Lyke Wake Walk 




63 kilometres / 39 miles linear walking route

calorie consumption 3928 KCal


Ordnance Survey Explorer OL26 North York Moors - Western area

Party from Doncaster having brief respite from heavy showers

From Osmotherley follow the Cleveland Way climb to South Wood and the walk also joins with Wainwright's Coast to Coast Walk.

Leaving Osmotherley nearing the end of Osmotherley

 start of Ruebury Lane incline that is Ruebury Lane

smoking chimneys Osmotherley

Ruebury Lane beyond the tarmac  Cleveland Way left church right

first look of Penn Hill in the Dales  Ruebury Lane continues

 nearing Chapel Wood Farm old railway wagon Chapel Wood Farm

Chapel Wood Farm signpost track leaving Chapel Wood Farm

 Cleveland Way magnificent tree open farm gate

approaching South Wood swing gate entrance to South Wood

 meeting the Coast to Coast walk ascending through South Wood

 continuing the ascent passing first of a number of old quarries

nearing the top of South Wood even nearer the top

 looking across the northern escarpment of the North York Moors frosty path

View from Scarth Wood Moor

leaving the track Lyke Wake Walk sign stone

Either add to your woes and follow the Cleveland Way out of Osmotherley to get you to the the start of the Lyke Wake Walk or get dropped off! Either way the walk starts at the cattle grid next to the entrance to the Coalmire Plantation indicated by the sign above.

Is the damage to the Lyke Wake sign inflicted by those who have completed the walk and sought revenage? Possibly not as most would not have the energy nor wish to return to where it all started!!!

At the cattlegrid its east into Coalmire Plantation along a distinct forest track for approximately 500m before descending a steep shale bank of to the left. Being shale this can prove interesting in or after wet weather. At the bottom of the bank the route turns right along a footpath following the edge of the plantation. After approx 1km leave this path via a stile to the left going diagonally across the field to a gate leading onto the lane to Hollin Hill. Turn left. There is a ford to cross!

The lane comes to a crossroads with a telephone box! Don't think you'll be tempted to use it yet! and a lane heading towards the trees directly opposite. Take this lane up to the trees and turn left following the tree line for 500m before turning right. In front of you is a very short but fairly steep climb aided by steps! This short innocent looking ascent always gets us! Coming relatively early on the walk it is a quick reminder that this is a serious walk?

For those of you who started at the "start" and not in Osmotherly this will be the first bank that you have climbed. The Lyke Wake and the Cleveland Way and the Coast to Coast turn left and follow the edge of the escarpment past Gold Hill and on to the top of Faceby and Carlton Bank. The route also follows the edge of the gliding club to the right. Don't go on the runway!!!

A cairn marks the end of Carlton Bank and the descent through the old alum quarries to the Carlton / Chop Gate road . This is another major herdle to get over! Once inside the Lord Stones Cafe having an early morning cup of tea or coffee do you want to go on? I think so you're still up for the challenge surely?

From the Lord Stones Cafe go through or to either side of the small copice onto open grassland and head for the corner post of the field in front of you. The path running eastwards is the route that you now follow as it climbs up onto Cringle Moor and the Alec Falconer memorial plaque.

Lords Stone Cafe  entrance to Lords Stone Cafe 

wide grass area near Lords Stone Cafe wide track towards Kirby Bank

wide track muddy in winter Cleveland Way takes right hand track

Cleveland Way follows drystone way to its left gate at start of stone slabs under foot

stone slab starts to slope up towards Kirby Bank Footpath only no bikes no horses

grass between slabs grass can be slippy path continues up Kirby Bank

view along fence towards Teeside boundary stone at western end of Kirby Bank 

Holiday Fellowship plaque Holiday Fellowship plaque and seat behind 

A request from the holiday fellowship.

Friend, when you stray, or sit and take your ease

On moor, or fell, or under spreading trees,

Pray, leave no traces of your wayside meal,

No paper bag, no scattered orange peel, nor daily journal littered on the grass;

Others may view these with distaste and pass.

