Outdoor Leisure Map OLS26, - North York Moors
On paper (e.g. looking at the OS Map) this should have
been a relatively undemanding walk, taking in the well-known local landmark
of Captain Cook's Monument and the nearby village of GReat Ayton.
In the event the walk proved to be less than pleasant, principally due
to the actions of BMX cyclists and motor bike scramblers creating havoc
with the footpath between Little Ayton and Easby Moor.
There is a moderate ascent from Kildale up to Easby Moor (though on
From Captain Cook's Monument there is a VERY steep descent down through
Ayton Banks Wood. The path is uneven, but as long as watch your step
and take your time you should be OK.
The biggest problem on this walk is on the return leg, where a bridleway
from Brookside Farm takes you to the footpath through woodland back
to Easby Moor. The ground in this woodland has been totally churned
up and cut by BMX cycle riders and motor bike scramblers. Not only is
the footpath made extremely difficult, but numerous cycle tracks make
it quite easy to loose direction and take a track in the wrong direction.
In parts the path is quite steep and slippery on this section of the
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Park at Kildale Railway Station (NZ60479 09543).
Walk back along the lane to Kildale village, and at the village turn sharp
left to take the farm road to Bankside Farm. This is part of the Cleveland
Continue past the farm, and at the top of the bank a finger post directs
you along a track in a Westerly direction. Continue in this Westerly direction
to reach Captain Cook's Monument.
Past the monument, take the track to Ayton Banks Wood.
Descend through the woods (see comments above) to meet a track that that
heads in a North Westerly direction to Dikes Lane.
Cross over the road to take the farm road that leads to Aireyholme Farm.
At the top of the bank, before the road turns sharp left, there is a footpath
on your left (NZ578 112).
This footpath takes you to Cliff Ridge Wood. Continue along the footpath
until you come to the footpath on your left at NZ574 114 that takes you
directly to Great Ayton.
In Great Ayton, turn left at Newton Road and continue to Great Ayton's
High Street and the village Green.
Return along the High Street and continue in a South Easterly direction
along the lane to Little Ayton.
When you reach Little Ayton, turn sharp left at the road bridge and take
the road to Brookside Farm.
Just past the farm buildings there is a bridleway, indicated by a finger
post, that heads in a South Easterly direction.
Just past a field boundary, a finger post directs you to the railway line.
Cross the railway line, and very shortly after turn right through a field
gate into woodland.
The footpath through this woodland SHOULD lead you in a South Easterly
direction to Easby Moor.
However, activity by BMX cyclists and motor bike scramblers has turned
the footpath into something that is REALLY difficult to use and to follow.
As well as struggling through mud and on slippery ground, you need to
check the direction you are walking in extremely carefully. Waymarks and
finger posts mark the footpath, but they are easy to miss.
Once back on Easby Moor, simply follow the track Eastwards until you once
again meet the Cleveland Way footpath just South of Bankside Farm.
Return to Kildale Station on the route you took initially.