Cleveland Way and the Yorkshire Wolds Way: With the Tabular Hills Walk (Cicerone Guide)
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The Cleveland Way National Trail offers a fine 110 mile walk around the North York Moors National Park, enjoying scenery that includes the open heather moorlands, gentle dales, interesting towns and villages, and dramatic cliff coastline. The Tabular Hills Walk is a 50 mile Regional Trail between Scalby Mills, near Scarborough and Hemsley, far inland. Walkers can pick up the Cleveland Way at the market town of Hemsley and continue along this route back to Filey. The Yorkshire Wolds Way, one of the quietest of Britain's National Trails, wanders through gentle, cultivated and sparsely populated countryside. The route is usually walked from south to north for 80 miles from Hessle, near Hull on the Humber Estuary to Filey.
just as it reaches Dweldapilton Hall on the outskirts of the village. CROPTON A motte and bailey was built at Cropton in the 12th century, but it was in ruins by the end of the 14th century. St Gregory’s Church may have been built on a Norman chapel site, but while it retains its 12th-century font the building is essentially a 19th-century restoration. Facilities in the village include the New Inn, offering accommodation, meals and tours of its thriving micro-brewery. Other accommodation
marker for routes that branched from the old drove road. Walkers follow the course of the Hambleton Drove Road towards a forested area If the day is clear the descent along the track includes a view of the village of Osmotherley, though this will be lost later. Walk alongside a forest to reach a corner on a minor road on Thimbleby Moor. Turn left to follow a stone-pitched path down to a little reservoir in a wooded dale. Cross a stream and follow the reservoir access road past a house
Those contemplating this walk on a day of foul weather should bear in mind that there are paths and tracks cutting across the northern slopes of the hills between Carlton Bank and Clay Bank. The first part of this low-level route is known as the Miners’ Track and is then followed by forest tracks. The miners worked these slopes for alum, jet and ironstone. Reaching the road on Clay Bank is not strictly the end of the day’s walk. Strong walkers may well cross the road and continue to Kildale,
This track leads along another moorland crest over Battersby Moor, eventually reaching a gate at a road bend. Follow the road straight ahead, but note that a right turn down the road leads to remote Shepherd’s House farmhouse bed-and-breakfast. The road crosses a rise on Kildale Moor, turns left at a corner, then runs down around the slopes of Park Nab to reach a broad and green valley. When a road junction is reached, turn right for Kildale. Horse-riders enjoy following the high track across
whenever the land is ploughed. The first settlers used flint for sharp-edged scrapers, blades and arrowheads. Several ancient settlement sites occur on the wolds, along with burial mounds and as yet unexplained earthworks. There are also deserted village sites, either abandoned during the Black Death of the 14th century or fallen idle due to changes in agricultural practices. The wolds are fertile, but as the soil is relatively dry and thin it is mostly planted with grain and oilseed rape rather