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Looking northwards from the Cleveland Way over Guisborough and Teesside
Looking northwards from the Cleveland Way over Guisborough and Teesside

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Route No. 658 - Thursday 2 March 2017
Guisborough, Butt Lane, Guisborough Woods,
Cleveland Way, Cleveland Street,
Guisborough Priory circuit - 8km
North York Moors . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL26 North York Moors Western area

A route from the Darlington & Stockton Times on 17 February 2017


Setting off along Rectory Lane from the Fountain Street car park
Setting off along Rectory Lane from the Fountain Street car park

Following Whitby Lane out of Guisborough
Following Whitby Lane out of Guisborough

The car park entrance is off Rectory Lane & the exit is onto Fountain Street. From the car park we walked along Rectory Lane to the traffic lights at the junction with Bow Street, Belmangate and Whitby Lane. At the traffic lights we crossed Bow Street and continued out of Guisborough along Whitby Lane. Don't be fooled by the name 'Lane' - it's a busy main road.

The weather has been very mixed for the last few weeks but this morning it was fine & dry with bright sunshine and a chilly breeze, in fact a perfect day for a walk. My friend, Jim, and I drove to Guisborough on the northern edge of the North York Moors and parked in the Fountain Street pay & display car park at map ref. NZ 614 158.

There was Blackthorn blossom on both sides of Whitby Lane
There was Blackthorn blossom on both sides of Whitby Lane

Turning right off Whitby Lane on to Butt Lane
Turning right off Whitby Lane on to Butt Lane

We continued along the old Butt Lane as the road turned right
We continued along the old Butt Lane as the road turned right

Butt Lane heading towards the disused railway
Butt Lane heading towards the disused railway

Where the road turned right, we continued straight ahead still following the bridleway along the old Butt Lane between the fields and around the edge of the housing estate until we reached a disused railway bed with another public bridleway running along it.

After about 300m we turned right off Whitby Lane to follow a public bridleway along Butt Lane. Here Butt Lane is an access road into a modern housing Estate. After about 100m the estate road turns right into the estate.

Continuing along Butt Lane past the housing estate
Continuing along Butt Lane past the housing estate

Butt Lane heading towards the disused railway
Butt Lane heading towards the disused railway

We continued along side the railway path climbing up next to the railway cutting to a bridge over the railway
We continued along side the railway path climbing up next to the railway cutting to a bridge over the railway

Turning right to cross the bridge over the railway cutting
Turning right to cross the bridge over the railway cutting

Continuing along Butt Lane towards Guisborough Woods
Continuing along Butt Lane towards Guisborough Woods

We crossed the bridge over the railway and followed Butt Lane for about 500m to the edge of Guisborough Woods. We continued following the bridleway along the track past a steel barrier arm across the track at map ref. NZ 627 149 and began climbing up the escarpment through the woods.

Our path did not join the railway path but turned left beside the railway. From here the railway continued into a cutting and our path climbed up alongside the cutting to a bridge over the railway.

Continuing along Butt Lane
Continuing along Butt Lane

Marine wind farm near Redcar
Marine wind farm near Redcar

Starting the climb up through Guisborough Woods
Starting the climb up through Guisborough Woods

Bridleway zig-zagging up the hill side
Bridleway zig-zagging up the hill side

A steeper section of the track up the hill side
A steeper section of the track up the hill side

Waymark post at the end of a large zig-zag
Waymark post at the end of a large zig-zag

At the top of the second, larger, of these zig-zags the bridleway goes to the left off the track and cuts straight up the hill side to join the route of the Cleveland Way at map ref. NZ632 145. This is the top of the climb at about 120m above the bottom edge of the woods.

There are a number of access tracks through the woods but there are way marker posts with the standard blue arrows on the bridleway at the track junctions. There are two large zig-zags in the route of the bridleway through the woods.

Bridleway along the track up the hill side
Bridleway along the track up the hill side

Parts of the track through the woods were very muddy
Parts of the track through the woods were very muddy


The way mark post where the bridleway leaves the track
on the left is high-lighted

View from the Cleveland Way at the top of the climb through Guisborough Woods
View from the Cleveland Way at the top of the climb through Guisborough Woods

Cleveland Way heading north east from the top of the climb
Cleveland Way heading north east from the top of the climb

Following the Cleveland Way heading north eastwards
Following the Cleveland Way heading north eastwards

View looking over Old Park Farm from the Cleveland Way
View looking over Old Park Farm from the Cleveland Way

At the Cleveland Way we turned left and followed the route of the Cleveland Way for about 1.2km with fine views ahead and to our left all the way.

