This leg starts off in the village of Osmotherley, the last village of any size that the trail passes through until the coast is reached (although several villages and towns lay just off the route). It slowly climbs northwards across fields, before skirting some woodland and reach a summit beside a trig pillar. A slow descent follows across Scarth Wood Moor, crossing a road and through woodland before reaching Scugdale Beck.
A steep climb follows up onto Round Hill, Gold Hill and Faceby Bank, with grand views rewarding the exertion. A summit is reached by a gliding club on Carlton Moor, before descending slightly to reach Raisdale Road and the car park for the Lord Stone's Cafe.
3 hours 55 minutes
Map of the leg
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This leg starts off at the village green in Osmotherley at SE456972, directly opposite the church.
Turn right and start following a road called North End uphill to the north. After a quarter of a mile turn left up Rueberry Lane. This heads uphill; ignore a track leading up to the right towards Lady's Chapel at the top of the climb and instead continue along the main track as it curves to the right to reach Chapel Wood Farm. It passes to the right of the farm to reach a clapper gate beside a field gate. Go through this and follow a hedge on the left northwards. At the end of the first field go through a clapper gate beside a field gate and continue on towards some trees ahead. A second clapper gate beside a field gate leads into the woods.
The path forks once through the clapper gate; take the right-hand branch. At this point it joins the Coast-to-coast path, which will be followed as far as Bloworth Crossing. The path climbs steeply through the trees; eventually the gradient slackens and the path climbs gradually, with a wall a short way away to the right. It goes through a pedestrian gate to reach a track that leads into a BT microwave relay station on the left. On the other side the path continues between the wall to the right and a fence guarding the dishes on the left; at the end of the complex the path goes through another pedestrian gate to emerge back into the woodland.
Continue following the wall on the right as the path heads through the trees and descends slightly to reach a pedestrian gate. Go through this and then turn left for a few yards to reach a second gate. On the other side of this follow an obvious path that heads east-northeastwards across Scarth Wood Moor. As the track curves to the right after two-thirds of a mile, turn left down a footpath that soon joins a wall on the left. The path and wall heads steeply downhill before levelling out and plunging downhill once more. It soon reaches a road at NZ473003.
Turn left to follow this road downhill for a short distance until it reaches a cattle grid. Go through a clapper gate beside the grid and then immediately turn right up a good path that enters some woodland. This path leads through the trees; after about a hundred yards it meets a track; turn left to follow this track through the trees. Under half a mile after leaving the road, a path leaves the track to the left; join this and follow it as it heads downhill to reach some steps. Eventually the gradient slackens out and it meets a track coming in from the right at NZ481008.
Turn left down this track for a few yards towards a field gate; just before the gate turn right down another path. This soon curves to the left and becomes slightly better quality as it enters the trees. It undulates as it head southwestwards through the trees; when it forks after two-thirds of a mile take the left-hand branch that heads down for five yards to reach a clapper gate. Go through this to enter a field. Head on across the field to reach a pedestrian gate beside a field gate. On the other side of the gate, descend down a stony track to reach a ford over the Sugdale Beck; there is a footbridge on the right. On the other side of the stream head up to join a minor road. Turn left along this road and follow it as it climbs, curving to the left to pass a farm at Hollin Hill and then right to end at a T-junction in Huthwaite Green at NZ492007.
Cross the road and turn right for a few yards, before turning left to go through a bridleway gate next to a field gate. This leads to a good path that runs between trees. It soon goes through another bridleway gate to enter a field, and curves to the left to head in a more northerly direction, with a tree-covered slope off to the right and a field on the left. The gradient steepens until the path curves to the right to reach a third bridleway gate that leads into the trees.
The path heads steeply uphill to the east through the trees, zigzagging along steps. It crosses a track and continues uphill for a short distance to reach a bridleway gate that leads out of the woodland. On the other side the path curves slightly to the left and continues to climb steeply. It reaches a summit on Round Hill before dropping slightly, then climbing up Faceby Bank. The path slowly curves to the left to take a more north-northeasterly heading, sometimes running along flagstones. The gradient slackens as it approaches the trig pillar on Carlton Bank; from here it descends steeply along a gravel path and stone steps over the steepest sections. Go through a clapper gate to reach a track; cross the track and continue straight on along flagstones to reach Raisdale Road at NZ523029.
Cross the road and go through a pedestrian gate in a fence to reach a grassy path. This heads northeastwards; it joins a grassy track that skirts a car park and Lord Stone's Cafe on the right at NZ524030.
Places of interest
Osmotherley is a small village nestling in front of the North Yorks Moors. Plains stretch away west from it towards Northallerton, whilst the Cleveland Hills lie to the north and the Hambleton Hills the south and east. The village has the prerequisite church, a primary school, a nearby YHA, a hotel and B&B’s and, more importantly for walkers, a couple of pubs and a chippie.
It is a very useful overnight stop on the Cleveland Way, and the Lyke Wke Walk ends on the moors above the village.
location UID #336
Mount Grace Priory
Mount Grace Priory, just north of Osmotherley, is one of only nine Carthusian priories founded in this country and is the best preserved. It was founded in 1398, and was one of the few established after the Black Death. It lasted about 150 years until it succumbed to the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539.
I must admit to never having heard of the Carthusians – apparently they live in cells as hermits, only coming together for night-time services, on Sundays, and on feast-days. As such, they spend most of their week in silence whilst lay brethren did all the hard work! To my surprise, Carthusian monasteries still exist, including the Grande Chartreuse in France.
A couple of houses have been built out of the ruins. One of these is a manor house, thankfully not ruined, which has a large arts and crafts display.
The ruins are now owned by the National Trust and are in the care of English Heritage.
location UID #337
Osmotherley has the best public transport connections available since Helmsley; it has many services running towards Romanby (Northallerton, which has a train station) and Stokesley.
Sadly the Lord Stones car park on Raisdale Road is not served by public transport. The village of Carlton in Cleveland, a mile and a half to the northwest, does have infrequent services to Romanby and Leeming.