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The Cleveland & Hambleton Hills - A view from our expert author


Occasional crags stand proud from the slopes, tree-muffled valleys bend teasingly out of sight, and ruined castles and priories poke just their heads into view. 

Helmsley North Yorkshire by Visit HelsmleyHelmsley is perfectly placed to visit nearby castles, stately homes and abbeys © Visit Helmsley 

Travelling up or down the Vale of York you are likely to be moving at speed, whether in a car on the A19 or on a train on the East Coast main line. Either way, to the east of you will see a range of hills stretching in an almost unbroken escarpment from Thirsk in the south up to Teesside in the north. Occasional crags stand proud from the slopes, tree-muffled valleys bend teasingly out of sight, and ruined castles and priories poke just their heads into view. You may be sorely tempted to break your speedy journey, turn off the fast route and go-slow in the hills for a while. Succumb to temptation, because this is low-gear territory par excellence, from the limestone country of Kirkbymoorside, Helmsley and Hambleton to the brooding sandstone giants overlooking Osmotherley, Great Ayton and Guisborough.

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