Hidden Harwood Dale

  • Peaceful walking in a quiet dale
  • Visit the church (new and remains of)  and quirky pub
  • Dodge the bikers in the forest section

I only ‘discovered’ Harwood Dale whilst visiting some holiday cottages as part of my previous life as a rep.  Being honest, I am not convinced I would have discovered it otherwise. It is a lovely spot, close enough to the coast that it is easily visited, but quiet enough that you will not see another soul all day (unless you come across a ‘biker’ in the adventure playground woods on its western fringes.

It is the peace and tranquility that attracted me, the walking is on faint or non existent paths offering the wildlife every chance of making themselves known. The forestry of Dalbyis close by to the south but hidden harwood has views which are both open and impressive.

Recommend: As Harwood Dale covers a reasonably small area the route outlined is really just a guide. Pick your own paths when you are there but do include a visit the old church, the adventure park and the escarpment.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL27 North York Moors East Buy Map
Start Point: SE 962958. Park near the church in Harwood Dale and take the lane heading north from the obvious bend nearby.
Height to Climb: 332 ms (1,089 feet)
Terrain: A real mixed bag and some of the paths are difficult to follow and after heavy rains become particularly wet. The paths through the forest and on the escarpment are fine.
Eating & Drinking: Do try and visit the Mill Inn -it is full of old fashioned character, opening in the evening or weekends, sells limited drinks, sandwiches and very little else. Great fun. There is also a cafe at Hardwick Farm
Similar Walks Nearby: Cloughton & the Old Railway
A Taste of Dalby Forest
Scarborough Sea Cut
Places to Stay:


One Spot Cottage, Harwood DaleWoodland Cottages, Harwood Dale