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Thornton-le-Dale and Ellerburn

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Thornton-le-Dale and Ellerburn
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 11 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: River or lakeside
Thornton-le-Dale and Ellerburn
Length: 3 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 2.5 mile circular walk from the beautiful village of Thornton-le-Dale in the North York Moors. The walk takes in the village itself along with the nearby hamlet of Ellerburn and the pretty paths alongside the village’s beck. (A longer version of this walk – 3.5 miles – is also available on iFootpath which includes an extra loop along Longlands Lane).

The paths are a mixture of pavements and woodland/field paths, the latter of which can get muddy. There are a few steady inclines and the route includes 3 stiles (all of which have adjacent dog gates) and several kissing gates. You will be sharing some of the fields with sheep so take care with dogs. There are public toilets alongside the car park at the start of the walk. Approximate time 1 to 1.5 hours.

Thornton-le Dale can be found on the main A170 Pickering to Scarborough road, just a couple of miles east of Pickering. The walk starts from the main village pay and display car park on Maltongate – follow the blue ‘P’ signs from the A170. Approximate post code YO18 7SA.

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Walk Sections

Start to Beck Bridge
Start to Beck Bridge

Start point: 54.2359 lat, -0.7203 long
End point: 54.2368 lat, -0.7186 long

Exit the car park away from the vehicle entrance, heading for the far left-hand walled corner (signed for the Village and Toilets). Pass by the toilets on the right and the pond on the left. Follow the path as it swings right crossing the beck via a footbridge. Ahead you will see the Market Square with its stone cross dating back to 1281.

Turn right (with the green to the left) and bear right again following the pavement directly alongside the beck. As the pavement ends, cross to the left-hand side of the road. On the left you’ll pass by Lady Lumley’s Almshouses dating from 1656. Continue just as far as the road bridge over the beck.

Beck Bridge to Mill Path
Beck Bridge to Mill Path

Start point: 54.2368 lat, -0.7186 long
End point: 54.2397 lat, -0.7174 long

Bear left here onto the tarmac footpath running immediately alongside the beck, with a thatched cottage ahead. Don’t be surprised if this view looks familiar, the picturesque scene has been photographed for use in advertising all over the world.

At the end of the path, cross the footbridge to reach a T-junction with Priestman Lane. Turn left along the lane with the picturesque beck still running on the left. Continue only to the point where the beck crosses back under the road. Ahead you’ll be able to see the old Mill building.

Mill Path to Farm Yard
Mill Path to Farm Yard

Start point: 54.2397 lat, -0.7174 long
End point: 54.246 lat, -0.7099 long

Fork right here onto the public footpath and soon you’ll be following a fenced footpath with meadows to the left and the beck beyond. Pass through the gate and continue on the beck-side path. If you watch carefully you may be able to see trout in the shallow river.

Cross the stile and keep ahead following the left-hand field boundary. Cross the next stile and keep ahead through the sheep pasture keeping close to the beck on the left. Pass to the left of the farm building ahead and cross the stile to reach the farm yard.

Farm Yard to Ellerburn Road
Farm Yard to Ellerburn Road

Start point: 54.246 lat, -0.7099 long
End point: 54.2395 lat, -0.7192 long

Within the farm yard, turn left and cross the bridge with St Hilda’s Church of Ellerburn now directly ahead. Do NOT take the path alongside this, instead turn left along the lane itself. Follow the lane over the brow of the hill. It then levels off and you will pass several benches on the right should you wish to pause to enjoy the views across the valley. The lane descends steadily to reach a T-junction with the main branch of Ellerburn Road.

Ellerburn Road to Woodland
Ellerburn Road to Woodland

Start point: 54.2395 lat, -0.7192 long
End point: 54.2359 lat, -0.7153 long

Turn right and then at the end of the first stone wall bear left through a wooden kissing gate signed as a public footpath. Follow the tarmac path and keep ahead as it becomes a lane between large private properties.

As you reach the next T-junction bear left and after just a short distance you’ll reach a T-junction with the main village road. Turn left up to the bridge and, this time, keep ahead over the bridge. Continue past Thornton Hall on the right.

Before you reach the church ahead, turn right into Dog Kennel Lane. Follow the lane as it bends first left and then, as it begins to bend right (with Rectory Lane on the left), look out for a footpath to the right into woodland.

Woodland to End
Woodland to End

Start point: 54.2359 lat, -0.7153 long
End point: 54.2352 lat, -0.7189 long

Turn right onto the woodland path and follow it ahead. As you reach a junction of paths, bear slightly left to pass through the staggered barrier. Follow the enclosed stone path with the cricket pitch across to the left. Ahead to the right you’ll see the walls that surround the village car park. As you draw level with the wall on the right, fork right down a few steps and ahead you’ll enter the car park where the walk began.

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1 responses to "Thornton-le-Dale and Ellerburn"

This is a wonderful walk do not miss the tea room after the farm near the church which is amazing

By mrsmunbu on 2015-04-20 14:00:21

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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