Farndale & High Blakey Moor

  • Excellent moorland walking
  • Peaceful valley of Farndale
  • A walk for a bright, breezy day

Walking on the exposed moors of North Yorkshire is 2nd 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.

Recommend: 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.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL26 North York Moors West Buy Map
Start Point: SE 672952. Low Mill has parking and where the recommended start is but it is quite possible too walk up from the pub at Church Houses although the parking here is limited.
Height to Climb: 297 ms (974 feet)
Terrain: Excellent tracks throughout., some on tarmac but mostly off road.
Eating & Drinking: The Faversham Arms at Church Houses is the obvious stopping point even if you start at Low Mill for a pint or stay. The Lion at Blakey is past enroute and may well tempt you!
Similar Walks Nearby: A Rosedale Explorer
Land over Hutton le Hole
The Dales of Kirkbymoorside
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