5. SB Walk 5 Into the Forest - Woodland Wonderland - Kilburn Woods: Descent into Kilburn Woods A climb over the White Horse and on to the glider airfield
On top of the escarpment, as you walk along the cliff edge footpath on leaving the National Park Centre, is Sutton Bank airfield. Here, light planes pull gliders up into the excellent thermals created by the warm air rising up the cliff face. Therefore, with the above war memorial, it is a most appropriate place to honour those aircrew who lost their lives in this area serving their country.
Before descending into Kilburn Woods you go past the airfield where the little piper light aircraft tows the gliders skywards!
A great variety of dense or open woodland now ensues on the walk.
There is an abundance of wild flowers to be seen on the walk - bugle, herb bennet (wood avens), early purple orchid, speedwell.
I'm no wild flower expert but with a little help from patient friends progress has been made! - herb robert, greater/lesser? stitchwort, foxglove, pink/red campion.
Occasionally the woods open out to give view of the lowland farmland and the cliff edge escarpment.
Typical of the mixed woodland you walk through in Kilburn Woods.
The White Horse section forms part of "Walk 30 Gormire Lake & The White Horse" in "Walks on the North York Moors" Book One by Jack Keighley AND "Walk 4 The White Horse" in "Walks on the North York Moors - Walking Country - Western" by Paul Hannon
More open woodland at times as you head back towards the foot of the limestone cliffs.
At one point, suddenly the woodland opens up, and you can see the top of the magnificent Roulston Scar.
With the head out of sight, below the 'body' of the White Horse of Kilburn is a good place to pause for a picnic and/or an ice-cream before ascending back to the top of the cliff. I preferred to do this ascending deviation from the walk 5 booklet instructions rather than make the return via the woods below the horse.
The piper light aircraft towing one of the gliders out and upward above the White Cross of Kilburn.
Views down from the escarpment path, on yet another hot and hazy day!
The steep road up Sutton Bank itself is seen at the top-left of the picture and on the right a spot of geology, with a change from the lower white limestone layer to the higher honey coloured limestone layer (or sandstone?).
... and back to the aerodrome with the gliders lined up on the left to be towed up by the piper light aircraft ....
.... and then on to the tearoom at the Sutton Bank North Yorkshire Moors National Park Visitor Centre for a well earned cup of tea!
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