About Fylingdales

Welcome to Fylingdales Moor

The stunning view from brow top to Stoupe Brow
The stunning view from brow top to Stoupe Brow

Fylingdales Moor Conservation Area covers about 6,800 acres (2,750 ha) of moorland in the North York Moors National Park. The aim of the management for the moor is to create a nationally important haven for wildlife and archaeology.

A butterfly walk at Fylingdales
A butterfly walk at Fylingdales

A former grouse moor, the land is now managed by the Hawk and Owl Trust to enhance wildlife, preserve archaeological remains and demonstrate the environmental benefit and sustainability of traditional moorland management techniques. Walks on the Moor Self-guided walks and trails are available. Download the Stoupe Brow Heritage Trail leaflet here, or visit the North York Moors National Park website to download a longer walk on Howdale Moor and Brow Moor, including Stoup Brow and views over Robin Hood’s Bay. Jugger Howe Nature Trail map with H&OT licence no-1 Hawk and Owl Trust has also devised a waymarked nature trail over access land at Jugger Howe Moor. The trail starts and finishes at the Jugger Howe layby off the A171 between Whitby and Scarborough (Grid Reference NZ 944002). Click Here to download this map. Please note that you cannot walk the full trail route with a dog, as dogs are not allowed off rights of way on this access land. Care should be taken to stay away from heather burning operations if they are being conducted in the area (heather burning is carried between 1 October and 31 March). Access to the Moor fmnr_leaflet_2014_lnkThe moor is open access land, with footpaths. Car parking is marked on the map. A half-hourly bus between Scarborough and Whitby stops at the Flask Inn, on the A171 (see sketch map below). Use an OS map, beware changeable weather and dress for the conditions. Unauthorised vehicles are not permitted. Download our Fylingdales leaflet | Click Here Feel like exploring the wildlife of Fylingdales? Check the Fylingdales events page to see what guided walks we have planned. On these walks, specialists lead visitors to the best place to find the wildlife, plants and insects that are such a feature at particular times of year. Photographed above is a group heading out to search for some of the entrancing butterflies of the moor and valley floors.

Stoup Brow Walk
Stoupe Brow Walk

And it isn’t just the wildlife that visitors tramp the uplands to view. Fylingdales Moor’s long and fascinating history may not be immediately apparent. However under the guidance of an archaeological expert the tell-tale signs of ancient human settlement on the moors becomes clear, as well as some of the remains from more recent conflicts, such as World War II. Every summer a team of volunteers led by archaeologist Blaise Vyner and assisted by Steve Sherlock excavate at Stoupe Brow; the site was razed to the ground during the wildfire in September 2003. In the picture above the public are being shown the excavations.

Fylingdales Sketch Map