The small market town of Kirkbymoorside is hidden from the view of drivers on the main road from Pickering to Helmsley, which now runs just to the south of the town centre. A quick diversion to the north reveals the main street, lined with pubs that have survived from the towns period as an important halt for stage coaches. The Black Swan is the oldest of these pubs, with a carved entrance porch dating back to 1632.
The Neville family had a manor house or hunting lodge at Kirkbymoorside, normally described as the Neville castle. Sadly very little of this building still exists, although some stone fragments can still be found on one of the footpaths that lead out of the town to the north.
Grid Reference: SE 69 86
Kirkbymoorside is visited on our walk SE8685/01: Kirkdale and Gillamoor