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Guisborough Woods and Highcliff Nab

Type:Walking Route

Guisborough, Tees Valley
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10.5 KM (6.5 MILES)




Get away from it all with a forest ramble that also takes in stunning views over the Tees Valley.
Stay a while and shop for arts, crafts and fine local produce in the nearby town of Guisborough with its majestic Priory, bustling market and hall. Kirkleatham Museum is also nearby with impressive exhibitions on art, coast and country, ironstone mining and social history.


Fountain Street East car park.
OS Map Grid Reference NZ614158


Park in one of the Tourism Centre long stay car
parks and make your way to the church next to the
entrance to Gisborough Priory. This is at the top of
the high street. To start use the footpath to the left
of the church passing the churchyard. At the
kissing gate turn right, signposted Cleveland Street.


Turn left at the road. Just before Guisborough Hall
take the track on the opposite side of the road to
Foxdale Farm. As the track bears right, take the
grassy track left over an isolated stile towards a
stile in the top corner. Continue through the following
fields until you reach a well-trodden path enclosed
by hedges. Continue to reach the main road (A171).


Turn immediately right up a lane passing Little
Waterfall Farm. Continue straight towards Old Park
Farm. At the Farm turn left over a former cattle grid
and head up the track into woodland. Climb the steep
concrete track, joining the route of the Cleveland Way.
At the end of the woods, take the right footpath
signposted Cleveland Way.


Follow the path along the top of the ridge, to reach
a stile to your right. Turn left along the grassy track
following it as it bends to the left into the forest.
When the track curves to the right, take the wide
forestry track on the right signposted Cleveland Way.


Follow this wide track through dense forest
(ignore tracks leading off) to reach another large
area of felled trees. Continue through the clearing
and back into the forest winding down before
levelling out. Follow the Cleveland Way sign left
and carry on along this track climbing up again
through the forest to join a wide stony track along
the top of the ridge.

Turn right along this track for about 800 metres
then, where it bends to the left, take the
right footpath over a stile that leads to the top
of Highcliff Nab.


Follow the steep stone path to the left bearing right
beneath the crags of Highcliff Nab. Follow the steep
path that leads down to a track crossing your path.
At this track take the footpath opposite signposted
Teesside Link and continue over another stile at the
edge of the forest. Take the right track down through
the forest.


At the end turn right to skirt the forest curving round
to the left then meandering through the forest
(keep to the main track) passing houses above to
reach a junction. Head directly ahead running along
the edge of the forest (ignore all other tracks).
Pass farm buildings on your left and skirt the forest
to cross a stile. Head up past gorse (on left) and
across the hillside to a stile in the top right corner.

Turn left along the enclosed path, which soon
opens up to a track and then a road leading
up to Guisborough.



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