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Danby, Ainthorpe and Little Fryup Dale is a 5.9 mile loop trail located near Danby, North Yorkshire, England that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Length 5.9 mi Elevation gain 1,230 ft Route type Loop
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Getting There

A circular walk from Danby in North Yorkshire. This walk offers a real taste of the North York Moors and one of its prettiest dales and valleys, without endless trekking across moorland, which is not always much fun for your dog. There are some lovely enclosed paths where your well-behaved pooch can be off-lead for a romp as well as a couple of gentle climbs to get the blood pumping. The walk includes panoramic views of the moors, dales and heather upland giving a feeling of a wide-open space and freedom that's not found everywhere. The terrain is medium difficulty, mostly on green, enclosed or rugged moorland paths. There is some road walking along very quiet roads, especially at the end, but the views at the same time are extremely rewarding. You will need to cross the railway twice at official but unsignalled crossing points, so look and listen carefully for trains before you cross. There are a couple of gentle climbs and one fairly steep descent. You will need to negotiate three stiles (two of which dogs will need a hand over). On the moorland section, dogs need to be under close control during the nesting season and if sheep are grazing. Allow 3 hours.

The walk starts and finishes at the North York Moors Visitor Centre at Danby. From the A19 York to Northallerton road or Middlesbrough take the A172 towards Stokesley and, avoiding the town centre, continue on the A173 for a short distance before turning off to follow the signs towards Kildale. Keep on the same road through Castleton, towards Danby and once in the village follow the brown sign for the North York Moors Visitor Centre. From the A171 Whitby to Middlesbrough road near its junction with the B1366 (Liverton Road), follow the sign to Danby and then from the village continue to the NYM Visitor Centre. If you are coming by public transport, the Moors Bus runs directly to the centre on certain days and Danby rail station is just a short walk away. Approximate post code YO21 2NB.

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Sarah Meyerhoff
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Great trail walked with the dog. Mostly easy to follow but appreciated the tips from the reviews. Took us about 4 hours with a long lunch at the top and a couple of rest breaks

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Lou Phoenix
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Gabriella Parvin
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HikingMuddyOver grown

This was a great trail, the step by step guide was extremely easy to follow, some nice views along the way, me and my partner enjoyed this walk a lot, will definitely be doing it again and recommending it to family and friends. Appreciated the other reviews as we read them the night before which came in handy as we came to the fox and hounds we knew to look out for the sign further down the road as there was a bridle way sign a lot earlier too which we knew not to follow.

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Sam Eldabe
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Very nice trail , we elected to park at Danby train station since park much quieter and free. The walk from there is very straightforward right turn then let at the fish sign of the Esk Valley-way. We took a short cut at the bottom of the loop by following the road

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Sam Sam
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I did this on my own with the dog. Brilliant walk, directions good although agree with last review regarding the part where it says take bridlepath to right after the pub, this threw me too and had to double back on myself to correct it. Well worth using the gps to see if you’re on the right track. Bit isolated after decent into little fryup. Weird experience where you pass right through the farmhouse gate at the end of the long track where someone was banging on the windows as if to say not allowed that way but no one there when looked up. Repeated when I carried on so just ignored as I was certain that was the way, and a bit spooked as no one was around. Anyway, cracking little walk, RAF fighter jets overhead as crossing moorland and incredible panoramic views. Take some cash to stop at the pub! Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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Andrea Precious
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Enjoyable walk, we went off track twice as well, first time we used the “find my location services” to get back on it but the second time my phone had died so ended up using my husbands phone and he had to use his “find my car” app which thank the lord for us got us back to the car albeit on the road. The weather didn’t help as it rained all day and was very foggy but can’t do a lot about that. NB. When it says just past the Fox & Hounds take the bridleway on the right, it is about 1 mile away from there along the road, for some reason that well threw us

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Mr Peter Bailes
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very nice walk lovely views moors path rugged very steep descent into great fryup dale would be tricky if wet underfoot but would do walk again

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Mike Jefferies
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Did half of this route, backwards. We were staying in a house in the farm lands just before you get to number 4 on the map. Headed back along the route, using the GPS map to check the route, and then at 2 walked through Alnthorpe to Danby along the very quiet roads. Pint in the Duke of Wellington, then looped north east from Danby back to the National Park Centre and then back through 4 to the house. Nice walk, very quiet.

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jill turnbull
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Thoroughly enjoyed this walk, views are spectacular, we did go off the track twice but thankfully the map view got us back on the right road. Will definitely walk this one again.

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Mr Peter Bailes
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Hello another great walk stunning views done this walk twice now instructions easy to follow one of best I have done regards bailes

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Julie Bottomley
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We are staying at the Fox & Hounds so easy to start from there, instructions very easy to follow, we made it back in about 51/2hours...

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Jerry Wood
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There is a bridle way on the right just after the Fox & Hounds pub. Ignore it as the one you need is further on up the hill! ADMIN RESPONSE: Remember to use the live GPS map on the App to help guide you, if you are ever unsure of the right path to take.

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Amanda Tsang
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Siobhan Haralabidis
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