Lordstones & Kirby Bank - Summary.
Distance: 2¾ miles / 4½ kilometers
Time: 2 hours 00 minutes
Map: OS Explorer OL26 - North Yorkshire Moors, Western Area
This 2.75 mile circular easy going walk starts at the Lordstones Cafe Car Park, after passing the cafe and camp site, crosses moorland the Lordstones. The Lord's Stones are typical of ancient way markers and boundary stones found across the North Yorkshire Moors, marked with ancient markings. From the stones, the trail picks up the Cleveland Way, and makes a moderate ascent up the stone stepped path to Holiday Fellowship commemorative stone chair and viewing point on western edge of Kirby Bank, offering some great panoramic views of Stokesley to the north and beyond to Middlesborough. The route is easy going along well defined pathways. Great for a summer afternoon/evening stroll in the Cleveland Hills. The route can be made shorter to about 1.5 miles, simply turn left at the commemorative stone chair and follow the paths/mountain bike trails down over Busby moor. Otherwise continue along the Cleveland Way and enjoy the breath taking views over Cringle Moor to the south. After descending through the heather o Busby Moor, the trail follows the edge of the woodland before cutting in through the wooded area and returning back to the start.