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|Danby, Oakley Side and Clitherbeck|
|Author: Claire, Published: 13 Jun 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, N York Moors|
|A 3 mile fairly strenuous circular walk from the Moors Centre at Danby in the heart of the North York Moors. The route heads out along the side of the Esk Valley on a quiet lane between pastures, before climbing up to join lanes and paths through the open moors for the return leg. There are stunning views across the moorland and valley throughout. |
The walk includes several long and fairly steep slopes both up and down. The paths are a mixture of field/moorland and quiet lanes, the former of which can get very muddy and boggy. There are four stiles on route – two of which have dog gates, but of the other two, one is a tall ladder stile and the other has wire fence surrounds so dogs will need a lift over. Some of the fields may be holding cattle and of course the moors are home to lots of sheep. There are public toilets at the visitor centre at the start of the walk. Approximate time 2 hours.
Danby is accessed via the A171 between Guisborough and Whitby. Follow the signs from the A171 south to the village of Danby and then follow the brown tourism signs for the Moors Centre. The walk starts from the pay and display car park for the Moors Centre on Lodge Lane. Approximate post code YO21 2NB.
|Start to Park House|
Start point: 54.4653 lat, -0.8945 long
Leave the Moors Centre car park back out via the vehicle entrance and turn left along the edge of the road. Follow the road over the brow of the hill and then look out on the left for a small wooden gate with a footpath sign for Lealholm (with a leaping salmon symbol). Pass through the gate and take the footpath diagonally across the field (at about 1 o’clock if you’re standing with your back to the road).
|Park House to Ladder Stile|
Start point: 54.4637 lat, -0.8872 long
Beyond the trees on the right you get your first view across the valley below to the right. Pass through the gate and keep ahead through the centre of the farm buildings of Butterwick Farm, passing through two more gates on the way.
|Ladder Stile to Moorland Road|
Start point: 54.4617 lat, -0.8676 long
Go up the steps and cross the ladder stile into the field. Bear left and then right to follow the line of the stone wall (on your left) climbing fairly steeply uphill.
|Moorland Road to Cattle Grid|
Start point: 54.4661 lat, -0.8694 long
Turn left along the road, enjoying this section of level walking to catch your breath. The views make the climb worthwhile – up into the moor on the right and for miles across the valley to the left.
|Cattle Grid to Footbridge|
Start point: 54.4668 lat, -0.883 long
Follow the stone road and, as it swings right, fork left down the grass track signed as a footpath. Follow the grass track as it swings left and downhill, alongside the stone wall on the left.
|Footbridge to End|
Start point: 54.4706 lat, -0.8935 long
The stream, Clitherbeck, gets its name from the sound of the water as it rushes over the stones. Clitherbeck is derived from the original local name of Clatterbeck.
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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