The Grey Panthers
6 February 2008 - Birk Brow and Commondale

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11.8 miles.
Outdoor Leisure Map No 26 - North York Moors Western Area

A circular walk over the North York Moors, where the highlights include the visit to Hob on the Hill and the Quaker Causeway. The paths are generally well defined, but as always when walking on the moors be prepared for bad weather with maps and navigation aids.

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The start of the walk is from the car park at Birk Brow NZ6579114861.
Descend into the village of Charltons by the footpath alongside the A171.
Through Charltons, the Cleveland Way (heading West) is well signposted, but attention MUST be paid to the waymarks. Deviate from the Cleveland Way at this stage and you can get lost amongst the cyclo-cross tracks in the disused quarry.
Follow the Cleveland Way into Guisborough Woods, and continue until you reach the footpath at NZ6236614386 that heads in a South Easterly direction across Stanghow Moor.
Take this path for the next two miles or so, when you should notice some rather distinctive stones on your left. Watch out for a footpath heading North at NZ647177 (approx), just past where a broad service track meets the previous footpath. Head North for half a mile or so to visit Hob on the Hill.
Return to the footpath to Commondale, which is well marked and relatively easy to follow.
From Commondale, leave by the paved footpath that heads East-North-East until you meet the minor road.
Here a footpath is indicated to the right of a small plantation. Take this footpath and follow it to the right of the plantation to meet Smeathorns Road on Moorsholme Moor.
At this point, take the clearly marked footpath North West across Stanghow Moor to Birk Brow via the Quaker's Causeway.

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