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Looking north over Boltby from the Cleveland Way
Looking north over Boltby from the Cleveland Way

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Route No. 231 - Saturday 3 November 2007
Sutton Bank Visitor Centre,
Cold Kirkby, Cleveland Way circuit - 11km
North York Moors . . .

An extended route via Dale Town and High Paradise farm is also noted - 18km

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Woodland path from Sutton Bank visitor centre
Setting out along a woodland path from Sutton Bank visitor centre

We set off along one of the way marked trails through the woodland to the east of the centre.

This morning we met a group of friends at the Sutton Bank visitor centre at 10.30.

Woodland path from Sutton Bank visitor centre
Woodland path from Sutton Bank visitor centre

The track to Cold Kirby
The track to Cold Kirby

We followed the Cleveland Way into the village of Cold Kirby.

Our path emerged from the woods onto a lane next to Hambleton House on the Cleveland Way, map ref. SE523833.

The track to Cold Kirby
The track to Cold Kirby

The village street in Cold Kirby
The village street in Cold Kirby

This leads to a path across the fields to a road at map ref. SE531861.

At the bottom of the village where the Cleveland Way turns right, we turned left to follow a footpath that goes up the drive of a modern house.

Looking north towards Hawnby
Looking north towards Hawnby

Suffolk tupps biding their time
Suffolk tupps biding their time

Path across the fields to the Cleveland Way
Path across the fields to the Cleveland Way

Meanwhile after we split up the three of us walked west along the road to the 'T'-junction at map ref. SE514859. Here we crossed the road junction to walk along the public footpath to the Cleveland Way at map ref. SE506858.

Here my wife and I and one of our friends who has a dodgy knee turned left to walk along the road.
The rest of the group carried on across the fields on the other side of the road to cross Caydale, pass Murton Grange and follow the path down to the farm called Dale Town at map ref. SE535885. From there they climbed up to the Cleveland Way at High Paradise Farm, map ref. SE504889. From there they followed the Cleveland Way along the edge of the escarpment all the way back to the Sutton Bank visitor center.

Larch trees by the Cleveland Way
Larch trees by the Cleveland Way

Looking north along the Cleveland Way to Heskett Grange
Looking north along the Cleveland Way to Heskett Grange

Approachng the Cleveland Way at Boltby Scar
Approaching the Cleveland Way at Boltby Scar

We turned left to follow the Cleveland Way all the way back to the visitor centre at Sutton Bank.

As we approached the edge of the escarpment the amazing view to the mouth of Wensleydale opened up before us. It's a beautiful place.

Larch trees by the Cleveland Way
Larch trees by the Cleveland Way

Looking northeast over Boltby from the Cleveland Way
Looking Northeast over Boltby from the Cleveland Way
Wild flowers in November
Wild flowers in November
Gormire Lake from the Cleveland Way
Gormire Lake from the Cleveland Way
Looking north over Boltby from the Cleveland Way
Looking north over Boltby from the Cleveland Way

Gormire Lake from the Cleveland Way
Gormire Lake from the Cleveland Way

Roulston Scar from the Cleveland Way
Roulston Scar from the Cleveland Way

At the visitor centre cafe we had our usual cup of coffee and a toasted teacake before returning home. Our route had been 11km and had taken four and a quarter hours to walk at my reduced pace.

Sculpture in the entrance to the Sutton Bank visitor centre
Sculpture in the entrance to the Sutton Bank visitor centre