North Yorkshire Moors

We had a great day today as we decided on a driving tour through the North Yorkshire Moors. Hounds of the Baskerville and Sherlock Holmes comes to mind. The weather wasn’t great and we even had thunder and lightning on occasion as we enjoyed our drive along the very narrow and hilly roads. One of our favorite little villages is Hutton-Le-Hole not far from the town of Pickering. There is a lovely little stream running through the village and it isn’t unusual to see free range sheep, lambs, chickens, pheasants feeding on the grassy banks along the stream.

An entrance into North Yorkshire Moors National Park lays down the road from Hutton-Le-Hole. A gradual up hill drive of several miles from Hutton-Le-Hole brought us to an area known as Chimney Bank and the ruins of an old Ironworks which looks out and gives a breath taking panoramic view of the valley below. The steep hill has a grade of 33% which is great fun to drive up and down in a car. Cyclists too use the steep hill as a test of their metal.

Wass was where we found the ruins of Byland abbey. There is an entry fee of £4.40 to explore the ruins but rain was threatening so we parked the car and I took a few photos from the edge of the road. Let’s just say I wasn’t the only person taking photos from outside the ruins looking in.


Internet via mobile phone is very spotty unfortunately on the Moors.