Private Guided Walk on the Yorkshire Moors: Folklore, Myths, & LegendsPrivate Tour

Explore the beautiful, ancient landscape of the Yorkshire Moors with a private guide on this six-mile circular hike.
This experience is on request only. Please contact us for pricing.

Things to know


5 hrs 30 mins


Family Friendly, Local Experience, Off the beaten path

Private Tour:

You and our own professional guide. 100% exclusive

Transport Mode:

Your guide will meet you at the National Park Centre. You must provide your own transport to and from the tour start point.

What's included:

A professional, local tour guide for your own private group., Plenty of time to take memorable photos., 6-mile circular walk.

What's not included:

Food and drink., Cost of lunch (we recommend you bring your own as there are no choices to purchase along the walk)., Transportation throughout tour, only walking., Your guide will meet you at the recommended meeting point. You must provide your own transport to and from the tour start point. Hotel pickup/drop-off can be requested, at an additional cost.
Meeting points: At the National Park Centre, Sutton Bank YO7 2EH

What makes this tour special

Enjoy a privately guided six-mile walk through the ruggedly beautiful Yorkshire Moors with an expert local private guide to bring the landscape and landmarks to life. On your private tour, you will: 

Enjoy a gentle walk through the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside with a private guide and expert storyteller, who will bring the landscape of the moors, woods, lake, and cliffs to life with the many local tales of mystery, misadventure and legend. 

Your tour begins either with a hotel pickup or at the National Park Centre in North Yorkshire. Make sure to wear comfortable and hardy footwear as you embark on this beautiful hike around some of the most historic countryside of England. The moors have inspired countless works of art, poetry and literature and were described as “the finest views in England” by Yorkshire’s most famous vet, James Herriot! 

Your walk takes you across Roulston Scar – a cliff on Sutton Bank with spectacular views overlooking the Vale of York and the Vale of Mowbray. It was discovered to be a massive hill fort dating back to 400 BC. As you continue along the escarpment you will see one of Yorkshire’s best-known landmarks visible from over 30 miles away: the White Horse of Kilburn. Cut out from the limestone cliff in 1857 by local schoolmaster John Hodgson and 31 villagers, the horse is 318 feet long, 220 feet high and covers about 1.6 acres. 

Then you’ll come across ancient woodland, Garbutt Wood, surrounding the 10,000-year-old Lake Gormire – the only natural lake of any notable size on the moors and relic from the last ice age. There are many local myths and legends about the lake – from escaped witches to a runaway goose. Local folklore says the lake is bottomless and conceals an underwater village and many underwater rivers leading to nearby holy wells. 

From Lake Gormire, you’ll begin your ascent to the top of White Mare Crag – another landmark immersed in local folklore, where you’ll learn the tale of Sir Henry Scriven’s fatal misadventure one dark and stormy night. 

End your walkthrough Yorkshire’s fabulous countryside back at the National Park Centre. 

This is a gentle walk with one steep climb from Lake Gormire, but walking shoes/boots would be recommended or at the very least training shoes. Depending on the weather, a waterproof hat is also essential for individual comfort.

Please note: this tour does not include hotel pick-up or drop off. Please be in touch with us at the time of booking should you wish to arrange this for an additional fee.

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QWill there be other people on the tour or is it just us?
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