A stunning guided walk from Sutton Bank
DurationSingle Day Event
Difficulty Level2 Two
The author and vet James Herriot proclaimed the panorama from Sutton Bank on the edge of the North York Moors to be ‘England’s Finest View’.
It seemed a bit ludicrous then to miss out on such a glory which is why we’ve lined up this moderate 12-mile day walk that also includes a hidden ‘paradise’ and stunning views across to the Yorkshire Dales.
Sutton Bank Walk Dates:
- Thursday 16th July
- Saturday 18th July
- Sunday 26th July
The day itself
We will meet at the North York Moors Visitor Centre at Sutton Bank where there is plenty of pay and display parking (NB: please bring change for the pay machine), toilets and a cafe if you wish to arrive early to grab a coffee.
From the visitor centre the route soon brings us to the limestone escarpment where you realise what James Herriot was on about when you see the splendour before you – from the sheer face of the escarpment to the tree-clad slopes and the rolling fields beyond.
Once we’ve done a bit of view-admiring we head down through lovely broad leaf woodlands to Gormire Lake, a fine stretch of open water that is sometimes used by the wild swimming brigade.
No dips today though as we press on, wandering through the valley’s rolling pastures and fields and admiring a smattering of pretty hamlets until we reach Boltby.
From here there’s no escaping the fact that what goes down must come back up and so with that in mind, we begin a gradual ascent of the escarpment. Aha though as we know only too well that a bit of a challenge deserves a reward, you’ll be glad to hear that after the climb we take a slight detour off the route to the aptly named High Paradise Tearoom.
This lovely courtyard tearoom is only accessible to walkers, cyclists or horse riders which makes it extra special! Hence why we leave enough time for the group to have a bite to eat (lunch if you haven’t packed up sarnies) or a cup of tea.
Once we’re rested and refuelled we then stroll along the gentle 4-mile path on the cliff top following the Cleveland Way National Trail back to Sutton Bank visitor centre where there’s then a second chance to grab refreshments and savour a well-deserved piece of cake!
What to expect
This route is mainly along bridleways and good footpaths. Although the going is generally easy there is no denying there is a bit of uphill as we climb back up, but this will be done at a gentle pace with no rush.
Good to know:
Please meet for 10am at the Sutton Bank Visitor Centre:
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What our members have to say...
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016