A170 road climbing up Sutton Bank in North Yorkshire
|Elevation||978 ft (298 m)|
|Location||North York Moors National Park, England|
|Topo map||OS Explorer OL26|
Sutton Bank, also known as Roulston Scar, is a hill in the Hambleton District of North Yorkshire in England. It is a high point on the Hambleton Hills and the North York Moors National Park with extensive views over the Vale of York and the Vale of Mowbray. The hill is the site of one of the most important prehistoric monuments in the region—a massive hillfort built in the Iron Age, around 400 BC. It was the approximate location of the attack of the Scots in a major victory Battle of Old Byland they defeated the forces of King Edward II and John of Brittany, Earl of Richmond.
Because it faces the prevailing westerly winds, Sutton Bank has been used for ridge soaring since the early 1930s for the sport of gliding. The Yorkshire Gliding Club is based at the top of the hill.
Also at the top of the hill is the Sutton Bank National Park Centre, where a new high-tech Lime & Ice exhibition tells the story of how the iconic landscape and view came to be through the dramatic action of ice age glaciers. Outside, there are pushchair and wheelchair friendly paths leading to a viewing platform, which offers views of Roulston Scar, Hood Hill, Lake Gormire and beyond. There are lots of other walking and cycling trails close by, including southwards to the popular White Horse of Kilburn. It's also an official Dark Sky Discovery Site, one of two in the North York Moors. There's also an information centre, a tea room and a gift shop.
The A170 road runs down the bank with a maximum gradient of 1 in 4 (25%), and including a hairpin bend. Vehicles have to keep in low gear whist travelling up or down the bank, and caravans are banned from using the section.
- Yorkshire Gliding Club
- North York Moors National Park Authority - Dark Skies
- "Safety study for Sutton Bank" (Press release). North Yorkshire County Council. 2004-05-24. Retrieved 2010-09-07.
Media related to Sutton Bank at Wikimedia Commons
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