The Bridestones Circular Walk
The Bridestones Circular Walk

The Bridestones Circular Walk

North York Moors
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The Bridestones Circular Walk

The Bridestones Circular Walk

Distance: 7.1mi
Elevation: 1,362ft
Time: 3-4.5h

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The Bridestones Circular Walk is a fantastic adventure in North York Moors National Park that features a variety of terrain and interesting rock formations. While out walking the trail, you will traverse the undulating countryside and make your way through peaceful forests, before arriving at the weathered sandstone rock formations known as The Bridestones. This fun walk is a great way to experience the natural beauty of the North York Moors.

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Getting there

To reach the trailhead for The Bridestones Circular Walk from Pickering, drive north along Kirkham Lane/A169 for 4.2mi.

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Backcountry Campground

No

When to do

Year-Round

Pets allowed

Yes - On Leash

Family friendly

Older Children only

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Moderate

Route Type

Lollipop


The Bridestones Circular Walk
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The Bridestones Trail Description

If you are looking to explore the varied landscapes that can be found within the North York Moors, then The Bridestones Circular Walk is a great option to do so. Here, you will make your way through forests, fields, and moors to take in the unique sight of The Bridestones that have been weathered away by thousands of years worth of Yorkshire weather.

Setting out from the trailhead at the Fox and Rabbit pub, you will head east and descend the hillside towards the banks of Thornton Beck, turning towards the northeast to follow along the edge of the water. Breaking away from the beck, you will head north and climb uphill through the forest, following the Dalby Forest Drive as it takes you northeast towards The Bridestones. Take some time here to appreciate the relaxing atmosphere of the forest, as you meander through the tree cover and gain ground across the countryside.

After a brief descent along the hillside, you will once again turn to the north, walking along Dovedale Griff as you climb uphill towards The Bridestones. After taking in the views of the weathered sandstone rocks and surrounding moor, you will turn to the southeast and descend the hillside towards Staindale Beck. Heading to the southwest, make your way along the water’s edge, eventually climbing back uphill on the return to the trailhead where you began.

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