Hills over Hawnby

  • Two steep sided hills and moorland
  • Excellent views at all times
  • Intriguing village of Hawnsby

Normally the North York Moors are characterised by long stretches of high moorland or deep valleys of dense woodland but this walk over Hawnby breaks the mold. Two steep sided, heather coated hills dominate this walk, one at the start and one at the end of the walk with both providing excellent views over Hawnby and the surrounding moors.

Hawnby the village is worth a visit and provides an interesting base to explore the surrounding countryside, the church and inn too of its many attractions. The 2nd hill on the route,  Easterside Hill, is an intriguing place; near its summit there are some strange electronic devices. No official paths lead there but it is access land so take some time and explore.

Recommend: I have extended the walk beyond the two hills for a further 3 miles through easy moorland and views down in to Ladhill Gill. It is possible to carry on to the high lands near Bilsdale Transmitting Station, adding another 3 miles to the walk.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL26 North York Moors - western area Buy Map
Start Point: SE 542898. Take the path to the east of the bus stop and at the field take the diagonal to the left.
Height to Climb: 331ms (1086 feet)
Terrain: The only difficulties is on the return to Easterside Hill where the paths are not that clear. Once at the fence before the steep ascent the path is clear.
Eating & Drinking: The Inn at Hawnby is now closed but there is a cafe in the village to satisfy your thirst.
Similar Walks Nearby: Ash Dale from Helmsley
Sutton Bank & the White Horse
Arden Hall & Coombe Hill
Places to Stay:


 Laskill Grange Country House, nr Helmsley