Baysdale circular walk from Hob Hole

This North York Moors walk takes you around Baysdale which is remote and unspoiled. The route is generally easy to follow and it is best to chose a fine day so you can enjoy the views.

Technical sheet
No. 293000
A Westerdale walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 23/09/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 5h15[?]
Distance Distance : 9.45mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1050ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1024ft
Highest point Highest point : 1280ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 584ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : North York Moors
Location Location : Westerdale
Starting point Starting point : N 54.45782° / W 0.99526°
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One man and his dogs Hob Hole


(D)Park at Hob Hole (grid ref. NZ652075) where there is plenty of off-road space where the road fords Baysdale Beck and then walk north up the road towards the junction with the road from Castleton. Turn off left on the bridleway track that heads westwards above the beck. After a mile and a half you come past a derelict barn and at the signed junction of paths carry straight on westwards along the wall.

(1)After a further half a mile mile there is a gate where you turn left down towards another derelict barn. Behind you is a stone cairn on Warren Moor. Go past the barn to the bridge over the beck where you pick up the road from Shepherd's House towards Baysdale Abbey. The road follows the beck to the farm and then on to the holiday cottages building. The path is signed through the farm buildings and the gate into the field just to the north of the holiday cottages parking is apparent.

(2)Take the grass track up to the woods - climbing up Middle Head Intake between the Black Beck valley to your right and the Grain Beck valley on your left. There is a short section on the track through the woods then it is a moors track all the way up Middle Head. As you reach the top of the climb two tracks merge from the right, the second one being the Ingleby Coal Road. Keep heading south, on what is now called the Flagged Road Track until you cross the head of the valley at Armouth Wath.

(3)Here there is evidence of old mine buildings and small bridges over the Black Hagg beck. The track bends around back to the north, heading along the east side of the Grain Beck valley before it reaches the top of Baysdale Moor where there are views eastwards down Stock Dale to the Esk valley.

(4)At the next junction with a track turn left, rather than right towards the Shooting Box which is visible on your right. The track bends northwards and starts to descend back towards Baysdale. At the next fork in the track (at grid ref NZ630062) bear right and then follow it to the right as you head towards Great Hograh Beck. Ignore the first track on the right to the beck and take either a steep path off on the right or an easier path a little further on both of which lead to a pretty stone bridge built in 1938, according to the keystone, which you cross and then carry on eastwards.

(5)The path here is not too clear at the start, but it goes directly away from the beck and there are a series of stone piles which mark it. As it crosses Great Hograh Moor it becomes well defined and is still marked by a series of stone piles. Come down Little Hograh Moor to the John Breckton Road, follow it to your left then take the road at the junction back down to Hob Hole.(A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 591ft - Hob Hole
1 : mi 1.47 - alt. 761ft - Continue westwards at junction
2 : mi 2.68 - alt. 686ft - Take grass track to woods
3 : mi 4.89 - alt. 1142ft - Follow track through Armouth Wath
4 : mi 6.24 - alt. 1234ft - Turn left at track junction
5 : mi 7.64 - alt. 922ft - Cross Great Hograh Beck
D/A : mi 9.45 - alt. 591ft - Hob Hole

Useful Information

Apart from the holiday cottages at Baysdale Abbey, and a couple of farms in the valley, Baysdale feels remote. There is only the one road in from Kildale, some 4kms away, over Warren Moor which means there is no passing traffic. With great views and well defined tracks, it makes for a good walk.

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Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.33/5
Number of opinions : 5
Description quality : 4.4/5
Routemap quality : 4.2/5
Walk interest : 4.4/5

on Mon 09 Sep 2019 09:58:26 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 09/09/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

Really enjoyable walk in a lovely part of North Yorkshire made even better as the clear weather let me take in the big views

on Fri 30 Aug 2019 21:12:40 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 23/08/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

A well mapped route featuring high heather moorland and extensive panoramic views, though generally good underfoot the final stage of the moorland path towards Westerdale is littered with loose stone so requires some care. The listed stone footbridge towards the end of the route no longer exists but the piles of stones are evident as described, we obviously walked under good weather conditions and crossing the beck wasn't a problem that may well be different after heavy prolonged wet periods

on Tue 06 Aug 2019 17:47:25 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 03/08/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Nice steady walk around Baysdale with nice views. A Little boggy at the start and difficulty picking our paths towards the end, but got there in the end.

on Sun 09 Jun 2019 18:31:30 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 09/06/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

I enjoyed this walk. The best views and interest are in the first half, remember to look back when you walk up and out of Baysdale Abbey. Nice views down Stock Dale and also across to Capt. Cooks and in the other direction, just visible, the coast.

on Mon 21 May 2018 09:12:39 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 20/05/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Very good

Plenty of different Vista's only bland area was where the plantation had been cut down

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