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The Wild Yorkshire Way
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Here you can read a personal account of the route for this stage, together with route maps centred around the start and end points, and information on transport connections, pubs, accommodation and camp sites. You can see a photo gallery, browse through the walk stages, and you can use Google search to look up the start and end points of your day's walking. GPX files for your sat nav are available for download, but please don't blame me if you get lost following them!

From: Clay Bank TopTo: Gribdale Gate12.7 miles20.4 km432m ascent483m descent
ThumbnailFrom Clay Bank Top, follow the Cleveland Way signs steeply uphill towards Round Hill, the highest point in the North York Moors. The Wild Yorkshire Way is in grand company here, sharing the path with both the Cleveland Way and the Coast to Coast walk. The trig point on Round Hill is slightly off the path, but of course you will divert to visit it. Continue east on easy walking along the old mineral railway, and soon you'll reach Bloworth Crossing where the Coast to Coast path continues east towards Robin Hood's Bay. Having resisted the temptation to take this short cut, turn sharp left on the Cleveland Way along the edge of Greenhow Bank. The views here are magnificent, across the Teesside plain with Captain Cook's monument in full view, and back to the switchback ridge which we tackled yesterday. Watch out for a right fork in the easy path where the track heads down the hill, and keep on the Cleveland Way across Battersby Moor on a slightly rising path which eventually become a road, dropping down to the lovely hamlet of Kildale, where there's a café and even a railway station. Go down the road past the café and climb steeply up through the woods to the monument, which is there to commemorate the great seafaring explorer, not the Ashes winning England cricket captain. From here, it's just a short walk down the hill through the woods to today's journey's end - Gribdale Gate. There are plenty of wild camping opportunities around here, and accommodation is available down the hill in Great Ayton, where the Royal Oak is particularly helpful as they operate a pick up and drop off service to Gribdale Gate.
Bus LogoKildale: Great AytonBeer LogoRoyal Oak, Great Ayton
Train LogoKildale: Great AytonBed LogoRoyal Oak, Great Ayton
Car LogoClay Bank Top: Kildale: Gribdale GateTent LogoGribdale (wild)
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