The Burniston and Broxa walk in the North York Moors

South-west from Burniston along Limestone Road to Cumboots, then across farmland and through woodland to Hackness. North-west to the village of Broxa, before heading north above Barns Cliff to Barns Cliff End. East to Surgate Brow, and back to Burniston via Kirkless Farm and Lindhead Road. A 13-mile walk in the North York Moors.


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Straight on to Hackness. It’s a bit overgrown!


Overgrown woodland path down to Thirlsey Bottoms.


Lovely gated entrance to Hackness Hall.


Hackness Hall.


Historic bridge on the east side of Hackness. The bridge carries a private footpath which connects the north and south gardens of Hackness Hall.


St Peter’s Church, Hackness.


Looking north from St Peter’s Church, Hackness.


There’s a path here somewhere! Public footpaths down the sides of farmers’ fields are sometimes overgrown. I don’t mind – it’s just part of the challenge of walking in the countryside.

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Woodland path between Broxa and Barns Cliff End.


Heading north along the top of Barns Cliff, on the east side of Lang Dale.


The view south-west from Barns Cliff End over Lang Dale. The River Derwent flows through the valley towards Langdale End in the distance.


Looking north-west from Barns Cliff End towards Langdale Rigg End and Langdale Forest.


The striking combination of woodland, farmland and moorland in the beautiful Harwood Dale area of the North York Moors.


Looking down upon Lownorth Park. The park is owned by the Scarborough & District Motor Club and is used for motorcycle trials events.


The view north-east from Ward Hill towards the village of Harwood Dale.


Peacock butterflies feeding on purple thistle flowers.

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Crossing farmland at the bottom of Surgate Brow.


The view east towards the coast at Cloughton and Burniston.


Stone Quarry Road lime kiln

This kiln was one of ten in the Burniston area, used to produce lime for agricultural purposes. A kiln for communal use has existed on this site since before 1321. This one was restored in 1988 by the Burniston History Group.


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