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Visit Ryedale: Fox and Rabbit to Pickering

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Visit Ryedale: Fox and Rabbit to Pickering
Author: visitryedale, Published: 19 Apr 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star0 Visit Ryedale: Fox and Rabbit to Pickeringstar0 Visit Ryedale: Fox and Rabbit to Pickeringstar0 Visit Ryedale: Fox and Rabbit to Pickeringstar0 Visit Ryedale: Fox and Rabbit to Pickeringstar0 Visit Ryedale: Fox and Rabbit to Pickering
North Yorkshire, Ryedale
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Visit Ryedale: Fox and Rabbit to Pickering
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Visit Ryedale: Fox and Rabbit to Pickering boot Visit Ryedale: Fox and Rabbit to Pickering boot Visit Ryedale: Fox and Rabbit to Pickering
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A 6 mile (10 km) linear walk from the village of Lockton (home to the Fox and Rabbit Inn) to the market town of Pickering in Ryedale. Begin by catching the bus from Pickering to Lockton where you can enjoy lunch before beginning the linear walk back into town. Along the way you will enjoy the hillside pastures of Cross Dale, the haunting woodland of Haugh Wood and an idyllic stretch of the river, Pickering Beck. This walk is part of the Visit Ryedale Collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Ryedale District Council. For more visitor information on the area including events and accommodation, go to www.VisitRyedale.co.uk

The walk has several climbs and descents throughout, including a couple of steep sections near the start. The sections of paths through woodland and pasture can be very muddy, slippery and rutted at times so good boots are a must (or wellingtons with grips in the winter months). You will need to negotiate several wide field gates, a couple of kissing gates, a few footbridges, one stone wall stile and one fence stile. (The wall stile is well built and should be easy for dogs to cross and the fence stile has a field gate alongside which is often unlocked. Even if this gate is locked, there is a gap beneath the gate that most dogs should be able to squeeze through). Many of the fields will be holding sheep and at least one field is used to graze cattle at times so take particular care with dogs. You will need to cross the railway twice, both at unsignalled crossing points so take great care to look and listen for trains before you proceed at these points. Allow 3 hours.

There are public toilets in The Ropery car park (close to Pickering Market Place) and also in Eastgate car park (near the Pickering bus stop). If you are looking for refreshments, the Fox and Rabbit Inn in Lockton is at the start of the walk, you will find Lowther Place Tea Gardens in Newbridge (just after waypoint 3) and there are plenty of pubs and cafes centred around the Market Place in Pickering at the end of the walk. OS Map: Explorer OL27 North York Moors Eastern Area. This walk follows public footpaths and bridleways which cross private and public land. Please respect people’s privacy, keep dogs under control and remember the Countryside Code.

Pickering is located on the junction between the A169 and the A170, about 17 miles inland from Scarborough. We suggest beginning your adventure in Pickering, perhaps spending the morning exploring the town, before catching the bus to Lockton’s Fox and Rabbit to begin your walk. The bus route to take you to Lockton is the 840 Coastliner which runs 7 days per week, but frequency varies so check timetables before you set out by visiting www.traveline.info.

If you are arriving in Pickering by car, use the Vivis Lane long stay pay and display car park (just south of the A170). The car park fee is £5.80 for the whole day or half price if you use a Ryedale Parking Smartcard (correct April 2016). Approximate post code YO18 8TB. From the car park, walk back to the junction with the A170, turn right along the A170 and use the pedestrian crossing to swap to the left-hand pavement (passing The Ropery short stay car park on your left). If you want to explore Pickering before your walk, turn left through the car park to reach the town centre. Otherwise, to reach the bus stop, continue east along the A170 to reach the roundabout. Go straight ahead (there is a crossing point just to your left) into Eastgate and just a few metres along you will find the Royal Oak bus stop (with the Royal Oak pub opposite) from where you can catch the 840 bus to the Fox and Rabbit stop in Lockton. This is where your walk begins.

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Walk Sections

Start to Farwath Farm
Start to Farwath Farm

Start point: 54.2825 lat, -0.7032 long
End point: 54.284 lat, -0.7276 long

The walk starts at the Fox and Rabbit bus stop in Lockton (for details of how to access this, see the Getting There section of this guide). Alight from the bus, cross over the road and turn left along the grass verge heading towards the T-junction. You will find the dog-friendly Fox and Rabbit Inn on your right, the perfect spot for a bite of lunch before you start your walk back to Pickering.

When you are ready to begin your walk, leave the pub’s car park via the vehicle exit onto the main road (the A169). Cross over with care to take the small vehicle lane opposite, the entrance for Farfields Farm (signed as a public bridleway). Where the access lane swings right, go through the bridle gate (NOTE: you may come across livestock from this point) to continue ahead on the grass track.

When the hedgerow and wall on your right ends, bear right (about 2 o’clock) down the steep slope and as you reach the bottom, bear left to follow the path along the gully within the field. Pass through the field gate ahead and continue on the track which now leads you steeply downhill into Cross Dale. Towards the bottom, the path swings left with a fenced woodland running on your left.

A small stream, Crassdale Spring, begins running on your right. Follow the track which bears right over this stream and eventually leads you to a T-junction with another stream ahead. Turn left through the wide gate and follow the track ahead through the farm buildings of Farwath Farm.

Farwath Farm to Yatts Farm
Farwath Farm to Yatts Farm

Start point: 54.284 lat, -0.7276 long
End point: 54.2842 lat, -0.7556 long

Just beyond the buildings, you will come to a wide gate ahead, marking the rail crossing. NOTE: This is an official crossing point but is not signalled, so take great care to look and listen for trains before you cross. Cross the railway and follow the track ahead. Stay with the track as it swings right over a larger stream, fed by Chalybeate Spring. Simply stay with this main track, climbing steadily into woodland.

