Hasty Bank & the Wainstones

  • Great views from the high ridge of Hasty Bank
  • Interesting formation of sandstone boulders
  • Enjoy the low level return above Bilsdale

I was intrigued by the Wainstones so decided to head up Hasty Bank to find out what they are all about. I had no idea what to expect (even though I passed them on the Coast to Coast walk but was so tired at the time and never noticed them) and was pleasantly surprised to find an attractive scattering of sandstone rocks seemingly thrown randomly on to Hasty Bank for no rhyme or reason. ‘Wain’ may have come from ‘wagon’ and the story is probably ingrained in local folklore but that is something I have never discovered.

What I did find is an excellent picnic spot and and a great area to explore (for children and the child within us all).  Even more impressive than the stones is the wonderful views, particularly down Bilsdale, and the lovely return walk on the south side of Hasty Bank.

Recommend: Unless the rain is falling take the open path to the south back to Carlton Bank and not the dark, predictable forest track to the north recommended by most.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL26 North York Moors West Buy Map
Start Point: NZ 572035 Park in the free car park on Clay Bank, then cross the road and head steeply up Hasty Bank on the Cleveland Way
Height to Climb: 162 ms (525 feet)
Terrain: There are good paths throughout and easy to follow although the climb up Hasty Bank has become rather eroded despite the best efforts of the National Park
Eating & Drinking: Lord Stones cafe is a great little find on Carlton Bank and a great reason to do this walk.. Try it
Similar Walks Nearby: Circuit from Ingleby Greenhow
High Moors over Carlton
Captain Cook’s Adventure
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