Hole of Horcum, North York Moors

12 05 2019

Wed 20 March 2019
Richard had been bought a great Christmas present by his sister – a free night’s hotel stay in one of several locations. We picked The Downe Arms Hotel in Wykeham – 6 miles west of Scarborough and booked an extra two nights to go with it. This meant we would be on the edge of the North York Moors – a beautiful walking area. The ‘Hole of Horcum’ was one of the places I was most keen to visit for a walk…

Click on photos for full size/resolution. Photos are a mix of my film and Richard’s digi camera (marked)

One of the reasons I’d decided to go to the East Coast and the North York Moors was to see my brother who lives in Whitby in some sheltered accommodation. The day before our walk we went over to his house (I had e-mailed the staff to say we were coming) and he refused point-blank to see us! Good job we’d booked a 3-day trip and had lots of plans!

It was but a short, fast drive from Wykeham to the Hole of Horcum carpark where we paid ยฃ1 to park up for a couple of hours to explore – very cheap for this area… It was a beautiful sunny and warm day – just right for a stroll on the moors. We didn’t have a map so we just set off across the road for the path around the rim…

I studied the lie of the land from the rim – I wanted to walk both around the rim and ‘in the hole’. I could see various paths coming down from the rim at the far side and said we’d come down one of those and back up through the hole – no map needed ๐Ÿ™‚

We set off anti-clockwise to the steep zig-zag road bends on our little path. We noted a silly cyclist had decided to stop just round the final bend, on a very steep section of hill, and load a pedal bike onto his car. Queue lots of struggling heavy goods vehicles and suchlike getting stuck on the hill as they had to stop. This is a very busy road and an extremely stupid place to stop when he could have just gone a couple of hundred yards further to the top of the hill and the carpark!


I wouldn’t park on these bends – they’re steeper than the camera makes it look too! (Richard’s photo)

There’s a good view across to Fylingdales Early Warning Station from here – I much preferred the old three ‘golf balls’ myself. I’ve actually been inside this building on a trip – with the Advanced Motorists of all people!


My film photo above, Richard’s digi zoom below


Richard’s photo showing how deep the ‘hole’ is (very hazy conditions due to the heat)

Our path followed the rim for about half a mile and then struck out across the moors away from the ‘hole’.

We followed it for about another mile but it didn’t seem to want to head back to the hole so we retraced our steps to where we’d seen a path go back that way. This turned out to be exactly the track I’d picked from the carpark!

There’s just one house down in ‘the hole’ – what a beautiful location to live. You’d think it would be a farm but it doesn’t appear to be one now at any rate (excuse the film/processing fault)

Soon our path curved round and descended into ‘the hole’…

which is a lovely spot… quiet, warm and sheltered. I could have sat down for the afternoon and sunbathed – very warm for March… But, we decided we should continue. The path goes more or less across the middle of ‘the hole’ – I thought this next shot looked very ‘Lake Districty’ myself…

But the rest of the views were very moorlandy…


Heading for the exit

As we ascended out of ‘the hole’, I noticed the edge banks were very fluted…


Looking back down from near the exit gate back to the rim

I was so hot after my climb back out of the hole that I ended up walking back to the carpark in my bra-vest! (no photos ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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12 responses

18 05 2019
tessapark1969

That looked interesting. I’ve never been to the North York Moors though I’ve been to the Dales lots of times.

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19 05 2019
mountaincoward

it’s really beautiful. We used to take the North York Moors railway quite a way and then walk back to the start.

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13 05 2019
bob

Looks an interesting part of the country.

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13 05 2019
mountaincoward

It’s lovely – but a very long drive from my house so probably many years before I go again

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13 05 2019
Alli Templeton

A really interesting post, Carol. This is the kind of walk I’m really looking forward to whilst living in North Yorkshire when I do my MA. I know the ‘Hole’ but have never been in it, having only driven past it before – so I know what you mean about the roads. We’d never park there – it would be madness.

Fylingdales has always given me the creeps a bit – it seems to look so foreboding out there all on its own, and such a stark shape. And I have to admit, I hadn’t realised there was a house in the middle of the hole! Wow – as you say, what a place to live. It’s a wonder anyone got planning permission to build there. It all looks absolutely lovely from your great photos again. Sorry you didn’t get to see your brother, but glad you had a nice few days and the weather was kind to you. It’s an impressive landscape up there. ๐Ÿ™‚

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13 05 2019
mountaincoward

to be honest, when you do the ‘Lyke Wake Walk’ (the 40 miles across the moors in a day), you get so bored with the sight of moorland that Fylingdales comes as a treat by then! ๐Ÿ˜‰

That house in ‘the hole’ will have been there for centuries I think and would definitely have been a farm. I’m sure you’d never get permission now. I think it’s probably a holiday cottage now…

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13 05 2019
Alli Templeton

Ah yes, a holiday cottage. What a place for a holiday! It does look as though it should have been a farm once, so that would make sense. I’m just surprised I never realised it was there before – maybe it’s because we’re always driving past it so don’t get a detailed enough look. Fair point about Fylingdales – it does rather stick out like a sore thumb. I guess I haven’t got bored of the scenery enough yet. ๐Ÿ™‚

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13 05 2019
mountaincoward

Do the Lyke Wake – you soon will! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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13 05 2019
Alli Templeton

lol – I’ll take your word for it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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13 05 2019
Jim R

Do you know the geological origin of the hole?

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13 05 2019
mountaincoward

This is a quite good explanation from Google:
https://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/discover/geology/tabular-hills

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13 05 2019
Jim R

Thank you.

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