At the first signed fork, take the left-hand branch, still following the main track which now climbs more steeply through the woodland. The woodland banks here are teeming with moisture-loving plants including grasses, mosses, ferns as well as primroses and wood anemones. At the top (well done!) follow the track as it bears left, leading you between open fields.

At the junction (with a farmhouse across to your right) continue straight ahead to join the tarmac lane, Ruddings Road. Follow this all the way to the end, a T-junction with Yatts Road. Cross over with care to the far grass verge and turn left along this, taking care of traffic as this is a fairly fast-moving road. Continue past the first farm on your right, ignore the side road straight afterwards and continue on the grass verge. Immediately after the second set of farm buildings turn right onto the concrete driveway (alongside a sign for Yatts Farm and signed as a footpath to Newbridge).

Yatts Farm to Newbridge Road
Yatts Farm to Newbridge Road

Start point: 54.2842 lat, -0.7556 long
End point: 54.2586 lat, -0.769 long

This next bit of navigation needs a bit of concentration, as there are few waymark arrows. Walk ahead on the concrete track, passing a barn on your right. At the end of the barn, turn left through the wide gate to enter the pasture (which is likely to be holding sheep). Walk ahead for a few paces until you draw level with the telegraph pole and then turn right, picking up the start of a subtle vehicle track. This leads you between a pond (on your left) and the end of a tree line (on your right).

Follow this stone and grass vehicle track steadily downhill to reach a field gate. Pass through this and stay with the track which bears left to reach a second gate 100 metres later. Pass through the gate and keep ahead on the grass track for just 50 metres to reach a fork. Take the left-hand branch which leads you ahead before swinging right then left to reach a stile (with field gate alongside).

Cross the stile (or use the gate alongside which is often open) and walk straight ahead on the track through Haugh Wood. At the first 3-way fork take the central path and continue to reach a second junction (within a rocky section of track). Ignore the track forking left (steeply uphill) and the track forking sharp right (heading backwards) instead follow the central track, through the rocky area (bearing right then left) and continuing as a fairly level grass track (which can be very muddy in places).

Follow this track for some distance and you will pass signs warning you of the MOD Rifle Range which is ahead (this is in use on Sundays so please keep children and dogs close). Eventually you will come to a junction with a small wooden hut on the left and a rifle range building concealed in an earth bund on your right. Fork left immediately after the hut, crossing the grassland within the rifle range and then merging with another stone track. Follow this track which leads you past a number of low gravel-topped wooden shooting platforms on your left.

The track leads you out of the woodland to reach Newbridge Quarry. NOTE: This is a working quarry so please follow any local safety notices. Keep directly ahead, passing between the quarry buildings and then continue on the vehicle access road, using the purpose-built pedestrian walkways to the side of the driveway where these are marked. At the end of the access road you will come to a T-junction with Newbridge Road.

Newbridge Road to Pickering Station Car Park
Newbridge Road to Pickering Station Car Park

Start point: 54.2586 lat, -0.769 long
End point: 54.2496 lat, -0.779 long

Turn right along the grass verge and follow the road over the Newbridge level crossing and over the river, Pickering Beck (taking care of any traffic). 100 metres later, just as the pavement begins, you will come to a junction. If you fancy refreshments at this point, Lowther Place Tea Gardens (walkers and dogs welcome) are just across to the left. Otherwise, to continue the route, turn right over the metal footbridge across the river.

Keep ahead passing the row of stone cottages on your right to reach the rail crossing. NOTE: Once again, this is an official but unsignalled crossing point so take care to look and listen for trains before you proceed. Cross the railway via the two kissing gates and keep ahead on the tarmac path at the far side. Pass the end of a row of terraced cottages to reach a crossroads.

Turn left through a gateway to join an enclosed track. Simply follow this track ahead, passing farm buildings on your left and then passing Rock Cottage on your right. This property is home to an artist and the garden studio is often open to the public if you wish to browse. Beyond the cottage, set within the rock wall to your right, you will see the beautiful entrance tunnels from the old quarry here.

Keep ahead on the track until the point where it swings sharp right. Do NOT follow the track, instead go ahead through the vehicle gate to enter the pasture (which may be holding cattle). Walk at about 11 o’clock to reach the far left corner, alongside Pickering Beck. Cross the wall stile and join the narrow tarmac path running alongside the pretty stretch of Pickering Beck. Further along you are forced to cross the river via a stone footbridge. Now bear right along the stone track and you will come to a junction, with the North Yorkshire Moors Railway level crossing on your left. Bear right to follow the access lane for Pickering Station’s car park.

Pickering Station Car Park to End
Pickering Station Car Park to End

Start point: 54.2496 lat, -0.779 long
End point: 54.2464 lat, -0.779 long

At the car park entrance, bear right again and cross the river via the footbridge. Turn left to join the tree-lined path and stay with this main path meandering ahead. You will emerge into the car park of Beck Isle Museum, which houses artefacts and photos depicting the history of Pickering and Ryedale.

Leave the car park ahead and turn left along the pavement, following this as it crosses the river. Just 60 metres later you will come to the crossroads at the centre of Pickering where this walk ends. With a castle, several theatres and a heritage railway, Pickering has plenty on offer to while away the rest of your day. Just to the left is Pickering Station from where you can catch the heritage steam trains. Ahead is Market Place where you will find several pubs and cafes as well as traditional local shops selling top quality goods and, in many cases, local and fair-trade produce. To return to the long stay car park turn right to reach the junction with the A170 and you will see the car park signed ahead and to your right. For more visitor information on the area including events and accommodation, go to www.VisitRyedale.co.uk

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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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