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Visiting Malo Cross

  • Visit the ancient Malo Cross
  • Woodland, high moors and farmland
  • Good views in all directions from Whinny Hill


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The North Yorkshire Moors has a long and interesting history with the ancient Britons settling in the deep hidden valleys which so characterise the area. Part of their legacy is a series of pagan crosses, one of the best examples still standing at the foot of Whinny Nab. It does look slightly incongruous sat between some smooth hillside and thick forestry but it is the focus of this pretty walk near the Hole of Horcum. The views north over RAF Fylingdales are particularly striking as are the views over the distinctive shape of Blakey Topping. Sadly I have no idea about the origin of the road ‘the Old Wife’s Way’ but it certainly conjures up some interesting images.

Recommend: It would be churlish to avoid a peak at the Hole of Horcum if you have not seen it before although it is likely you will have done.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL27 North York Moors - Eastern Area Buy Map
Start Point: SE 853937.Aim north along the main road for 50 yards before cutting east on to the Old Wife's Way
Height to Climb: 86 ms (282 feet)
Terrain: All easy terrain on good paths or tracks.
Eating & Drinking: There is a refreshment car at the car park for the Hole of Horcum. It is probably best to return to Pickering or Thornton for other refreshments
Similar Walks Nearby: The Hole of Horcum
Waterfalls of Goathland
Levisham & Lockton, pretty villages
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