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|Kilburn Woods and White Horse|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 05 Jun 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, N York Moors|
|A 6 mile circular and fairly strenuous walk taking in the steep valley slopes of Kilburn Woods and the Kilburn White Horse chalk figure set into the hillside. The route starts from the Sutton Bank North York Moors visitor centre and heads out on the level path following the edge of Roulston Scar, giving unrivalled views across the Vales of York and Mowbray. The walk then descends down the steep paths into the beautiful Kilburn Woods before climbing back up the escarpment alongside the chalk horse. The woodland is very picturesque, particularly in spring when the area is alive with the sound of cuckoos and the woodland floor is smothered with a sea of bluebells. |
The walk is quite strenuous with several climbs and descents throughout, some of which are fairly steep and can be quite muddy or slippery, particularly after wet weather. The beginning and end of the walk follows the path along the edge of the scar and is very exposed. There are no stiles or gates on route, but there are several flights of steps. There are toilet facilities at the car park at the start. Allow 3 to 3.5 hours.
The walk starts from the Sutton Bank North York Moors visitor centre. The centre is marked with brown signs and is accessed from the A170, just a couple of miles east of the village of Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe. There is a large pay and display car park on the site. Approximate post code YO7 2EH.
|Start to Gliding Fork|
Start point: 54.2407 lat, -1.2088 long
There are car parks on two sides of the visitor centre so you need to get yourself to the correct side of the centre to begin the walk. You need to go to the ‘entrance only’ access road into the car park which sits behind the woodland and picnic tables at the back of the building.
|Gliding Fork to Footbridge|
Start point: 54.2302 lat, -1.2109 long
Fork right here onto the narrow stone footpath (with a wooden handrail) heading diagonally down the edge of the escarpment. At the bottom of the slope continue over another small rise and you’ll reach a staggered T-junction with a red marker post in front of you.
|Footbridge to Brow of Hill|
Start point: 54.227 lat, -1.2213 long
Continue on the bridleway as it climbs and then descends, winding through the forest. You’ll come to a T-junction with the main forest road, turn right to follow this. At the fork keep left and follow the track uphill – continue just to the brow of the hill, at the point where the track is about to start descending again.
|Brow of Hill to Grass Hillside Path|
Start point: 54.2295 lat, -1.2244 long
Turn left here onto the path swinging up onto the hill, marked with black/white and green/white arrows. A little further up the hill you will come to a fork, keep right again marked with the green arrow. Follow the track continuing to climb and at the next junction keep right, now heading downhill.
|Grass Hillside Path to T-junction|
Start point: 54.2271 lat, -1.2329 long
Turn left here, following the green arrow, up the grassy hillside path. Follow the grass path as it hugs the edge of the hillside, enjoying the glimpses of valley views across to the right. In spring this section of the woodland is a sea of bluebells and wild garlic. At the far end you’ll come to a T-junction.
|T-junction to Re-entering Woodland|
Start point: 54.2204 lat, -1.2344 long
Turn left (following the green arrow) and follow the path as it swings first left and then right heading through a grass clearing between patches of larch trees. Follow the path winding and climbing through the grass clearings.
|Re-entering Woodland to White Horse Car Park|
Start point: 54.2237 lat, -1.228 long
At the first fork keep right and then follow the path as it swings left. Follow the green arrows which will guide you on the winding path through this section of the forest. Soon you’ll leave the coniferous trees behind to enter a pretty section of young oak trees with small ferns below. Soon afterwards you’ll emerge to the main forest road, directly opposite the bridleway you came down earlier.
|White Horse Car Park to End|
Start point: 54.224 lat, -1.2132 long
Once in the car park, turn left onto the path with steep steps going up, marked as the White Horse Bank walk. Follow the path steeply uphill and continue up the long flight of steps.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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