In case you’re planning your next hike in North of England and looking for the perfect location to experience the amazing beauty of nature, the North York Moors National Park is where your search might end. The fine trails and rocky crags along with the challenging hike make it the favourite location of the adventurers who prefer exploring the world on foot. And what sets this park apart from numerous other hiking destinations is the Hole of Horcum, the walkthrough mesmerizing landscapes with a stunning viewpoint.

Beautiful Views Right from the Start

Most people start this hike at the Saltergate car park located on the A169, from Pickering to Whitby. The view from the road itself will give you a hint of how amazing this track is going to be. And if you’re in a hurry, you can spend some time here and get back on the road to ride home. However, the more you will travel inside, the more pacifying the experience will become. Not to mention that you should give this hike a full day to enjoy it to the fullest.

Digging a Little Deep in the Hole of Horcum

For those who don’t know and are wondering what “hole” is doing in the name of this destination, this place is 400 feet deep and under a mile-wide crater. This hollow piece of land is also known as the Devil’s Punchbowl, as the legend says this crater was created when a giant threw a piece of land on his wife during an argument. Do not try anything like this at home because you’ll either end up behind the bars or an emergency room. However, the geological explanation is much more complex, this crater is a result of the spring-snapping over the last thousands of years. And it is getting deeper even now.

If you have made up your mind to go hike this Devil’s Punchbowl, there are certain places you’ll enjoy the most. The Skeleton Tower tops the list with an impressive view. This might very well be the best location to spend time for the artists and the poets to work on their respective art. The next place you should check is the little village inside the National Pak, called Levisham. Consider having a cup of tea at the Horseshoe Inn before you start walking towards the hill. The terrain is more livid with all kinds of views and footpaths, including the ever muddy woodland track. From here, the track will go uphill and you’ll pass the Hole of Horcum before you climb up the hill. Then the road towards the car park will be right in front of you and all you have to do is catch your breath and get ready for the walk to the exit.

Ending the Trip on a High Note

To sum up, if you’re looking for a joyride in the afternoon within the lap of nature, the Hole of Horcum is not going to disappoint you. And if you don’t have time to visit the Skull Tower, the park still has great views to spend a couple of hours. The hike will start with bigger skies, grazing sheep, and grassy paths. But at the end of the day, you’ll have an experience of the lifetime and would be craving for another hike. And no matter how fancy your automobile is, for the travelers the best way to experience something is by walking through it enjoying every moment.