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|Esk Valley Walk - Egton to Whitby|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 11 Jun 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, N York Moors|
|A 10 mile linear walk following part of the Esk Valley Walk, a Regional Route long distance path in the North York Moors, the return leg being completed by train. The walk largely follows the route of the River Esk and the train line through the base of the river’s valley taking in the rolling hills, quiet lanes and agricultural fields that cover the region. |
The route has several climbs and descents throughout and the paths (through woodland and fields) can get very muddy after periods of rain. There are 7 stiles (some of which are tall with enclosed fence surrounds so dogs may need a lift over) and lots of gates and flights of steps along the way. Near the start of the walk you will cross the River Esk via a series of stepping stones (although you can omit this part if you wish). You will be sharing the paths and fields with a whole array of animals – we came across sheep, cattle, goats, geese, hens, turkeys and donkeys – so take particular care with dogs. You will also need to cross the rail line several times at un-signalled crossings so keep children and dogs under close control at these points. There are public toilets in Egton near the start of the walk. Approximate time 5 hours.
The walk starts from Egton rail station. If you are coming by car it is easiest to park in Whitby and take the train to Egton to begin the walk. Rail services on this line (Whitby to Middlesbrough) are very limited so check timetables to plan your day. There is a rail car park immediately in front of Whitby Station, or a long-stay pay and display car park just 300 yards further along Langbourne Road. Approximate post code YO21 1YN.
|Start to St Hedda's Church|
Start point: 54.4376 lat, -0.7615 long
Begin by catching the train from Whitby to Egton (a 20 minute journey). From the Egton platform, come out through the exit gate and go down the slope. Keep ahead to the road T-junction with the Post Gate pub to the left. Turn right to go under the rail bridge and you will pass St Hedda’s Church on the right. From this point you have two choices – to stepping stone or not to stepping stone. Your decision will depend on your sense of adventure and the level of the river water!
|St Hedda's Church to Grosmont T-junction|
Start point: 54.4363 lat, -0.761 long
Turn onto the private drive signed to Grosmont with a fish symbol. This leaping salmon symbol marks the Esk Valley route that you will be following all the way back to Whitby. The River Esk is Yorkshire’s only salmon river and is popular with fisherman for catching both salmon and trout.
|Grosmont T-junction to Grosmont Farm Yard|
Start point: 54.4386 lat, -0.7315 long
Cross over and turn left along the pavement then take the first right. Continue on the main lane passing the Priory Park housing development on the right. As the main lane swings sharp left, keep ahead to join a stone bridleway.
|Grosmont Farm Yard to Newbiggin Hall|
Start point: 54.4448 lat, -0.719 long
Keep straight ahead through the centre of the farm yard and follow the stone bridleway out the other side. Climb steadily and cross a stream. Ignore the left waymark, seemingly into the undergrowth, just continue for a few more yards to turn left through the gate into woodland.
|Newbiggin Hall to Footbridge|
Start point: 54.4502 lat, -0.7054 long
Pass through the gate just beyond the hall and keep ahead close to the right-hand fence. Pass through two more gates to enter a section of woodland. Follow the path through the wood and out of the gate at the far side. Keep straight ahead following the fence on the right. Ignore the first gate on the right, instead follow the field edge as it swings left to reach the second gate.
|Footbridge to Sleights Station|
Start point: 54.4541 lat, -0.6848 long
Cross the bridge and go through the gate ahead. Follow the path straight across the centre of the field. Keep left at the fork climbing steadily to the next gate ahead. Pass through this and keep ahead with the hedge directly on the left. Continue through two more gates to reach the road with a three way signpost.
|Sleights Station to Hagg Farm|
Start point: 54.4611 lat, -0.6622 long
Leave the station via the gate opposite and go ahead into Lowdale Lane. Ignore the left turn into Echo Lane and follow the lane as it swings steadily left. As you reach the road junction ahead, turn left to cross the footbridge into the cricket field.
|Hagg Farm to Ruswarp Station|
Start point: 54.4612 lat, -0.6423 long
Keep ahead passing the buildings and cow sheds to the right, on the slope heading steadily downhill. Keep right at the fork to cross the next stile alongside a gate. Keep close to the hedge on the right, following it as it swings right and downhill. At the bottom pass through the gate and then turn left to reach the rail crossing.
|Ruswarp Station to Old Railway Cutting|
Start point: 54.4699 lat, -0.6284 long
Keep ahead on the main road passing the Village Hall to the right and the Church of St Bartholomew on the left. Just after house number 8 on the right, turn right on the signed footpath to Whitby. Follow the enclosed path with houses to the right and pass through a kissing gate to join a paved path alongside the tall wall on the right.
|Old Railway Cutting to End|
Start point: 54.4767 lat, -0.621 long
Continue out of the cutting via the steps up on the opposite side. Pass through the kissing gate and at the junction cross straight over the Cinder Track into the field ahead signed for Whitby. Keep ahead following the left-hand fence.
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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