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Osmotherly to Kilburn – 3 February 2018

There was a change of plan made for the last walk. With snow on the ground and with more forecast and Alston cut off in several directions it was decided that we take an easy option and head for Brampton. As it happened it was a good choice, it was a really nice day and there wasn’t a trace of snow. So, will it be the same on the North Yorkshire Moors for this particular group of walks?

We are starting a couple of the walks about six miles south of Osmotherly in the village of Knayton. This is where the 11 and 11.5-mile routes start from, the 11.5-mile route heads east and then south through the village of Boltby and climbs up to the Cleveland Way just south of Boltby Scar where the route continues to the White Horse hill figure before descending to Kilburn. The 11-mile route heads south-east towards the village of Felixkirk and then east to climb up to the Cleveland Way just past Gormire Lake along the line of Whitestone Cliff. It then follows the same route into Kilburn as the 11.5-mile route.

The 10-mile route starts from just outside Thirsk and heads roughly east until it joins the 11-mile route at Felixkirk, it then heads the same way as the 11-mile route. Finally, the 8-mile route starts just before the coach makes the turn onto the minor road to Kilburn. This route heads off towards Byland Abbey and through Abbey Bank Woods past the disused Mount Snever Observatory and up to the little church at Scotch Corner. It then heads south to the White Horse hill figure before dropping down to the finish at Kilburn.

We were last in Kilburn in March 2015 when the image for this post was taken and when one of the routes went a similar way to the 8-mile route but this is the first time that we have had the other routes coming in from the west and from just off the A19 road. So this time around we will have to walk up onto the Cleveland Way rather than being already on it as we have many times in the past. Does this mean we have a hill to climb or are we walking up the side of the ridge? Does it matter when you are going uphill, however, it is not a very big hill or a very big ridge to climb and there are plenty of views to look at on the way up anyway?

If you have ever driven up the road to Sutton Bank but wondered what it would be like to walk up well now is your chance. You can join us for this walk and wonder no more. The walk descriptions can be found here and the GPS routes can be found here.

Kilburn Weather

Walk No. 3 Osmotherly to Kilburn 3 February 2018
Area: North Yorkshire Moors Map: OL 26
8 miles Moderate
Start: Whinny Bank Grid Ref SE527775
North to Cams Head – Byland Abbey – Abbey House – Wass – Main Footpath through Abbey Bank Wood – Mount Snever Observatory (Disused) – Scotch Corner – Shaws Gate – Low Town Bank Road – White Horse Hill Figure – Kilburn
10 miles Moderate
Start: A61 Stockton Road Grid Ref SE429829
Stonybrough Lane – Hag House – Felixkirk – Minor road past the Lodge – Cinque Cliff Woods – Tang Hall – Midge Holm Gate – Southwoods Lodge – Garbutt Wood – Sutton Bank – Cleveland Way – White Horse Hill Figure – Kilburn
11 miles Moderate
Start: Moor Road Grid Ref SE434880
South East on footpath and minor road to Upsall – Carr Hill – Felixkirk – Minor road past the Lodge – Cinque Cliff Woods – Tang Hall – Midge Holm Gate – Southwoods Lodge – Garbutt Wood – Sutton Bank – Cleveland Way – White Horse Hill Figure – Kilburn
11.5 miles Moderate
Start: Moor Road Grid Ref SE441882
Atlay Field Farm – Canvers Farm – Brickshed Cottage – Seta Pike – Gurtof Wood – Boltby – Permissive Path through Cow Pasture Wood – Bridleway to Cleveland Way – White Horse Hill Figure – Kilburn
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