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The Yorkshire Moors

The Coast south of RavenscarThe North York Moors may not be one of the best known national parks, but the area includes some breathtakingly beautiful scenery, including vast expanses of open moorland, dramatic sea cliffs, sudden escarpments and hidden valleys.

View from Sutton BankThis site is going to be my personal guide to the Yorkshire Moors, based on twenty years of walking in the national park. We will be building up a collection of suggested walks (fifty two at the moment), complete with maps and easy to follow instructions, each based on my own walks over the last few years, and illustrated by some of the thousands of photos I've taken on the moors.

The Open Moors The heart of the site is going to be the gazetteer, which we hope to develop into a complete guide to the Yorkshire Moors, supported by a series of maps created for this site. Gazatteer entries will be created as I visit the Moors, and expanded as more infomation is found, so keep coming back. We also hope to create a series of articles about the wildlife and history of the moors.

If you have any questions, then get in touch using our contact form and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Most recent addition: 13 April 2014: Grosmont Priory was one of only three Grandmontine Priories to be founded in England, and was the last to survive, only going at the dissolution of the monasteries.

At the end of July 2006 I walked Hadrian's Wall for the Perthes Disease Association.

Click on the map below to go to more detailed maps of the Moors, linked to our gazatteer.

Link to map of moors

Earlier updates

2 March 2014: Guisborough Priory was an Augustine priory that was founded by Robert de Brus, 1st Lord of Annandale, an ancestor of Robert the Bruce, king of Scotland, and was one of the wealthiest abbeys in Yorkshire.

9 February 2014: There have been two monastic foundations at Hackness, first an Anglo-Saxon nunnery founded in 680 and second a cell of Whitby Abbey that was used as a refuge when pirates forced the monks away from the coast.

26 January 2014: We start 2014 with a clickable map showing the monasteries of the North York Moors, once incredibly important institutions in the history of the moors.

December 2013: The church of St Michael's, Coxwold, sits at the western end of the village. The current church was built in 1420-30 and is an unusually elegant church for the area, with a most impressive octagonal tower.

27 October 2013: Coxwold is a small attractive village on the south-western edge of the North York Moors, sitting just inside the boundaries of the National Park.

28 July 2013: Ingleby Greenhow is an attractive village at the entrance to Greenhow Bottom, a dramatic valley that cuts into the northern edge of the North York Moors. The village is bordered by the steep escarpment at the edge of the moors to the east and south, with Round Hill, the highest point on the Moors, due south of the village.

16 June 2013: Marske-by-the-Sea is positioned between Redcar and Saltburn on the east coast.  On a recent visit Grace Gant discovered a hidden treasure at Marske: Winkies Castle Folk Museum.

5 May 2013: Today we open a picture gallery for Whorlton Moor and surrounding area.

21 April 2013: This walk heads up onto the ridge of high ground that guards the entrance to isolated Scugdale, before heading into the heart of the moors above the sources of the River Rye, visiting the equally isolated Swainby Shooting House

2 March 2013: For March we open a picture gallery for Robin Hood's Bay, one of the most attractive coastal villages in the UK.

2 February 2013: We continue the visual theme with a picture gallery for Esk Dale.

13 January 2013: We start 2013 with a gallery of pictures of the Wheeldale Roman Road, some provided by Peter Hanson, who took them while staying at Goathland Youth Hostel in 1951.

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