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Great Broughton
From Cringle End to Roseberry Topping and Easby Moor
From Cringle End to Roseberry Topping and Easby Moor.

The route returns up onto the moors with grand panoramas over the plains and into the dales. Hiking along the sharp edge of the moors means that there are several 100m dips to negotiate but the views are worth it. Lunch can be taken at either a secluded, concealed cafe at Carlton Bank (more useful for morning tea) or in the village of Swainby.

Great Broughton Type Phone
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

From the Post Office in Great Broughton, head south for a few metres and then turn west (right) into Bakery Path. The lane curves around to a footbridge over Bradley Beck where we head left on the road over a ford and to the end of the village. When the hedge-lined lane turns sharply right, continue straight on over a stile (with Bradley Beck to your left). Ignore the footpath going straight ahead and go to the stile in the right-hand corner of the field. Cross over another fence and then turn left onto a waymarked track. This sometimes damp path heads up to Willowbrook House and soon emerges onto a lane by the houses of Solomon's Porch where we turn right. Pass the Broughton Banks farmhouse to a stile behind it into the next field. Continue the same direction through more fields, crossing Trows Beck and between fences and hedges until you emerge onto a lane at Toft Hill. Turn away from the caravan park (left) to join an ancient path which climbs steeply past a white building (High Toft - a Scout training centre).

As you climb up above the white house note the worn paving stones underfoot. These show that this was once a busy pack-horse route between Kirbymoorside and Stokesley.

Further up and through a gate, a normal track resumes and swings left around to a tiny waterfall. Two stone posts mark the rejoining of the Cleveland Way and the Lyke Wyke Walk. This will be familiar to you if you took the tougher ending to the previous day over Hasty Bank and the Wainstones. Turn right (west) past a wall and the base of a moorland cross (Donna Cross) which is inscribed with the initials F-E, marking the boundary between the Feversham and Emmerson estates.

There is now a hard climb up a modern stone causeyway onto the rim of Kirby Bank and then gentler hiking to the fine viewpoint of Cringle End. If the weather is totally foul then this climb can be avoided by taking the Jet Miner's Path which starts at the stream just before the ascent. This contours all the way under Kirkby Bank to rejoin the route near the Carlton Bank road. However the visit to Cringle End with its memorial seat and view indicator is greatly recommended (see the photo at the top of the page).

Roseberry Topping from above High Toft
Roseberry Topping from above High Toft

The photo at the top of the page was taken just as the weather closed in as you can see from the shadows of the clouds covering the landscape. The photo to the left was taken earlier in the day as you can see by the brighter conditions.

Jet is a dark fossilised wood found within shale beds. Mined since prehistoric times, it became popular when Queen Victoria chose to wear it while mourning Prince Albert. Some fragments may be found in the spoil heaps to the left before the ascent (if you are lucky).

A well-worn track departs Cringle End following a wall down into fields and to a small pine plantation. Pass on either side of the plantation and emerge on the Carlton Bank road. There is a carefully concealed cafe tucked under the hillock to your left. This can be used to fortify yourself for the toughest climb of the day - 107 metres up onto Carlton Moor. The minor road can be used to rejoin this route if you stayed last night in one of the B&B spread around Chop Gate.

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

Cross the road and make your way through the spoil heaps of old alum mines (worked from 1680 to 1806). Take care here since motor-cyclists abound here on certain days. Plod up the hill passing closely (and carefully) to old alum workings until you reach the trig point and boundary stone at the top (408m). There are more great views out over the plains from the summit but the view across the moors is less good with the intrusive gliding club buildings and runway. Stick to the rim of the moor to stay clear of the runway for a little descent through the heather with several boundary stones poking up. There is a slight rise to the top of Live Moor (312m) followed by a sharp descent down to the trees of Faceby Plantation and steep steps down a sheep drift. A pleasant green path then heads left to the road at Huthwaite Green. There is a telephone box here.

The village of Swainby is 1.6 kilometres down the lane to the right and has a couple of pubs (the Black Horse serves food but the Miner's Arms has better beer), a Post Office shop and buses stop there for Osmotherley. If you divert to Swainby then return to the route via Coalmire Lane, taking the bridleway signposted to Scugdale when the lane swings right (west).

To bypass the village, continue straight ahead down a farm lane to a ford and footbridge. A tractor track leads into a field where we depart the track for the right-hand corner of the field and a stile into pleasant woodlands. Turn right along the forestry track and wander along to a gate after a sharp left turn. This is where the route from Swainby joins. Head straight up the forestry road ahead - this is steep and slippery when wet. At the top of this short, sharp, shocker is a spoil heap with a useful seat overlooking Swainby. Continue along the forestry road until it bears to sharply to the left and the Cleveland Way enters the woods to drop down to the road at Scarth Gap.

Scarth Gap is a fine cleft and was gorged out by the melt-waters of the last Ice Age. An old drover's route climbs up into the hills from here (we will meet it again after Osmotherley). The drovers forded the River Tees at Yarm, headed down the Cleveland Plains to pass through Swainby and then herded their animals through the gap onto the western edge of the moors. They thus avoided toll charges on the level roads to York

Turn left over the cattle-grid and then right to follow a wall up onto Scarth Wood Moor (a National Trust property). A clear path crosses the moor to a junction of walls with a gate and stile. Cross the stile where there is a choice of routes.

If you are in a hurry to get to Osmotherley then the walled track on your left goes straight there, arriving after 3 kilometres and passing the Cote Ghyll youth hostel on the way.

A good diversion is to visit the fourteenth-century ruins of Mount Grace priory (this adds nearly 3 kilometres to the day). Turn right over a stile and continue along the Cleveland Way, passing near the traditional start to the Lyke Wyke Wake at the Beacon Hill trig point (now it starts at the Sheepwash carpark down in the dale). A bunch of British Telecom aerial masts is a bit of an eyesore but is soon left behind as the path travels through scrub and then dives into the woods on a clay track. At the next junction, the path out into the fields leads to Osmotherley along the side of Ruebury Hill. However we turn very sharply right very sharply right along the lower of two forestry tracks. Around the next corner, depart down a grassy ride that wanders down to the priory. The ride ends at a usually locked gate which needs climbing. This is National Trust property - remember to pay the admission fee at the office.

The priory was founded in 1398 by Carthusian monks and is one of the best preserved in Britain.

Continue onto Osmotherley by retracing your steps or via a path departing from the carpark, through a field to Chapel Wood where a steep path crosses the woods. Cross a stile at the top into a field and then another stile to your right a few metres further. The field path soon becomes the Siddle Farm track and enters the village.

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