|Clay Bank to the Lion Inn, Blakey (14 km)|
Wast Water - Wander
Wast Water - Scafells
Patterdale - Helvellyn
From Round Hill back to the moors. From the left: Carlton Moor, Cringle Moor, Cold Moor and Hasty Bank.
The first task for this nice day is to get back to the top of Clay Bank. If you are in Great Broughton then your host may give you a lift up the road as will several B&B aound Urra and Chop Gate. Otherwise you will have to reverse the previous days descent. There is another alternative if you want to really avoid walking along the road - return to the southern side of Hasty Bank via field paths to Solomon's Porch farmhouse, a path past Broughton Bank farm onto a lane at Toft Hill and then straight up the hill to join a zigzag miners path. This has the advantage of lengthening this admittedly easy day and allowing another visit to the Wainstones (any ascent though can be skipped by following the forest track skirting below the bank).
|The Black Horse Inn||Pub||01642 713962|
|Hilton House||B&B||01642 712526|
|The Hollies||B&B||01642 710592|
|Holme Farm||B&B||01642 712345|
|Ingle Hill||B&B||01642 712449|
|The Mendips||B&B||01642 713774|
|Newlands House||B&B||01642 712619|
|Wainstones Hotel||Hotel||01642 712268|
|Buses to Great Ayton, etc.||01642 210131|
|Ayton Taxis||01642 722448|
|Great Broughton Taxis||01642 711557|
|Roseberry Cabs||01642 723777|
|Stokesley Taxis||01642 712999|
For those who choose to camp at the farm below Clay Bank, there is a path that avoids the walk up the road. This is reached by walking a bit further down the dale and up a lane to Urra Farm where an overgrown path heads up the slopes. The path clears as it rises into a small gully and then joins an earthwork and ditch along the edge of Carr Ridge. The earthwork leads to the north to rejoin the Coast to Coast Walk as it climbs steeply up from Clay Bank.
|Clay Bank Top from Urra Moor|
The photo on the left shows the top of Clay Bank as the path from Urra Farm climbs onto Urra Moor. The tiny peak on the right of the notch is Roseberry Topping.
From Clay Bank, the Coast to Coast Walk climbs beside a stone wall and through a rocky gully onto the flatter part of Carr Ridge (joining the above route). Keep an eye out for the plaque fixed to the left-hand rocks in the gully in memory of a terrier that stole the show in a television programme about the Lyke Wake Walk. Pause at the top to look back at yesterdays travels. The clear wide track continues past a line of boundary stones to the highest point on the North York Moors (another Round Hill) at 454 metres. It is marked by an OS pillar in the heather, on top of a Bronze Age burial mound.
Across the path from the OS pillar is the Hand Stone, a 1700's guidepost with two roughly carved hands pointing the way to "Stoxla" (Stokesley) and "Kirby" (Kirkbymoorside). A little further on (on the left) is the more ancient Face Stone boundary marker with the carving of a face on its eastern side. This has been around since at least 1642.
Beyond Round Hill, the track drops to the wet headwaters of High Bloworth Beck and then climbs gently onto the trackbed of the old Rosedale Ironstone Railway which was used to transprort iron ore from mines in Rosedale to Battersby Junction from 1861 to 1929. This is followed right to Bloworth Crossing, where there was a level-crossing for the busy pack-horse pannier-way, Westside Road. The peacefulness and serenity of the crossing today makes it hard to envisage the industrial clamour of steam trains and clanging wagons. At the peak of activity (1873) over 1500 tons of ironstone ore were moved each day to the blast furnaces of Durham and Teesside (a total of 10 million tons over 70 years).
The Cleveland Way leaves the trackbed here to head north along the moorland road passing an ancient waymarker (one of the many moorland crosses with personal names - Jenny Bradley). There is a fine viewpoint that allows you to see all the way back to the Clay Bank carpark (only 3 km away as the crow flies but you have walked nearly 9 km) where the rock bluffs on Hasty Bank are prominent. This may be worth a visit to stretch today's journey out (about 5-6 kilometres for the round trip).
|Around Urra & Chop Gate||Type||Phone|
|Beakhills Farm||B&B, camping||01642 778371|
|1 Foresters Cottage||B&B||01642 778368|
|Maltkiln House||B&B||01642 778216|
|Northwoods Farm||B&B||01642 778203|
|Staindale Farm||B&B||01642 778255|
However, the Coast to Coast Walk goes straight over the old crossing (passing a gate prohibiting vehicular traffic) where the trackbed now provides a splendid level walkway for 6 kilometres along the headwaters of several becks and rivers. Farndale is the prominent valley to your right and is famous for its display of daffodils in the springtime. The river that runs down Farndale is the River Dove which is the first water that the track crosses over (recognisable by the large embankment with good-sized tunnels for the river). Beyond this, you contour around Middle Head and then Dale Head to cross into Farndale Moor. A long embankment follows with a thin path crossing at a grouse butt (a useful shelter). The track curves around the hillside past the site of a water tower and onto High Blakey Moor - the Lion Inn makes its welcome arrival on the horizon here. One last side-valley is rounded before a path through heather heads up to the inn.
The Lion Inn has been providing welcoming cheer for over 400 years and has accommodation, camping, great beer and good food. B&B is also available across the road at High Blakey House.