Kilburn White Horse Circular Walk

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Moderate
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0.5-1h
Distance
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2.4 km
Elevation
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117 m
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Directions to Trailhead

The Kilburn White Horse Circular Walk is a quick and easy walking route in North York Moors National Park that will provide scenic views of the surrounding area and the chance to visit a unique landmark. While out walking the trail, you will climb uphill alongside the famous Kilburn White Horse chalk carving before looping around the hillside for some amazing views. Timing this adventure for Autumn is a great idea, as the changing colours of the surrounding woodland terrain makes for a fantastic backdrop!

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Route Description

Featuring the iconic Kilburn White Horse - the largest and most northern of England’s hillside carvings - the Kilburn White Horse Circular Walk is a super easy adventure that can be enjoyed by the entire family. While there is one steep climb initially, the stunning views and downhill portions of trail more than make up for the minimal amount of required effort.

Setting out from the car park, you will head to the north and immediately begin to climb up the hillside while being greeted with the impressive sight of the Kilburn White Horse. Carved into the chalky hillside in 1857, this iconic monument has been a favourite landmark ever since, with people travelling from far and wide to check it out.

From the top of the hill, you will continue to the north and enjoy some sweeping views across the surrounding landscape as you work around the edge of an airfield. After descending the hillside, you will turn to the south and make your way through Hood Grange Wood, relaxing in the peaceful woodland setting as you make your way back to the car park where you began your adventure.

Getting There

To reach the trailhead for the Kilburn White Horse Circular Walk from Kilburn, head north for 0.6 mi along Carr Lane and make a slight left on Low Town bank Road. Follow this for 0.6 mi and turn left to enter the car park.

Route Details

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    Year-Round

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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