628 – Hole of Horcum walk

19 Apr , 2014  

Hole of Horcum

Newton Dale

Newton Dale

A dry day, cloudy with some sunshine but a cool breeze which makes the day cold when the sun dissapears behind clouds. A 9-10 mile walk starting from the viewing point for the Hole of Horcum, a spectacular hollow carved by glacial melt-water. The route begins with a descent into the hollow crossing fields and a beck before climbing along the wooded valley sides at Levisham Brow. Continue up to the pretty village of Levisham which has a broad central green with stone cottages either side. Eat lunch on a bench overlooking the chapel and small village green. Crossing open fields we then descend gradually, enjoying the views across Newton dale, a lovely wooded valley with the distant hills of the North York Moors area. Take a slight detour to Skelton Tower, a ruin overlooking the dale and with good views of the steam railway line below; see a steam train heading north to Whitby, a spectacular sight. Then continue along moorland terrain, thankfully dry, through Levisham Bottoms and taking another detour to a hunt out a small waterfall which proves difficult to get to due to fencing obscuring the path and the boggy conditions along the beck. Enjoy a rest overlooking the moorland before returning to the car at the Horcum Dike car park. A good walk with wonderful views.



2 Responses

  1. Gaga Vincit Omnia says:

    Living, as I do way down south from the topography so vividly brought to life by our narrator, I can but marvel at her fortitude. Take, for example, this from her most recent log: “A 9-20 mile walk starting from the viewing point for the Hole of Horcum…” How many of us would set out not knowing if our trek would last 9 or 20 miles?! Perhaps Jo sets out to challenge our preconceptions of time and distance. Perhaps she is aware of a northern sorcery whereby distance cannot be taken as a given. If such be the case, then Jo is to be ranked with Stanley and Livingstone for they too, though knowing the destination, knew not the distance.
    It is many years since I’ve been north of Kidderminster and I was sad to hear the glaciers have melted.
    Jo’s narratives of her visits to places throughout these isles are to be cherished. The world is the richer for them. And, she knows this, for I have told her and one of my remaining ambitions in life is to be a party to one of “Jo’s Days Out.”
    On a sadder note, let us hope that, despite the present government’s proposed legislation, Jo’s Days Out No.628 will still be visible in search engine results to those who cannot demonstrate they are 18 years of age.

  2. Jo says:

    Typo noted – changed to 10 miles. Thankyou for pointing out Mr Southerner

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