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Visit Ryedale: Pickering and Ings Bridge

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Visit Ryedale: Pickering and Ings Bridge
Author: visitryedale, Published: 18 May 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Visit Ryedale: Pickering and Ings Bridgestar1 Visit Ryedale: Pickering and Ings Bridgestar1 Visit Ryedale: Pickering and Ings Bridgestar1 Visit Ryedale: Pickering and Ings Bridgestar0 Visit Ryedale: Pickering and Ings Bridge
North Yorkshire, Ryedale
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Visit Ryedale: Pickering and Ings Bridge
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Visit Ryedale: Pickering and Ings Bridge boot Visit Ryedale: Pickering and Ings Bridge boot Visit Ryedale: Pickering and Ings Bridge
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IMPORTANT NOTE: Please read the full access information below before setting out, as there are some circumstances under which this walking route is not recommended.

A 5.5 mile (9km) circular walk (which can be shortened to 3 miles) from the market town of Pickering in Ryedale. The route heads south and west following the line of the idyllic Pickering Beck through meadows and pastures to reach the pretty stone Ings Bridge before returning either via quiet lanes for the shorter version or via peaceful fields and pastures for the longer version. 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 is relatively flat with only a couple of gentle gradients. The paths across the flood meadows, pastures and fields can get very muddy at times and so this walk is NOT recommended after long periods of rain, nor when Pickering Beck is in flood. You will need to negotiate some gates, footbridges plus 9 stiles for the shorter version (or 12 for the longer version) including a few stiles with tight fence surrounds so dogs will need a lift over. You will be sharing some of the pastures with cattle and some of the pastures with sheep, so take particular care with dogs. The waymarks for the footpaths are very intermittent meaning that navigation needs care; using the live GPS map on the iFootpath App will help considerably for this route. In addition to missing waymarkers and footpath signs, we also came across a number of electric fences across the paths and missing stiles (meaning some fence climbing and ducking under wires was required). Most of these access problems can be avoided by following the shorter route, but even this version had one electric fence to duck underneath when we walked. Allow 3 hours.

There are public toilets in The Ropery car park (at the start of the walk). If you are looking for refreshments, 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 May 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.

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Walk Sections

Start to Mill Lane
Start to Mill Lane

Start point: 54.2458 lat, -0.7794 long
End point: 54.2412 lat, -0.7797 long

Standing with your back to Pickering Library, turn right along the pavement to reach the A170. Turn right for a few paces then use the pedestrian crossing to cross over the A170 and walk ahead into the side road, Vivis Lane. Continue past the long-stay car park on your right and then swap to the left-hand pavement at this point.

Stay with this pavement which leads you to a junction with an access road (and a bridge across the beck to your left). Turn left over the bridge and follow the access lane as it swings right. As you reach the fence line ahead, turn left to join the narrow tarmac path between fences. At the junction in the path, turn right and follow the path passing a fenced utility building on your right. Stay with this path between hedgerows, with the car parking area for the football ground across to your left. You will emerge out to a junction with Mill Lane.

Mill Lane to Pickering Low Mill
Mill Lane to Pickering Low Mill

Start point: 54.2412 lat, -0.7797 long
End point: 54.2332 lat, -0.7856 long

Turn right for a few paces and then turn left over the stile (with adjacent dog gate) to enter the flood meadow (a former pasture). Walk straight ahead through the centre of this meadow, passing houses across to your left. At the end of the first stretch, the path bears slightly left, passing an old concrete ladder stile to cross over the line of a dismantled railway (with the old railway bridge across the beck to your right).

Beyond the old railway, keep directly ahead through the meadow, with Pickering Beck running across to your right. Just before you reach some farm buildings on your left, you will come to a fork in the path. Take the right-hand branch and follow this as it leads you directly alongside the beck on your right.

