The Fryup Dales

  • Explore the Fryup Dales
  • Historical settlements on Danby Rigg
  • Combine, river, woods and moorland

The Fryup Dales are quiet U shaped valleys which I first noticed on my Coast to Coast walk on a late October evening. I vowed then to explore them in more depth at a later date. They oozed a sense of peacefulness and tranquility that seemed most appealing.

I was not disappointed when I returned a few years late on a warm summer’s afternoon. ‘The Heads’ is the high ridge separating Great Fryup from Little Fryup and a convenient bridleway skirts the tops; ideal for offering a proper all round perspective of both valleys/dales. Similarly the return over Danby Rigg with its standing stones and excellent views is an excellent way to finish the walk.

Duck Bridge is a beautiful packhorse bridge on the road to Great Fryup which was named after George Duck of Danby who rebuilt the original medieval bridge. At this point in the walk it is also worth climbing the few hundred metres to the remains of Danby Castle where Catherine Parr, Henry V111s final wife was brought up.


Try and walk the high ground here rather than stick to the lower roads which, aside from endless tarmac walking, does not offer the true characteristic of these dales.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL27 North York Moors east Buy Map
Start Point: NZ 708087. Danby has plenty of places to park, cross the river and take the first left.
Height to Climb: 232 ms (761 feet)
Terrain: There are good paths over the Heads and Danby Rigg with quiet roads inbetween.
Eating & Drinking: The Duke of Wellington in Danby or the Fox & Hounds in nearby Ainthorpe offer a good choice of places to eat and drink.
Similar Walks Nearby: Beacon Hill from Danby
Moors over Glaisdale
Villages of the Esk Valley
Places to Stay:


Church House Farm Cottages, DanbyChurch House Farm B & B, Danby