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|Pickering and Pickering Woods|
|Author: Claire, Published: 09 Jun 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, N York Moors|
|A 6 mile circular walk from the market town of Pickering in the North York Moors. The route heads north out of the town following Pickering Beck and on through the paths of Pickering Woods. The walk then crosses the beck and the railway before returning along a quiet country lane to explore the town itself. |
The route is relatively flat with just a couple of small gradients. The woodland and field footpaths are very uneven and can get very muddy after wet weather. There is one stile (with a gap in the fence alongside for dogs) plus several gates. One of the fields you pass through is likely to be holding sheep. At one point you will need to cross the railway line at an un-signalled crossing so take particular care with children and dogs here. There are public toilets in the short stay car park which you pass near the start of the walk. Allow 2.5 to 3 hours.
Pickering is on the main A170 between Scarborough and Thirsk. The walk starts from the Vivis Lane long-stay pay and display car park. Approximate post code YO18 8TB.
|Start to Lowther House|
Start point: 54.2441 lat, -0.7809 long
Leave the car park onto the road and turn left back towards the town centre. As you reach the lights ahead use the crossings first right and then left to go ahead into The Ropery (passing The Ropery short stay car park on the right).
|Lowther House to Kissing Gate|
Start point: 54.256 lat, -0.7703 long
Fork right here onto the public footpath, heading for the house. Pass to the right of the house and keep ahead through a kissing gate into Pickering Woods (part of the Duchy of Lancaster estate). Follow the woodland path climbing steadily with the beck down to the left.
|Kissing Gate to Footbridge|
Start point: 54.2593 lat, -0.7527 long
Pass through the gate into the pasture and bear right following the woodland edge on your right, heading for a gate at the end of the field where it narrows. As you approach, you’ll see that there are actually two gates at the end – you need the left hand one. Cross over the stile alongside this, and follow the footpath into the pine plantation.
|Footbridge to Log Cabin|
Start point: 54.2641 lat, -0.7363 long
Cross the footbridge and after just a few yards you’ll reach the railway line. Use the two gates to cross the line, taking particular care to listen for trains carefully before doing so. Go up the steps ahead and then turn left onto the stone track.
|Log Cabin to Pickering Station|
Start point: 54.2607 lat, -0.7658 long
Keep ahead on the tarmac road – Blansby Park Lane. You’ll emerge to a T-junction at the end. Turn left and cross the level crossing (New Bridge) and then the stone bridge over the river. (On the left you’ll see the path to Lowther House that you took on the outward leg). Keep ahead on the main road back into Pickering to reach Pickering Station.
|Pickering Station to End|
Start point: 54.247 lat, -0.7782 long
After the station, take the next left into Market Place and follow the main shopping thoroughfare uphill.
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Al lovely walk not to difficult although we had a buggy with us which was a challenge in the woods but worth the effort
|By charlie1 on 23 May 2015|
A lovely walk, I would recommend using the GPS feature when looking for the small wooden bridge as it is very easy to miss. Other than this the instructions were very easy to follow.
|By Danny1967 on 23 Nov 2016|
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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