Kirkdale
Kirkbymoorside, North York Moors

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Kirkdale wooded valley

Kirkdale is a stunning wooded valley between the rugged limestone ridges near to Kirkbymoorside in the Vale of Pickering. A haven for wildlife cyclists and walkers with breathtaking scenery.

Kirkdale is situated on the southernmost edge of the North York Moors, it is a stunning wooded valley, dipping down between the rugged limestone ridges near to Kirkbymoorside in the Vale of Pickering. The woods themselves are filled with all manner of wildlife and the ever changing floral carpet of primroses and violets intermingled with many other wild flowers is a glory to behold. The surrounding moors are a haven for walkers and there are many well documented walks to try whilst taking in the local villages and the breathtaking scenery.

Kirkdale is classified as an area of Specific Scientific Interest due to the discovery in 1821 of a massive bone cave overlooking Hodge Beck. The cave originally had a large entrance way and early scientists were able to enter and examine the bones, concluding that they were 70,000 years old and from animals which no longer live in England.

Kirkdale Cave was filled with the fossilised bones of hippopotamus, rhinoceros, elephants, bison, deer and big cats, believed to be lions and tigers, all of which survived in the sub tropical climate which existed before the ice age on these very moors. It is thought that this cave was a den used by roaming wild scavengers, maybe hyenas or the like as a food store. The cave still exists,...

 

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