Sutton Bank | Saturday 4 January 2020

Walk Leader: Andy Miller
Participants: 16
Mileage: 19 miles
Ascent: 2,600 ft
Walk Register: Yes
Walk Report: Robert Cope


Full of the joys of the New Year, sixteen of us set-off from the Sutton Bank visitor centre on a thankfully dry, not too cold and occasionally sunny day. 

Our route was a clockwise somewhat irregular oval - at times sharing, crossing or passing close to some parts of the Kilburn Kanter Challenge.  Taking in Cold Kirby, Old Byland and then via Birk Bank to Rievaulx Abbey where we enjoyed our second coffee stop (and cake for some!) at the tea rooms there.

From Rievaulx we took the long haul over Claythwaite Rigg, crossing the A170 and then across Wass Moor before dropping steeply down into the pretty village of Wass - where the village hall afforded useful outdoor seating for our lunch stop.

We climbed out of Wass, initially through Abbey Bank Wood before taking a large anticlockwise loop via Cam Farm to reach Scotch Corner - and then back to the car park in the now fading light via Shaw’s Gate and High Town Bank Road.

Thanks Andy for an interesting and diverse route and a great start to this year’s programme.

Walk Leader’s Footnote:
My thanks go to Malc Reid who helped me put this walk together and when “Push came to Shove” late in the day took us along a track not on the map nor on the GPS thus allowing us to get back to our cars before darkness descended.  Thank You Malc.

Photos by Tony Jenner

Photos by Robert Cope