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Part of the climb from Boltby up to High Barn on the Cleveland Way
Part of the climb from Boltby up to High Barn on the Cleveland Way

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Route No. 389 - Tuesday 1 February 2011
Boltby, High Barn, Cleveland Way, Steeple Cross,
Gallow Hill, Windygill Ridge,
Boltby Forest circuit - 11km North York Moors . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL26 North York Moors Western area at 1:25000

Another good route from Ray Brown of Northallerton


The whole climb from the stile at the lay-by to High Barn in the trees
The whole climb from the stile at the lay-by to High Barn in the trees on the sky line

It takes the greater part of 30 minutes to reach High Barn from the lay-by at SE494866 at the top of the rise just east of Boltby. After using the nearby stile and descending across a meadow to a gated footbridge we crossed another field, with a tall hedge on our left, to reach a second footbridge over a ditch. Here the ascent begins and it was a really good work-out for the heart and lungs whilst we were still fresh. We passed through a gate and crossed a gravelled farm track to continue up a track almost blocked by a roller.

This walk has much in common with Frank's route no.211. The only differences are that our loop was walked counter-clockwise and, in place of the direct route Frank used from Low Paradise Farm to return to Boltby, we began by climbing from Boltby to High Barn and then proceeded to the Paradise Farms along the Cleveland Way.

Footbridge over Lunshaw Beck
Footbridge over Lunshaw Beck

Second footbridge over a ditch
Second footbridge over a ditch

Continuing the climb up to High Barn
Continuing the climb up to High Barn

Right turn at the first zig-zag up to High Barn
Right turn at the first zig-zag up to High Barn

Reaching the Cleveland Way at High Barn
Reaching the Cleveland Way at High Barn

Before reaching a gate we again zig-zagged right diagonally across farmland towards a gate that only came into view after a further minute. Here we turned left but followed the track as it veered right straight across the contours for the final few minutes of ascent to High Barn.

At a post bearing a couple of waymarks we turned right on to the first of a series of zig-zags. Next we bore left to cut the corner off the second zigzag to continue the climb on a grassy track with trees on our left.

Continuing up to High Barn after the second zig-zag
Continuing up to High Barn after the second zigzag

Crossing the road on the Cleveland Way at Sneck Yate
Crossing the road on the Cleveland Way at Sneck Yate

Entering Boltby Forest at map ref. SE502895
Entering Boltby Forest at map ref. SE502895

We soon reached the junction with Hambleton Road where we turned left with the Cleveland Way. Within ten minutes we had entered Boltby Forest, skirting along its edge to Steeple Cross where it was time to part ways with the Cleveland Way.

Turning left on to the Cleveland Way the route was clear and well-marked. We crossed the Boltby to Hawnby road at Sneck Yate bank and continued through woodland towards Low Paradise farm and, staying with the Cleveland Way, turned right up to High Paradise farm.

Remnants of snow before Steeple Cross
Remnants of snow before Steeple Cross

Turning west at Steeple Cross
Turning west at Steeple Cross

Path through Boltby forest
Path through Boltby forest

Essentially we followed Frank's route 211, turning south off the right of way at SE478889. A forest track took us to SE478883, shortly after which the track swung east and then south east to SE483880. This had not been the line shown as a right of way on the OS map but soon we did meet up with the right of way just before we reached farmland.

Turning west we followed a forest track to Gallow Hill where the track swung around to the south-west and Windygill Ridge where we lunched using the stumps of felled conifers as seats. Until this point navigation had been easy but on entering Boltby forest proper the 'E-trex' gps gadget proved its worth.

Gallow Hill
Gallow Hill

Track down into Boltby across farmland from the edge of the forest
Track down into Boltby across farmland from the edge of the forest

Boltby Church
Boltby Church

We turned left to follow the road, passing the church and some mosaics on the wall of a stone barn on our way back to the car. - Ray Brown

Once we had reached the farmland, the track into Boltby was evident and we soon came to the road through the village.

Mosaics on the wall of a barn in Boltby
Mosaics on the wall of a barn in Boltby