Sutton Bank & the White Horse

  • Walk along the scar at Sutton Bank
  • Circuit of tranquil Gormire Lake
  • Visit the Kilburn White Horse

The largest example of such landmarks in the fells of Britain (built in 1857 by exposing the underlying sandstone) the impressive White Horse is one of many fascinating distractions on this excellent walk.

The views on the walk over the escarpment are also superb, all the way to the Dales and beyond; the small fishing lake at Gormire a pleasant surprise and the variety of woodland walking all combine to make this one of the most popular places to visit in the Yorkshire Moors. I had decided that I wanted to see all the main Sutton Bank sites in one go and that is the walk which is described. However it is very easy to chop sections off the walk and either wander along the scar, visit the White Horse or enjoy a peaceful walk round the lake.

Recommend: Avoid Sutton Bank parking to start – I just do not like starting a walk at the highest point!

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL26 North York Moors West Buy Map
Start Point: SE 515811. There is parking on the hairpins under the White Horse, a mile out of Kilburn. I tend to head in to the woodland at this stage and wend my way down the forest tracks but it is possible to walk down the road and join the main forestry track at Acre House
Height to Climb: 203 ms (666 feet)
Terrain: Good paths and walking. Can be muddy near Hood Grange Farm
Eating & Drinking: The Forresters Arms in Kilburn (a mile from the parking under the White Horse ) is the nearest and best option for a post walk meal and drink.
Similar Walks Nearby: Hills over Hawnby
Moors over Osmotherley
Ash Dale from Helmsley
Places to Stay:


 Laskill Grange Country House, nr Helmsley  Ford End B & B, Ampleforth