Glaisdale sits on a hillside above the River Esk, which passes below the village at the bottom of a wooded slope. The Esk Valley here is steep sided and wooded, with plenty of paths giving good access to the river.
Glaisdale is most famous for the Beggar's (or Lover's) Bridge, a seventeenth century pack horse bridge across the Esk, which you will find east of the village at Carr End. The bridge was Tom Ferris, a local man whose sweetheart lived on the other side of the river. Frustrated in Glaisdale, he left to go to sea, where he made his fortune, either against the Spanish Armada or as a privateer. On his return from the sea, he settled in Hull, becoming mayor, but he never forgot his struggles back in Glaisdale, and around 1620 he paid for a bridge to be built across the Esk.
The valley of Glaisdale runs south west from the village towards the centre of the high moors.
Between Leilholm and Egton. The road from Egton drops down the one-in-three Limber Hill before crossing the River Esk.
Glaisdale is on Ordnance Survey Explorer Map OL27 (North Yorks Moors Eastern Area)