A guide to historic walks in North Yorkshire in 20, mostly circular, routes, Historic Walks in North Yorkshire attempts to reveal some of the splendours of this land of the 'broad acres'. Accompanied by OS mapping and illustrated with colour photographs, the series of walks combine landscape with architecture, natural beauty with history, and our heritage with our diverse and complex culture. When we approach these historic sites on foot, a greater appreciation of their being, purpose and geographical setting is gained, along with the satisfaction of reaching a place under our own steam, watching its contours and outline unfold, as well as sharing an experience common to the ancient and ancestral people who once developed, built and inhabited them. The routes have both a scenic and historical appeal, taking you from open moorland and exposed sections of hillside and cliff to the more sheltered dales and the streets of York.
Jim Rubery has lived in Yorkshire since 1975, having moved to the south of the county after being educated in the Midlands. He is a very keen participant in outdoor pursuits, spending a great deal of his spare time over the years climbing, mountaineering, walking, skiing, canoeing and has even dabbled with caving and sailing. He started writing for the climbing press in the early '90s, but has had a regular walking column in Yorkshire Life magazine since 1995, entitled 'Rambling with Rubery'. This is also now a regular monthly feature in the sister magazines, Cheshire Life and Lancashire Life. Wherever possible, Jim tries to incorporate a place of interest along the way in his walks, often a historic building or area of archaeological importance. It is from this that his love of historical places has grown, whether it a stone circle from a prehistoric age, a ruined castle or abbey from medieval times or a relatively modern edifice from the Industrial Revolution. This collection of 21 historic walks gives a flavour of some of the outstanding countryside and rich historical heritage of North Yorkshire, a place that Jim loves and where he spends as much time as possible.