Lilla Cross


North York Moors

Route: Fylingdales and Lilla Cross

Area: North York Moors

Date of walk: 14th March 2014

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 8.2 miles

Ascent: 900 feet

We parked at May Beck and walked beside the beck along a wide track through Newton House Plantation

Eventually we emerged onto open moorland in complete contrast from what had gone before, and there followed a long tramp through the heather, with distant views of Fylingdales early warning system looking like a giant sandcastle – I much prefer the three ‘golf balls’ that I remember from the 1960s

At the far point of the walk we made a short detour to see Lilla Cross, erected in AD 626 and believed to be the oldest Christian monument in Northern England. This coincided with the best spell of weather when we enjoyed some sun and blue skies

The return route was mostly over open moorland and it was a shame that the long distance views were so hazy. It was an enjoyable walk all the same and worth it for Lilla Cross alone

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