North York Moors CAM

Sunday 30th April 2000

( cloudy & warm then sunny later )

Today's Walk: Hasty Bank, the Wainstones and Cold Moor ( 4 miles )


Hasty Bank and Cold Moor from the road between Stokesley and Great Ayton

The Cleveland Hills rise above the flat and fertile Cleveland Plain at its most southerly extent - three long distance trails,
the Cleveland Way, the Coast to Coast Walk and the Lyke Wake Walk traverse the 'tops' of these hills
enjoying spectacular views in all directions.

Today we'll walk a couple of those hills - Hasty Bank & Cold Moor - and visit the rock climbers' paradise of the Wainstones.


Today's walk starts at the car park at Clay Bank ( Grid Ref: 572 036 ) 4 miles south-east of Stokesley

From the car park, turn left and walk about a hundred yards along the road to Helmsley before carefully crossing the road
and follow the Cleveland Way stoned path (above) to the left of the forested hillside


After a stiff climb we reach the eastern top of Hasty Bank

Here we look north-east across the Cleveland Plain towards Roseberry Topping and Easby Moor, 5 miles north


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Looking east back down towards Clay Bank car park (centre) with Ingleby Moor in the distance
and then the rocky crags of Hasty Bank


To help prevent erosion, parts of the the Cleveland Way are now paved with large stone slabs


From just off the path we look south down Bilsdale . . .


. . . and east from an area of scattered crags and boulders - Urra Moor in the distance


Among the rocks we came across this fossil -
c'mon you experts - what part of which creature was this millions of years ago? ( It's about 18 inches long )


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At the western end of Hasty Bank we reach the Wainstones, a jumble of sandstone crags and boulders,
loved and frequented by rock climbers
- the right hand photo shows the narrow route of the Cleveland Way where the path squeezes through the Wainstones


A look back at Wainstones from the Cleveland Way path


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Here we look west towards our next objective, Cold Moor, and then back east to Wainstones


Cringle Moor ahead from Cold Moor


Near this point (Grid Ref: 546 034) we leave the Cleveland Way to return to Clay Bank via the old miners' track

In the 19th and early 20th century, these hillsides were mined for ironstone and jet


The miners' track - this is the easy way back along the route, missing out the 'ups and downs' of the hilltops

The sun has just come out


A lovely view north-east across the Cleveland Plain towards Roseberry Topping


The final descent of the miners' track back down to Clay Bank car park with Carr Ridge and Urra Moor in the distance


I couldn't resist this shot of Roseberry Topping beyond the field of flowering rape seed on the road home



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