Cleveland Way Stage 1

National Trail Acorn

Helmsley Bus Service available Accommodation available Shopping for provisions Cash Machine (ATM)Food available


Sutton Bank Visitor Centre

11.5 kilometres / 7 miles linear walking route

approximate walking time 2 hours 50 minutes calorie consumption guide717 KCal

links in Helmsley with the ebor way and tabular hills walk 

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Ordnance Survey Explorer OL26 North York Moors - Western area

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Harvey XT40 Cleveland Way National Trail map


sculpture at the start of the cleveland wayleaving helmsley

The Cleveland Way starts from a sculpture next to the car park, behind the toilets, adjacent to Helmsley Castle and follows a gradually inclining lane out of the town with views back to the walled gardens and Helmsley Castle.

track rising out of helmsleylooking back on helmsley castle

At the end of the track the walk turns left through a swing gate down to Blackdale Howl Wood.

swing gate at the end of Helmsley track

It is a well defined easy route that takes you past Griff Lodge and onto Whinney Bank before descending through Quarry Bank Wood to join the road to Rievaulx Abbey.

towards rievaulx abbeyrievaulx abbey sign

The diversion to the abbey is certainly worth doing given the time. Turn right just before Rievaulx Bridge to visit the abbey or cross the bridge to continue on the route.

bridge over the River Ryesignpost for Cold Kirby

There is now a section of walking along a narrow lane that can at times be busier than you think so please extra caution here. Just after the road turns to the left there is a wide opening to a track on your right and the route ahead along Bridge Road. The signpost indicates Cold Kirby 2mls.

entering Bridge Road track Cleveland Way Callister Wood

private fish lake no entry to private fish lakes 

Cleveland Way Bridge Road Cleveland Way sign ahead 

The track leads to a ford with a series of unusually shaped steping stones that you need to cross.

signpost towards stepping stones stepping stones 

front elevation of stepping stones close up of stepping stones 

Zamberlan boots under water whilst taking photos gate exiting from stepping stones 

Cleveland Way turns left and then right further up Nettle Dale wood across the dale 

 track along edge of dale left into Flassen Dale

From Flassen Dale a right hand track named Low Field Lane climbs out of the dale and brings you into the village of Cold Kirby.

leaving Flassen Dale starting climb out of Flassen Dale 

continue to climb out of Flassen Dale continue to climb out of Flassen Dale 

gate and stile at top of wood stone track continues to the left 

stone track emerging from wood close to crest of hill 

long gradual slope starts heading towards Cold Kirby wide track continues towards Cold Kirby 

wide track continues with hedges on both sides looking back towards Helmsley 

looking towards Cold Kirby church path to Cold Kirby leaving track 

path climbs into Cold Kirby path turns muddy approaching Cold Kirby 

stream between stones entering Cold Kirby 

Cold Kirby tree sculpture Cold Kirby tree sculpture closeup Cold Kirby village green 

Cold Kirby start of Cote Moor Road track 

Cote Moor Road becomes muddy beyond the village Cote Moor Road track heading into November sunset 

heading towards Hambleton track turns into green lane

gate at end of Cote Moor Road racehorses at exercise 

Cote Moor Road track takes you back out of the village and on to Hambleton and the Hambleton Inn . From here and having crossed the A170 at the minor junction beyond the Inn it is a short distance to Sutton Bank and the great views towards the Yorkshire Dales and south across the Howardian Hills to York.

White Horse Gliding Club warning Roulston Scar 

The Cleveland Way turns left along the edge past the gliding club to visit the Kilburn White Horse before doubling back on itself to the National Park visitor centre at Sutton Bank. The white horse is OK close up but we would recommend seeing it from afar given the opportunity.

Kilburn White Horse from car park below Top of Kilburn White Horse looking east 



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The Cleveland Way  and the Yorkshire Wolds Way by Cicerone The Cleveland Way and the Yorkshire Wolds Way published by Cicerone 

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External Links

Cleveland Way National Trail website

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