Walk with giants at the Hole of Horcum

Pickering, Yorkshire

A spectacular feature in the North York Moors, the Hole of Horcum near Pickering is a huge natural amphitheatre 400 feet deep and half a mile across.


Boring geologists reckon it was created by a process called spring-sapping, where water has undermined the slopes, eating the rocks away grain by grain.

Locals know better, telling the tale of Wade the Giant, who – in a blazing row with his equally giant wife, Bell – scooped up a handful of earth to throw at her, thus gouging out the Hole of Horcum. (He missed, and the earth fell to the ground to form the nearby outcropping, Blakey Topping, in case you were wondering.)

It all makes for a spectacular walk from Saltergate – a 5-mile circuit taking in Newtondale starts from the car park (download the route from the National Park's website).

Tread carefully – you don’t want to wake the giant.

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