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Clay Bank and Greenhow Bottom

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Clay Bank and Greenhow Bottom
Author: Claire, Published: 02 Jun 2013 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
North Yorkshire, N York Moors
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Clay Bank and Greenhow Bottom
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A 3 mile circular walk from Clay Bank in the N York Moors. The walk has spectacular views throughout the journey across Greenhow Bottom, with its picturesque farms and Rosebury Topping as a backdrop.

The route follows half well-made forest tracks and half mud bridleways/paths the latter of which can get very muddy in wet weather. There are no stiles or gates and the walk includes many climbs and descents, one climb being fairly steep. Approximate time 1.5 hours.

The walk starts from the Forestry Commission Clay Bank car park. From Great Brougton, head south on the B1257 for about three miles. The car park can be found on the left directly alongside the junction with the minor road signed to Ingleby Greenhow. Nearest post code TS9 6RF.

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Walk Sections

Start to Forest Track
Start to Forest Track

Start point: 54.4242 lat, -1.1195 long
End point: 54.4244 lat, -1.1129 long

Leave the car park via the entrance gate and turn left down the minor road signed to Ingleby Greenhow. Follow the lane heading fairly steeply downhill and after about 0.3 miles, just after a left hand bend, look out on the right for a stone forest track heading uphill into the woods.

Forest Track to Bridleway
Forest Track to Bridleway

Start point: 54.4244 lat, -1.1129 long
End point: 54.4182 lat, -1.0945 long

Turn right onto this track and continue alongside the vehicle barrier. Follow the forest track heading steadily uphill. At the brow of the first climb, the trees on the left give way to provide great views across the valley below. In the distance on a clear day, you’ll be able to see the distinctive outline of Rosebury Topping (another great local walk for those seeking more of a challenge).

The track now levels off – continue for some distance as it winds along the side of the valley slopes, enjoying the views. Where a row of coniferous trees begins again on the left, continue for just 50 yards more and look out on the left for a gate which marks a junction where a bridleway crosses the track.

Bridleway to View Point
Bridleway to View Point

Start point: 54.4182 lat, -1.0945 long
End point: 54.4224 lat, -1.1065 long

Turn right opposite the gate onto the bridleway heading steeply up into the woods, marked with a blue arrow. Take care as you climb as the path can be very slippery when wet. At the top of the slope you’ll come to a crossroads of paths. Turn right here on the wide track heading more steadily uphill.

Keep ahead as the path levels off and another track merges in from the left. Up high on the left you’ll see Carr Ridge, the path along the top of which is part of the Cleveland Way.

Follow this path for some distance and where the forest clears on the right you’ll reach another great viewing section across the valley – this time from a higher perspective.

View Point to End
View Point to End

Start point: 54.4224 lat, -1.1065 long
End point: 54.4236 lat, -1.1195 long

Ingleby Greenhow is a large parish covering around 7,000 acres on the northern slopes of the Cleveland Hills, which shut it in completely on the south and east. The parish takes its name from the green hill at the south end (the term ‘how’ probably being derived from the Old Norse word haugr, meaning hill or mound). The hill slopes rapidly down from a height of about 450 metres into the deep hollow valley in front of you known as Greenhow Bottom. From this high view point, you get to appreciate the whole area, with views across 180 degrees. On clear days you’ll be able to see Rosebury Topping, the nearby wind turbines and, in the far distance, the industrial frontage at Redcar on the North East coast.

Follow the track as it begins to descend steadily and then swings to the right. At the bottom, pass out through the fence gap to reach a lay-by alongside the road. Turn right along the road edge for just a short distance and you will reach the car park where the walk began on the right.

If you want refreshments after your walk, we can highly recommend the Buck Inn at Chop Gate, just a couple of miles down the road.

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2 comments for "Clay Bank and Greenhow Bottom"

The post code on this walk is drastically wrong I live in North Yorkshire and it tells me it's a 5 hour drive?!

ADMIN RESPONSE: Thanks for letting us know. Apologies, there was a typo in the post code (an R instead of S). This has now been corrected.

By emmacav85 on 09 Oct 2016

Good walk. Exactly 3 miles but app showed 4. Went in November and very muddy but fine for the adventurous :)

ADMIN RESPONSE: Hi goodgabba, thanks for the comment and glad you enjoyed the walk. The walk length is stated on the walk intro page on the app - and is correct as 3 miles. I think you might be referring to the fact that there are 4 waypoints on the map? These do not relate to any particular distance, they are just key landmarks that split the walk into sections.

By goodgabba on 12 Nov 2016

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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