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A Walk 07-Oct-2018 Leader: Dave Chicken  
Distance (miles): 10.50   Ascent (feet): 900  Difficulty: Moderate +

Sutton Bank Top to Thirsk
Sutton Bank To Kilburn


We alight the coach at the visitors centre at the top of Sutton Bank picking up the Cleveland way as we head North. Very soon we see what James Herriot referred to as the finest view in England: the lush vale of York and Mowbray, with the Pennine hills brooding in the distance. Overhead we are likely to see the gliders of the Yorkshire Gliding Club. As we progress we see Lake Goremire almost 900 feet below, but continue along the Cleveland Way for a while with spectacular views of the Pen-nines in the distance. Eventually we descend steeply through trees losing sight of the lake for a short while until we reach the bottom. Here we take a well-earned break by the lakeside. We walk around the lake and head into open countryside maintaining the view to the west. As we leave Sutton bank behind us we skirt around the edge of the village of Sutton-under-Whitestonecliff and across fields to Thirlby. Heading north and then east we reach our lunch stop at the Carpenters Arms in Felixkirk. An award winning pub noted for it’s fine dining and wide selection of drinks. On leaving the pub, we traverse more fields and open countryside, losing the fine views in the distance as we lose height. The main A19 road appears getting ever closer. As we approach Thirsk; we cross the road heading for our rendezvous with the coach in the centre of Thirsk.