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The Wild Yorkshire Way
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From: Forresters Arms, KilburnTo: Queen Catherine/Golden Lion, Osmotherley14.2 miles22.9 km533m ascent448m descent
ThumbnailAfter a hearty breakfast in Kilburn, climb up the road to the famous White Horse, which actually is more grey than white, and check your heart rate app on your fitness watch thingy after a stiff climb. It's pleasant road walking at first, then navigation becomes surprisingly difficult as there are myriads of unmarked tracks in the woods caused by mountain bikers. The best plan is to ignore the paths shown on OS maps and follow a track which runs roughly parallel to the road on its steepest bits. If you managed to get to the White Horse without getting lost, you can relax. From here on we're following almost the entire length of both the Cleveland Way and the Yorkshire Wolds Way for about 180 miles, and it's well signposted now all the way back to Stainborough. Follow the Cleveland Way north past the gliding club to Sutton Bank. There's a car park and café here, but don't be tempted to divert to the Hambleton Inn, which has sadly closed down and is up for sale. From the car park, head north on the Cleveland Way along the escarpment, with magnificent views across seemingly the whole of Yorkshire, including the beautiful Dales, now a fading memory from a few days ago. Keep along the escarpment, passing the (allegedly) "Finest View in England" to Sneck Yate, where the path crosses a road dropping steeply down to Boltby. Continue on, past the Paradise farms, to join a track skirting the east side of Boltby Forest. We're gradually climbing now, up to Black Hambleton via White Gill Head, where we can sit down and sing a well-known Bon Jovi song to celebrate reaching the half way point! From here we drop steeply down to Square Corner on the road above Osmotherley. Head west here, downhill past a pair of reservoirs, and follow the rather complicated Cleveland Way into the pretty village of Osmotherley, with its pubs, shops and cafés. Accommodation is available at the Queen Catherine and the Golden Lion, and there's a camp site just north of the village. Have a rest, as tomorrow is a hard day.
Bus LogoKilburn: Sutton Bank: OsmotherleyBeer LogoQueen Catherine, Golden Lion, Osmotherley
Train LogoNorthallertonBed LogoQueen Catherine, Golden Lion, Osmotherley
Car LogoKilburn: Sutton Bank: Sneck Yate: Square Corner:, OsmotherleyTent LogoOsmotherley
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