This area is one of the prettiest I have seen with acres of heather, fern and pine trees greeting you as soon as you leave the main road. It lies north east off the A172 and is well worth a visit to hike the many different walks these beautiful hills have to offer. The name ‘Lord Stones’, derives from three landowning Lords whose estates met at this point on Carlton Bank. The stone itself is typical of ancient waymarkers and boundary stones that are found across the North Yorks Moors. The landscape here is stunning but has been shaped by mining for jet which is only found here in the Cleveland Hills and North York Moors.
You can go in one of several directions on arriving here and each and every one gives a breathtaking view. This one gave a stunning panorama of Middlesborough, the Cleveland Plain, Cringle Moor, Roseberry Topping and Cook’s Monument in the distance. On a clear day you can even see the north sea from the cliff tops.
The walks around here vary in distance from a short but fairly challenging 3 miles to around 8 or 9 miles.The paths are well laid and maintained with clear signage and it is almost impossible to get lost.
There are some steep climbs to the top of Carlton Bank and the terrain is uneven but not too difficult. The path at the top leads to the view point where you can sit and take in the beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and watch the world go by for a while before heading back down the bank for a well deserved beer in the Lord Stones subterranean cafe/bar!