Appleton-le-Moors - Hutton-le-Hole - Lastingham Circular

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The southern slopes of the North York Moors have everything to delight the eye. There are unspoilt villages and Hutton-le-Hole is certainly one of these, as is Lastingham. It is recommended that when Waymark 8 is reached, carry on up into Hutton-le-Hole and have a wander around the village. Maybe stay for lunch as there are ample opportunities for refreshment. Note the Ryedale Folk Museum which gives an insight into how people lived and worked in the neighbouring villages. A visit here would take too long during the walk and a return visit could be planned. St Mary's Church in Lastingham is well worth another short diversion. The church building was erected over its 11th Century crypt by the Victorians and the roof of the church was designed to echo the style of the roof of the crypt.

The route of the walk uses paths which pass through fields, meadows, woodland and the edge of the moor. The introductory picture is taken at a delightful spot where I stayed for a lunch break and shows the heather of the moor and nearby countryside. Good walking footwear is recommended as there are some uneven sections of path along the way, although most of it is fairly level and muddy patches will be encountered after rain. There are a few stiles on the stretch after Lastingham where dogs would find difficulty. The walk does involve some road-walking and while most of that is on quiet lanes, there is one short stretch where it is necessary to be extra careful. The final leg of the walk is a fairly stiff climb up the lane back to Appleton-le-Moors, but all will be forgotten if you look inside Christ Church and see that the thoughtful parishioners have left refreshments for weary visitors – a kettle, tea, coffee and biscuits – a perfect finish to a walk which I hope you will enjoy.

England - North England - Yorkshire - North York Moors

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Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, Museum, National Trust, Pub, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Wildlife, Woodland
22/08/2016 - Joanne Baldwin

A lovely walk our favorite one so far. Quite flat and really easy to follow directions and pictures. There are 2 pubs on the route we stopped at both for a drink but the food looked good, and some lovely picnic spots. Quite a few other walkers about. A really nice day out.

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