Let no one say, and say it to your shame, that all was beauty here until you came. 

We think you can get a copy of the plaque on a card but the details of how to do so are obsecured by the concrete holding the plaque in place! 

Alec Falconer plaque 

From the plaque follow the top edge of Kirby Bank with Cringle Moor to your left before a steep descent preparing you for the ascent of the northern end of Cold Moor. Now that you have the hang of it descend again into the graft gap before climbing up to the Wain Stones on Hasty Bank. This is almost the last "bank" to navigate! From Hasty Bank descend to the main Stokesley / Helmsley road the B1257 and Clay Bank.

leaving Cringle End looking down through a gap in the edge

looking along the edges drop in path levels

starting the descent of Kirby Bank continuation of the descent from Kirby Bank

waymark sign on descent of Kirby Bank over halfway down the descent of Kirby Bank

looking towards the northern edge of Cold Moor stone slabs over old mine waste

bridlepath leading off left Cleveland Way straight on footpath off to right Cleveland Way straight on

old standing stone Cleveland Way forks right

wide gate through to ascent of Cold Moor post at corner of wall marks start of ascent to Cold Moor 

Looking across Garfit Gap to the Wain Stones  footpath crossroads at Garfit Gap 

grass field Garfit Gap gate leaving Garfit Gap

stone path climbing to the Wain Stones continuation of climb up to the Wain Stones

the bulk of the Wain Stones Wain Stones needle

looking back across the top of the Wain Stones leaving the Wain Stones for Hasty Bank

misty gap nearing White Hill approaching White Hill 

close to the descent of Hasty Bank start of the descent from Hasty Bank 

looking towards Carr Ridge permissable path to Great Broughton

continuation of Cleveland Way steps descending towards road

B1257 Stokesley to Helmsley road 

If the weather is in your opinion bad then there is an alternative easy low level route that runs from the bottom of Cringle Moor around to the left that having pasted through Broughton Plantation brings you out at Clay Bank .

Sometimes there is a snack bar in the car park to the left during the summer but don't bank on it!!! The path from the road at the top of Clay Bank keeps to the wall on its left with an initial short climb that levels off before passing through a gate and ascending steeply via stone slabs onto Carr Ridge.


cutting the corner towards Bloworth Crossing mud cutting the corner

cutting through the heather towards Bloworth Crossing crossing stream whilst cutting the corner

slope up towards Bloworth Crossing old railway track towards Bloworth Crossing

old railway track close to Bloworth Crossing Cleveland Way signpost at Bloworth Crossing

Follow the track signposted Cleveland Way onto the northern edge of Urra Moor. The track eventually joins a wider vehicle track from the right taking you up onto Round Hill and on to Cockayne Head. The triangulation point on Round Hill is the highest point on the North York Moors at 454m / 1489ft. From here the track descends towards the head of Barnsdale. When the track turns an abrupt right the Lyke Wake Walk path continues straight towards a footpath sign in the near distance.

cutting the corner towards Bloworth Crossing mud cutting the corner

cutting through the heather towards Bloworth Crossing crossing stream whilst cutting the corner

slope up towards Bloworth Crossing old railway track towards Bloworth Crossing

old railway track close to Bloworth Crossing Cleveland Way signpost at Bloworth Crossing



from the railway line up to the Lion Inn, Blakey

looking across to Round Crag and in the distance the Lion Inn looking down into Farndale

At Bloworth Crossing the Cleveland Way takes a sharp left turn leaving the Lyke Wake Walk and the Coast to Coast to continue heading east along a very visible dismantled railway line all the way to the The Lion Inn at Blakey . Warning it is easy under foot but mentally it gets very, very boring the only relief being the thought of the pub.

A path goes off to the left that leads right up to the front door of the Inn where you will be met with another servere challenge. Go on or take in the medicine they offer to relieve the pain? Warning too much pain relief may hamper your chances of success!!!

