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The White Horse - A walk of Myths, Legend and Folklore


This walk starts from the National Park Centre at Sutton Bank, meeting in front of the café /shop entrance area for a 10.30 start.


This is a 6 mile walk and would normally take about 4 hours before arriving back at the National Park Centre where refreshments, a shop and toilet facilities are available.


Once described by James Herriot, Yorkshire’s famous vet as the finest views in England, what better place to start your walk. The walk takes you across Roulston Scar, the site of a massive hill fort dating back to 400BC. Continue along the escarpment and the impressive White Horse of Kilburn. One of Yorkshire’s best known landmarks, and on a clear day visible from over 30 miles away. Built in 1857 by local schoolmaster John Hodgson and 31 local villagers, the horse is 314ft long. We then move on to Lake Gormire, the only natural lake of any size in the National Park was formed 10,000 years ago and a relic of the last ice age. Leaving Lake Gormire we ascend the hillside to the top and White Mare Crag where Sir Harry de Scriven met his fate one stormy night.


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 walking shoes/boots, proper outdoor clothing for the time of year and a reasonable level of walking fitness. Unfortunately young people under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.