South-west from the Saltergate car park across Levisham Moor to Skelton Tower, then south into Newton Dale to Levisham Station. Further south to Farwath, before doing a U-turn and heading north to the village of Levisham. Finally north then east through Dundale Griff, returning to Saltergate via the Hole of Horcum. A 13-mile walk in the North York Moors.

The best map to use on this walk is the Ordnance Survey map of the North York Moors Eastern Area, reference OS Explorer OL27, scale 1:25,000. It clearly displays footpaths, rights of way, open access land and vegetation on the ground, making it ideal for walking, running and hiking. The map can be purchased from Amazon in either a standard, paper version or a weatherproof, laminated version, as shown below.

Melanie, Adele and Noowy on the grassy headland at Corn Hill Point, Levisham Bottoms.

The view from Corn Hill Point into the Newton Dale valley. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway, visible between the trees, was originally opened as George Stephenson’s Whitby and Pickering Railway in 1836.

Skelton Tower, built around 1830 as a shooting lodge by a former rector of Levisham, the Reverend Robert Skelton.

Beautiful woodland on the western side of the Newton Dale valley.

The view south towards Newton Banks.

Heading down into the Newton Dale valley on very slippery footpaths.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway through Newton Dale.

Levisham Station on the Whitby to Pickering railway line.

The sun lights up the countryside as we head north on the Tabular Hills Walk towards Levisham.

Approaching the village of Levisham.

The route through Dundale Griff to the Hole of Horcum.


Avoiding the slippery paths as we walk through Dundale Griff.

The meadowland comes into view on the south side of the Hole of Horcum below Horcum Slack.

Old farmhouse at Low Horcum.

The Hole of Horcum, once a narrow valley, is 400 feet deep and more than half a mile wide. Over thousands of years water welling up from the hillside has gradually undermined the slopes above, and eroded the rocks grain by grain to form this massive hollow.