Wainstones Walk

Wainstones Walk, North York Moors National Park: Address, Wainstones Walk Reviews: 4.5/5

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Laura T
Middlesbrough, UK5,423 contributions
Woodland path still closed, but we discovered an alternative route
Sep 2021
Following on from my review in March, where I detailed that the woodland path is dangerous due to severe landslides - no doubt caused by the crazy amounts of deforestation that they have done in that area! :-S

Usually we park at Clay Bank carpark (which is free) for the short walk up to the Wainstones, then down the far side of the hill to loop back around through the woods to return to the car. With the wood path being dangerous/closed we were planning on walking there and back along the tops of the moors, but the wind was very strong and the children were really not enjoying themselves so we descended to the gate at the woods, in the hope that the paths had been repaired.

Whilst the main woodland path is still closed due to slippage, we discovered an alternative route through the woods. The map on the gate is absolutely useless and as clear as mud! But I stepped through the gate and noticed another sign, saying Detour. With the help of OS Maps we gathered that we could take a longer loop that could still get us back to Clay Bank Carpark, even though we were walking towards Lord Stones (opposite direction) for a good 20 minutes, before turning around and heading the right way along a lower path.

This was actually a really enjoyable loop through the woods, and I returned a week or 2 later to show my mum the new route. It is a longer route than the original, but still only takes around 2.5 hours total; following Cleveland Way along top of the moors to the Wainstones, down to the gate at woods, keeping walking through the woods before path eventually turns around a 180 degrees at top of a huge steep bank, and takes you back to the carpark.
Written October 19, 2021
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Laura T
Middlesbrough, UK5,423 contributions
Woodland path is dangerous due to severe landslides and deforestation
Mar 2021
Usually we park at Clay Bank carpark (which is free) for a short walk up to the Wainstones, then down the far side of the hill to loop back around through the woods to return to the car.

Last month we decided to do this walk in reverse but were really disappointed to discover that the woodland path has nearly disappeared in places due to land slippage. There was obviously a lot of deforestation going on at the time and we were not sure if this deforestation had caused the landslides or if it is taking place because of...

However it was very disappointing and possibly dangerous. There are no signs on the path at the start of the walk or near the carpark and nowhere could we find any information about this online. So no idea when/if there are plans to repair the woodland path.

We back-tracked once we realised how dangerous the path was getting and instead climbed the usual way up the cobblestone steps to the top of the moors and along to the Wainstones. We then climbed down from the Wainstones and tried to enter the woodland path from the other side. On the gate there was a sign saying entry was forbidden - this would have been useful at the other side, near the carpark.

Writing this review to warn others that the woodland path appears to be impassable at the moment, hopefully it will be repaired soon. Until then I have have to give a lower rating for this walk.
Written April 16, 2021
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Yorkterrier01
York, UK2,378 contributions
Great Views
Oct 2020
I followed this walk taking it from the National Park website. Parking up in the car park at Chop Gate, you basically walk up to the valley ridge, along it down and back up and eventually get to the Wainstones (there are quicker and easier ways to get there!).

The views from both the Wainstones and various points along the ridge right across the Tees Valley and towards Roseberry Topping and the sea are really good.
Written December 29, 2020
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Laura T
Middlesbrough, UK5,423 contributions
Lovely walks to enjoy the English countryside
Jul 2020
Usually we park at Clay Bank carpark (which is free) for a short walk up to the Wainstones, then down the far side of the hill to loop back around through the woods to return to the car. This will only take a little longer than 1 hour or so, depending on fitness levels.

The path up to the top is cobblestone and mostly good, although slippery when wet. It is steep and tiring going uphill, but after the steep ascent it is mostly flat until the Wainstones. The moors are exposed and can be chilly if there is a wind, so dress accordingly. The woodland path at the bottom always seems to be muddy, even if it hasn't rained in ages. After rain it is mud-up-to-your-knees, splashing through muddy puddles kind of muddy!

The Wainstones are always fun for a scramble around and looking at the different rock shapes, kids will love playing here! I just wish that visitors would take away their rubbish and not feel the need to graffiti the rocks...

Today we walked from Lord Stones' Cafe at Carlton Bank to the Wainstones, with lots of ups and downs over the hills. Again we took a circular route back to the carpark at the cafe, walking back around the bottom of the hills which was much quicker. Around 1 hour, 40 minutes there, with a break at the Wainstones for a snack, then 1 hour walking back through the woods.

We enjoy our walks so much we have decided to walk the whole of the Cleveland Way, in stages, from Helmsley to to Filey this year - wish us luck! :-)
Written July 7, 2020
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VinNewcastle
Newcastle, Australia1,788 contributions
Lovely
Jul 2019
Did this walk on a brilliant sunny clear day. Could see to the sea. Easy 3.5 hour round trip from Chop Gate.
Could of easy climbs rewards you with excellent views, of the weather is good.
Written July 4, 2019
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Waddler
York, UK9,478 contributions
Nice walk
Mar 2019 • Couples
Its hard to score these sorts of things - I love walking and being outdoors, so I had fun. Does it compare to scenery in the Lake District or Scottish Highlands or Wales? No. Is it a world beating walk? No. But is it worth doing if you are in the area? Yes.

I parked up at Clay Bank car park. Walk south for 100m or so along the road and you get to the Cleveland Way path on the other side of the road for the climb up Hasty Bank.

The quality of the Cleveland Way is good - so limtied fears of mud or bad path conditions. To start its about 20 minutes climb up Hasty Bank, but once at the top its flat to the Wainstones. Views are good in all directions - out to the North Sea, Roseberry Topping, Teeside and of course over the Moors.

The Wainstones themselves are reached in under 45 minutes from the car park and are interesting rock formations that lend themselves to some good photos of you perched on various rocks.

The north-west wind was howling a bit though on the top, so instead of going back the way we came we dropped into the col between Hasty Bank and Cold Moor (the next hill along) then took a right turn to join a forestry path back to the car park which was much more protected for a nice 1.5hr round walk.

However you can continue along the Cleveland Way to Cold Moor (and drop back down to the Forestry path on the other side of that or else come back the same way) or even continue on to Cringle Moor (the next hill along again).
Written March 26, 2019
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MJH1
Bedfordshire, UK4,470 contributions
Kids enjoyed it
May 2018 • Family
Did 6 km loop from the main road, up the logging road and then up the steep hill on to the moor top, picking up the Cleveland way which bisects the rocks

Very misty and windy but the lads enjoyed the scramble to the top

Then followed the Cleveland way back down to the road and the car park

Nice couple of hours out in the countryside
Written June 6, 2018
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Peter K
Stockton-on-Tees, UK1,558 contributions
Great for Climbing / Bouldering, with fantastic views across Teesside
Mar 2017 • Friends
This area is great for climbing and bouldering, wth some great challenges which have been reviewed on many climbing websites.

Also, it is one of the highest points in the area with excellant views of Teesside.

A definite worth do if you're in the area.

We visited with friends new into the area, which not only was interesting for them, gave them a great layout of the area.
Written November 8, 2017
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