Outdoor Leisure Map OL27, - North Yorkshire Moors
The walk starts at Danby's Moors Centre where there is
a tea room / restaurant, as well as ann information centre and exhibition
The walk goes to Lealholm, where there is a good pub and shops where
refreshments can be bought.
There is a fairly steep climb up to Danby Moor, using a track with a
highly broken surface. This same track is used for the descent.
The descent into (and ascent out of) Lealholm is moderately steep, and
uses an ancient trod. It is possible to not use this trod, but doing
so involves using the main road which is not advisable due to traffic.
Otherwise the described route should present no difficulties.
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Park at the North York Moors Visitor Centre car park. (NZ71766
Walk along the road towards Houlsyke, and take the field footpath on your
left to Park House Farm.
Past the farm, continue for a short distance along the road, until you
come to the track on your left which ascends Oakley Side.
At the top of this track, turn right and follow the minor road for the
next couple of miles until there is a sharp right hand bend (for much
of this stretch there is adequate walking on the grass verge on the right
of the road).
When you reach the sharp right hand bend, follow the road down into Lealholm.
Part of the route into Lealholm uses the stone flagged trod that is located
beside the road.
In Lealholm, turn right past the War Memorial and continue until you come
to the Wesleyan Chapel on your left.
Here there is a lane which leads down to the steps over the River Esk.
On the chapel wall, there are marks showing the height which floods have
reached in previous years.
Retrace your steps, but where the road turns left along Oakley Sides continue
ahead to follow the Esk Valley Walk across Lealholm Moor to Danby Beacon.
At the Beacon continue along the road in a South Westerly direction until
you come to a minor road on your left.
This road returns you to the track that now descends Oakley Side.
From here return to ParkHouse Farm and the Moors Centre.