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Picnic area beside the car park at the Kilburn White Horse
Picnic area beside the car park at the Kilburn White Horse

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Route No 188 - Sunday 30 July 2006
Kilburn White Horse, Hambleton Hotel
Sutton Bank Visitor Centre circuit - 7km
Hambleton Hills, North York Moors

Map: OS Explorer OL26 North York Moors Western area at 1:25000
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Path round the base of the cliffs from the white horse car park
Path round the base of the cliffs from the white horse car park
This morning we drove to the car park at the foot of the Kilburn White Horse at map ref. SE 514811. It was forecast to be another hot day so we got there early and started walking at about 8.45am. We left the car park on the path round the bottom of the cliff through the woods for almost a kilometer to map ref. SE 512817. Here we took the right hand fork climbing steeply up to the top of the cliff on to the path round the edge of the gliding club airfield at map ref. SE 515818.
View from the top of the cliff by the airfield
View from the top of the cliff by the gliding club airfield

We followed this path along the top of the cliff round the edge of the airfield for about another kilometer to map ref. SE 517825.

Gliders waiting their turn for a tow into the air
Gliders waiting their turn for a tow into the air

Snail crossing the path
Snail crossing the path

Here we turned right to follow the Cleveland Way route through the woods to the road junction opposite the Hambleton Hotel.

Roulston Scar from the path by the airfield
Roulston Scar from the path by the airfield
Wonderful crop of bilberries
Wonderful crop of bilberries by the Cleveland Way
Cleveland Way through the woods heading for the Hambleton Hotel
Cleveland Way through the woods heading for the Hambleton Hotel
Cleveland Way through the woods heading for the Hambleton Hotel
Cleveland Way through the woods heading for the Hambleton Hotel
Newly harvested barley field opposite the Hambleton Hotel
Newly harvested barley field opposite the Hambleton Hotel

The Hambleton Hotel
The Hambleton Hotel

We crossed the road and walked down the wide grass verge to the hotel. We took the left hand fork at map ref. SE 524830 to follow a tiny lane down a slope into the woods.

We were able to pick and eat wild raspberries in the woods  all round this walk
We were able to pick wild raspberries in the woods all round this walk
The red waymarked route to the visitor centre
The red waymarked route to the visitor centre

There are several waymorked trails through these woods which all start and finish at the Sutton Bank Visitor Centre. We turned left off the lane into the woods to follow the red waymarked trail through the woods to the visitor centre.

The red waymarked route to the visitor centre
The red waymarked route to the visitor centre

The red waymarked route to the visitor centre
The red waymarked route to the visitor centre
Tortoise shell butterfly on the path through the woods
Tortoise shell butterfly on the path through the woods
A chaffinch successfully scrounged some of our toasted teacake
A chaffinch successfully scrounged some of our toasted teacake

We stopped at the visitor centre for a coffee and a toasted teacake. We crossed the main road at the visitor centre and walked to the edge of the cliff with an amazing view across the vale of Mowbray to the Yorkshire Dales.

Sutton Bank visitor centre
Sutton Bank visitor centre

Roulston Scar from the top of Sutton Bank
Roulston Scar from the top of Sutton Bank
On our way back the activity on the glider club airfield was hotting up
On our way back the activity on the glider club airfield was hotting up

We followed the path along the cliff edge round the airfield back to the top of the White Horse.

Tow planes by the control tower
Tow planes by the control tower

Descending the steps by the white horse
Descending the steps by the white horse

Here we descended the steps at the side of the horse into the car park at the bottom.

The white horse from the car park
The white horse from the car park
(Its head is over the hill top)

Descending the steps by the white horse
Descending the steps by the white horse
The whole route had been about 7km and had taken us almost two and a half hours to walk including our stop at the visitor centre.
The White Horse seen from a lane about 4km away on the edge of Coxwold
The White Horse seen from a lane about 4km away on the edge of Coxwold