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|Visit Ryedale: Pickering Castle and Newbridge|
|Author: visitryedale, Published: 25 Apr 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, Ryedale|
|A 2.5 mile (4km) circular walk from the market town of Pickering in Ryedale. The route heads north through quiet lanes and pastures to the railway crossing at Newbridge before climbing into woodland to visit Pickering Castle on the return leg. 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 a few climbs and descents throughout. You will need to negotiate one stile, several kissing gates, a footbridge and two flights of steps. The stile has wooden fencing surrounds suitable for medium-large dogs to pass through. The paths through woodland and pastures can get muddy. One field is used to graze cattle at times so take particular care with dogs. You will need to cross the railway at an unsignalled crossing point so take great care to look and listen for trains before you proceed at this point. You will have good views of Pickering Castle from the public paths, but should you wish to enter the grounds, these are managed by English Heritage and entrance fees apply. Allow 1.5 hours.
There are public toilets in The Ropery car park (at the start of the walk). If you are looking for refreshments, 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. The walk starts and finishes outside the library on The Ropery, opposite the entrance for the short-stay car park. If you are coming by car, we suggest parking in the Vivis Lane long stay pay and display car park (just south of the A170) which will allow you to spend a few hours exploring Pickering after your walk. 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 then take the first left into The Ropery (passing The Ropery short stay car park on your right). You will reach the library on your left. If you are coming by public transport, The Ropery bus stops are directly outside the library. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit www.traveline.info.
|Start to Beacon Park|
Start point: 54.2458 lat, -0.7795 long
Standing with your back to Pickering Library, turn left along the pavement and follow this over Pickering Beck. A few metres later, immediately before Pickering Station, turn left into Bridge Street. Follow this pavement crossing over the beck once more and passing Beck Isle Museum across to your right. Swap to the right-hand pavement at this point.
|Beacon Park to Stile|
Start point: 54.2471 lat, -0.7825 long
At the end of First Avenue you will see a choice of two footpaths, one ahead and one to the right. Turn right and follow the narrow path between fences. The ground across to the left here is Beacon Hill, which once housed a motte and bailey castle and, much later, a nuclear observation bunker. Continue until the fence on the left ends. At this point you will have great views ahead of Pickering Church (to the right) and Pickering Castle (to the left). At this junction turn left, continuing between fences.
|Stile to Railway Crossing|
Start point: 54.2518 lat, -0.7791 long
Cross the stile, and walk across the pasture at about 1 o’clock (heading for the right-hand end of a line of trees) to reach a wide field gate. Pass through this and continue ahead on the stone vehicle track. Follow the vehicle track all the way to its end where it leads you into the garden of Rock Cottage (don’t worry, this is a public right of way). This property is home to an artist and the garden studio is often open to the public if you wish to browse. Keep straight ahead, passing the studio and house on your left and garden buildings on your right.
|Railway Crossing to Pickering Castle|
Start point: 54.2566 lat, -0.7708 long
Keep ahead, passing another row of terraced cottages on your left and then crossing the metal footbridge which leads you over Pickering Beck. If you are looking for refreshments at this point, Lowther Place Tea Gardens (walkers and dogs welcome) are along the driveway opposite.
|Pickering Castle to End|
Start point: 54.2495 lat, -0.7765 long
Turn left (away from the castle entrance) and then fork right down the steps leading you to the road. Turn right and then immediately left into Castle Road. Continue over the brow of the hill and then keep ahead on the tarmac path which leads you steadily downhill. At the bottom you will emerge to a junction with Park Street. Keep ahead along the pavement, passing the rail station on your right. Pass the end of Market Place on your left and a short distance later you will come to the library where this walk began.
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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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