- Parent Category: walking north yorkshire
Sutton Bank Visitor Centre
11.5 kilometres / 7 miles
2 hours 50 minutes 717 KCal
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.
At the end of the track the walk turns left through a swing gate down to Blackdale Howl Wood.
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.
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.
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.
The track leads to a ford with a series of unusually shaped steping stones that you need to cross.
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.
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.
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.
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