The Wainstones from Chop Gate, a circular walk

A circular walk passing through farmland, onto the open moors and up to the ridge with the dramatic Wainstones. Return via the peaceful hamlet of Urra, passing the farm at Bilsdale Hall. Good refreshments in the Buck in at Chop Gate.

Technical sheet
No. 2016250
A Bilsdale Midcable walk posted on 28/04/19 by Alwayswiththehills. Update : 10/02/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h30[?]
Distance Distance : 7.38mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1224ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1224ft
Highest point Highest point : 1263ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 522ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : North York Moors
Location Location : Bilsdale Midcable
Starting point Starting point : N 54.386357° / W 1.140868°
Download : -


Park at the village hall car park south of the Chop Gate village. Toilets are available here.

(D) From the parking head north, pass the Buck Inn and walk until the first intersection on your left.

(1) Turn left and immediately right to take a track behind the buildings. Walk up the track, through fields and then onto the moorland. The track can be muddy in places. It will join another track coming in from the left.

(2) At the junction, carry on north until another track crosses in a west to east direction.

(3) Carry on northwards again to a junction with a smaller path.

(4) Take the smaller path on your right and downhill. You will arrive at a junction with the Lyke Wake Walk / Cleveland Way.

(5) Turn right and follow the Lyke Wake Walk path, passing through two walls and then follow the path that ascends through the rocky outcrop of the Wainstones.

(6) At the summit, follow the path east along the top of the moor to the summit of White Hill, where it turns in a southwesterly direction.

(7) Continue along the rim of the moor and then descend towards a good forest track. You will join and then cross the road from Chop Gate to Great Broughton B1257

(8) After crossing the road, leave the main path and turn right onto a minor road/track.

(9) When the road turns left and heads uphill, go straight ahead on the footpath. This can be a bit overgrown in summer. It leads to the farm but before the farm climb over a stile into a field, cross this to the far corner and climb over another stile to the junction with the road.

(10) Walk along the road verge (no path) for a short distance to the road on the left.

(11) Turn left and walk uphill to Urra Farm, keep on walking through Urra, past a church and the farm at Bilsdale Hall. The road then descends past some houses on the right to join the main road again.

(12) Cross to the other side of the main road, turn left and walk back to the Village hall and car park; stopping at the Buck Inn for refreshments if necessary.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 522ft - The village hall car park
1 : mi 0.3 - alt. 577ft - First intersection
2 : mi 1.59 - alt. 1240ft - Junction
3 : mi 2.03 - alt. 1211ft
4 : mi 2.45 - alt. 1234ft - Smaller path
5 : mi 2.78 - alt. 1040ft - Junction with Like Wake Walk path
6 : mi 3.09 - alt. 1152ft
7 : mi 3.6 - alt. 1237ft - Summit
8 : mi 4.11 - alt. 866ft
9 : mi 4.47 - alt. 725ft
10 : mi 4.62 - alt. 705ft
11 : mi 4.84 - alt. 676ft
12 : mi 6.71 - alt. 548ft
D/A : mi 7.38 - alt. 522ft - The village hall car park

Useful Information

It can be exposed on the open moorland, even in the summer months so make sure you have a wind proof layer with you. It can also be muddy underfoot so boots are recommended.

Once started there is no place for refreshments until you get back to Chop Gate where the Buck Inn is welcoming.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Interesting and changing scenery. The Wainstones are dramatic and the views for the top can be good on a clear day.

When we did this walk we attempted to take the path across the farmland between points 9 and 10 but the landowner had taken away a stile and had placed the barbed wire over the fence; just west of the stream and above Holme Farm on the OS map.

It would be possible to take the path from point 9 up through the woods to Urra Farm and this would avoid the section on the road.

Alternatively, from point 8 take the Cleveland Way footpath up to the earthworks, turn right and follow the earthworks around the rim of the moor and descend to Bilsdale Hall. (This descent can be found on the walk From Carlton Bank: Four hills and a dale

Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.5/5
Number of opinions : 2
Description quality : 4.5/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 5/5

on Mon 13 Jul 2020 10:51:49 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 12/07/20
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

I ran this route, or pretty much this route, with a couple of alterations. It's a fabulous jaunt out, with spectacular views on a clear day. Strenuous, yes, but worth every step.
It is probably a different experience on a wild, wet day, and probably trickier to navigate too in different conditions, but a top day out when the weather is kind.

on Mon 17 Jun 2019 10:01:50 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 15/06/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

This is a lovely walk with fantastic panoramic views of the moors and dales. I live in the area but never get tired of the views or take them for granted. It's an interesting walk and not too difficult with a little bit of ascent and descent. The return journey has a couple of miles road walking but it's a quiet road and you still get the views. The pub at the end is worth the wait and does great food, has a good selection of beers and is also dog and biker friendly. I highly recommend this walk.

Other walks in the area

distance 10.11mi Vertical gain +1276ft Vertical drop -1276ft Durée 5h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Bilsdale Midcable - North Yorkshire

This North York Moors walk takes you into the wild open moorland of this National Park. The route is mostly along well defined tracks and paths but do choose fine weather to enjoy the view.

distance 10.82mi Vertical gain +1122ft Vertical drop -1106ft Durée 5h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Ingleby Greenhow - North Yorkshire

Hasty Bank taking in badgers Stone and Tripsdale. A Desolated Moorland walk.

Clay Bank via Cockayne circular
distance 13.5mi Vertical gain +1453ft Vertical drop -1453ft Durée 7h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Ingleby Greenhow - North Yorkshire

Wild and open moorland ridges, scenic Bransdale with the interesting church.

distance 11.53mi Vertical gain +2087ft Vertical drop -2087ft Durée 7h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Carlton (North Yorkshire)-1 - North Yorkshire

A nice 11 mile walk starting and finishing at the Lord Stones Cafe at the top of Carlton Bank, where there is good parking. It takes in the three North facing hills and the climb to Round Hill. The route returns down past Bilsdale Hall to Seave Green. From here it passes through rolling pastures to a short section on Raisdale Road before taking a lovely path through woods and over the moors back to the start.

In total it is 11.66 miles and covers 2262ft of ascent and descent.

distance 8.33mi Vertical gain +1142ft Vertical drop -1168ft Durée 4h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Hawnby - North Yorkshire

This North York Moors route explores the moors to the north of the village of Hawnby and mainly uses moorland tracks. The walk makes a circuit of Hawnby, Bilsdale West and Wetherhouse Moors and gives views into upper Ryedale, Bilsdale and Ladhill Gill.

Black Hambleton Circular
distance 6.5mi Vertical gain +732ft Vertical drop -732ft Durée 3h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Osmotherley - North Yorkshire

A circular walk around and over Black Hambleton and the end of Arden Moor; described here in a clockwise direction but just as good in reverse. There is a mixture of open moorland crossed via broad tracks and upland pasture crossed by narrow paths through the heather.

distance 10.13mi Vertical gain +876ft Vertical drop -876ft Durée 5h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Bransdale - North Yorkshire

This North York Moors circular walk's main focus is to enjoy the views from Rudland Rigg. This is a quiet part of this National Park and you can almost be guaranteed solitude.

distance 9.78mi Vertical gain +1129ft Vertical drop -1122ft Durée 5h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Kildale - North Yorkshire

A lovey walk, starting through farmland and then a steady climb up the old railway incline to Ingleby Moor. Back along the top of Ingleby and Battersby Moors and back down to the start. (9.78 miles with 340 metres of ascent.)

For more walks, use our search engine.

The GPS track and description are the property of the author.