The Grand Drive

     Whitby–Danby–Castleton–Hutton le Hole–Pickering–Whitby.

There is no more beautiful drive in all of Yorkshire than this 50 mile loop across the Moors. From Whitby you climb up on the main road to Guisborough before turning off to make the steep descent into the lovely unspoilt villages of Danby and Castleton. There are so many reasons to stop, and you should do so, this is not a time trial but a gentle drive in wild country.

The road then climbs again up towards Blakey Ridge and the famous Lion Inn at 1,325ft, which the Guardian recently described as “The best pub in the North Yorkshire Moors”. Do remember when planning your drive that the Lion is frequently cut off by snow in the winter!

Suitably refreshed, you head south again, taking great care to keep your speed down as the sheep wander happily into your path. This is the best part of the drive, last time I drove the route you could see across completely unspoilt moorland to the city of York and as far as Drax power station, an astonishing 50 miles away!

A long descent takes you to the hidden gem of Hutton le Hole with its wide village green and tumbling streams. Then it is back to civilisation on the fast sweeping road to the historic market town of Pickering and up over the remote moor again for the last leg, past the Fylingdales pyramid, to Whitby. We arrived home refreshed, exhilarated and determined to do it again very soon!

if you would like to see a map of the route, please click on the main photograph at the top of the page.

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