komoot planned a hike.
November 6, 2019
The first stage takes you high onto the lonely moors where you experience melancholic beauty and a sumptuous sense of solitude.
You explore the Cleveland Hills on this hike, which boast great views over Teesside and the rugged landscape of North York Moors National Park.
Starting from the northern tip of Cod Beck Reservoir, it is level walking over Scarth Moor before the trail joins the Cleveland Way ahead of a sharp ascent onto Live Moor.
The trail continues climbing to a high point at Carlton Bank and then descends to Lordstones. From here, it is a tough climb onto Cringle Moor.
When you reach Cringle End, you are afforded a wonderful view of the Cleveland plain. According to the sitting plate, you can see as far as Cross Fell and the Penshaw Monument in clear conditions.
Following a couple more sharp ascents and descents you reach The Wainstones, a distinctive rocky outcrop that affords wonderful views over Middlesbrough and the Tees.
You then climb over White Hill before dropping to the road at Clay Bank. From here, you begin the climb onto the vast expanse of Urra Moor.
Round Hill trig point marks the highest point of Urra Moor and the national park. At 1,490 feet (454 meters), it is a rugged and windswept landscape with a spellbinding charm.
You depart from the Cleveland Way at Bloworth Crossing and continue west over Farndale Moor and High Blakey Moor before descending to Blakey Ridge, where this stage finishes.
There is one accommodation option at Blakey Ridge, the Lion Inn, which also serves food. If you cannot book here, the nearest accommodation is in Rosedale East, roughly three miles (five kilometers) further along the road. Many accommodation providers will offer a pick-up service.