Hole of Horcum walk, Levisham Moor

Levisham Moor

North York Moors

Route: Levisham Moor and the Hole of Horcum

Area: North York Moors

Date of walk: 30th August 2015

Walkers: Andrew Gilly and Fiona

Distance: 7.8 miles

Weather: Gradually weakening sun, very warm

We parked in the Saltergate car park above Horcum Wood on the A169 and after crossing the busy road we followed the path along the scarp edge and joined a path across open moorland. The heather was in full bloom and it was a wonderful sight

After walking across Levisham Moor we made a diversion at Dundale Pond in order to visit the ruins of Skelton Tower. From here there is a superb view along Newtondale and over the track of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Thanks to lucky timing we saw one of the old steam trains below as it travelled towards Pickering

We retraced our steps to the pond and followed the path down Dundale Griff to the Hole of Horcum – a spectacular amphitheatre 400 feet deep and half a mile across, also known as the ‘Devil’s Punchbowl’

After walking along the bottom of the valley we climbed up to the top of the escarpment and rejoined our original path back to the start

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