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The view from the Cleveland Way above Whitestone Cliff over Gormire Lake to the Vale of York
The view from the Cleveland Way above Whitestone Cliff over Gormire Lake to the Vale of York

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Route No. 790 - Thursday 10 October 2019
Sutton Bank, Hambleton, Hambleton High House,
Dialstone Farm, Cleveland Way circuit - 6km
North York Moors . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL26 North York Moors Western area


Our starting point in the car park at the Sutton Bank Visitor centre
Our starting point in the car park at the Sutton Bank Visitor centre

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About to cross the A170 from the visitor centre
About to cross the A170 from the visitor centre

Following the Cleveland Way along the top of the escarpment
Following the Cleveland Way along the top of the escarpment

We walked along the Cleveland Way with the cliff at Roulston Scar and the conical shape of Hood Hill ahead. After about 400m we turned left off the branch of the Cleveland Way leading to the Kilburn White Horse and followed the main branch of the Cleveland Way heading to the hamlet of Hambleton on the A170.

This morning was fine and bright with a strong gusty wind. My friend, Jim, and I drove to the North York Moors Visitor Centre off the A170 at the top of Sutton Bank. We parked in the 'Pay & Display' car park at map ref. SE 515 830. From the car park we walked across the A170 and joined the Cleveland Way path along the top of the escarpment above the road up Sutton Bank.

Joining the Cleveland Way heading towards Rulston Scar
Joining the Cleveland Way heading towards Roulston Scar

About to turn left along the main branch of the Cleveland Way
About to turn left along the main branch of the Cleveland Way

Turning left off the path leading to the KIlburn White Horse to follow the Cleveland Way to the hamlet of Hambleton
Turning left off the path leading to the Kilburn White Horse to follow the Cleveland Way to the hamlet of Hambleton

Path through the bilberries to Hambleton
Path through the bilberries to Hambleton

Nearing the road from White Horse Bank
Nearing the road from White Horse Bank

About to cross the A170
About to cross the A170

We continued along the grass verge on the other side of the road to the hamlet of Hambleton. We passed a row of cottages on our left and then we came to a large building that used to be a pub but now looks to be undergoing a complete renovation. Here a narrow access road forks left off the A170 and we followed this access road down the slope next to the A170 into some woodland.

It is a pretty path full of bilberry bushes but it was a bit too late in the season to find any berries to pick. The path took us to the junction of the minor road coming from White Horse Bank and the A170. We crossed the road coming from White Horse Bank and walked a little way along the grass verge of the A170. After a while there was a gap in the traffic on the A170 allowing us to cross this main road.

Path through the bilberries to Hambleton
Path through the bilberries to Hambleton

About to cross the road from White Horse Bank
About to cross the road from White Horse Bank

Following the A170 past a row of cottages at Hambleton
Following the A170 past a row of cottages at Hambleton

The access road forking left off the A170 at Hambleton
The access road forking left off the A170 at Hambleton

Access road dropping down to a left hand bend in the woods
Access road dropping down to a left hand bend in the woods

Right fork to Hambleton House, left fork to Hambleton High House
Right fork to Hambleton House, left fork to Hambleton High House

The track to Hambleton High House
The track to Hambleton High House

The gravel track led us across a race horse training track to a walled track leading to Hambleton High House. About 550m from the race horse training track we crossed the access road into Hambleton High House.

The access road bent to our left and climbed gently for about 250m to a fork where the right hand fork continued to Hambleton House and we took a bridleway along the left hand fork on a gravel track. The Cleveland Way turns sharp right here around Hambleton House.

Access road climbing gently up towards Hambleton House
Access road climbing gently up towards Hambleton House

Cafefully crossing the race horse training gallops
Carefully crossing the race horse training gallops

Looking across the field to Hambleton High House farm
Looking across the field to Hambleton High House farm

Path along the field edge from the access road to Hambleton High House
Path along the field edge from the access road to Hambleton High House

Crossing the road from the visitor centre
Crossing the road from the visitor centre

From the road junction we walked along a minor road to Dialstone Farm. immediately before the farm we turned left off the road to walk along a bridleway on a farm track heading south west along the edge of the fields.

We continued along the edge of the field for about 200m to a road junction about 100m before we reached Dialstone Farm where we crossed the road coming from the Sutton Bank visitor centre.

Heading for Dialstone Farm along the minor road
Heading for Dialstone Farm along the minor road

Bridleway on a farm track along the side of Dialstone Farm
Bridleway on a farm track along the side of Dialstone Farm

Bridleway along a farm track from Dialstone Farm
Bridleway along a farm track from Dialstone Farm

Chatting to another walker
Chatting to another walker

Following the bridleway along the field edge
Following the bridleway along the field edge

Here the path along the field edge turned right along the edge of the field for about 70m to a kissing gate that led us onto the Cleveland Way at the edge of the escarpment above Gormire Lake.

After about 1.2km along this straight farm track we followed the bridleway to the right through a field gate and then left to continue along the edge of the field for another 100m.

Bridleway along the farm track from Dialstone Farm
Bridleway along the farm track from Dialstone Farm

Right turn through the gate then left along the field edge
Right turn through the gate then left along the field edge

Following the bridleway along the field edge
Following the bridleway along the field edge

Kissing gate where we joined the Cleveland Way above Whitestone Cliff
Kissing gate where we joined the Cleveland Way above Whitestone Cliff

Looking over Gormire Lake from the Cleveland Way
Looking over Gormire Lake from the Cleveland Way

We continued along the Cleveland Way path for about 600m still with Gormire Lake below us to a left hand bend in the path with a bench seat on the right hand side and another lovely view over the lake.

We stood and looked at the view over Gormire Lake for a few moments. It is a wonderful place even though the distant view to the Pennine Hills was lost in the haze today.

The Cleveland Way with Gormite Lake below us on our right
The Cleveland Way with Gormire Lake below us on our right

View over Gormire Lake from the bench seat by the Cleveland Way
View over Gormire Lake from the bench seat by the Cleveland Way

Continuing along the Cleveland Way
Continuing along the Cleveland Way

Heading towards the visitor centre
Heading towards the visitor centre

We continued on to a substantial viewing platform where we looked out over the Vale of York to the hills lost in the haze with Roulston Scar and Hood Hill on our left and Gormire Lake on our right.

We followed the Cleveland Way path along the top edge of the wooded bank past a seat where a path climbs up from Gormire Lake to join the Cleveland Way.

Finger post where the path from Gormire Lake joined our path
Finger post where the path from Gormire Lake joined our path

Viewing platform by the Cleveland Way
Viewing platform by the Cleveland Way

View from the viewing platform with Rulston Scar and Hood Hill on the left and Gormire Lake on the right
View from the viewing platform with Roulston Scar and Hood Hill on the left and Gormire Lake on the right

Heading back to the visitor centre
Heading back to the visitor centre

On the way home we called at one of our favourite cafes for one of their bacon sandwiches and a coffee for an early lunch. A great way to end our walk.

From the viewing platform it was only another 250m back to the Sutton Bank Visitor Centre and car park at the end of our walk. The whole route had been 6km and it had taken us about two and a half hours to walk it.

Returning to the car park by the A170
Returning to the car park by the A170

The end of our walk at the Sutton Bank Visitor Centre car park
The end of our walk at the Sutton Bank Visitor Centre car park

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