Lordstones from Carlton-in-Cleveland via Faceby round
North Yorkshire is England’s largest county and one of the most rural comprising of the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors, Vale of York and the coastal regions and they all have their own distinctive natural beauty. The county covers an area of 3,341 square miles and 40% of this area is covered by National Parks and with stunning moorland, beautiful dramatic to rolling hills, ancient woodland, a spectacular coastline, splendid waterfalls, many attractive villages and hamlets and many historic sites such as abbeys, castles, priories, stately homes and traditional pubs there is something for everyone of all ages to explore.
The North York Moors has one of the largest expanses of heather moorland and it became a National Park in 1952 and covers an area of 554 square miles stretching from the Derwent Valley to the Cleveland Hills just south of the Tees. The sandstone and limestone hills have formed a rugged landscape with wide heather clad moorlands on the open tops and pretty farming communities and villages in the many sheltered valleys many of them hidden away. To the north and west the moors are defined by the steep scarp slopes of the Cleveland Hills on the edge of the Tees lowlands to the east the moors are clearly defined by the impressive cliffs of the North Sea coast and to the south by the broken line of the Tabular Hills and the Vale of Pickering.
Carlton-in-Cleveland is a pretty village in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire and sits on the edge of the North York Moors National Park beneath the Cleveland Hills. Commonly known as Carlton it is situated about 9 miles south of Middlesbrough and south east of Stokesley. The village houses a primary school, a pub the Blackwell Ox and an Outdoor Education Centre. There is no longer a shop or post office. Carlton’s present church dedicated to St Botolph was completed in 1897 and is a Grade II listed building.
Faceby situated south of Carlton also sits beneath the Cleveland Hills. It is a small peaceful village with one pub The Sutton Arms, a village hall and a 12th century church of St Mary Magdalene.
Lordstones is a privately owned country park which sits in a beautiful setting in a dip on the Cleveland Way between Carlton Bank and Green Bank. An ideal place for walkers, cyclists and visitors Lordstones Country Park offers Glamping accommodation of luxury jumbo camping pods, bell tents, nomadic yurts and camping pitches. The Lordstones Shop sells local produce, their own hand reared beef and all camping essentials from equipment from logs to lemonade. Lordstones Cafe is a perfect destination, whilst walking the Cleveland Way, to stop off for a quick tea, coffee, soft drink or for an enjoyable lunch. The Belted Bull restaurant has lots to offer diners with 8 different steak cuts and 5 handmade burger choices from the Belted Galloway beef which is supplied by the neighbouring farm.
Cleveland Way was opened in 1969, the second National Trail to open in England and Wales, and follows a horseshoe line for 109 miles skirting much of the wonderful North York Moors National Park. The route starts in the market town of Helmsley and heads across the heather clad moors, through woodlands and dales to reach the coast at Saltburn where it then heads south along the dramatic coastline for 50 miles along rugged paths passing through old fishing villages and pretty coastal resorts and towns to the Brigg at Filey. The Cleveland Way also passes through many features of history and heritage such as Hemsley Castle, Rievaulx Abbey, Mount Grace Priory, Whitby Abbey and Scarborough Castle just to name a few.
From the ford in Carlton we head along the back lane and turn left at the footpath sign for Faceby. We head forwards to go through the gate on the left. We continue through the field following the hedge line on our left. We cross over a little footbridge turn left and follow the wide path round to the right between the fences. We go through a gate and head forwards to cross another footbridge. We head forwards through the fields until we come to the road. We turn left into Faceby and at the t-junction we bear off right. We continue through the village and when the road becomes a track we keep heading forwards. At the tree line we enter the wood through a gate then turn immediate right steeply uphill. At the gate we turn left into the open and keep heading forwards. When the path splits we bear right following the footpath sign, uphill. At the top we turn left onto the Cleveland Way. We now follow the Cleveland Way to a trig point then drop steeply downhill to the wood at the bottom. We visit Lordstones cafe then head back to the Cleveland Way and turn right. We soon start heading steeply uphill following the wall on our left to arrive at a view point and a seat. We turn left over the stile in the fence and follow the path which heads steeply downhill. At the track we cross straight over and follow the bridleway sign downhill bearing slightly right. We cross over another path and keep heading downhill to go through a gate. We follow the path which bears left to a farm. At the farm we turn right and follow the track to the next farm. After passing through the farm we head forwards for about 200 yards and go through the iron gate on the left next to a holly tree, no footpath sign. We head forwards following the hedge on our right. At the end of the field we cross over a stile and keep heading forwards. We cross over a stream and keep heading forward ignoring an old arrow on the right. After a short way we cross over the footbridge and a stile on the right and then turn left. We walk through some trees and at a track and an iron gate on the left we head forward bearing right at the footpath sign just behind the hedge in front. We cross the field go over a stile and follow the path back into Carlton.
This is a moderate walk on grass, gravel and stone paths and minor tarmac roads.
Elevation: approx lowest point 95m (311.68ft) approx highest point 403.40m (1323.49ft) approx ascent 442.60m (1452.10ft)
Distance and Start Point
Approx 8 miles allow 3½ – 4 hours using OS Explorer Map OL26, North York Moors, Western area. This walk is done anti-clockwise.
Start point: The back lane near the ford.
Carlton-in-Cleveland is near Stokesley in the North York Moors, Yorkshire.
Directions and Parking
From the A19 take the A172 for Stokesley. Carlton-in-Cleveland is approx 5 miles on the right. As you enter the village the church is on the right. Continue ahead the pub is on the left and the ford is next right.
Parking: in the back lane over the little ford and bridge, at the side of the road near the pub and at the church.
Toilets and Refreshments
There are toilets in the cafe at Lordstones. For refreshments there is the Blackwell Ox pub at Carlton, the Sutton Arms at Faceby and Lordstones Cafe.