Dalby Forest and The Bridestones Walk

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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2-3h
Distance
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7.6 km
Elevation
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243 m
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Directions to Trailhead

The Dalby Forest and The Bridestones Walk is a fantastic adventure in North York Moors National Park that will lead you through the countryside to experience beautiful views and interesting rock formations. While out walking the trail, you will stroll through swathes of forest and the open countryside to visit the weathered rock formation known as The Bridestones. This walk features fairly laid back terrain that is easy to navigate, making it suitable for beginner walkers.

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Route Description

If you are looking for a fairly easy walk in the North York Moors that features a variety of terrain, beautiful views of the surrounding landscape, and the chance to visit a unique rock formation, then the Dalby Forest and The Bridestones Walk is a great option for you to check out.

Setting out from the car park, you will make your way to the northwest along the edge of the wood to cross over Jonathan Gill, before climbing up the forested hillside. After breaking free of the tree cover, you will cross the open countryside to eventually arrive at the site of The Bridestones, a formation of sandstone that has been steadily eroded by the North Yorkshire weather over thousands of years.

From here, you will continue on to the north across a stretch of moor, before turning sharply to the southwest. After traversing the picturesque countryside and arriving in the southwest corner of the route, you will turn to the east and descend the hillside, walking parallel to Thornton Beck on the way back to the car park where you began.

Getting There

To get to the trailhead for the Dalby Forest and The Bridestones Walk from Thornton-le-Dale, make your way north for 1.4 mi along Whitby Gate and turn right to continue on for another 0.5 mi. Keep left onto Dalby Forest Drive, continuing on for 4.5 mi to arrive at the car park.

Route Details

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    Year-Round

  • Pets allowed

    Yes

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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