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May Beck and Sneaton High Moor

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May Beck and Sneaton High Moor
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 01 Jun 2013 Walk rating : Rating:star1 May Beck and Sneaton High Moor Walking Guidestar1 May Beck and Sneaton High Moor Walking Guidestar1 May Beck and Sneaton High Moor Walking Guidestar1 May Beck and Sneaton High Moor Walking Guidestar0 May Beck and Sneaton High Moor Walking Guide
North Yorkshire, N York Moors
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
May Beck and Sneaton High Moor
Length: 8 miles,  Difficulty: boot May Beck and Sneaton High Moor Walking Guide boot May Beck and Sneaton High Moor Walking Guide boot May Beck and Sneaton High Moor Walking Guide
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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.

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Walk Sections

Start to Forest Road
Start to Forest Road

Start point: 54.4099 lat, -0.6262 long
End point: 54.397 lat, -0.6323 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.

Pass through the kissing gate and follow the rocky valley path for some distance. The path eventually veers left away from the stream and into an area of coniferous woodland. After some distance the path emerges to reach a T-junction with the main forest road.

Forest Road to York Cross
Forest Road to York Cross

Start point: 54.397 lat, -0.6323 long
End point: 54.4016 lat, -0.6482 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.

Soon the trees on the left give way, simply keep ahead on the track as it heads into open moorland. Continue climbing steadily and look out on the right for the remains of York Cross – a stone base and short stone shaft.

York Cross to Trig Point
York Cross to Trig Point

Start point: 54.4016 lat, -0.6482 long
End point: 54.3806 lat, -0.6369 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.

At the brow of the hill the track begins to run parallel with a fence on the right with tumuli beyond it. Ignore the stile on the right, simply keep ahead on the main track with the fence on the right. Further on you’ll pass the remains of Anne’s Cross to the right. Soon after you’ll have clear views of RAF Fylingdales across to the right.

RAF Fylingdales is a radar base which has the motto ‘Vigilamus’ meaning ‘We are watching’. Its primary purpose is to give the UK and US governments early warning of any impending ballistic missile attack, with a secondary purpose of the detection and tracking of orbiting objects in space. The Solid State Phase Array Radar, a large pyramid type structure, is clearly visible from this point.

At length you will reach a T-junction with a stone vehicle track. Turn right and pass through the gate and a few yards later fork left onto the track which passes close by the concrete trig point on the left.

Trig Point to Post 9
Trig Point to Post 9

Start point: 54.3806 lat, -0.6369 long
End point: 54.4036 lat, -0.6159 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.

Follow the bridleway for some distance. To the right you’ll have views across the open moor and across to the left you’ll see the coniferous plantations. Some distance in you’ll cross a stream – simply continue on the obvious bridleway path with the stream now running away to the left.

Later on the path does become a little intermittent, breaking into a few parallel branches. To find your way keep ahead where you can, heading for a lone tree sitting to the right of the furthest corner of the woodland – this is where you need to eventually reach.

Some distance before this tree, the multiple paths converge at a junction of paths with a wooden post carved with the words ‘9 Trail’.

Post 9 to Crossroads
Post 9 to Crossroads

Start point: 54.4036 lat, -0.6159 long
End point: 54.4121 lat, -0.6136 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’.

Across to the right you’ll now have views across the hills and cliffs and beyond to the sea. Further along you’ll pass the post marked ‘7 Trail’ and then you’ll come to a crossroads of paths marked with a four-way signpost, with the lone tree you’ve been heading for now close-by on the left.

Crossroads to End
Crossroads to End

Start point: 54.4121 lat, -0.6136 long
End point: 54.41 lat, -0.6258 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.

At the corner of the woodland, cross the stile and head at 11 o’clock passing to the left of the stone building. Over the ridge at the bottom of the field, cross another stile and follow the path at about 1 o’clock continuing steeply downhill. From this point you’ll have great views across the valley.

As the path swings left you’ll be able to see the car park in the base of the valley. Follow the grass path as it zig-zags downhill to a stile. Cross this to reach the road, where you need to turn left to cross the bridge and the car park where the walk began will be on the right.

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1 responses to "May Beck and Sneaton High Moor"

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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