Hutton-le-Hole from Lastingham


North Yorkshire

Route: Lastingham to Hutton-le-Hole

Area: North Yorkshire

Date of walk: 18th March 2017

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.1 miles

Weather: cloudy

We parked near The Green in the village of Lastingham, described by Bede in the 8th century as ‘more fitted as a place of robbers and the haunt of wild animals than somewhere fit for man to live’. It’s now an unspoilt village on the edge of the North York Moors and a good starting place for several walks in the area. The village church of St Mary’s with its 11th century crypt is well worth a visit

After leaving Lastingham and walking uphill along the edge of woodland we joined the road leading to the single village street of Spaunton, lined with cottages and farmhouses from the 17th century

From here we walked across the fields to the picture postcard village of Hutton-le-Hole, one of the prettiest in the county. After a short wander around, and coffee and flapjack in the excellent Forge Tea Rooms, we set out on the return leg of the walk, which took us through a mixture of fields, woodland and open moorland

We’ve walked in this area several times before, but today’s route was a new one for us – which I’m sure we’ll repeat in the future as it was enjoyable every step of the way

On the way to the start of the walk we’d stopped at Birdwatcher’s Car Park in Forge Valley, a national nature reserve, and a good place to spot a number of woodland species at close quarters, using the car as a hide. The photos show some of our sightings in the space of a few minutes….

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