21st February 2008

A walk outside the Lake District - Wain Stones, North York Moors


Walk Overview
Time 14.20 to 15.45
Duration 1hr 25 minutes
Walking with Derek Roberts
Clay Bank - Jet Miners Track - Wain Stones - Hasty Bank - Clay Bank
Fells visited
Directory places visited


A colourful and rather tame local trying to decide if it's a small stone or a breadcrumb on the ground.

No; don't try to work out where this is yet, because it isn't in the Lake District.
I actually had my horizons broadened a little today by having what was only my fourth ever walk outside the Lakes. I was across in the north east for the day doing work stuff and as I was with an ex local (that's local to the north east) who is also a keen walker, we decided to take along our walking gear; just in case we got the chance to grab a quick walk on the way back to Cumbria.

As it turned out we did have a couple of hours spare before dark, it was also dry and although the wind was howling, we decided to have a quick walk to Wain Stones which is found on the Middlesbrough edge of the North York Moors.

You'll have to forgive me for not being able to name much today, although I do remember the crags in this photo are called Ravel Crag (s??).


Now the hill pictured in this photo is one place I couldn't forget the name of, and I have to admit that as far as names go, nothing in the Lake District can begin to compete with a hill as delightfully named as Roseberry Topping. I'm afraid we're stuck with names like Grike, Black Crag and Caw.





I'm reliably told that one of these stones is called Pillar and another one is called Steeple.
Did the Lake District nick the name from the North York Moors or did the North York Moors nick the name from the Lake District?



Our return journey followed a route across the short ridge which I think I'm correct in calling Hasty Bank.

Notice the path across the ridge. This is actually made up of stone floor slabs which have been removed from old mills; and what a great Idea. Some of the slabs still have the marks in them where the machinery stood. The slabs blend in perfectly with the terrain and it does actually feel easier to walk on the path as opposed to many of the "new" footpaths in the Lake District where you're inclined to walk alongside the path rather than on it.

I realise that slabs like this wouldn't be much use on steep inclines, but I'm sure there are many places in the Lakes where this method of footpath repair would offer a much less conspicuous, much longer term and an altogether more affective solution to the problem of erosion than the one currently being adopted. A couple of places that spring to mind are; the bit between High Street & Thornthwaite Crag and the route running from Lingy Hut towards High Pike.




What a pity we didn't have more time, but it's always good to get out, particularly somewhere totally new.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks