Sutton Bank and the escarpment

Climbing the 1 in 4 gradient of Sutton Bank is like rising into another world. At the top, a wide plain-like landscape stretches for miles. Sutton Bank has been named as an official Dark Sky Discovery Site, because the galaxy is often visible to the naked eye from the site.

Sutton Bank lanes

  • Find out how the neighbouring landscape was formed by visiting Lime & Ice, the special exhibition at the National Park Centre.
  • During the daytime you may also spot gliders as this has been the home of the Yorkshire Gliding Club since the 1930s.
  • Sutton Bank is a good starting point for many biking and walking routes, including picking up the Cleveland Way. If you’d prefer a shorter walk, there are trails to the Kilburn White Horse, a 300ft-long equine figure cut into the hillside.
  • Stroll from Sutton Bank to the nearby tarn-like Gormire Lake, the only natural lake in the national park and a sheltered magnet for wildlife, and see the coppiced trees at Garbutt Wood.

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