Cold Moor is a long, broad ridge running from north to south in the Cleveland Hills, at the northwestern edge of the North York Moors. The approach from Chop Gate - ensuring that at least half your day can be spent debating whether it's pronounced Chop Gate or Chop Yat - gives a long, gentle ascent, at first along a green lane, then on to open moorland. Industrial Teesside and its more green and pleasant surroundings can be seen from the summit. The path shared by the Cleveland Way, Coast to Coast and Lyke Wake Walk is then followed, via the sandstone pinnacles of the Wainstones, to Urra Moor and the highest point in the Moors - Round Hill. Heather-covered ancient burial mounds, or tumuli, can be seen beside the path in several places, and you can expect to see one or two red grouse.
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Distance: 9.20 miles (14.80 km)
Total ascent: 538m
Time: 4 – 5 hours (Walking)
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Pay and display car park at Chop Gate village hall, SE558994
Initially up Cold Moor Lane, which is easily navigated but can be a bit of a quagmire after heavy rain. The well-maintained Cleveland Way is followed between the summits of Cold Moor and Urra Moor, then a clear track leads back to the road.
The Moors Bus stops at Chop Gate.
OS Explorer OL26 (1:25,000), OS Landranger 100 (1:50,000), OS Landranger 93 (1:50,000) Directory Listings:
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Great Ayton (01642 722 835); Helmsley (01439 770 173); Sutton Bank (01845 597 426)
by Chris Scaife