North York Moors CAM

Saturday 13th May 2000

( weather: fine, nice! )

Today's walk: Lord Stones Cafe - Cringle Moor - Raisdale - Carlton Bank ( 6 miles )


Today we were joined on our walk by some of my work colleagues and their friends and family

Especially welcome were Robert and Irene who emigrated 30 years ago and now live in New Brunswick, Canada
- they are here in the UK for two weeks holiday - thankfully, today the weather was kind to us and them


Today's walk began at Lord Stones Cafe ( Grid Ref: 523 030 )

Lord Stones Cafe boasts a convenient car park for the start of the many wonderful walks in this area
- it is also a welcome resting and refreshment point for walkers of the Cleveland Way which passes right by.
The cafe has been cleverly built into a small hillside without detracting from the beauty of the countryside


Our first objective was to climb the steep path up Cringle Moor, seen to the east beyond
this pond near the cafe, by following the Cleveland Way


The climb takes its toll as our group begins to stretch out
- our return track traverses Carlton Bank in the distance with a glimpse of Whorl Hill (top right)


The first ones to the top enjoy a rest on the memorial seat dedicated to Alec Falconer ' who loved these hills '

The seat enjoys spectacular views north across the Cleveland Plain
- a viewpoint indicator tells us exactly where we're looking


A ' family reunion ' on Cringle Moor - looking north, Cleveland Plain in the haze beyond

Here we see from left to right - Alan, Joan, Robert, Anne and Irene
Alan, Anne and Irene are brother and sisters, Joan is Alan's wife
- as I mentioned before, Robert and Irene are here on holiday from Canada


From Cringle Moor we look further east to Cold Moor and Hasty Bank beyond - in the far distance Urra Moor


The steep decent down the eastern slopes of Cringle Moor


At the bottom of the path we arrive at the remains of Donna Cross ( Grid Ref: 545 034 ) looking east, Cold Moor beyond

On the north side of the base (left on the photo) is carved the letter 'E' for the Emmerson family of Easby
and on the south side 'F' for the Feversham family of Duncombe Park, Helmsley


Just past Donna Cross we leave the Cleveland Way and head south along this farm access road in Raisdale

We follow this track for a couple of miles before turning right and crossing a stile
just before Stone Intake Farm ( Grid Ref: 543 006 ) and walk down across a couple of meadows . . .


. . . until we reach the quiet Raisdale Road between Chop Gate ( Chop 'Yat' to locals ) and Carlton where
we turn right for a short while enjoying the bluebell clad banksides, until turning left along the access road to . . .


. . . Raisdale Mill part of which has been recently converted to holiday cottages . .


. . . and where the resident peacock was today in fine form!


From Raisdale Mill we climb up leafy Mill Lane to Bilsdale West Moor . .


. . . looking back and enjoying lovely views south-east towards Bilsdale . . .


. . . and north-east back to Cringle Moor and Cold Moor


At the top of Mill Lane we follow a path across the moor to Barker's Crags and
are rewarded with this splendid view east along Scugdale


Barker's Crags are a favourite with rock climbers but we have none in our party . . .


. . . and instead we head north across Bilsdale West Moor past Brian's Pond . . .


. . . before descending the eastern slopes of Carlton Bank to our starting point at Lord Stones Cafe
( Cringle Moor right, Roseberry Topping in far distance )



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