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Stories from the moors

Children on bridge at Hutton le Hole courtesy of Martyn CalvertChildren on bridge at Hutton le Hole courtesy of Martyn Calvert

Ruins, stones and bumps in the ground can all tell us what life used to be like in the North York Moors - but so can written records, stories, folk tales and legends.

First-hand accounts are particularly valuable, and we're collecting fascinating and thought-provoking documents that help shine a light on the local history of the North York Moors.

Enjoy reading these remarkable personal histories. And if you have a story to tell, please do get in touch.

An Ainthorpe Childhood, by J. P. Lynas

John Lynas provides a wonderful insight into rural life from 1916 to 1938. His father was Headmaster of Danby School. Read his story (pdf).

RAF Danby Beacon

On a clear day, the 360-degree panorama from Danby Beacon is hard to beat. But did you know that this seemingly unspoilt moorland was once home to a collection of buildings and radar towers covering some 75 hectares? Read more here.

Prize-winning stories

In 2012, the National Park celebrated its 60th anniversary. Among other special events, we held a story-writing competition for local schools, open to children from the primary schools located within the National Park. Read on, and prepare to be amazed and entertained!