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|Moors Inn 6.5 mile Circular|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 06 Jun 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, N York Moors|
|A 6.5 mile circular pub walk from The Moors Inn in Appleton-le-Moors in North Yorkshire. The walk follows pretty ancient stone lanes with mixed hedgerows away from Appleton-le-Moors and passes through a small belt of woodland to reach the picturesque village of Hutton-le-Hole. The route then continues across meadows and on to reach the edge of the moors. Passing through Spaunton, the route then returns along more ancient lanes. A really great mix of everything, this walk gives you a taste of the region with villages, lanes, moors, woodland and, of course, lots of sheep! (Note: An 8 mile more strenuous circular route which follows the same paths but includes an additional loop into the moors is also available on iFootpath). |
Most of the route is fairly easy walking with just gentle and long gradients, although the paths can get quite muddy after periods of rain. The road climbing up to Spaunton village is the only steep section. There are no stiles on route but several gates and kissing gates. There are sheep roaming free within the villages and so keep dogs under control. You may also come across a few cattle in one field. Allow 3 hours.
The Moors Inn is open every day from 11am to 11pm and serves a selection of great food and a range of local ales. Walkers and dogs are very welcome and there are also 7 en-suite bed and breakfast rooms available.
The walk starts from The Moors Inn pub on Headlands Road in Appleton-le-Moors. The village is just 2 miles north of the A170 between Pickering and Kirbymoorside. Approximate post code YO62 6TF. Park on the village streets with consideration for local residents, or the pub has a car park at the rear.
|Start to Ings Balk Track|
Start point: 54.2822 lat, -0.8729 long
With the pub on the left, walk ahead up the village street, passing the impressive Appleton Hall on the left. The hall was built by Joseph Shepherd, who became a prosperous merchant and ship builder and lived in the hall until he died in 1862.
|Ings Balk Track to Woodland|
Start point: 54.2808 lat, -0.8885 long
Turn right through the gate onto the public bridleway (Ings Balk Track) signed again for the Tabular Hills Walk. Keep ahead on the wide track as it passes between open crop fields. At the top you’ll come to another crossroads. Turn left here onto Lingmoor Lane, a public bridleway, passing a beautiful old horse chestnut tree to the left.
|Woodland to Hutton-le-Hole|
Start point: 54.2856 lat, -0.8997 long
Follow the path along the edge of the woodland and continue as it bears left downhill. The path begins to climb – ignore the footpaths off to the right and left. At the top of the bridleway you’ll reach a T-junction with Bottomfields Lane – turn right along this stone track with open fields and views across the rolling hills to the right.
|Hutton-le-Hole to Footbridge|
Start point: 54.2977 lat, -0.9161 long
Turn right along the grass verge and cross over a pretty stream – an ideal place to cool both feet and paws on a hot day! Keep ahead towards the centre of the village taking care of any oncoming traffic. Pass Burley House on the left and join the raised pavement.
|Footbridge to Spaunton Lane|
Start point: 54.3031 lat, -0.9094 long
Cross the narrow footbridge set high over the stream (don’t look down if you suffer from vertigo!) and keep ahead on the woodland path. At the top, pass through the gate and continue on the path along the small ridge.
|Spaunton Lane to End|
Start point: 54.2993 lat, -0.8906 long
Keep ahead onto the no through road of Spaunton Lane. Pass by the swing suspended in the large sycamore tree and go ahead through the wide metal gate. Follow the stone track ahead for some distance. Eventually you’ll come to the crossroads with Lingmoor Lane which you crossed earlier. From this point you will be retracing your steps back to the start.
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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