Encompassing anything from steep-sloped valleys, rolling hills and vast, fragrant pine forests to heather moorland and breath-taking coastal paths, the Yorkshire Moors, or North York Moors, are also home to many ‘hidden’ hamlets and villages, historic priories, castles and abbeys, wonderful traditional pubs and more. As such, they are perfect for cycling, hiking and
Possible dangers on The Yorkshire Moors
Covering an area of around 1,435 square kilometres (554 square miles), the Yorkshire Moors can, however, also be a dangerous place to be. Possible risks include accidents on the road, slips, trips and falls, getting lost in the vast expanse of the Moors, or getting caught by suddenly deteriorating weather conditions.
Roads are typically narrow, and visibility may be significantly reduced by dry stone walls, hedges, sudden rainfall or banks of fog. Traffic you could unexpectedly encounter may include anything from cars to tractors and flocks of sheep, so driving carefully is vital if road traffic accidents are to be avoided.
Getting lost or caught in bad weather
Prevent getting lost or caught by nightfall or bad weather by:
- Planning your route, including rest stops, possible ‘escape’ routes in case of emergencies and suitable places to eat well in advance, allowing plenty of time to complete your trip before nightfall
- Checking weather forecasts for impending bad weather fronts
- Carrying warm, waterproof clothing
These precautions are particularly important when visiting the high moorland plateau, where weather conditions can change dramatically very quickly, especially during the winter months.
Slips and trips
Injuries by slipping, tripping and falling can be prevented by:
- Wearing suitable footwear, comfortable hiking boots or shoes
- Minding your step on uneven, wet or otherwise slippery ground, including the cobblestones and steps you will find in many of the villages and hamlets
- Not getting too close to the edges of cliffs
Looking out for wet, slippery flooring or trip hazards in pubs, cafés, shops and other premises you may enter will also go a long way towards preventing slip, trip and fall injuries.
Hurt while visiting The Yorkshire Moors
If you suffered a personal injury by an accident on the road, a slip, trip or fall, or indeed any other kind of accident on the Yorkshire Moors during the past 36 months, and your accident was caused by another person, you may qualify for compensation.
We can help you make a successful claim. Find out how by calling one of our Accident Advice Helpline freephone numbers, which are, for landline calls and calls from mobiles respectively, 0800 689 0500 and 0333 500 0993, today.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice