The Wainstones from Chop Gate, a circular walk

A Bilsdale Midcable walk posted on 28/04/19 by Alwayswiththehills. Update : 24/05/19

A circular walk passing through farmland, onto the open moors and up to the ridge with the dramatic Wainstones. Return via the peaceful hamlet of Urra, passing the farm at Bilsdale Hall. Good refreshments in the Buck in at Chop Gate.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h15[?]
Distance Distance : 11.88km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 373m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 373m
Highest point Highest point : 385m
Lowest point Lowest point : 159m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Bilsdale Midcable
Starting point Starting point : N 54.386357° / W 1.140868°
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Park at the village hall car park south of the Chop Gate village. Toilets are available here.

(D) From the parking head north, pass the Buck Inn and walk until the first intersection on your left.

(1) Turn left and immediately right to take a track behind the buildings. Walk up the track, through fields and then onto the moorland. The track can be muddy in places. It will join another track coming in from the left.

(2) At the junction, carry on north until another track crosses in a west to east direction.

(3) Carry on northwards again to a junction with a smaller path.

(4) Take the smaller path on your right and downhill. You will arrive at a junction with the Lyke Wake Walk / Cleveland Way.

(5) Turn right and follow the Lyke Wake Walk path, passing through two walls and then follow the path that ascends through the rocky outcrop of the Wainstones.

(6) At the summit, follow the path east along the top of the moor to the summit of White Hill, where it turns in a southwesterly direction.

(7) Continue along the rim of the moor and then descend towards a good forest track. You will join and then cross the road from Chop Gate to Great Broughton B1257

(8) After crossing the road, leave the main path and turn right onto a minor road/track.

(9) When the road turns left and heads uphill, go straight ahead on the footpath. This can be a bit overgrown in summer. It leads to the farm but before the farm climb over a stile into a field, cross this to the far corner and climb over another stile to the junction with the road.

(10) Walk along the road verge (no path) for a short distance to the road on the left.

(11) Turn left and walk uphill to Urra Farm, keep on walking through Urra, past a church and the farm at Bilsdale Hall. The road then descends past some houses on the right to join the main road again.

(12) Cross to the other side of the main road, turn left and walk back to the Village hall and car park; stopping at the Buck Inn for refreshments if necessary.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - The village hall car park
1 : km 0.49 - alt. km 0.49 - First intersection
2 : km 2.55 - alt. km 2.55 - Junction
3 : km 3.27 - alt. km 3.27
4 : km 3.94 - alt. km 3.94 - Smaller path
5 : km 4.48 - alt. km 4.48 - Junction with Like Wake Walk path
6 : km 4.97 - alt. km 4.97
7 : km 5.8 - alt. km 5.8 - Summit
8 : km 6.62 - alt. km 6.62
9 : km 7.2 - alt. km 7.2
10 : km 7.43 - alt. km 7.43
11 : km 7.78 - alt. km 7.78
12 : km 10.79 - alt. km 10.79
D/A : km 11.88 - alt. km 11.88 - The village hall car park

Useful Information

It can be exposed on the open moorland, even in the summer months so make sure you have a wind proof layer with you. It can also be muddy underfoot so boots are recommended.

Once started there is no place for refreshments until you get back to Chop Gate where the Buck Inn is welcoming.

Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Interesting and changing scenery. The Wainstones are dramatic and the views for the top can be good on a clear day.

When we did this walk we attempted to take the path across the farmland between points 9 and 10 but the landowner had taken away a stile and had placed the barbed wire over the fence; just west of the stream and above Holme Farm on the OS map.

It would be possible to take the path from point 9 up through the woods to Urra Farm and this would avoid the section on the road.

Alternatively, from point 8 take the Cleveland Way footpath up to the earthworks, turn right and follow the earthworks around the rim of the moor and descend to Bilsdale Hall. (This descent can be found on the walk From Carlton Bank: Four hills and a dale

Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.33/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 4/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 5/5

on Mon 17 Jun 2019 10:01:50 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 15/06/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

This is a lovely walk with fantastic panoramic views of the moors and dales. I live in the area but never get tired of the views or take them for granted. It's an interesting walk and not too difficult with a little bit of ascent and descent. The return journey has a couple of miles road walking but it's a quiet road and you still get the views. The pub at the end is worth the wait and does great food, has a good selection of beers and is also dog and biker friendly. I highly recommend this walk.

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