Just as the York to Selby line has been converted into a popular Greenway, what remains of the Hambleton Drove Road is popular with walkers and cyclists as part of the Cleveland Way. As coal and modernisation ‘killed off’ the York to Selby railway it was the invention of the railway which ‘killed off’ this ancient method of transport and way of life.
Like this one, drove roads often went along Ridgeways as much of the lower land would have been boggy or covered in dark and often dangerous forest. For more information about drove roads search “drove”
The Hambledon drove road runs between Osmotherley and the Visitor Centre at Sutton Bank. If you want to see what a drove road was like you can cycle on the Sustrans National Cycle Network from York or hire a bike at the visitor centre.