GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Gormire Lake Walk

4 miles (6 km)

A short and easy walk around this pretty lake in the North York Moors. You can follow a walking trail from the Kilburn White Horse car park to the lake. It's about a 2 mile walk north from the white horse with a woodland section through Hood Grange Wood. After passing along the lake you head past Gormire Rigg before returning on a mixture bridleways and footpaths.
The walk can be extended to visit Sutton Bank and the Kilburn White Horse. Sutton Bank is a high point in the Hambleton Hills and commands splendid views over the North York Moors, theVale of Yorkand theVale of Mowbray.
The Cleveland Way runs past Sutton Bank so you could pick up the trail and head north to further explore the Hambleton Hills.


YO7 2QE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Gormire Lake OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Gormire Lake Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The Sutton Bank National Park Centre is located just east of the lake. There is a good cafe here selling a fine range of meals and snacks. The centre also has a car park so you could start the walk from here if you prefer. This would take you through the Garbutt Wood Nature Reserve where there is a wide variety of flora and fauna to see. There is also the viewpoint at Whitestone Cliff in this area. You can find the centre at postcode YO7 2EH for your sat navs.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

A few miles to the north you can visit the village of Hawnby and enjoy a climb to the splendid viewpoint at Hawnby Hill. There's wonderful views over Ryedale from this elevated spot.
The circular Felixkirk Walk visits the lake from the nearby village.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Gormire Lake - - 1805105

Gormire Lake 1. The lakehas no inflow or major outflow of water. It is thought to be fed by an underground spring and drained by a limestone channelso the water finds a way out through the base of the cliff face to the east of the lake.

Gormire Lake - - 582956

Gormire Lake 2. The lake was formed over 20,000 years ago by glacial erosion. Itis the fourth largest of the natural lakes in Yorkshire (the other three beingHornsea Mere,Malham TarnandSemerwater).

Gormire Lake from Sutton Bank - - 8325

Gormire Lake from Sutton Bank. The lake ispopular with wild swimmers as it has no streams feeding it. As such there is very little current and the waters are described as being quite warm.

Gormire Lake from the Whitestone Cliff - - 860692

View down to the lake from the Whitestone Cliff. Summer evening view of the lake from high above.

Sutton Bank National Park Centre - - 3662526

Sutton Bank National Park Centre where you can enjoy some post walk refreshment.

Lake Gormire and Whitestone cliff - - 159488

Lake Gormire and Whitestone cliff. According to local folklore the lake is bottomless! The Garbutt wood Nature Trail from Sutton Bank car park explores the area above the lake.

View over Garbutt Wood - - 716909

View over Garbutt Wood. The woodland is located on the eastern side of the lake. There are occasional views from the nature trail path that winds it's way through the wood below the Whitestone Cliff. On a clear day the view extends to Penhill at the entrance to Wensleydale [distance - left of centre].

Whitestone Cliff, or White Mare Crag - - 4125493

Whitestone Cliff, or White Mare Crag. On the eastern side of the lake there is this wonderful viewpoint.


GPS Files

GPX File

Gormire Lake.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Gormire Lake.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)