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Gribdale gate

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Gribdale gate
Author: DebbieK, Published: 10 Jan 2012 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
Gribdale gate
Length: 4 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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This is a 4 mile circular walk encompassing some steep hills and tremendous views across the North York Moors as you progress around Captain Cook's Monument.
There are two steep hills on this walk, one at the beginning and another three quarters of the way through the walk. Walkers should be aware that there are some stone path descents which will be slippery in excessive wet or icy weather. There are no stiles.
Please note that there is nowhere to purchase refreshments at the car park or during the walk.

The walk starts and finishes at Gribdale Gate car park where there is ample free parking. Follow signs out of Great Ayton towards Easby Woods. The closest postcode is TS9 6.

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Walk Sections

Start to Monument
Start to Monument

Start point: 54.491 lat, -1.0877 long
End point: 54.4831 lat, -1.0907 long

Leave the car park through the gate marked with the Gribdale Gate sign Cleveland way sign to Kildale (2.5 miles).

Climb the hill, towards Captain Cooks Monument. Towards the top of the hill you’ll notice a ground level memorial plaque to three RAF pilots who died during training prior to the Second World War.

Continue towards the monument. Apparently (according to my husband) it is tradition to touch the monument when you reach it, although I can’t find documented evidence of this anywhere.

The monument is a 51 ft (16 m) high obelisk located on Easby Moor and visible for miles around. It was constructed from local sandstone and was erected in 1827. The inscription on the monument reads:

In memory of the celebrated circumnavigator Captain James Cook F.R.S. A man of nautical knowledge inferior to none, in zeal prudence and energy, superior to most. Regardless of danger he opened an intercourse with the Friendly Isles and other parts of the Southern Hemisphere. He was born at Marton Oct. 27th 1728 and massacred at Owythee Feb. 14th 1779 to the inexpressible grief of his countrymen. While the art of navigation shall be cultivated among men, whilst the spirit of enterprise, commerce and philanthropy shall animate the sons of Britain, while it shall be deemed the honour of a Christian Nation to spread civilisation and the blessings of the Christian faith among pagan and savage tribes, so long will the name of Captain Cook stand out amongst the most celebrated and most admired benefactors of the human race.

Monument to fork in path
Monument to fork in path

Start point: 54.4831 lat, -1.0907 long
End point: 54.4843 lat, -1.0814 long

At the monument turn directly left and follow the path through the shrubbery, towards a dry stone wall. Pass through the gap in the dry stone wall and continue down the path. Be careful on this path in wet or icy weather as the stones can get quiet slippery. Continue straight on at the bottom.

As you follow the path, you will come to a fork, take the right hand fork which will lead you through a staggered wooden bar gate, signposted Cleveland way.

Fork in path to main road
Fork in path to main road

Start point: 54.4843 lat, -1.0814 long
End point: 54.4862 lat, -1.0671 long

Once you’ve passed through the gate, continue straight down the path. At the end of the clearing you will reach a fire road, turn right on this road up the small hill. As you descend the hill, pass through the gate towards a road. As you progress towards the road take note of the great views on the opposite side of the road.

Turn left at the road, progressing downhill. Please beware of bikes on this road, they come down the hill pretty quickly.

Main road past farm barn
Main road past farm barn

Start point: 54.4862 lat, -1.0671 long
End point: 54.492 lat, -1.0658 long

Follow road as it winds down, you’ll pass a farm house on the right and a barn on the left, surrounded by fields. Progress up the incline and through the gate just after the barn.

Barn to moorland
Barn to moorland

Start point: 54.492 lat, -1.0658 long
End point: 54.4986 lat, -1.0655 long

Once through the gate, it is a fairly steep climb up the hill to the top of the moorland, continue up this hill passing through a gate three quarters of the way up.

At the top of the hill, pass through the gate signed North Yorkshire Moors bridleway, take the path on the left hand side following the moorland path.

Moorland to end
Moorland to end

Start point: 54.4986 lat, -1.0655 long
End point: 54.491 lat, -1.0874 long

As you pass over the moorland you’ll see Captain Cooks Monument on your left over the top of sweeping pastures. Take a slightly left fork as you start the decent, with the monument directly in front of you. Again be careful on the stone path as in wet and icy weather the path could be slippery. As you reach the bottom of the path, turn left and then right continuing through the moorland.

Continue down the hill back to the car park.

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1 responses to "Gribdale gate"

great first walk. beautiful views with a range of different landscapes.

By pruden85 on 2016-04-30 20:53:34

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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