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Moors Inn 6.5 mile Circular

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Moors Inn 6.5 mile Circular
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 06 Jun 2013 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
North Yorkshire, N York Moors
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Moors Inn 6.5 mile Circular
Length: 7 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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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.

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Walk Sections

Start to Ings Balk Track
Start to Ings Balk Track

Start point: 54.2822 lat, -0.8729 long
End point: 54.2808 lat, -0.8885 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.

On the right you’ll come to Christ Church, a French Gothic style church built in 1865. The beautiful rose window has stained glass panels depicting virtues such as faith, hope and charity. According to John Betjeman the church is ‘a little gem among moorland churches’.

Opposite the church take the stone track to the left signed for the Tabular Hills Walk. Some way along on the right you’ll pass some playing fields and tennis courts. Continue all the way to the end where you’ll reach a crossroads with gates ahead and to the right.

Ings Balk Track to Woodland
Ings Balk Track to Woodland

Start point: 54.2808 lat, -0.8885 long
End point: 54.2856 lat, -0.8997 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.

As you draw close to a stone barn over to the left, go through the gate into a field (this may be holding a few cattle but they are generally very placid) and keep ahead close to the line of trees on the right. At the end of the line of trees, take the first gate on the right which takes you into the edge of the woodland.

Woodland to Hutton-le-Hole
Woodland to Hutton-le-Hole

Start point: 54.2856 lat, -0.8997 long
End point: 54.2977 lat, -0.9161 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.

Where the main track bends left, keep ahead and at the end of this straight section, follow the track bearing 90 degrees left. Further on, the track bears right onto a sunken rocky section with steep banks. Pass through the gate ahead and follow the path as it swings first left and then right around the edge of Austin Head.

As you emerge to a lane, keep right signed to Gillamoor. The lane soon emerges to a T-junction with the main road in Hutton-le-Hole.

Hutton-le-Hole to Footbridge
Hutton-le-Hole to Footbridge

Start point: 54.2977 lat, -0.9161 long
End point: 54.3031 lat, -0.9094 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.

If you wish to visit the centre of the village (with its famous green, streams and sheep!) keep ahead beyond the phone box to reach this. However, to continue with the walk, turn right through a gate onto a footpath opposite the village hall (this is before you reach the phone box or the church).

Follow the narrow fenced path and you’ll pass the bowling green on the right. Pass through a gate and bear right with the church to the left. Keep ahead on the grass path with the meadow fence line close to the left. Keep in the same direction, passing through four gates to reach a footbridge over a stream.

Footbridge to Spaunton Lane
Footbridge to Spaunton Lane

Start point: 54.3031 lat, -0.9094 long
End point: 54.2993 lat, -0.8906 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.

To your left you’ll now have great views opening up across the open moors. The path soon emerges to a T-junction with the road. Do NOT take the footpath opposite, instead turn right along the road. Follow the road for some distance and soon as you begin to descend you’ll see a stone bridge ahead.

Follow the road across the bridge and at the junction, keep right, on the road climbing fairly steeply uphill. Continue until you reach a sharp left bend with a ‘Spaunton’ stone village sign and a signpost for Appleton-le-Moors pointing left.

Spaunton Lane to End
Spaunton Lane to End

Start point: 54.2993 lat, -0.8906 long
End point: 54.2826 lat, -0.873 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.

To do this, keep ahead on the public bridleway. Pass through the gate at the far end and turn left along the footpath track. The track eventually emerges out to the village opposite the church. Turn right and it is just a few yards back to Moors Inn for some well deserved refreshments.

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