This 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 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: 1 November 2014: The impressive ruins of Whitby Abbey loom above the town from their position on a headland to the east of the River Esk.
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.
7 September 2014: Newburgh Priory was a house of Augustinian Canons that was founded in 1145 and survived until the dissolution of the monasteries, when it was given to Anthony Bellasis, Henry VIII's chaplain. The priory was built half a mile to the south-east of Coxwold, and its stones were later used to build the country house of the same name (the reputed burial place of Oliver Cromwell).
7 June 2014: Wykeham Abbey was a priory of Cistercian nuns, founded in around 1153 by Pain Fitz Osbert and that survived until the dissolution of the monasteries.
11 May 2014: Lastingham Abbey went through two incarnations. It was originally founded in 651-655 during the early days of Christianity in Anglo-Saxon England, and was ruled by St. Cedd and then his brother St. Chad. This abbey was ruined by 1066, and a new abbey was founded on the same site in around 1078 by monks from Whitby, but this second foundation was very short-lived and the monks had moved to York by 1086.
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.
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.
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