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North York Moors Walk
Highcliff Nab and Guisborough Moor from Commondale

Nat Park - North York Moors - North York Moors West

County/Area - North Yorkshire

Author - Andy Chaplin

Length - 11.1 miles / 18 km    Ascent - 1090 feet / 330 metres

Time - 6 hours 40 minutes    Grade - moderate

Start - OS grid reference NZ656105
Lat 54.485613 // Long -0.988932
Postcode YO21 2HJ (approx. location only)
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This walk in the North York Moors National Park is a circuit around the Skelderskew, Guisborough and Commondale Moors with a slight detour to take in Highcliff Nab to enjoy the great views northwards to the coast. The walk starts at the parking area (grid ref. NZ656105) just west of the village of Commondale. From here you walk east along the road back into the village. Bear left at the junction in front of the Cleveland Inn and continue along the road to the village church.

Do not take the first path off on the left but continue parallel to the road until a track heads off northwards along the east side of a fence. The path soon follows a line of boundary stones then angles off eastwards to join the road. Almost immediately you go left on? Quakers Causeway path which becomes a paved footpath after a half mile.

Branch left at the intersection of paths (grid ref. NZ659130) then follow this path to Westworth Wood. The paths were not particularly clear in the wood so, if in doubt, try to stay near the eastern edge and if you start to follow a beck valley then you need to get further over to the east.

The entrance into Guisborough woods is a gate and enclosure at grid ref. NZ635144. From there you take a path straight over the top of the hill to pick up the Cleveland Way. Then follow the Cleveland Way it all the way to Highcliff Nab. There are spectacular views north all the way along the top.

From the Nab head south on the Cleveland Way until it goes into Guisborough Moor where you leave the CW and follow the moor track east along the northern fence towards the trig point. From here you follow moors tracks south over Penrod Hill then east and south again towards North Ings. For all of this section you exchange the great views north to the coast for great views south across the moors towards Levendale and Sleddale.

At the farm at North Ings, the footpath goes around the east of the property and then picks up the track again as it makes its way down to the parking place near Commondale.

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Walk 3187 Esklets and Rosedale Head from Westerdale - moderate - 11.0 miles/17.9 km

Walk 3737 Commondale & Esk Valley from Danby - easy/mod - 8.2 miles/13.3 km

Walk 1050 Highcliff Nab & Roseberry Topping from Slapewath - moderate - 10.5 miles/17.1 km

Walk 1467 Cleveland Way - Roseberry Common to Tidy Brown Hill - moderate - 15.0 miles/24.4 km

Walk 1450 Little & Great Fryup Dales from Duck Bridge - moderate - 8.3 miles/13.4 km

Walk 1330 Roseberry Topping & Captain Cook's Monument - easy/mod - 6.5 miles/10.6 km

Walk 3160 Roseberry Topping and Captain Cook's Monument - easy/mod - 6.3 miles/10.2 km

Walk 2930 Roseberry Topping from Newton under Roseberry - easy - 3.2 miles/5.2 km

Walk 1452 Leaholm Moor from Scaling Dam - moderate - 9.8 miles/15.8 km

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