The Hole of Horcum - Moors on Wheels
The Hole of Horcum also known as the Devil’s Punchbowl is a spectacular natural ampi-theatre scooped out of Levisham Moor. Legend says that the hole was formed when the giant Wade grabbed a handful of earth to throw at his wife Bell. Reality suggests however that it was created over millennia by glacial meltwater. With great views down into the Hole of Horcum to your left and vast areas of heather moorland to your right this is a splendid walk. The path around the hole is on an earthwork dyke, which denotes a prehistoric boundary. On reaching Dundale Pond, (circa 1230) this is your time to return along the path and back to the carpark.
Saltersgate Carpark off the A169 YO18 7NR. (Please note: the path from the carpark is narrow in parts and not suitable for some wheelchairs, we suggest driving past the carpark towards Whitby, and before going round the very tight bend there is a small lay-by on the left big enough for several vehicles to use as a drop off point).
Distance: 5 miles return
Difficulty: Once on the bridleway the track is reasonably flat and quite forgiving.
What you will need:
In order for you to enjoy and take full advantage of the events on offer, it is imperative that you look after yourself and turn up with the appropriate kit. We highly recommend suitable outdoor clothing for the time of year and a reasonable level of fitness. Unfortunately, young people under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Safety and the Weather
As the group leader, I am responsible for your safety and will be more attentive to your needs throughout, and may show more caution than individuals might when walking on their own.
II undertake continuous risk assessment, and may take the decision to change or modify walking plans at short notice. This most commonly occurs in bad weather conditions. I do lead walks in all weather, so long as it is safe to do so.