Swainby to Faceby Round

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Swainby is a very pretty village on the western edge of the North York Moors National Park and Scugdale Beck flows through the centre. The surrounding hills and dry stone walls add to the beauty of this village. Well worth taking your camera. There is a caravan park, some B&Bs, a shop and two pubs The Blacksmith Arms and The Black Horse. The Coast-to-Coast Walk and the Cleveland Way are nearby and the National Cycle Route 65 passes through Swainby all are a great ways to explore this beautiful countryside.

Faceby is a small peaceful village with one pub The Sutton Arms and has buses running to Stokesley and Northallerton 4 times a day. Whorlton, almost connected to Swainby, has the remains of a 13th century stone castle, which was a wooden fort built in the 12th century, and today only the 14th century gatehouse remains and this can be explored by visitors. The castle became so much in disrepair that the stone was used to build a nearby church. The earth works date back to the late 11th century. The castle was abandoned after the Black Death of the 14th century and Swainby seems to have been built after this and the village expanded in the 19th century to house the miners who worked the hills for ironstone and jet.

We park our car in the parking bays outside the public toilets and there is also ample parking at the roadside. We walk through Swainby following Scugdale Beck on our left to the other end of the village. We walk forward passing the road to the left for Scugdale, going up Shepherd Hill until we reach a right hand bend here we go up the lane on the left. We then come to a gate and sign for the Cleveland Way we turn left and follow the path which bends to the right going through the wood we then turn left still following the Cleveland Way through a field. We then go through a gate, over a ford and pass a weir until we reach a road. At the road we turn left and follow it round until we come to a t-junction here we take the path opposite, still the Cleveland Way, next to the post box. We follow this path until we come to two gates we take the right hand one going up hill steeply through the trees to the top. The views are astounding with Roseberry Topping in the distance. Keep you eyes open for Grouse. We carry on forward past a cairn go down hill then as we go up hill again we take a path to the left marked by a wooden post, we now leave the Cleveland Way. We head towards the trees and take the path with the wood on our right. We pass two stiles and then over some mining slag heaps and the path then takes us through a gate and through the wood until we come to Bank Lane. We follow this lane into Faceby. We go into the village and take the no-through road on the left to the church. We carry on past the church until we come to a house here we take the footpath on the left going by the side of the house then over a field, then over the stile and head forward passing some large sheds on our right. We follow this path until we come to the road here we turn right along the road to the remains of Whorlton Castle. We take a good look round the castle before proceeding down the road back into Swainby.


This is a fairly hard walk with a few steep inclines and declines.


Approx 7.75miles using OS map OL26.


Swainby is in the Hambleton District of North Yorkshire


From York take the A19 to Thirsk and then the A170 towards Scarborough. Sinnington is situated between Kirbymoorside and Pickering. Or take the A64 towards Scarborough and take the A169 to Pickering then the A170 towards Kirbymoorside.

Toilets and Refreshments

There are public toilets in Swainby.
For refreshments in Swainby there is a shop and two pubs, The Blacksmiths Arms and The Black Horse. There are no public toilets in Faceby. For Refreshments in Faceby there is one pub The Sutton Arms.

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