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Hills over Hawnby

  • Two steep sided hills and moorland
  • Excellent views at all times
  • Intriguing village of Hawnsby


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Normally the Yorkshire Moors are characterised by long stetches of hiigh moorland or deep valleys of dense woodland but this walk over Hawnby breaks the mold somewhat. I was delighted to find some variation in the walk with two steep sided, heather coated hills to climb, one at the start and one at the end of the walk but both providing some excellent views of Hawnby and the surrounding moors. Hawnby itself makes for a wonderful start and end to the walk, wriggling up the lower slopes of Hawby Hill with a lovely old churchyard and pub. The 2nd hill Easterside Hill is a strange place near its summit with no official paths and some strange electonic devices (it is access land though!).

Recommend: I have extended the walk beyond the two hills for a further3 miles through easy moorland and views down in to Ladhill Gill. It is possible to carry on to the high lands of near Bilsdale Transmitting Station, a further 3 mile round trip.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL26 North York Moors - western area Buy Map
Start Point: SE 542898. Take the path to the east of the bus stop and at the field take the diagonal to the left.
Height to Climb: 331ms (1086 feet)
Terrain: The only difficulties is on the return to Easterside Hill where the paths are not that clear. Once at the fence before the steep ascent the path is clear.
Eating & Drinking: The Inn at Hawnby is a perfect place to start and finish the walk. It appears to be always open!
Similar Walks Nearby: Ash Dale from Helmsley
Sutton Bank & the White Horse
Arden Hall & Coombe Hill
Places to Stay:


 Laskill Grange Country House, nr Helmsley

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