Hood Hill trail

Explore Kilburn Forest on foot and experience stunning views across North Yorkshire.

Starting from the Kilburn Forest car park, this 5km trail features gradient changes and follows a gravel path through one of the most stunning parts of the North York Moors.

Kilburn White Horse is the most northerly turf-cut figure in Britain and one of the most famous landmarks in North Yorkshire. It's easily visible from the south, below Sutton Bank, and while it's difficult to get a sense of its scale from the path on the escarpment edge above, there are steps down the side which give a closer view.

The horse dates from 1857, when the outline of the horse was marked out by the Kilburn village schoolmaster and his pupils. The horse was then cut into the limestone underneath – to make it more visible today, chalk chippings are added at intervals and the horse is painted every couple of years to ensure it remains visible.

Trail information

Kilburn Forest, Low Town Bank Rd, Kilburn, Thirsk, YO61 4AN
This 5km trail follows various gradients on a gravel path. Please stick to waymarked trails.
Grade - Various
Trail Length