Stage 2: Castleton to Lealholm — Esk Valley Walk
Includes an off-grid segment
Navigation instructions may be limited.
258 yd in total
Alex Langfield planned a hike.
March 15, 2021
After a strenuous first stage, the remaining hikes are relatively easy going. You venture east, visiting the pretty moorland village of Danby and the National Park Centre, before ascending moorland to the wonderful Danby Beacon. It finishes in gentler pastures, in the pretty, riverside village of Lealholm.
Head back to Castleton Moor station and follow the bridleway signposted for Danby. This takes you through the lovely woodland of Danby Park, part of a former medieval deer park. Eventually, the bridleway meets a minor road, which you follow before taking a right onto a public footpath into the village of Danby.
The Walk crosses the railway and the river, before following signs for the Moors National Park Centre and arcing back around, crossing both railway and river again. The Centre is an interesting place to visit, with plenty of facilities, a café and a wealth of information about the surrounding countryside.
After this, your ascent to Danby Beacon, at 988 feet (301 m), begins. Farm tracks take you east and then you turn left up a steep track onto the moor. When you meet the road, go straight across, before turning right at the next junction. At the top, soak up the extensive views from the Beacon, which are particularly spectacular in late summer when the moorland is awash with purple and the distant blue sea glistens beyond. Descend the track and turn right at the first junction onto a road that takes you down to the riverside village of Lealholm.
In the village, the 18th-century coaching inn, the Board, is an excellent accommodation option and even has its own fishing rights. It serves good, hearty food and prides itself on using locally sourced produce.
March 22, 2021