There are some fine walks on the North York Moors and the circuit of Farndale and High Blakey Moor is one of the best. The long walk circles the valley but the walking is easy on good tracks.
Walking on the exposed moors of North Yorkshire is second only to the limestone scenery of the Dales in terms of pure walking pleasures. I discovered the joys of striding out on excellent paths during long days on the Coast to Coast and Lyke Wake Walk. Here the miles pass with nothing to disturb you except the wide ranging views and the sound of birdsong in the wind (there is always a wind!). Farndale itself makes an attractive start and finish to the walk, a peaceful valley typical of the area. However it is the high lands I enjoy most in the this part of the North York Moors and for this there is no walk better.
For once do NOT avoid the temptation of the Lion Inn. Once you have completed the walk feel free to treat yourself although there is also a fine pub at Church Houses where the walk ends.
A shorter version of the same walk is here.
These paths in Farndale and High Blakey Moor are fantastic and easy to follow. However they are long. On these flat tracks you will be walking quicker than normal. If you normally walk 2 miles an hour in the outdoors you will go at 2.5. More likely at 2.5 mile pace will increase to three.
Walked this wonderful area many times and have visited the White Lion on more than one occasion. Have both walked and supported on the Lyke Wake and camped in Rosedale.
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