The North York Moors National Park is one of our favourite parts of Yorkshire. Its varied and rugged landscape makes for some beautiful walks. Especially this time of the year – and we aren’t the only ones who think so as one of Yorkshire’s most famous Yorkshiremen was quite partial to a certain part of it.
Sutton Bank with its famous landmark, the Kilburn White Horse was proclaimed by the author of the famous novels All Creatures Great and Small, Alf Wight, more commonly known as his author name James Herriot as ‘the finest view in England.
Found on the edge of the North York Moors National Park the area overs dramatic views, a hidden lake and deep woodland all of which curate an excellent walk to be enjoyed all year round – but especially this time of year with the autumnal hue taking over the trees and the leaves littering the ground.
High up on Sutton Banks viewpoint has some spectacular scenery, and we can only imagine with Alf Wight’s job trekking from farm to farm that he’s seen a few views in his time – so we can’t argue with him on that one.
The look-over has views over Garbutt Wood and Gormire Lake, both a haven for wildlife and a great place to head of adventure for the day. Gormire Lake, otherwise known as ‘the gateway to hell’ was carved out during the last ice age when a gigantic ice sheet scraped out the deep hollow between the crags and rocks creating the magnificent sight we see today.
The result it a splendid view across the moors and we can’t help but think what it must have looked like all those millions of years ago covered in a thick layer of ice which was 250 metre deep in parts.
If you’d like to head out on a walk in the area check out this walk.