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Round Hill on Urra Moor

January 29, 2021

Chop Gate in Bilsdale is the start of this walk to Round Hill on Urra Moor, the highest point in the North York Moors. The moorland walking on Urra Moor is on very good paths with excellent views.

The Walk

Round Hill on Urra Moor, at 454 metres, is the highest point in the North York Moors. The summit provides a fitting focus for a long walk on the Moors. I first completed the walk on a summer’s evening. Although tempted to carry on beyond Round Hill I turned back and to the lovely sunset over the moors to the west. There are not many things more enjoyable than strolling around the moors late in the day. This is partly due to the excellence of the paths, the lovely views and the enormous feeling of freedom that is enjoyed best from the higher lands. The Buck Inn at Chop Gate is an excellent place to start the walk. However be prepared for a steep climb before arriving on the moors.

Aside from walkers the other breed of person you are most likely to meet on Urra Moor are archaeologists. The most striking remain is the Face Stone, a 3 foot high slap of rock of celtic origin. However there is little agreement from the experts as to why it is there.

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With warnings of a wide variety of dangers in snakes, ticks and unforgiving bogs it is a racing cert that no-one will leave the paths….despite it being Access Land (have a look at the photo with a notice board on).

Navigation Tips on Round Hill on Urra Moor

Often public rights of way (the green dashes) on maps do not exactly match the paths or tracks on the hillside. There could be a number of reasons, in this case the farm tracks just bulldozed through a straight line which the public right of way was not.

4 Comments
  • Richard Boyes says:

    Metres (the measure) not meters (the thing measuring). Otherwise an excellent website!

  • Kent Pedder says:

    Three of us did this walk last Thursday 8 nov 18. published in the Northern Echo on 12 April 2018.
    Really enjoy this route and the views.
    Noticed a typo in the route description near the start which could cause the wrong route taken – the view of St Hildas Church is on the left.
    We did the walk with Explorer OL26 and a compass.
    Near the start it would have been helpful in the desciption to say the lane is on the right also crosses a ford as the other minor road is also “walled”
    On the return leg off the escarpment on the footpath down towards the Urra farm actually meets the minor road where you go left back towards Chop Gate via the road. Road is not mentioned at all in the description although obvious once you get to this point it is the only way.
    Perhaps a few less compass directions and bit more desciption of the route would have been more helpful.
    Did the Rosedale Abbey walk (published 15th March 2018) and had the same experience regards description.

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  • jonty says:

    Easy walk up mainly slabbed path from Hasty Bank, then easy across the moor on a wide path. Kids squeaking with delight at the world’s first talking grouse, it told my son & daughter “you’re weird”. For good measure it then repeated itself.

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