A 3 mile circular walk around the wooded Pennine valley of Hardcastle Crags, near Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. Owned by the National Trust the valley comprises a beautiful shallow river, Hebden Water with steep wooded valley sides and you will have chance to discover lots of wildlife plus some industrial archaeology along the way. If you have children with you, you may wish to bring along crayons and paper as there are several engraved markers around the site, showing the various leaves and seeds in the woodland.
Hutton-le-Hole and Lastingham
Distance: 6 miles
Duration: 2¾ hours
Level of walk: Medium View Walks KeyCheck latest weatherDownload this walk onto your GPS or phone (.gpx file)Why you should do this walk…
If you want a taste of the wild Moors, stunning views and a couple of relatively steep climbs, but also want the comfort of being able to stop off at two of the most beautiful villages on the North York Moors.
What else you need to know
How to get there – Hutton-le-Hole is signposted from the A170 Scarborough to Thirsk road, between Pickering and Helmsley. By Moorsbus M3 operated by Arriva from Helmsley via Kirkbymoorside.
Suggested map – OS Explorer OL 26 North York Moors – Western Area
Car park – Pay and Display in the village of Hutton-le-Hole
Start – in the car park and toilets at the north end of the village
Length/time – around 6 miles, allow 2¾ hours
Terrain/difficulty – MEDIUM with some climbs uphill on grassy paths. A short section of road walking.
Dog friendliness – no stiles, plenty of fields and woods to explore, some road walking and some sheep on the moors and in Hutton-le-Hole. Ryedale Museum in Hutton-le-Hole is dog-friendly.
Food and drink – the Crown Inn at Hutton-le-Hole does great food and beer and allows dogs in the bar and most cafes have an outside area where you and your dog can sit in warmer weather. See Directories for details.
Public toilets – in the Pay and Display car park in Hutton-le-Hole
Other interesting info:
Sheep roam around the village freely. Ryedale Folk Museum is an open air museum in Hutton-le-Hole, showing rescued and restored historic buildings, shops and cottage gardens from Yorkshire’s past. Fascinating and dog-friendly!
- Leave the car park and walk back through the village passing the Ryedale Folk Museum to the left. At a public footpath sign opposite the village hall, turn left through a gate and follow the path left, then right through a way-marked gate into a field. Follow the grassy path straight ahead through several way-marked gates along the edges of fields – where there is plenty of space for your pooch to have a good romp round, but keep an eye out for sheep here. Follow the path to the trees, and pass through a kissing gate and over a footbridge onto a well-defined path which climbs through the woods.
- Pass through a gate onto another grassy path with good views of the moorland to the left. Continue ahead to a road, and with your dog on the lead turn right and follow it using the wide grass verge where possible. Just before the road bends to a stone bridge, turn left following a green and white public footpath sign to a gate ahead. At this point, dogs are not allowed on the Access Land so keep Pooch on the lead and keep to the path. Pass through the gate onto a grassy path, which bears round to the right on the edge of the moorland – keeping a wire fence to the right.
- At a public footpath sign, follow two way-marker arrows and head towards the left hand side of the trees ahead, keeping a dry stone wall to the right as the path continues. Drop downhill to Hole Beck, and cross it – it’s quite shallow, before following the path steeply uphill on the other side. After emerging onto moorland, and at a junction with a seat, follow the sign to Lastingham and head downhill through a gate towards the quiet, pretty village. With your dog on the lead, head through the village following the sign to Cropton, but turn off the road straight away to cross a bridge over Ings Beck to a little tarmacked road in front of a row of pretty cottages.
- Keeping the beck to the left, head uphill towards a green and white footpath sign on the right. Take this path uphill following a way-marker through a gate into a woodland area, where Pooch may once again be let free. Continue uphill following a way-marker sign to the left while keeping a small ravine and wire fence to the right. Pass through a way-marked gate, and put your dog on the lead before emerging on to a road.
- Crossing the road, head for Spaunton, about ¼ mile away and continue through the village before turning downhill at a right hand bend. Take an immediate left to follow a public footpath sign across a cattle grid towards Grange Farm. Following the way-markers and sticking to the clear track, pass through the farm and after two right-angled left turns pass a barn to the right.
- With the Vale of Pickering in front, turn right at a way-marker attached to a post on to a wide grassy path with plenty of space for your dog to run around in – Izzy certainly loved it here!
- Follow the path as it turns left then right at right-angles and continue downhill into the woodland passing an old stone wall on the left. The path bears left at a way-marker arrow to another way-marker pointing ahead and right. Follow the path to the right and head downhill on a grassy path through a way-marked gate, continuing on through bracken before following another way-marker to the right towards a fence. Pass through the way-marked gap in the fence and another gap before the path meets a stream to the right. Pass through a way-marked gate in sight of the familiar white painted fences of Hutton-le-Hole, and turn right through the village back towards the car park, or stop off for some well deserved refreshments first.
This walk can be found on the iFootpath website and App – Hutton-le-Hole and Lastingham