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Kirkbymoorside - “Church dwellings beside the moor” - this small but busy market town has a wide main street, cobbled on either side and flanked by fine Georgian houses and welcoming hostelries. The town offers a wide range of facilities and services from guest houses and restaurants to family businesses. Situated just south of the North York Moors National Park between Helmsley and Pickering this town is an ideal location for cycling and walking, being so near to the beautiful scenery of the moorland area.
The town comes alive on Wednesdays as market traders set up stall along the main cobbled street. Started in 1254 and still thriving today with a variety of individual stalls, it is one of the few private markets left. The local auction rooms hold regular sales and draw many visitors from across the area looking for a range of bargains.
A walk up Vivers Hill, originally the site of one of Kirkbymoorside’s two castles, offers a wonderful view over the town and the Vale of Pickering. The remnants of the second castle can be found in Manor Vale Wood a narrow limestone valley on the northern fringe of the town. Close by is the challenging golf course set in beautiful rural surroundings with spectacular views of the moors. The town also has an excellent brass band, which has won many accolades, and regularly plays at local events.
Nearby attractions include Ryedale Folk Museum at Hutton-le-Hole; a collection of rescued and restored historic buildings, which display the rich cultural history of Ryedale and Kirkdale Minster reputedly built around 1055 with?an Anglo-Saxon sundial and items of significance within?the church.
Kirkbymoorside has a varied and popular events calendar. The Ryedale Show held in July is a traditional Country Show and a wonderful day out for all the family. Established in 1855 it is renowned for ?its very high standard of livestock and trade stands. The Kirkbymoorside 10k Run is held annually on the first Sunday in May. It covers an undulating course starting in the town, then onto Gillamoor and Fadmoor before the downhill finish where a roaring crowd of spectators in the town centre greets the runners, along with Kirkbymoorside’s famous brass band.
So come along and rediscover a hidden gem on the edge of the North York Moors.



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Map reference: SE 696866  Lat: 54.27035 Long: -0.93254


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