Walk from Lord Stones café 2 September 2018
Walk from Lord Stones Cafe
2 September 2018
There were 11 humans + 1 dog present for this 10 mile circular walk. The initial drive up the hairpin bends of Carlton Bank to Lord Stones set the scene nicely, giving commanding views across the Tees Valley. The weather conditions were perfect, as requested (!) and the group set off over Bilsdale West Moor, the Bilsdale mast in the distance providing a useful reference point. Progress was made via Brian's Pond to Barkers Crags and for the first half of our circuit, we shared the track with a group of off-road bike eventers. With our wits about us and courtesy from both groups, no one was run down!
The steep, zig-zagging descent of Trennet Bank to Chop Gate was spectacular, offering wonderful views across the valley to Urra Moor and Round Hill, at 454 metres the highest point on the North York Moors.
Down on the valley floor, a leisurely lunch was taken in pleasant sunshine. The return route involved a long, hot and sticky climb, perversely up on to 'Cold' Moor. We eventually re-joined the Cleveland Way above Broughton Bank and made our way across to Kirby Bank. At this point the group split in 2, some sensibly preferring the more civilised stroll round the side of the Bank, to the route march up and over the top!
Once re-grouped, we were able to enjoy the pleasant atmosphere and refreshments of Lord Stones café.