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Hole of Horcum

  • Interesting & popular walk
  • Contrast of exposed moorlands & deep valleys
  • Start at the village of Levisham


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A walk through the Hole of Horcum is a walk through a geographical masterpiece. Some describe it as a fist, others as a scoop and I certainly felt something more than the traditional explanation that it is the centre of a geological fault should explain the steep sides and smooth valley bottom of the Hole of Horcum. I actually prefer walking along the moors from Levisham before dropping steeply in to the Hole than starting off at the popular car park. There is something magical about the valley floor which conjures up another age and I would certainly recommend a visit ti anyone in the area.

Recommend: Starting at Levisham there is a temptation to follow the valley bottom all the way back but this does take you in to dense woodland which can severely damage the legs of anyone out in shorts!

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL27 North York Moors - Eastern area Buy Map
Start Point: SE 833907. Pass the Horeshoe Inn to the right and head up the lane
Height to Climb: 150 ms (492 feet)
Terrain: Excellent woodland tracks and paths in the valley bottom. Just avoid the path through the woods near Levisham.
Eating & Drinking: The Horeshoe Inn at Levisham is an excellent country inn to finish your walk at whilst there is a refreshment van at the Hole of Horcum car park
Similar Walks Nearby: Waterfalls of Goathland
Visiting Malo Cross
The villages of Levisham & Lockton
Places to Stay:


Eden House, Pickering


  1. Paul Verrall says:

    Just looking at your walk after googling Hole of Horcum walk and realised we did the route you suggest. Starting at Lewisham seemed logical and ensures you end at the pub! Route over the moors to main road is easy to follow and gives superb views over the valley and beyond. Heather and bird life in plenty. This way then allows you to follow the natural slope down, route generally easy to follow, Lower Horcum barn makes first part easy, just pass to it’s right. We chose the woodland which we did not find difficult. One bonus is the OS map showed the path emerging onto the road with still a good incline but somehow the path in reality came out at the start of the village, so no awkward last hike up a steep road. The pub serves good food and good selection of beers, friendly staff and plenty of outdoor seating for fine weather.

  2. jonny pyman says:

    We recently took the train to from Pickering to Newton Halt and walked back over the tops to Levisham on a well marked way. £18 return for the family, and an easy walk for littl’uns along the scarp. Note: to extend into Goathland would have doubled the price. Levisham gave us steam trains, hot chocolates and an excellent gent who gave us a demonstration of how to work the signal box. The coal fire helped too. Very enjoyable excursion.

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