From the pub turn left along the road. You can either follow this up to the next junction and turn right to "Fat Belly" the "White Cross" or take the distinct path that cuts across the head of Rosedale.

leavingthe road to Rosedale  Lyke Wake standing stone

From "Fat Belly" follow the road around until it meets another coming from the left. Beyond this road a clearly defined path with Lyke Wake standing stone heads east over the top of Loose Howe to the George Gap marked by a boundary stone on the George Gap Causeway that cuts across the Lyke Wake Walk at this point. The stone reads "Causeway Stone".

From here note the series of water courses that you need to cross. This is bog country and with so many tributaries of West Gill to cross this can be very boggy indeed so great care should be taken.


Ordnance Survey Explorer OL27 North York Moors - Eastern area

Following the bog is Shunner Howe. From here you can see the sea on a clear day. What you can also see is the replacement for the "golf balls", "the sandcastle" on Flyingdale Moor. The Ministry of Defence early warning station. Why is this significant to the Lyke Wake Walk? Because its there in front of you and doesn't go away and doesn't seem to get any nearer even though you are walking towards it!!!

From Shunner Howe a very gentle gradient takes you down to Hamer a series of old workings overgrown by time that stradle the road from Rosedale to Glaisdale and Egton.

small stone cairn hidden in the heather looking towards White Moor

Lyke Wake Walk clear direction on Rosedale Glaisdale road

From Hamer come the the delights of White Moor including the Turnhill Stone and Blue Man i' th' Moss standing stone. The moor is wet and relatively flat with a fairly well defined route across. If you've strayed to far south below Hamer and go to pick up the path marked on the Ordnance Survey map there are signs wrapped around the pole barring vehicles indicating that its the wrong way!!! The other thing is on a clear day you should be able to make out the Blue Man i' th' Moss.

From here Wheeldale Moor awaits. The path is well defined and brings you to the Wheeldale Road. Cross over and after 500m or so cross a wonderful example of Roman Road before descending to and climbing back out of Wheeldale Beck having crossed it via the stepping stones.

Please note that Wheeldale Lodge is no longer a Youth Hostel

From the top of the bank head east on a series of gradual ascents to the top of Simon Howe followed by an equally gradual descent to the North York Moors Railway. Do not be tempted to follow the line of shooting butts that head in line up Crag Stone Rigg.

approaching Simon Howe Simon Howe 

looking back over Wheeldale and Wheeldale Moor

 track from Simon Howe follow wet track to left

The Lyke Wake Walk goes left following a track across wet bog to pick up a small stream on the left hand side that is eventually crossed. it creates a small but annoying ravine that requires some careful footwork to avoid slipping especially in wet weather.

stream to left Fylingdales to right path crosses stream to follow left bank 

path along stream side pass to the left of the lonesome pine 

deep stream approaching the NYMR

This is a very popular steam railway and as such you should take care in crossing.

NYMR steam engine

NYMR Diesel engine 

stop look listen no footpath on line

Wouldn't want to get ran over by a train at this stage. Having crossed the track in one piece take the footbridge made out of old wooden sleepers over Eller Beck, through the gate and cross Fen Bog by way of a series of old precast concrete railway sleepers laid side by side to form a track.

gate onto Fen Bog Fen Bog 

concrete sleepers ascent from Fen Bog

Through another gate the track climbs up and heads to Eller Beck Bridge on the A169 Pickering to Whitby Road . It is a bus route!!!

Cross the road and follow the stream on the left and Fylingdales "Sandcastle" on the right. You will be observed! The track will take you up to Lilla Cross on Lilla Howe. At this point you think the "sandcastle" isn't in front of me anymore but you will keep looking back and there it is!

From Lilla Cross go very slightly north of east to pick up a well defined track across High Moor before crossing Jugger Howe Beck via a well placed footbridge. This can be muddy in the wet. Follow the edge of Jugger Howe Moor and Burn Howe Dale to the Scarborough / Whitby road A171.

Cross the road onto Stoney Marl Howes and the last section past the telecommunications mast and into Ravenscar