Pickering Beck is a beautiful stream, fed from the North York Moors. It follows a meandering course alongside the North Yorkshire Moors Railway as it approaches the town of Pickering from the north. Along this stretch, south of the town, it has powered a number of mills for many centuries. Recent work has been undertaken to help reduce the flood risk to Pickering and also to support the water’s wildlife. In recent years, otters have been spotted in the beck so keep your eyes peeled.

Cross the stile ahead to enter a pasture and continue on the waterside path. Further along, where the beck swings sharp right, bear left to cut off the corner of this beck loop, to reach the stile in the field corner (once more directly alongside the beck). Cross this stile to enter the corner of a crop field and continue ahead with the beck running on your right. Stay with this waterside path, passing a young plantation on your left and you will come to the next stile (at the edge of a cattle pasture). Cross the stile and walk ahead (along the right-hand edge of this short pasture) to leave via the stile at the far side. On your right here are the pretty buildings, weir and footbridge of Pickering Low Mill.

Pickering Low Mill to Ings Bridge
Pickering Low Mill to Ings Bridge

Start point: 54.2332 lat, -0.7856 long
End point: 54.2275 lat, -0.7879 long

Beyond this mill, cross the next stile ahead to enter a large cattle pasture. Follow the right-hand field boundary, staying close to the beck on your right. In the field corner, cross the stile alongside the large oak tree (you may need to duck under an electric fence to reach this). Keep ahead, crossing a concrete access track and continuing on the narrow path with a tall fence on your left and the beck on your right.

Follow this narrow section of path, passing through a gateway and eventually emerging to the corner of a crop field. Continue ahead, still following the line of the beck on your right. Now keep in the same direction to pass along the right-hand edge of two sheep pastures, crossing two stiles and a gate along the way. You will emerge out onto Ings Lane, with Ings Bridge on your right. This stone arched bridge across the beck is an old, some say medieval, packhorse bridge and is Grade II listed.

Ings Bridge to Twelve Foot Cut
Ings Bridge to Twelve Foot Cut

Start point: 54.2275 lat, -0.7879 long
End point: 54.2218 lat, -0.8107 long

Turn right along the lane (crossing the road bridge alongside Ings Bridge), ignore the stile on your left and continue on the lane to reach the T-junction. At this point you have two choices:

For the shorter route (which misses out the challenging obstacles of missing stiles and wire fences), turn right to join Leas Lane. Follow the lane for 0.8 miles until you reach a minor crossroads (with a stone farm track to the left and tarmac lanes ahead and right). Turn right here and pick up the directions at the point marked in the section called ‘Yaud Sike Lane to Vivers Mill’.

For the full route (which includes more challenging obstacles and the chance of needing to turn back should any parts be impassable), turn left along the lane. Continue past North Barker Stakes Farm on your right and then Barker Stakes Farm (with its timber lodges) also on your right. At this point Pickering Beck will be running alongside the road, on your left. Follow the lane as it dog-legs right and then left (ignoring the track to Ings Hill on your right). About 120 metres later, turn right onto the side branch of the lane. Follow this as it swings left and then right, passing the house and main buildings of Combined Ings Farm on your left.

You will come to the edge of a large crop field ahead. Take the track across the centre of the field at about 11 o’clock. Ahead and just to your left you will be able to see (and probably hear) the rollercoasters of Flamingo Land. At the end of this first field, walk ahead (between an oak tree on your right and hedge on your left) to enter a second field. Turn right through this field (you should be able to pick up a set of tractor lines running through the crop, running parallel to the field boundary on your right). At the far side, cross the earth bridge across the drainage ditch to enter a third field (a hay meadow when we walked). Walk across this field at about 11 o’clock, heading for a gap in the hedgerow at the far side. As you reach this point, a wide sleeper bridge leads you over a large drainage ditch, Twelve Foot Cut.

