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Hutton le Hole and Lastingham

Hutton le Hole by Chris J ParkerHutton le Hole by Chris J Parker

One of the most picturesque of the villages in the National Park lies in a natural hollow or hole, hence its name. On either side are the limestone headlands of the Tabular Hills, while to the north the land rises steadily to heather-clad Spaunton Moor.

A clear moorland stream, Hutton Beck, splashes and winds its way through the pillowy mounds that form the village green, traditionally cropped by the local sheep. Come to walk or cycle, or picnic on the green, and save time to visit the open-air Ryedale Folk Museum, right in the centre of the village.

Things to see and do

Ryedale Folk Museum can easily take up half a day of your time, housing over 20 reconstructed buildings, including Iron Age roundhouse, Tudor mansion, vintage photographer's studio, craft workshops and farm buildings.

There's always something to see at Hutton le Hole Craft Workshops, whose artisans are hard at work making chocolate, candles, rugs, moorland crafts, glassware and ceramics.

It's a charming 2-mile walk to pretty Lastingham, whose ancient church, St Mary's, features an atmospheric Norman crypt.


There's an annual programme of events, workshops and activities at Ryedale Folk Museum.

Two 'Cycle Rides' from Hutton le Hole show you local villages, viewpoints and places of interest – Kirkdale and Kirkbymoorside (13 miles) and Spaunton Manor Circuit (9 miles).

Eating and drinking

Hutton le Hole has a pub and several cafés – or enjoy an ice cream on the green! There's another pub in nearby Lastingham, as well as a hotel whose bar and restaurant is open to the public.

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