The Cleveland Way Walk
starts in this busy but attractive market
town, which is the administrative base for the
North York Moors National Park.
It lies below picturesque moorland on the River Rye and boasts the ruin of a 12th century castle once regarded as impregnable.
The castle was bought in
1689 by Sir Charles Duncombe of nearby
Duncombe Park, but fell into disrepair when he
decided to live in a 200-room mansion in the
The castle was probably built by Walter L’Espec who also founded nearby Rievaulx Abbey - the first Cistercian house to be built in the north of England.
Founded in 1131 it is one of the most magnificent ruins in the country, with fine views and an unusual terrace.