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|May Beck and Sneaton High Moor|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 01 Jun 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, N York Moors|
|An 8 mile circular walk through the North York Moors National Park. The route follows the pretty May Beck stream before passing through a coniferous plantation and then out into the open moorland. You’ll have chance to enjoy views across the vast expanse of the moors as well as out to sea over the distant cliffs on clear days. The area is also a relatively quiet part of the National Park – we walked the route on a Saturday in June 2013 and didn’t see another soul the whole way round. |
As with any high moorland walk the route is fairly exposed and conditions can change quickly so make sure you are well prepared with appropriate clothing and supplies of food and water. The walk follows a mixture of riverside, woodland and moor paths all of which can get muddy and some of which can be running with water at certain times of the year so waterproof boots are a must. There are three stiles on route all of which are tall with wire fence surrounds so dogs may need a lift over. There are several steady and long climbs and descents throughout and the paths are very uneven and rocky. The moor is home to many sheep so keep dogs under close control. Approximate time 4 hours.
The walk starts from the stone car park alongside May Beck. To get there, leave the main A171 Robin Hoods Bay Road (Scarborough to Whitby road) onto the B1416. Where the road bends right, turn sharp left onto the dead end road signed to May Beck and a caravan park. Pass by the caravan park on the right and continue for some distance further. Eventually you’ll pass over a small bridge across May Beck and the car park is then immediately on the right. Nearest post code YO22 5JE.
|Start to Forest Road|
Start point: 54.4099 lat, -0.6262 long
Leave the car park and walk up the wide stone track directly opposite the access road and bridge, heading uphill with May Beck running down on the left. Where the track bends right, fork left onto the grass footpath marked with a yellow arrow. Go down the steps and over the small bridge and then keep right to follow the grass path with the beck now on the right.
|Forest Road to York Cross|
Start point: 54.397 lat, -0.6323 long
Turn right along the main forest road and you will pass a large pond on the right – the flooded remains of a quarry. Follow the track as it bends first left and then right and ignore the first track off to the left. Continue around the next right hand bend and just a few paces later look out for a grass and stone track to the left. Turn sharp left onto this track.
|York Cross to Trig Point|
Start point: 54.4016 lat, -0.6482 long
Keep ahead on the moorland track and you will emerge to a staggered T-junction with another track alongside a wooden waymark post. Turn sharp left here to follow the heavily eroded track deeper into the moor.
|Trig Point to Post 9|
Start point: 54.3806 lat, -0.6369 long
Keep ahead for a further 300 yards and you’ll reach a wooden waymark with blue arrows at a staggered crossroads. If you look to the right you’ll see the obvious outline of Lilla Cross (you can make a small detour to visit this if you wish). Otherwise turn left onto the bridleway.
|Post 9 to Crossroads|
Start point: 54.4036 lat, -0.6159 long
Standing with the post and the woodland to the left, take the right hand fork of the two paths ahead of you. Follow this swinging steadily uphill and right. The rocky path soon swings left – ignore the fork marked with a blue arrow to the right here. The path continues to swing left and then swings right by a post marked ‘8 Trail’.
|Crossroads to End|
Start point: 54.4121 lat, -0.6136 long
Turn left and then pass through the gate at the end of the stone wall, with the lone tree to the right. Head downhill at 11 o’clock on the fairly obvious grass track. Where the track bends right, fork left onto a small grass path heading for the corner of the woodland alongside a ruined stone barn.
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Wonderful walk with only the sheep and deer to keep you company. Please take care if the weather does not look good. There are few landmarks so make sure you don't miss a turn.
|By Richard on 2013-06-02 19:40:37|
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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