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Osmotherley by Chris CeaserOsmotherley by Chris Ceaser

Osmotherley stands on slightly elevated ground on the western edge of the North York Moors. To the north rise the whaleback Cleveland Hills, while to the south are the softer Hambleton Hills. It's now a popular walking centre for hikers on the Cleveland Way National Trail or Lyke Wake Walk, but many of the cottages were originally built in the early 19th century to house the growing number of workers in the local quarries and textile industry. 

Things to see and do

The market cross stands on the tiny green at the centre of the village. The low, stone table by the cross was probably used by market traders in the past, and it's said that the Methodist preacher John Wesley also stood on here to address the villagers.

Mount Grace Priory, just north of Osmotherley, is one of only nine Carthusian priories founded in this country and is the best preserved. The best way to approach the priory is on foot - download our 3-mile walk to Mount Grace and back for a gentle country walk to this significant historic site.

Walks and views

Half an hour's walk from Osmotherley, Lady Chapel was first built by monks in the 15th century, though it's been much altered since. There are marvellous views into the Vale of York.

Sheepwash is a popular picnic spot north of the village – it was once a watering place on the ancient drovers' road over the moors to Yarm and the River Tees. Combined with a walk around the nearby Cod Beck Reservoir, surrounded by woodland, this is a picturesque and easy stroll of under two miles.

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