Hole of Horcum - Levisham - Lockton

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The Hole of Horcum is a huge natural amphitheatre lying in the heart of the North York Moors national park, to the north of Pickering. Legend has it that it was formed when a giant (called Horcum) scooped up a handful of earth to throw at his wife during an argument. He missed and the handful of earth now forms Blakey Topping (a distinctively shaped hill to the east). Here, you'll find ample free parking.

Our walk starts by skirting around the top edge of the Hole, giving you a good feel of its sheer size. We then head away from the Hole over the nature reserve of Levisham Moor. Keep an eye out for curlew, lapwing, merlin and golden plover.

Our next stop-off is at the very pretty village of Levisham and potentially an early break at the Horseshoe Inn, before heading over the wooded valley to our next pretty village - Lockton.

For shorter versions of this walk, see Walks 3766 and 3767.

Whilst there's no pub in Lockton, there is a very nice tea room (The Pantry at Waymark 12), where you can refresh yourself ready for the re-crossing of the valley. After a stretch walking in the broad-leaved woodland above Levisham Beck, we descend to the beck and follow it through pastureland, right into the Hole of Horcum.

Dog-walkers please note the presence of sheep, cows and many dog-unfriendly stiles. Please also control your dog on Levisham Moor to protect ground-nesting birds.

England - North England - Yorkshire - North York Moors

Features

Birds, Cafe, Church, Great Views, Moor, Pub, Tea Shop, Wildlife, Woodland
10/06/2009 - J Stephen Waring

Start/finish point is on bus route 840 Leeds-York-Malton-Pickering-Whitby which is a good bus service run by Yorkshire Coastliner running several times daily. Very convenient for this walk if staying in Pickering or Whitby. www.yorkbus.co.uk

22/09/2008 - Mark Dunham

We did this walk yesterday, it was a great day out, lots of different landscapes from moorland to woodland and great villages. It took us 5 hours but we do walk fairly slowly. Mark

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