Boots & Beer Walking Weekender Levisham, North York Moors
With Mark Reid FRGS – author of The Inn Way guidebooks & Mountain Leader
Levisham is perhaps the prettiest village in the North York Moors, a cluster of stone cottages and farms set behind a long village green, and surrounded by heather moorlands and deep wooded valleys. To the west of the village is the dramatic glacial meltwater channel of Newton Dale Gorge, carved out by huge torrents of water at the end of the last Ice Age some 12,000 years ago. It is through this valley that George Stephenson built one of the world’s first railways which opened in 1836 between Pickering and Whitby; this is the steam-hauled North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
The Horseshoe Inn is a lovely country pub overlooking Levisham’s village green, and is one of Mark Reid’s favourite pubs.
Mark Reid has written two books about the North York Moors, including The Inn Way… to the North York Moors, and so knows the village and the surrounding countryside like the back of his hand.
PHOTOS from our most recent North York Moors weekend – Sept 2019
Walking Weekender based from: Horseshoe Inn, Levisham
When booking accommodation, please mention the Walking Weekend as the rooms have been reserved for us.
Friday evening (9pm) – Meet at the Horseshoe Inn at Levisham for our ‘icebreaker’ pub evening, where you can relax, socialise and meet your fellow walkers, choose your level of walk for Saturday and Sunday. Friday and/or Saturday evening meals will be pre-ordered before the weekend. These meals are optional and are not included in the price.
Arriving early on Friday? Your guides will be eating at the pub at 7:30pm on Friday evening – you are most welcome to join us for a meal; just let us know so we can add you to our table.
Saturday evening (7:45pm) – Meal at Horseshoe Inn (optional), followed by a fantastic Pub Quiz Night with Mark Reid as your quizmaster! Prizes for the winning team.
There will be a choice of adventurous or leisurely guided walks on Saturday and Sunday, with Mark Reid and Richard Tarran (who have exceptional local knowledge). The precise routes will be determined just before the weekend, taking into consideration weather conditions etc. You will be able to sign up for your chosen walk at the Friday evening ‘icebreaker’, where you will also be able to discuss the walks with Mark Reid.
Saturday (9:30am) – choice of adventurous or leisurely walks, with routes across the surrounding dales, moors and hills. Routes will take in Levisham Moor, Hole of Horcum, Newton Dale Gorge, Cropton Forest, and the villages of Goathland, Lockton and Newton-upon-Rawcliffe, as well as the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (steam-hauled). Return back to the pub late afternoon to recount your day’s adventures.
Sunday (10am) – choice of adventurous or leisurely walks, with routes across the surrounding dales, moors and hills. Return back to the pub mid afternoon for a final drink before bidding fond farewells… until the next Walking Weekender!
Choice of walks: We usually offer a choice of adventurous or leisurely walks on both days. Saturday is a ‘full day’ from 9:30am until 5pm, whilst Sunday is a ‘half day’ from 10am until around 3pm. We will either split into two groups from the start, or we may walk as one group during the morning and then offer ‘longer’ or ‘shorter’ routes after lunch.
Levisham facilities & accommodation
How to get to Levisham
Follow the A169 northwards from Pickering, then head west along a minor road to reach Levisham, via a steep valley.
Levisham boasts a pubs, B&Bs and a train station (North Yorkshire Moors Railway). There is a Youth Hostel at Lockton.
MARK REID is the author of 17 walking guidebooks including ‘The Inn Way’ series. He is a qualified Walking Group Leader, Hill & Moorland Leader and Mountain Leader, and has an unrivalled knowledge of the history and geography of the North of England. Mark has a BA (Hons) Geography degree from the University of Lancaster and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). Mark Reid has walked over 21,000 miles of footpaths over the past 23 years, and has taken over 11,500 people out walking in the countryside. Mark has appeared on ITV YORKSHIRE on the TV walks series ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ along with ITV weatherman Jon Mitchell, as well as ITV1’s The Dales.
Experience & fitness
- No walking experience required. Full guidance will be given.A reasonable level of fitness is required as the natural environment can be demanding at times. All walks may include uneven ground, rough and rocky terrain, stiles, stream crossings, fields, valleys, moorland, hills, pathless hillsides, paths and tracks, lanes and country roads as well as a number of ascents and descents; we may experience adverse weather conditions. A typical North York Moors walk!
- We can provide full outdoor walking gear, including waterproof jackets, trousers, fleeces, rucksacks, gloves and hats. Please provide boots.
- We are fully qualified, insured and first aid trained Mountain Leaders
- So far, we have taken over 11,000 people walking in the countryside, and have a wealth of experience dealing with all ages and abilities.
- Part of the attraction of hill walking is the challenge of tackling different terrains, landscapes and weather conditions. Every effort is made to minimize potential hazards; however, the very nature of hill walking involves a certain level of unavoidable risk or accident and/or injury. By taking part in this activity, you are aware of and accept these risks.
- Our full Terms and Conditions can be found here
* The choice of walks is dependent upon there being more than 10 participants taking part in the weekend; if there are less than 10 participants then there will be one walk per day (full day’s walk on Saturday and shorter walk on Sunday, finishing mid afternoon).