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Beacon Hill at Danby

  • A treasured Beacon near Danby
  • Good views up the Fryup dales
  • Have a walk up to Danby castle


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Although I am not altogether convinced by the gas fired tall beacon now adorning Beacon Hill there are some splendid views in this area of particular historical significance. The area is festooned with old stones (burial, boundary – who knows?)  as well as being the site of so many beacon lighting in the past including the invasion of the Spanish Armada and the recent Royal Anniversary. It is a shame that many just drive up here because walking in the area is a joy, mainly along quiet roads. Passing through the village of Houlsyke made me envious of those who live there; with the splendid views down the 2 Fryup Dales (splendid name). I would though suggest the 1 mile round detour to the remains of Danby Castle is hardly worth the effort, with its locked gates and dodgy signage.

Recommend: I would imagine this is a wonderful walk in a late summer’s evening or even early winter morning with the light low and the sea shimmering in the not too far distance.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL27 North York Moors East Buy Map
Start Point: NZ 708087. There is a car park or roadside parking in Danby. Head past the Duke of Wellington signposted the National Park Centre.
Height to Climb: 264ms (866 feet). Includes the visit to Danby Castle of 80 ms.
Terrain: Good walking throughout mainly on quiet roads.
Eating & Drinking: The grand and historic Duke of Wellington in Danby is the obvious place to start and finish the walk
Similar Walks Nearby: Exploring the Fryup Dales
The Moors over Glaisdale
Villages of the Esk Valley
Places to Stay:


Church House Farm Cottages, DanbyChurch House Farm B & B, Danby

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