Visiting Malo Cross

  • Visit the ancient Malo Cross
  • Woodland, high moors and farmland
  • Good views in all directions from Whinny Hill

The North York Moors has a long and interesting history. The ancient Britons settled in the deep, valleys which so characterise the area and you can still find their mark in places. Part of their legacy is a series of pagan crosses, one of the best examples still standing at the foot of Whinny Nab. I went in search. 

On approaching the cross it does look slightly odd sat between some smooth hillside and thick forestry although the landscape was very different when it was put there. However it does provide a focus of this pretty walk and avoids the crowds on a busy Saturday of the nearby Hole of Horcum. The views north over RAF Fylingdales are particularly striking as are the views over the distinctive shape of Roseberry Topping. Sadly I have no idea about the origin of the road ‘the Old Wife’s Way’ but it certainly conjures up some interesting images.

Recommend: It would be churlish to avoid a peak at the Hole of Horcum itself if you have not visited it before. Imagine how popular Malo Cross would be if it was placed there and you did not have to go hunting for it!

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Malo Cross


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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL27 North York Moors - Eastern Area Buy Map
Start Point: SE 853937.Aim north along the main road for 50 yards before cutting east on to the Old Wife's Way
Height to Climb: 86 ms (282 feet)
Terrain: All easy terrain on good paths or tracks.
Eating & Drinking: There is often a refreshment car at the car park for the Hole of Horcum. If not it is best to return to Pickering or Thornton for refreshments.
Similar Walks Nearby: The Hole of Horcum
Waterfalls of Goathland
Levisham & Lockton, pretty villages
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