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Westerdale Moor
Guisborough, North York Moors

Details for Westerdale Moor

Rolling Moors
River Esk at Whitby

Westerdale Moor lies up above the tiny village hamlet of Westerdale in the stunning North York Moors National Park. The vast and rugged expanse of heather covered peat moorland supports a wide range of natural wildlife, flora and fauna.

Small areas of woodland and meandering streams create the perfect habitat for sphagnum mosses and brackens. Bilberry bushes are prevalent across the moor and produce an abundance of berries in the late summer. This is perfect walking country and attracts serious walkers, tourists and cyclists throughout the year. The highest point of Westerdale moor stands at Ralphs Cross and reaches around 429 metres. A network of small narrow tracks and bridleways run across the moors and a series of prehistoric boundary standing stones mark the way down the steep valley sides to the villages below. The famous Esk Valley Walk crosses through the village. There is a small car park at the top of the moor which is widely used as a popular stopping place for walkers.

Below the remote moor the lower slopes of the valley are mainly farmed for arable crops as the rich clay soil here is very fertile. The upper slopes are mainly grass and used for cattle and sheep grazing. There is one tiny street in the picturesque village with a church, a village hall and approximately 25 houses. Nearby stands the impressive building of Westerdale Hall, a private residence which was originally used as a grouse shooting lodge and for some years later became a well used youth hostel.

There are many places of interest which can easily be reached from Westerdale and provide a variety of recreational sites to explore. The moor itself is traditionally a...


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