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Looking out over Teesside fron Eston Nab
Looking out over Teesside from Eston Nab

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Route No. 745 - Thursday 18 October 2018
Flatts Lane Park, Eston Moor,
Eston Nab circuit - 7km
Middlesbrough . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL26 North York Moors Western area


Flatts Lane Country Park seen from the car park next to Flatts Lane
Flatts Lane Country Park seen from the car park next to Flatts Lane

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Setting off from the SW corner of the car park
Setting off from the SW corner of the car park

From the gate we followed a path up the hillside parallel to Flatts Lane. There is a strip of woodland separating the park from the busy road. We followed the path along the edge of an open grassy area and after about 150m the path began to bend round to our right. On our left hand side here there was a narrow path through the trees towards Flatts Lane. We followed this path which dropped down out of the trees to the end of a small lay-by at the side of Flatts Lane.

The weather today was just perfect for a walk with clear skies, bright sunshine and a gentle cool breeze. My friend, Jim, and I drove to Flatts Lane Country Park on Teesside and parked in the car park there at map ref. NZ 552 169. The first parking area is next to Flatts Lane then the access road turns right and there is more parking nearer to the visitor centre building. We parked in the first car park next to Flatts Lane and set off from the south western corner of this car park through a pedestrian gate.

Narrow path to our left where the gravel path bends right
Narrow path to our left where the gravel path bends right

Narrow path down to a little lay-by on Flatts Lane
Narrow path down to a little lay-by on Flatts Lane

The little lay-by on Flatts Lane
The little lay-by on Flatts Lane

Our footpath turning off Flatts Lane
Our footpath turning off Flatts Lane

From the public footpath sign we climbed up a series of steps up the wooded hillside. A large tree had fallen across the path but the branches underneath had been sawn off leaving an archway to pass through. After about 150m from the road we emerged from the narrow path up through the woods onto a wider path running around the contour of the hillside.

It is a busy road with fast moving traffic despite the poor visibility. From the lay-by we crossed the road and on that side there is just room to walk off the road at the bottom of the wooded bank. We walked about 100m along the road to a public footpath off to our left.

Just room to walk off the road to our footpath turning
Just room to walk off the road to our footpath turning

Path up the wooded bank passing under a fallen tree
Path up the wooded bank passing under a fallen tree

Turning left from the narrow path up through the woods on to a wider level path around the contour of the hill
Turning left from the narrow path up through the woods on to a wider level path around the contour of the hill

Following the level path round the contour of the hill
Following the level path round the contour of the hill

Following the path diagonally up the hillside
Following the path diagonally up the hillside

The view over Teesside from the path
. . . the view over Teesside from the path

It was a wide rough path and as we climbed there were glimpses through the trees of the view to the north over Teesside. After about 600m the gradient slackened off and we continued along a grassy track.

At this path we turned left and walked along this path for about 30m. There was a little sign here indicating the path to our right leading to Eston Nab. At the sign we turned right and climbed diagonally up the hillside.

Turning right at the sign to climb diagonally up the hillside
Turning right at the sign to climb diagonally up the hillside

Looking out over Teesside from the path
Looking out over Teesside from the path . . .

Nearing the top of the climb up the escarpment
Nearing the top of the climb up the escarpment

Gate across the path where it levels out at the top of the escarpment
Gate across the path where it levels out at the top of the escarpment

Taking the left fork in the grasst track
Taking the left fork in the grassy track

Track next to an old stone boundary wall
Track next to an old stone boundary wall

Track along the southern edge of Eston Moor


Track along the southern edge of Eston Moor

For our route up to Eston Nab we took the right hand fork through the woodland next to an old dry-stone boundary wall on our right. After about 600m we came to some open agricultural land ahead and here we turned left following the path along the edge of the woodland next to the cultivated field.

We were now in the bright morning sunshine over the edge of the escarpment. We walked along the wide grassy track for a few metres to a fork in the track. The left hand fork keeps to the edge of the escarpment and goes directly up to Eston Nab and this will be our return route from the Nab

Start of the grassy track along the S edge of Eston Moor
Start of the grassy track along the S edge of Eston Moor

Track along the southern edge of Eston Moor
Track along the southern edge of Eston Moor


'Fairy toadstool' real name Fly Agaric

We turned left at this 'T'-junction in the path
We turned left at this 'T'-junction in the path . . .

after 50m we turned right still on the S edge of Eston Moor
. . . after 50m we turned right still on the S edge of Eston Moor

Farmland to our right, Eston Moor to our left
Farmland to our right, Eston Moor to our left

Farmland to our right, Moordale Bog to our left
Farmland to our right, Moordale Bog to our left

As we continued along the path we did not encounter any seriously marshy ground. After about 600m along this track we came to a 'T'-junction with another track.

After about 50m we turned right off this path on to a narrower path in the edge of the woods still following the northern edge of the cultivated fields. On my OS Explorer map this part of the woodland is called Moordale Bog.

Farmland to our right, Eston Moor to our left
Farmland to our right, Eston Moor to our left

Farmland to our right, Moordale Bog to our left
Farmland to our right, Moordale Bog to our left

Nearing a junction in the track
Nearing a junction in the track

Turning left at a junction in the track
Turning left at a junction in the track

Path along the eastern end of Moordale Bog
Path along the eastern end of Moordale Bog

Along the track we passed a small pond on our right and a larger overgrown pond hardly visible under the trees to our left. Just beyond these ponds we came to a fork in the track where we kept to the right hand fork.

