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From: Queen Catherine/Golden Lion, OsmotherleyTo: Clay Bank Top11.2 miles18 km843m ascent761m descent
ThumbnailHead north out of the village on the road, then turn left on a rising path past Lady's Chapel. At the entrance to Arncliffe Wood you will meet Wainwright's Coast to Coast path, so watch out for gridlock on the paths for the next 15 miles or so. Climb up through the wood past a telecomms station, and see if you can spot the trig point hidden behind a wall. Now head across the open moor to Scarth Nick, where we cross the road and head down through another wood, before turning sharp right and following the track to Huthwaite Green. From here, we begin a hard but delightful switchback traverse of the Cleveland Hills, one of the classic walks in this area. The first target is Live Moor, when the views start to open up, then on to Carlton Bank past a disused gliding club. From here we drop steeply down and cross the road to the Lord Stones Café, but be careful here. The café is, shall we say, not specifically designed for walkers, and you may have to dispense with your boots and put a tie on before venturing inside for a pint and some snap. Suitably refreshed, slog up onto Cringle Moor, a superb viewpoint, before once again descending, climbing and descending again. Weary now, we have one last climb ahead, past the hugely impressive Wainstones on Hasty Bank. Well, when I say "past", really I mean "through", as you have to find a way through the stones by scrambling about on a myriad of different routes. Be careful if the stones are wet! Once you reach the top above the stones, the end is near, but take a tip - iIf you need to phone a friend, or a pub (for example, the Buck Inn at Chop Gate) do it now, as mobile reception disappears from here on. The path follows the edge of Hasty Bank and eventually drops down to Clay Bank Top, where there's a car park usually filled with a fleet of coaches picking up Coast to Coast walkers. I recommend the Buck Inn at Chop Gate, about 2 miles south, as the German owner Wolfgang will come and pick you up if you're staying the night, and drop you off in the morning. Danke schön Wolfgang.
Bus LogoOsmotherleyBeer LogoLord Stones: Buck Inn, Chop Gate
Train LogoNorthallerton, BattersbyBed LogoBuck Inn, Chop Gate
Car LogoOsmotherley: Scarth Nick: Huthwaite Green: Lord Stones: Clay Bank TopTent LogoLord Stones, Great Broughton
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