North York Moors Walks
Kilburn White Horse
Date: 8th March 2009
Distance: 1.5 miles
Ascent: 200 feet
Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
With: Lisa and Rhiannon
Start Grid Ref: SE514806
A short walk above and below the Kilburn White Horse, a famous Yorkshire landmark.
Route Summary: White Horse Bank - White Horse - Ivy Scar - Roulston Scar - Hood Hill Plantation - White Horse Bank
1. Looking up at the Kilburn White Horse from the parking area
2. An information plaque
3. I carried Rhiannon on my back for the initial climb
4. Looking across Hood Hill to the Vale of Mowbray
5. Lisa on Ivy Scar
6. Looking north along Sutton Bank
7. Looking back up to Ivy Scar
8. Rhiannon walking back through the woods
Walk Detail: This short walk started from the car park below the White Horse climbing up the steps to follow the scarp above Ivy Crag before dropping down and returning through the woods. This was a superb little walk with Lisa and Rhiannon – one of the first walks we’d been able to do as a family for a while.
I carried Rhiannon initially on my back and up the steps it was a bit hard but along the top it was fantastic. It was a breezy day with very localised showers which made the view from above the White Horse very interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed the walk and views above Ivy Scar despite the back pain I was suffering from.
Perhaps the most enjoyable section though was when we got down into the woods and Rhiannon was able to get out of the backpack and toddle about herself. She really enjoyed it and it was delightful to watch her. We finished off with Rhiannon tucking into her sandwiches in the picnic area.