Hole of Horcum - Levisham - Lockton
This is a free sample walk but you need to log in as a member of Walkingworld to access the details. Join or log in above if you are already a member.
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
Birds, Cafe, Church, Great Views, Moor, Pub, Tea Shop, Wildlife, Woodland
Walkingworld members near this walk