Here we turned left along the new track. We followed the track down across the bottom of a water logged valley full of small trees and scrub. This is the eastern end of Moordale Bog.

Path along the eastern end of Moordale Bog
Path along the eastern end of Moordale Bog

The track straight ahead is a byway across Eston Moor & our path to the right follows the edge of Eston Moor up to Eston Nab
The track straight ahead is a byway across Eston Moor & our path to the right follows the edge of Eston Moor up to Eston Nab

Path through heathland up to Eston Nab
Path through heathland up to Eston Nab

Communications masts at Eston Nab
Communications masts at Eston Nab

As we neared the top of the slope there were a series of communications masts to our right on the hill top. Looking back there was a fine view of the unmistakable outline of Roseberry Topping.

The track took us up the hillside through heathland with numerous trees and scrub. The track took us past a tall stone monument at the site of a beacon tower built to warn of any invasion by Napoleon's forces.

Path through heathland up to Eston Nab
Path through heathland up to Eston Nab

The Beacon Tower monument at Eston Nab
The Beacon Tower monument at Eston Nab

Inscription on the Beacon Tower:
"Eston Nab, This monument is placed here to mark the site of the beacon tower which was erected by Thomas Jackson of Lackenby about 1800 as a look-out post against invasion during the Napoleonic wars and which again served the same purpose in the Second World War of 1939 - 1945. It stands within a Bronze Age fortified camp whose outer defences can be seen."

Looking back across Eston Moor to Roseberry Topping and the Cleveland Hills Looking back across Eston Moor to Roseberry Topping and the Cleveland Hills

The trig point at Eston Nab
The trig point at Eston Nab

Industrial landscape with the wind farm offshore
Industrial landscape with the wind farm offshore

The bridge is painted blue which bends into the hazy background making it hard to spot the bridge. We sat on the rocks at the Nab for some time enjoying the view. The large industrial sites are very interesting at this distance and there is a large wind farm off shore away to the northeast.

Beyond this hill top monument there is a trig point and beyond that is a flag of St. George marking Eston Nab. From the edge of the escarpment which stand about 200m above Teesside below. There is an impressive panorama of housing and industry spread out along the River Tees and the reach of the river crossed by the Tees Transporter Bridge can be seen.

Looking out over Teesside from Eston Nab
Looking out over Teesside from Eston Nab

Part of the panorama over Teesside from Eston Nab
Part of the panorama over Teesside from Eston Nab

The Tees Transporter Bridge painted blue spaning the River Tees from Middlesbrough to Port Clarence seen from Eston Nab
The Tees Transporter Bridge painted blue spanning the River Tees from Middlesbrough to Port Clarence seen from Eston Nab

Leaving Eston Nab on the path along the escarpment
Leaving Eston Nab on the path along the escarpment

Path heading down from Eston Nab
Path heading down from Eston Nab

Path heading down from Eston Nab
Path heading down from Eston Nab

Only about half of Carr Pond is open water and the rest is silted-up and overgrown. A few hundred metres beyond Carr Pond we joined our outward route where we had followed the path around the southern & eastern edges of Eston Moor on our way up to the Nab.

Eventually we had to leave this fascinating place and continue our walk. We followed the path along the edge of the escarpment heading southwest. It is a very pleasant walk through the heathland of trees, scrub, heather, and bracken with a few small ponds. About 1km from the Nab we came to Carr Pond.

Following the path along the top of the escarpment
Following the path along the top of the escarpment

Path heading down from Eston Nab
Path heading down from Eston Nab

Path heading down from Eston Nab
Path heading down from Eston Nab

Carr Pond on the left of the path as we crossed Eston Moor on our way down from the Nab
Carr Pond on the left of the path as we crossed Eston Moor on our way down from the Nab

The silted-up part of Carr Pond
The silted-up part of Carr Pond

Path down across the escarpment
Path down across the escarpment

Turning right on to Flatts Lane at the bottom of the wood
Turning right on to Flatts Lane at the bottom of the wood

From the visitor centre we returned to the car park where we found in our absence a mobile refreshment van had arrived. We sat at a picnic table by the van for a very enjoyable bacon bun and a cup of coffee in the warm sunshine before our drive home. The whole walk had been a little under 7km and including a long stop at The Nab it had taken us about three hours to walk.

From here we retraced the route back to Flatts Lane. We crossed Flatts Lane back to the little lay-by and up the narrow path through the trees into the park. Once back inside the park we headed across the large grassy area to the visitor centre. The centre was closed to the public today as there was a private event of some kind in progress.

Passing our turn along the S edge of Eston Moor on the way out
Passing our turn along the S edge of Eston Moor on the way out

Our left turn onto the level path round the hillside
Our left turn onto the level path round the hillside

Across Flatts Lane we followed the narrow path into the park
Across Flatts Lane we followed the narrow path into the park

The visitor centre in Flatts Lane Country Park at the end of our walk
The visitor centre in Flatts Lane Country Park at the end of our walk

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