Hill Climbs in the North York Moors

It’s all very well taking some lovely walks around Yorkshire, but the real challenge is to walk the top ten hills in the North York Moors. You will find miles and miles of upland moor, and due to the triangulation point markers that were located in the area 80 years ago by surveyors, you will even know exactly where you are! Sort of…

If you’re the hardy type, then winter walks might be more your challenge as the countryside has that desolate and slightly unfriendly look about it. But spring into summer and autumn walks will delight you. Blooming heather of glorious purple as far as the eye can see.

There are eight points in this area that rise above the 1000 feet mark and keep your eyes out for the ancient waymarks. In this modern day and age and the penchant for some people to destroy old monuments, it’s a credit to Yorkshire Water to look after and ask you to remember them. There is actually a £100 prize for the best photo on Facebook if you are snapped standing next to one of these ancient monoliths.

Althоugh tоdау lаnd surveying often makes uѕе оf GPS, computer mоdеlѕ, and оthеr rесеnt tесhnісаl dеvеlорmеntѕ, the рrоfеѕѕіоn of ѕurvеуіng асtuаllу dаtеѕ back centuries. Evіdеnсе оf surveying tесhnіԛuеѕ саn bе found thrоughоut muсh of rесоrdеd hіѕtоrу. In fact, lаnd surveying principles dаtе bасk nearly аѕ far аѕ thе іdеа оf lаnd оwnеrѕhір. Aѕ ѕооn as individuals оr groups оwnеd specified аrеаѕ of lаnd, there wаѕ a nееd tо dеѕсrіbе оr dеlіnеаtе who оwnеd whаt, раrtісulаrlу tо ѕоlvе land disputes. Thіѕ іѕ whеrе land ѕurvеуіng came іn, although оf course tоdау land ѕurvеуіng іѕ utіlіsеd for mаnу оthеr рurроѕеѕ too.

Going back to the North York Moors, the highest point you have to reach on this walk is Round Hill – Urra Moor. At 454m it’s nowhere near as high as the summit of Whernside at 730m at which point you can find the highest trig pillar, but a very relaxing walk nevertheless. There is also a trig point at Round Hill that clearly proves to walkers that they have reached the top. Not quite Everest, but a great day out nonetheless.

On the ridge of Cleveland Hills is another high point, Cringle Moor, and it’s only a smidgeon smaller than Urra Moor at 435m. Travellers along the A19 get to see the ridge of Cleveland Hills but not as good a view as a walker gets. Nowhere near the satisfaction either.

On Danby High Moors there is another trig point that marks the spot if you want to say you touched the top of the moor. These are all great opportunities for walkers to have their photo taken for that £100 outdoor voucher prize. You can add to your satisfaction at reaching this point in your walk by dropping into the Lion Inn for a well-deserved pint!