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Escape from the books to the countryside: Lordstones Country Park Retreat

The end of term is finally here, months of sleepless nights, essays and trawling through books.

What better way to relax, relieve that tension and enjoy a well-deserved break with a visit to the countryside.

What many students don’t realise is that Middlesbrough is only a short journey away from the North York Moors National Park, offering the perfect place to retreat.

Lordstones Café and Country Park is a stunning place with panoramic views of Middlesbrough, the Cleveland plain, Roseberry Topping and Captain Cook’s Monument.

Within the idyllic surroundings you will find a campsite with glamping pods, a farm shop offering locally sourced quality produce and where you can purchase a great walking book detailing all the famous walks, so you can really get out there and explore the area.

There is a beautiful café built into the hillside, offering breakfasts, sandwiches, burgers, cakes and treats. The café switches to the Belted Bull Restaurant on an evening where you can feast on 8 different steak cuts and 5 handmade burger choices of Belted Galloway beef, supplied by the neighbouring farm.

This cracking location is no secret to walkers, being part of three iconic routes: the Lyke Wake Walk, the Cleveland Way and the Coast to Coast.

For many years, locals, walkers, bikers and day trippers visit Lordstones to soak up the gorgeous views and peaceful surroundings and what better way to relieve some tension than to walk them away.

For those of you who live in the City, it can get quite dull staying in the same place for too long. Not many people know about these beautiful surrounding, which are literally on your doorstep.

Here is a sample of one of the walks available in the walking book purchased from the cafe, to give you a taster of what is on offer.

Walking briskly really does calm you down, exercise is known for releasing endorphins that interact with the receptors in your brain that trigger positive feelings in the body.

Walking can have a positive effect on your health and wellbeing, as well as giving you that much needed energy if you still have assignments to complete.

By car, you can get there in 30 minutes however for those of you relying on public transport this can take longer.

It is still possible but remember to take a backpack, water, money and to save some cash, prepare a picnic, find a nice spot to settle and enjoy the view.

If you are relying on public transport to get around then, don’t worry. It route is longer but if you are planning on visiting Lordstones, you will want to be up early and there for the whole day.

There are two buses available from Albert Road, Middlesbrough. The M2, 28A, X80 which run every 30 minutes, you will need to change at either Hutton Lane end or Stokesley, high street, then transfer to the M4 which will take you to Chop Gate. There will then be a short walk to the Lordstones site.

For more information about Lordstones Country Park, click here  and for more information about other places to visit along the Cleveland Way and surrounding areas, click here

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