Lord Stones and Cringle Moor Walk

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Moderate
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1.5-2h
Distance
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4.5 km
Elevation
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178 m
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Lord Stones and Cringle Moor Walk

The Lord Stones and Cringle Moor Walk is a popular outdoor excursion in North York Moors National Park that will take you uphill to reach the summit of Cringle Moor, the third-highest point in the park. While out walking the trail, you will traverse some gently undulating terrain and one steep climb that will bring you to a vantage point with sweeping views across North Yorkshire. With such beautiful scenery, you will definitely want to save this walk for a fair weather day!

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Route Description for Lord Stones and Cringle Moor Walk

While the terrain along the Lord Stones and Cringle Moor Walk isn’t overly challenging, it does feature some steep uphill walking and sets of stairs that can be difficult for less-mobile walkers to traverse. Be sure to wear sturdy walking boots for the best support along the trail. Additionally, the trail can become quite muddy in the spring or after a good rainfall, so water-resistant footwear would also be a plus. Make sure to keep your dog on a lead.

Even though there are some steep sections, the Lord Stones and Cringle Moor Walk is a spectacular route in North Yorkshire that is perfectly suited for an adventurous family walk. The rugged terrain of the moor and sweeping views of the surrounding landscape make for a great afternoon on the trails, and there is even a cafe at the trailhead to reward you after a long day of walking. What else could you ask for!

Setting out from the car park, you will head north along the track for 120 ft, passing by the toilet facilities on your left and turning right at the junction to get onto the footpath. Keeping right for the next 0.2 mi, you will arrive at a fork in the trail. Take the path on the left to work your way around the base of the hillside, keeping straight along the trail for the next 0.8 mi as you traverse the moor and arrive at another junction. Take the path on the right and continue east across the rugged terrain of the moor until you arrive at another fork that marks the easternmost point of the route.

Making a sharp right turn here, you will head to the southwest and begin the steep climb up Cringle Moor, traversing several sets of stairs over the next 0.4 mi. Here, you will find an optional path branching off to the left that will lead you right up to the summit. Although you will already have some pretty spectacular views, why not take the detour just to say that you reached the third-highest point in North York Moors National Park.

Take some time to appreciate the stunning views of the surrounding moorland terrain before continuing along the path to the west. After 0.2 mi, you will come to the stone seat viewpoint that offers some more scenic views of the surrounding landscape. Keep left at the junction and follow the trail as it descends the hillside on the return leg of the walk. After 0.5 mi, you will continue straight through the junction and follow the path as it leads back to the starting point of the Lord Stones and Cringle Moor Walk. Don’t forget to pop into the Lord Stones Cafe for some refreshments before heading home!

Insider Hints for Lord Stones and Cringle Moor Walk

  • Wear sturdy walking boots, as there will be a fair bit of uphill walking on uneven ground.
  • Bring extra layers, as the moor is fairly exposed to the elements.
  • The trail can be very wet and muddy in the spring, so plan accordingly and bring water-resistant footwear.
  • Pop into the Lord Stones Cafe near the trailhead for some post-walk refreshments.

Getting to the Lord Stones and Cringle Moor Walk Trailhead

To get to the trailhead for the Lord Stones and Cringle Moor Walk from Stokesley, drive southwest on A172 for 2.7 mi and make a left to continue on for 456 ft. Continue straight here for 0.7 mi before making a slight left onto Alum House Lane, following it for 0.8 mi. Turn slightly left onto Raisdale Road and follow it for 0.6 mi, turning left to enter the car park.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Lord Stones Country Park

  • When to do

    Year-Round

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Lollipop

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