Where is this walk?

Carlton to Osmotherley walk

November 4, 2018

Take the bus and return on the Carlton to Osmotherley walk along the Cleveland Way. The walking to Scarth Nick is typical for the North York Moors. Further on the views across the Vale of York from Scarth Nick are impressive.

The Walk

I have headed over the moors many times but this section of walking is one of my favourites. The path undulates throughout, passing over the higher moors above Carlton and Scarth Nick and through the forestry near Swainby and Mount Grace Priory. As it bends and undulates the views are always changing. Starting with Teesside in views it improves as the westerly turn brings in the Vale of York. There is also opportunities to visit one of the attractive villages just off route or even Mount Grace Priory A few people I know (notably my brother who lives in Osmotherley) prefer the route finishing near Cod Beck Reservoir rather than through the forestry to the west.

Osmotherley is a lovely village set on the edge of the moors. It is often seen as the walkers capital of the area and certainly provides a central pivot for many local walks and long distance trails. There are three fine pubs set around the small village square.


If at all possible get the bus as far as Carlton, it does make for a long day but the section over Carlton Bank makes for excellent walking.


The 80/89 bus from Carlton to Osmotherley presently runs a roughly hourly service (Mon to Sat)  taking 20 minutes. Check for exact times. There is presently no Sunday Service.

Navigation Tips from Carlton to Osmotherley walk

The route is well signposted as it is on the Cleveland Way. The National Trails are much better sign posted than other footpaths. Legally a footpath only needs a sign when leaving a road, never on the fells.

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