The Fryup Dales

  • Explore the 2 Fryup Dales
  • Historical settlements on Danby Rigg
  • Combine, river, woods and moorland

I recall looking down the U shaped Fryup Dales on my Coast to Coast walk on a late October evening and vowed 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.

Recommend: Do 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 plces 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