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Lord Stones and Cringle Moor

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Lord Stones and Cringle Moor
Author: Claire, Published: 09 May 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Lord Stones and Cringle Moor Walking Guide star1 Lord Stones and Cringle Moor Walking Guide star1 Lord Stones and Cringle Moor Walking Guide star1 Lord Stones and Cringle Moor Walking Guide star0 Lord Stones and Cringle Moor Walking Guide
North Yorkshire, North York Moors
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Lord Stones and Cringle Moor
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Lord Stones and Cringle Moor Walking Guide boot Lord Stones and Cringle Moor Walking Guide boot Lord Stones and Cringle Moor Walking Guide boot Lord Stones and Cringle Moor Walking Guide
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A 3 mile strenuous circular walk from Lord Stones in the North York Moors, near Chop Gate in North Yorkshire. The walk begins at the Lord Stones car park, home to a cafe-restaurant and shop, and visits the standing stones which give the site its name. Setting out, the route crosses a beautiful section of remote moorland before joining the Cleveland Way to climb steeply to the top of Cringle Moor, the third highest hill in the North York Moors which offers spectacular views, before a gentler descent back to Lord Stones. With the views on offer, it is definitely a walk to save for a clear day.

The route has several steady undulations throughout, plus one very steep climb to the top of Cringle Moor and a long moderate descent. There are no stiles or kissing gates on route, but you will need to negotiate two bridle gates plus flights of uneven rocky steps (meaning boots are a must). The paths on top of the moor are very exposed so dress appropriately. The paths are all well-maintained, making navigation straightforward. Dogs are welcome and there is a large grass area to burn off canine energy, near the stones at the start. Once onto the moor, you are asked to keep dogs on the paths and under close control, to protect the wildlife. The top path across Cringle Moor has steep drops to one side so take care with children and dogs on this stretch. Approximate time 1.5 hours.

The Lord Stones car park is located in the north-west corner of the North York Moors, on Raisdale Road between Chop Gate and Carlton-in-Cleveland. Parking is free but the car park can fill up on summer weekends and bank holidays, so arrive early at peak times to avoid disappointment. Approximate post code TS9 7JH.

Walk Sections

Start to First Fork
Start to First Fork

Start point: 54.42 lat, -1.1931 long
End point: 54.421 lat, -1.1882 long

Standing with your back to the cafe entrance slope (with the stone area of picnic tables on your right), turn left and follow the stone access track towards the additional parking area. At the stone turning circle (with a tree in the centre and a wooden caravan at the side), fork right and you will reach a blue arrow and acorn symbol on the fence post on your right. This denotes that you are following part of a National Trail, the Cleveland Way.

Follow the arrow, keeping ahead along the right-hand edge of this grass parking area. Pass a vehicle barrier and continue on the path (with a wire fence on your right and a gently sloping grass area on your left). It is worth taking a short detour left into the centre of this grass area to visit the standing stones. The three standing stones are the remains of a stone circle that marks the perimeter of a Bronze-age burial mound. Look closely and you will see that one of the stones is carved with cup and ring marks (a type of prehistoric art). This is the stone known as the Three Lords’ Stone and acted as the boundary marker for three estates. It once marked the spot where the vast estates of Lord Duncombe of Helmsley, Lord Marwood of Busby Hall and Lord Aylesbury of Snilesworth met.

Rejoin the Cleveland Way and continue just until the first fork, at the point where a dry-stone wall begins on the left.

First Fork to Cleveland Way
First Fork to Cleveland Way

Start point: 54.421 lat, -1.1882 long
End point: 54.4227 lat, -1.1643 long

Take the left-hand branch, leaving the Cleveland Way for now, following the path signed as a public footpath. Follow this stone track winding ahead, uphill through the trees. Ignore any side paths and soon the path continues with trees to your right and rough moorland to your left. Follow the rough track climbing and soon you will be rewarded with the first far-reaching views on your left.

When you reach a crossroads (marked with a four-way fingerpost), go straight ahead (noting that your path has now changed from a footpath to a bridleway). Pass through a bridle gate and continue on the obvious path which undulates through the rough moor (passing over a few large rocks along the way). At the next waymark, ignore the footpath signed left, instead continue ahead on the main bridleway.

The character of the landscape in this area has been shaped by mining for the gemstone known as jet. Found only in the North York Moors and Cleveland Hills, the black gemstone is formed from decaying wood under extreme pressure. It is this gemstone that gives us the phrase jet-black, and it was particularly fashionable in Victorian times when Queen Victoria used it as part of her mourning dress.

Continue for a further 0.6 miles to reach a waymarker post, marking a staggered T-junction with the Cleveland Way.

Cleveland Way to Stone Seat Viewpoint
Cleveland Way to Stone Seat Viewpoint

Start point: 54.4227 lat, -1.1643 long
End point: 54.4229 lat, -1.177 long

Turn sharp right to join the Cleveland Way and follow the set of rocky steps leading you steeply uphill. You will be following this rocky paved path for the next stretch of the walk, climbing up the side of, and then across the top of, Cringle Moor. There are several places where you will have steep drops to your right so take particular care with children and dogs.

Where the stone-paved section ends, continue ahead along the sandy-coloured path which leads you directly to the viewpoint. This is marked with a stone bench with windbreak and brass viewfinder and sits at 432m above sea level.

Stone Seat Viewpoint to End
Stone Seat Viewpoint to End

Start point: 54.4229 lat, -1.177 long
End point: 54.4202 lat, -1.1932 long

Sit and enjoy the view – and what a view! On a clear day, you will see across the flat Vale of Cleveland, with Roseberry Topping and Teesside clearly visible as well as Swaledale, Ingleborough and even Durham Cathedral on a very clear day. If you are unlucky with the weather, you may be sitting in low cloud, but the bench shelter makes a welcome rest point all the same.

From this viewpoint, turn left and follow the next section of stone-paved path leading you downhill, with a section of dry stone wall running on your right. At the bottom, pass through the bridle gate and keep ahead, soon passing through the junction where you first forked left. This time, keep ahead to join the path you followed on the outward leg. This leads you directly back to the car park where the walk began.

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1 comments for "Lord Stones and Cringle Moor"

Great views on a clear day

By mikward679 on 05 Oct 2017

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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