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Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Moderate

Trail Waymarking:


Length of trail:

3 3/4 miles miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

Family walking a trail at WhinlatterA 2 1/2 hour circular trail starting from the Guisborough Forest and Walkway Visitor Centre at Pinchinthorpe. The walk includes a moderate steep climb and takes in forestry and farmland. It goes past the Hanging stone, from which a small detour gives rewarding views over Teesside and the Coast.

It also goes past the restored Blue Lake which used to store the water to pump hydraulic machinery at Home Farm.

What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Came here whilst on holiday. Amazing walk, quite off beat and very natural, some gorgeous sites. Only thing is we came back and after a day noticed our dogs covered in Ticks. To be expected on forest walks but its a first for us. Dont let it distract you from this walk though, as long as you check your dogs afterwards, its an amazing walk.

Deb, 1/Sep/2016

Thank you for your comments and great advice for dog owners to check their dogs after walking in woodlands. Glad you enjoyed the walk!

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5 Stars 5 Stars

Had a fab walk around here today. Only snag is our dogs are covered in ticks so anyone walking with dogs please check your dog when u get back :)

Waddell's, 26/Jun/2016

Good advice for all dog owners to check their animals after walking in the woods.

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5 Stars 5 Stars

Thoroughly enjoyed the 5k white trail today. It was grey with light rain at the beginning of the walk and it was quite muddy but we giggled our way through our slips and then the sun came out and the most beautiful red sky turned the fields to gold. A lovely cuppa and cake in the cafe brought our excursion to a wonderful close. Would recommend it to all ages especially at this time of year when we all need a little meander to blow the festive cobwebs away.

Eileen Rowe, 8/Jan/2016

Glad you enjoyed the trail, many thanks!

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What's Here?

  • Play area
  • Arboreta
  • Features 200 species of conifers and broadleaves - many interesting species.
  • Camping
  • The Covert Caravan Club Site is located adjacent to High Ash. Set in Forestry Commission woodland, this is a quiet, secluded site ideal for caravanners, motor caravanners and trailer tenters. Please telephone 01842 878356 for more information.
  • Horse riding
  • The Forestry Commission has a Open Access policy for horse riding. As a consequence there are very few way-marked trails in the forest. O.S.Explorer map 229 shows areas owned by the Forestry Commission and open to the public to ride. Deboxing areas can be found at the east end of the Harling Drove (FR23) and north of the railway line at Santon Downham. The areas north of the railway line are best suited to horse riding as this is away from the concentration of visitors using High Lodge and the cycling trails. Please observe all signs especially those relating to 'Forest Operation'.
  • Picnic
  • You are welcome to picnic here but please do not BBQ.
  • Walking
  • The 5 mile Orange walk (short cut available) can also be accessed from Santon Downham. It has interpretation around the walk on some of the fascinating history and wildlife of the area. A map of the walk around St Helens and Santon Downham is available from Forest Office (office hours only), or you could dowload a copy before you visit.
  • Visitor centre
  • The
  • Wildlife
  • A good site for wildlife watching.
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