Hutton le Hole
Hutton le Hole
One of the most popular beauty spots in the North York Moors, Hutton-le-Hole is known for its long, winding village green with a stream running down the middle and foot bridges crossing the stream. In the village is the Ryedale Folk Museum, with displays covering the social customs and agricultural heritage of the area.
The first written record of a viillage comes from the Domesday Book, where a village called Hoton is recorded. It was a small village even then, with 8 carucates of land, enough to support 8 families. The vill;age name was transformed over the medieval period, from Hedge-Hoton to Hoton under Heg, to Hewton, and then in the 17th century Hutton in the Hole.

The present name Hutton-le-Hole only appeared in the 19th century. But what does the peculiar name mean? Several theories have been put forward, but the most likely is that 'Hole' refers to burial mounds. Several ancient burial mounds can be found around nearby Barmoor, so it seems plausible that the name simply means 'the place near the burial mounds'.

Most people visit Hutton to see the Rydeale Folk Museum, where 17 traditional buildings from the area have been rescued from destruction and rebuilt. Among the buildings to explore are an Elizabethan manor, shops, workshops, barns, and thatched cottages. The museum shows what life was like in Ryedale over a span of time from the medieval period to the present day.

One of the most popular gathering places in Hutton le Hole is The Crown Inn. Though the inn dates only to 1940 it stands on the site of an earlier building used as a smallholding, built in the 18th century. Another popular venue is the Red Lion pub, one of the most isolated - and most popular - inns in the region.

Hutton le Hole is famous for the moorland sheep which wander freely along the wide green.

There is a large public car park, and several shops to serve the large numbers of visitors who come to explore one of the prettiest villages in the National Park.