst the centre has 3 delightful pubs awaiting your attention. Further south the escarpment finds its way to Sutton Bank, Roulston Scar and the now decaying White Horse.

From Scarth Nick the Cleveland Way turns east on its long run towards the sea but passes through some of the prettiest villages and finest scenery in the North York Moors. This is walking par excellence with easy walking on wide tracks or arrow straight paths across the heather coated moors; the hours simply fly by. There are a number of typical Yorkshire Moors villages from where to start your walk; Swainby, Great Broughton and Carleton are all good and each has the advantage of nice pubs to eat, stay or simply drink in. Stokesley is the capital of the area, offering a fine buffer between the industrial Teesside and the moors.

High up on the moors, Round hill on Urra Moor at 454 ms provides the highest point on the moors. The trig point above Crinkle Bank is close but it is not that which makes this area so memorable. It is not even the old standing stones from a bygone era or the unusual collection of boulders know as the Wainstones with their ancient symbols, or the gliding school, it is simply the wonderful views and the sense of endless horizons which makes walking here such a pleasure.

Jonathan’s view of Steam, Great Ayton & the Esk Valley

Jonathan’s view of the Central Moors & Dales

Jonathan’s view of the Yorkshire Coast


Sutton Bank & the White Horse. Great views from the escarpment above Sutton Bank are the highlight of this walk

Views over Osmotherley. A short walk through the village and in to the pretty woodland nearby

Mount Grace Priory. Add a short but steep climb with lovely views to a visit of Mount Grace Priory

Moors over Osmotherley. Some of the best moorland walking in Yorkshire with so much more on a 10 mile circuit

Cod Beck Reservoir. Combine the reservoir with a return from Scarth Nick on the escarpment for a lovely round

Lyke Wake Walk. Over 40 miles across the North York Moors in this Yorkshire 1 day classic

High Moors over Carlton. One of the best areas of moorland walking from the pretty village of Carlton

A circular from Ingleby Greenhow. A walk in the forest with the moors offering an attractive backdrop

Other Things to do in Osmotherley & the West

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Places to Stay

Ford End B & B, nr Helmsley.

Cottages in the Dales


  1. Cyril N. Cowley says:

    I’m afraid that, at age 84 years, my walking opportunities are now somewhat fewer. Nevertheless, good to read about what is available in my area.
    Many thanks!

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