THE statue of a seated figure, which has become a much-loved landmark on Castleton Rigg, overlooking Westerdale in the North York Moors, has been moved.

The “man of the moors” statue - which has been compared both to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and actor Jonathan Pryce - appeared in June 2017 and ever since has gazed out over the Yorkshire landscape.

The figure - a somewhat dishevelled looking man slumped on a small chair clutching a briefcase - is a painted bronze statue created by artist Sean Henry and commissioned by the David Ross Foundation.

Over the past few years it has been a significant draw for tourists and visitors to the area.

Last Wednesday, the North York Moors National Park Authority said in a post on social media that it was being moved to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, near Wakefield.

They said: “The owner of the seated figure sculpture by Sean Henry has decided it’s time relocate it to Yorkshire Sculpture Park where he will be in the company of other internationally-renowned sculptures.

“The now familiar ‘man of the moors’, which was moved today will be missed locally - though he will still be able to be enjoyed by many people in his new home.”

The statue was moved last Wednesday.