The Commondale and Westerdale Moor walk in the North York Moors

South-east from Commondale to Castleton via Cobble Hall and Box Hall, then south across Castleton Rigg to meet a bridleway which leads north-west into the Westerdale valley. On to the village of Westerdale before heading over to Hawthorn House and following the Esk Valley Walk almost to Castleton, then north-west back to Commondale by way of footpaths and minor roads. A 14-mile walk in the North York Moors.


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Looking down into Esk Dale from High Castleton.


The view into the Westerdale valley from Castleton Rigg, with Westerdale Moor in the background.


Farmland in Westerdale as seen from Brown Hill on Castleton Rigg.


Looking north into Danby Dale from High Crag on Castleton Rigg.

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The view south-east towards Danby Head and Danby High Moor from High Crag on Castleton Rigg.


Christ Church, Westerdale.

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The Esk Valley Walk between Westerdale Moor and Castleton.


Farmhouses and land around the village of Commondale.


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