North York Moors walk – Clay Bank and Chop Gate

South from Clay Bank car park, briefly alongside the main road, then west on the Cleveland Way to Wain Stones followed by Lordstones. South-east along footpaths through Raisdale to Raisdale Mill Plantation, continuing to Raisdale Mill. Along Raisdale Road to Chop Gate, before heading north-east via Seave Green and Bilsdale Hall to Urra Moor. North by way of the bridleway to join the Cleveland Way, and back downhill to the car park. An 11-mile walk in the North York Moors.

A misty morning on the Cleveland Way across Hasty Bank.

Approaching Wain Stones on the western side of Hasty Bank.

The climb through Wain Stones.

The Cleveland Way between Hasty Bank and Cold Moor.

Heading west along the Cleveland Way, about to climb to the top of Kirby Bank.

No views today from the ‘viewpoint’ at the top of Kirby Bank – just too foggy.

Plate and seat at the top of Kirby Bank, in memory of rambler Alec Falconer.

The descent from Cringle Moor towards Lordstones.

Lordstones Cafe, a popular venue at the top of Carlton Bank, just outside Stokesley.

Raisdale, a beautiful area north-west of Chop Gate.

A friendly alpaca comes to investigate.

Alpacas at Staindale Farm, Raisdale.

The track heading north-east from Seave Green to Urra Moor.

The view north-west across Urra, with Hasty Bank in the background.

The view north-west from Urra Moor. Teesside and Roseberry Topping are just visible in the far distance.

The Cleveland Way, heading down to the car park on Clay Bank.