Sutton Bank to Boltby Round
Roulston Scar is the correct name for Sutton Bank and is one of the higher points in the Hambleton Hills giving tremendous views of the Vale of York and the Vale of Mowbray and on a good clear day you can see the hills of the Yorkshire Dales in the distance. The hill is the site of a massive hill fort built in the Iron Age, around 400BC. Sutton Bank faces prevailing westerly winds so is excellent for gliding and if you feel like having a go at gliding there is the Yorkshire Gliding Club based on top of the hill where people have soared since the 1930s. Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe is a village at the foot of Sutton Bank and is the longest place name in England.
The Visitors Centre is a great place for a day out with walks and cycle trails there are also walks for the disabled and wheelchair users, the routes are colour coded and the leaflets are available from the information desk. Then there are two bird watching areas, picnic areas and tearooms for you to relax. The Moorsbus park and ride is seasonal.
Boltby is 3miles north of Sutton Bank and is a small very pretty village with Gurtof Beck flowing through it, the road that goes steeply up leads to Sneck Yate Bank where you can pick up the Cleveland Way back to Sutton Bank. The Cleveland Way is from Hemsley to Filey skirting the North York Moors National Park and is waymarked by the acorn symbol it was the second official National Trail to be opened in1969. The moorland sections of the trail provide a great habitat for the red grouse, curlews and Emperor moth caterpillars. The coastal sections provide sightings of Great Cormorants, Shags, Puffins, Guillemots and Sea gulls.
We park at Sutton Bank visitors Centre and walk to the top of Sutton Bank, main road, and take the Cleveland Way on the right towards Lake Gormire. We only walk a short way, then turn left down the steep path to Lake Gormire, at the lake we turn right heading for Southwoods Lodge. When we reach a bridleway we turn left then right going over a little bridge and follow the bridleway past Southwoods Lodge, which is on our left, going through a gate towards Tang Hall. At Tang Hall we bear slightly left then right, through a gate past a moat on the right and the dam on the left, through another gate and into a field. We follow the footpath through four fields then over a beck then just inside the second field we turn left over a foot bridge, then turn right and follow Gurtof Beck, which is on our right into Boltby. At the road and bridge we turn right going up the hill until we come to a bad left hand bend in the road here we take the footpath on the right, looking up the hill we can see High Barn surrounded by a few trees, this is where we are heading. Go through two fields up hill to a gate at the corner of a wood. Go through the gate and follow the bridleway ahead turning right, left and right again going up to High Barn at the top. When we reach High Barn we turn right onto the Cleveland Way and follow this along the top of the bank, with the most tremendous views, back to Sutton Bank and the Visitors Centre. Do not forget your camera.
Moderate to hard walking, with a very steep decline down to Lake Gormire and a very steep incline up to High Barn on the Cleveland Way.
Approx 7.5miles using map OS OL26 Western Area.
Sutton Bank Visitors Centre on the edge of the Hambleton Hills, North Yorkshire.
From York take the A19 to Thirsk. At Thirsk turn right at the second roundabout, the A170, through Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe then up Sutton Bank to the Visitors Centre at the top.
Toilets and Refreshments
There are public toilets and a café at the Visitors Centre. There are no public toilets or refreshments in Boltby.