Explore the Trail

Brush up on your “gothic with a Yorkshire accent” – explore the Temple Moore Trail.

There’s no set itinerary. We think everyone should feel free to enjoy Moore’s legacy at their own pace. So it’s up to you how many locations you visit and whether you walk, cycle, drive or go by train or bus.

There are 23 Temple Moore buildings scattered around the North York Moors, Scarborough and Middlesbrough, so the possibilities are virtually endless! Click on the points on the map for info, or try the links below for suggested routes to get you started. 

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Before you set off …

The main maps you’ll need are Ordnance Survey Explorer OL26 North York Moors Western Area and OL27 North York Moors Eastern Area. OL26 covers twenty of the locations on the trail, and OL27covers the other two. The two Middlesbrough churches are on Explorer 306 Middlesbrough and Hartlepool. You can buy all these maps from the North York Moors National Park website

Not all the buildings on the trail are open to the public, .and some of them are only open at certain times. It’s a good idea to plan your visit before you set off – use the information on this website.

Explore the Trail

Try These Routes

Bilsdale, the Esk Valley and the Central Moors

A leisurely day's driving on quiet roads, taking in the very best of Temple Moore and the central and western North York Moors. From Helmsley the route heads north up Bilsdale, via Rievaulx Abbey. It crosses the moors into Cleveland, then continues through the lush farmland of the Esk Valle...

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Bilsdale and the Cleveland Hills

A long, leisurely circuit through contrasting landscapes: the patchwork fields of the Cleveland Plain, the dramatic northern escarpment of the Cleveland Hills, and the verdant valleys of Bilsdale and Raisdale. The effortless downhill sections on either side of the Cleveland Hills are more than e...

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Farndale and Rudland Rigg

High-level thrills abound on this rugged ridge route. A favourite with mountain-bikers, it features a lengthy ride along Rudland Rigg, the watershed between Farndale and Bransdale. The leafy back lanes of Farndale make a soothing contrast. There are Temple Moore churches at two natural stopping ...

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People

Vicar Gray

Vicar Gray, one of Temple Moore's greatest patrons and supporters, was a charismatic, maddening, inspiring, argumentative, endlessly energetic character who arrived like an earthquake in the small Yorkshire town of Hel...

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The Gilbert Scott Connection

Temple Moore's life and work were closely linked with the famous Gilbert Scott dynasty of architects. Sir George Gilbert Scott (1811–1878) was one of the leading figures of the early Gothic Revival and the most prolific architect of his age. His works spanned the British Empire. In England alone he designed 800 buildings and restored hundr...

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