At the Cleveland Way there was a lovely view in the bright sunshine over Guisborough and across to industrial Teesside in the distance with the marine wind farm in the sea near Redcar and large ships moored in a designated anchorage area waiting for the tide to sail up the Tees estuary.

Distant industrial Teesside seen from the Cleveland Way
Distant industrial Teesside seen from the Cleveland Way

Following the Cleveland Way heading north eastwards
Following the Cleveland Way heading north eastwards

Continuing along the Cleveland Way
Continuing along the Cleveland Way

The Cleveland Way turns left here to join a concrete farm access road heading down the escarpment through the woods
The Cleveland Way turns left here to join a concrete farm access road heading down the escarpment through the woods

Following the concrete farm road down through the woods
Following the concrete farm road down through the woods

Sign post where our path crosses the disused railway
Sign post where our path crosses the disused railway

We followed a public footpath along a farm access track for about 500m to Little Waterfall Farm. About 100m before we reached the farm we re-crossed the disused railway and here our path joined the bridleway from the railway for the last 100m to the farm.

At map ref. NZ 639 154 the Cleveland Way turns left on to a concrete farm access road and descends through the woods to map ref. NZ 637 155 at the bottom edge of the woods. Here the Cleveland Way turns right but we continued straight ahead.

Continuing straight on where the Cleveland Way turns right
Continuing straight on where the Cleveland Way turns right

Farm access road nearing Little Waterfall Farm
Farm access road nearing Little Waterfall Farm

Approaching the A171 from Little Waterfall Farm
Approaching the A171 from Little Waterfall Farm

Geese at Little Waterfall Farm
Geese at Little Waterfall Farm

The 'Cleveland Street' path across the fields
The 'Cleveland Street' path across the fields

The 'Cleveland Street' path across the fields
The 'Cleveland Street' path across the fields

We followed the path across the fields for about 1km and joined the farm access track coming from Foxdale Farm. We followed the farm access track out to the Road called Whitby Lane at map ref. NZ 623 160.

Just beyond the Little Waterfall Farm we came to the side of the A171, a busy main road. As soon as we reached the road side we turned away from the road to cross a stile to a public footpath across the fields. The path is called "Cleveland Street" on the map.

Crossing the stile to head away from the A171
Crossing the stile to head away from the A171

The 'Cleveland Street' path across the fields
The 'Cleveland Street' path across the fields

Farm road from Foxdale Farm out to Whitby Lane
Farm road from Foxdale Farm out to Whitby Lane

Turning left on to Whitby Lane from the Foxdale Farm access road
Turning left on to Whitby Lane from the Foxdale Farm access road

Walking along Whitby Lane
Walking along Whitby Lane

Path through woodland towards the priory
Path through woodland towards the priory

Turning left on to the path around the priory site
Turning left on to the path around the priory site

We followed the footpath across the field to a fenced path around the grounds of the priory. Here we turned left and followed the path along the north side of the priory and out to Church Street at the side of St. Nicholas Parish Church. We walked around the church to pass in front of the church to the entrance to the remains of Guisborough Priory.

At Whitby Lane we turned left and walked along the road for about 150m, then we turned right off the road through a kissing gate to a footpath through some woodland. We followed the footpath through the woodland for a little over 100m to the edge of a large field. Ahead of us we could see the remains of the east window of Guisborough Priory.

Kissing gate to the path off Whitby Lane towards the Priory
Kissing gate to the path off Whitby Lane towards the Priory

Remains of the east window of the priory
Remains of the east window of the priory

Path by the priory site out to Church Street
Path by the priory site out to Church Street

St Nicholas parish church at Guisborough next to the entrance to Guisborough Priory
St Nicholas parish church at Guisborough next to the entrance to Guisborough Priory

The east window and some foundations are all that's left
The east window and some foundations are all that's left . . .

with it's impressive cross vaulted roof
. . . with it's impressive cross vaulted roof

After looking round the site for a while, we left the priory site and continued along Church Street to Bow Street and back to the car park via Fountain Street. The whole route had been 5km and it had taken me and my wonky knees about 3 hours to walk

All that is left standing is the east window, some foundations and a short length of a corridor with an impressive cross-vaulted roof. Entrance to the site is free and there's an interesting information board to read.

except for this short length of corridor
. . . except for this short length of corridor . . .

Heading along Church Street towards Bow Street
Heading along Church Street towards Bow Street

Walking along Fountain Street to the car park and the end of our walk
Walking along Fountain Street to the car park and the end of our walk

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