Hutton le Hole, Appleton le Moors and Lastingham

With a meandering beck and white picket fence ‘zipping up’ a wide expanse of undulating grass, edged by beautiful stone cottages, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Hutton le Hole has always been described as a picturesque village.

Wrong. In fact the Victorians regarded it as ‘ill-planned and untidy’ due to the overcrowded homes of weavers and smallholders, the green used as a farmyard and the beck as a sewer. Luckily today things are more pristine with a clear moorland stream, Hutton Beck, that splashes and winds its way through the pillowy mounds that form the village green.

The origins of the village’s name is still debated but hole is thought to reference the Bronze Age burial hollows in nearby moorland.

Hutton le Hole (c) VisitBritain/Gary Walsh Photography
The Crown pub in Hutton le Hole (c) VisitBritain/Gary Walsh Photography

The open-air Ryedale Folk Museum, with more than 20 reconstructed buildings including an Iron Age roundhouse, is the perfect place to find out more about the heritage of both the village and the North York Moors.

Hutton le Hole might be rooted in history but there is still plenty going on, with art exhibitions at the museum and events, from duck races to Easter egg trails, organised by the village hall, while see talented artisans at work, including Belgian chocolatiers and a bakery.

Nearby is the equally beautiful village of Lastingham, nestled below Spaunton Moor’s escarpment. Here it’s worth visiting St Mary’s Church, famous for its atmospheric eleventh-century crypt, and see where Anglo-Saxon monk, Cedd of Lindisfarne (later St Cedd), was laid to rest in 664. William I set about restoring the abbey in 1078 and the crypt today probably dates from that time. It’s one of the most impressive pieces of early Norman church architecture and is unique in England in having a central aisle, two side aisles and a nave. Warm up afterwards in the village pub directly opposite the church.

Or head south to Appleton le Moors, a classic example of a 12th century planned village whose houses originally all had long gardens, or garths, 330 feet long, stretching to the back lane. Keep an eye out for the house known as 'Three Faces' (opposite the Village Hall), whose carvings above the door are of three 'blood suckers' – namely a priest, a doctor and a lawyer.

Plan your visit

Plan your visit

Getting here

174 bus (Monday) and 176S (Saturday) from Kirkbymoorside - Ryedale Community Transport

Seasonal bus service in summer - Moorsbus

The North York Moors Cycleway links Lastingham and Hutton le Hole


Car park: National Park car park (YO62 6UB) (pay and display)

EV chargers: There are six EV (7kW Type 2) chargers in the car park

Other public EV charging points: Town Farm car park, Kirkbymoorside, YO62 6AT, Ropery Car Park, Pickering YO18 8DY, Vivis Lane, Pickering YO18 8DL and Eastgate, Pickering YO18 7JD

Bike repair: Moorland Cycles and The Barn Guesthouse and Tearoom

Pubs, hotel, deli and cafés


Ryedale Folk Museum Village Information Point

'Hutton le Hole’ walk leaflet – available from local outlets - features two easy-to-follow circular walks, complete with maps and information

Lastingham village information

Public toilets

Hutton le Hole car park YO62 6UA – accessible (RADAR key needed)

Share with care

How you can keep the North York Moors special

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Give nature a chance and take your rubbish and dog poo home

Give nature a chance and take your rubbish and dog poo home

Keep dogs on a lead or under close control to protect wildlife

Keep dogs on a lead or under close control to protect wildlife

Avoid parking on grass verges

Avoid parking on grass verges

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