Hambleton Drove Road
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The drove road is quite a feature of the western part of the North York Moors. About 15 miles are within the National Park, of which six are unmetalled and as the drovers of the 18th and 19th centuries would have known it. Its finest section, across Black Hambleton, is followed by the Cleveland Way. The track is thought to be prehistoric but the large scale movement of cattle from Scotland and the north of England to Smithfield Market in London, gave it the name it is known by today. The drovers were nomads, travelling between 10 and 14 miles a day and some of their regular stopping places can still be located. The ruins of Limekiln House,which was once an inn, can be seen near the Cleveland Way, above Kepwick.Cattle, sheep and pigs were all driven along the Drove Road, as were geese which were sometimes fitted with felt pads to protect their feet.