3.3 of 5 (12 votes)

The Murk Esk in the North York Moors

A leisurely walk (countryside) in national park North York Moors in North Yorkshire, England, about 6.10km (3.79 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 2:00h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 107m (351ft)
Descent 74m (242ft)
Max. Elevation 130m (426ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 181m (593ft)
Start & End
Distance 6.10km
Duration ~2:00h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 12 Oct 2009
The Esk Valley, in the North York Moors National Park, offers a host of car-free walking possibilities. There are good walks from all the stations on the line, and the park authority has a selection of short routes available on their website: www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/content.php?nID=801 This walk is my pick of the bunch - highlights include the Whinstone Ridge and the world's first passenger railway tunnel!

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OS Grid NZ827052
From the station, turn left and follow the road uphill. Opposite Park Villa, turn right and walk through the woods.
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After leaving the road, there is a short section through woods and across fields.
About 0.53 km (~0.33 miles) from
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Between the two patches of woodland, look for a small hollow in the ground - the Whinstone Ridge. This was formed by lava being forced to the ground surface 58 million years ago, making it the oldest geological feature in the National Park!
About 0.77 km (~0.48 miles) from
OS Grid NZ825034
Another short woodland section, before you reach the stone buildings of Green End farm. Carry on through Hollin Garth to Beck Hole village.
About 0.55 km (~0.34 miles) from
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At the village, you cross the railway and join the Murk Esk for the remainder of the walk.
About 1.17 km (~0.73 miles) from
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This is a tributary of the River Esk. The water is a deep brown colour - this comes from the peat moors for which the region is famous. It's also a great spot for birdwatching - dippers and kingfishers can be spotted here.
About 0.57 km (~0.35 miles) from
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The path crosses the Murk Esk and continues on through a short wooded section to the buildings at Esk Valley.
About 0.40 km (~0.25 miles) from
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Just before you cross the Murk back into Grosmont, look behind you for the old tunnel - believed to be the world's oldest passenger tunnel. The village that is now Grosmont was once a much smaller village called Tunnel, which grew up because of the railway industry.
About 1.80 km (~1.12 miles) from
OS Grid NZ826050
Back to the village and the train home. A pint in the Station Tavern, by the station, is a good option if you have to wait.
About 0.10 km (~0.06 miles) from

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