Access to one of the North York Moors’ most photographed landmarks has been improved thanks to restoration and drainage work carried out on behalf of the National Park Authority.
The main footpath down into the Hole of Horcum had become badly eroded over time making it difficult underfoot and creating a very visible scar on the landscape. The challenge for the National Park was to create a sustainable footpath that wouldn’t detract from the unspoilt surroundings.
Starting in September, a contractor restored the original line of the route by re-landscaping the bank either side of the footpath. The path (pictured inset), now partly stone pitched, provides a smoother, hard wearing surface and a gate has replaced a ladder stile at the top of the bank to provide easier access.
In addition to many pairs of feet, rainwater was also causing damage to the footpath. Work carried out to address the drainage problems will benefit not only walkers, but will also contribute to the Slowing the Flow project by increasing the ground’s ability to absorb water and therefore slow the passage of water into Levisham beck.