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Chop Gate Challenge

Distance: 17 miles (27.4km)

Time: 7-8 hours

Grade: Moderate with several ascents

Meet: Chop Gate Village Hall (Postcode TS9 7JW)

This picturesque route and a favourite with Walk Yorkshire guides starts and finishes at Chop Gate village hall.

Meet at the village hall at 08.45 am for a 9.00 am start. This walking challenge starts with a nice 257m climb up Trennet Bank, before the trail levels out and heads off along the bridleway to Barkers Ridge. From here we can see the summit at Carlton Bank and in the distance the tops of Kirby Bank, Cold Moor and the Wainstones, collectively known locally as the 3 sisters.

We continue on and head for the trig point at Carlton Bank (408m) before heading down to Lord Stones Café, and a well-deserved refreshment break. Leaving Lord Stones we head up to the viewpoint on Kirby Bank, a spectacular vantage point to take in the exceptional panoramic views with Roseberry Topping and Captain Cook’s Monument generating the perfect back drop to this iconic landscape.     

We then face head on a couple of quick ups and downs as we ascend and descend Cold Moor (402), and the Wainstones. From here we head off to Clay Bank where we cross the main road and start the climb up onto Urra Moor and the highest point on the North York Moors at 1490ft. From the Trig Point we head south and follow the trail back down over Urra Moor to the start at Chop Gate village hall.