Walk: Kirkdale Minster

in Kirkbymoorside

This walk takes in Kirkdale Minster, Sleightholme Dale and Robin Hood’s Howl, skirting past Kirkdale Cave and Hodge Beck. A civilised 5.5 miles, with inclines and uneven paths.

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The Route

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  • Start Point: Kirkdale, nr Kirkbymoorside
  • Finish Point: Kirkdale, nr Kirkbymoorside
  • Distance: 5.5 Miles

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Walk Description

Kirkdale cuts a deep wooded valley through the Tabular Hills of the southern North York Moors.

Here you will find hidden away one of England’s ecclesiastical gems – St Gregory’s Minster. Founded in the 7th Century as a monastic mission house, the church was attacked by Danes and Vikings only to be rebuilt in the years just before the Norman Conquest.

It boasts the most complete Saxon inscription in the world on its sundial, which can be dated to around 1055. Nearby is Kirkdale Cave, where bones of various long extinct animals were found in the 19th Century including lion, elephant, tigers and hyenas that date from before the last Ice Age when this area was a swamp.

This walk explores the wooded valleys of Kirkdale, Sleightholme Dale and Robin Hood’s Howl, a beautiful dry valley.

Related Accommodation

The accommodation below is nearby - and has been updated recently.

Picture of Brickfields Farm

Brickfields Farm

Kirkby Mills, Kirkbymoorside, YO62 6NS, United Kingdom
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Crooked Cottage, York

12 Dale End, Kirkbymoorside, Kirkbymoorside, YO62 6ED, United Kingdom

Field Cottage

Field Cottage, Field Cottage, Ings Lane, Kirkbymoorside, York, North Yorkshire, YO62 6DN, United Kingdom

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