Twelve Foot Cut to Yaud Sike Lane
Twelve Foot Cut to Yaud Sike Lane

Start point: 54.2218 lat, -0.8107 long
End point: 54.2334 lat, -0.8016 long

Immediately beyond the bridge turn right and follow the grass path along the edge of the crop field (with Twelve Foot Cut drainage ditch running on your right). Follow the waterside path, ignoring the next three bridges (a sleeper bridge and two stone arch bridges) on your right. Just 30 metres beyond the second stone bridge, turn right over a wooden footbridge (back across Twelve Foot Cut).

Pass through the low gate (or step over it) to enter the grass pasture. NOTE: You may come across dairy cattle in any of the next few fields, although these were held behind electric fencing when we walked. Keep straight ahead through this pasture, following the line of a smaller drainage ditch on your right.

Keep ahead along the right-hand edge of a number of pastures, staying close to the drainage ditch on your right. NOTE: Unfortunately, this footpath is not well maintained and so you may need to open a few makeshift gates or duck under electric or wire fencing along the way. The path soon becomes a farm track leading you along the edge of these fields. Where the farm track swings right across the ditch, do NOT follow this, instead go straight ahead (ducking under a wire fence if you need to) and walk ahead through the grass pasture with the ditch still on your right.

You will come to a wooden fence ahead. Do NOT turn right through the gate, instead cross the fence ahead (the stile was missing when we walked) and follow the grass path with a rough meadow on your left and the ditch still on your right. Go through the gap in the hedge and continue ahead with a crop field now on your left. In the field corner, turn right to cross a (slightly wonky) footbridge and stile to reach a second crop field. Cross this field at about 11 o’clock and at the far side you will reach the end of a pretty grass track, Yaud Sike Lane.

Yaud Sike Lane to Vivers Mill
Yaud Sike Lane to Vivers Mill

Start point: 54.2334 lat, -0.8016 long
End point: 54.2398 lat, -0.781 long

Follow this green track ahead and it will lead you past several sheep pastures on your right. Soon the spire of the church in Pickering becomes visible at about 1 o’clock. After about 0.4 miles you will come to a fork in the track. Keep with the main track which swings right to become another farm access track known as Broadrum Lane. At the end of the stone track, you will come to a crossroads with vehicle lanes. Go straight ahead to join the narrow tarmac lane.

NOTE: If you are following the shorter route, pick up the directions from this point.

Follow the lane as it swings left and in the fields across to the left you will see Goslip Bridge, a pretty stone road bridge crossing the now dismantled railway (which once connected Pickering to Rillington Junction and Malton).

Further along, stay with the main tarmac lane that swings right to pass Vivers Mill on your left. There has been water mill on this site since 1198. Through the Middle Ages it was a paper mill and is thought to have had connections with Rievaulx Abbey. In 1740 the mill was sold by Joseph Rowntree, at which time he moved to York to start his chocolate factory. In later years it became a flour mill, successfully producing flour until as late as 1970. Today, the mill has been restored and offers bed and breakfast accommodation.

Vivers Mill to End
Vivers Mill to End

Start point: 54.2398 lat, -0.781 long
End point: 54.2459 lat, -0.7793 long

The lane leads you over the mill race and then swings left, soon leading you over the main branch of Pickering Beck with a beautiful weir to your left. As you draw level with house number 2A on your left, ignore the stile to your right (this was the path from your outward leg), continue for a few more metres and then turn left onto the narrow stone path between hedgerows (signed as a public footpath).

From this point you will be retracing your steps back to the start point. Turn left at the T-junction and follow the path as it swings right, becoming an access lane which leads you back over the beck. At the far side of this bridge, turn immediately right to join the pavement along Vivis Lane. As you draw level with the long-stay car park on your left, swap to the left-hand pavement and continue up to the T-junction with the A170. Cross over via the pedestrian crossing, turn right for a few paces and then turn left into The Ropery which leads you back to the library where this walk began.

With a castle, museum, several theatres and a heritage steam railway, Pickering has plenty on offer to while away the rest of your day. Surrounding the Market Place 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. For more visitor information on the area including events and accommodation, go to www.VisitRyedale.co.uk

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1 responses to "Visit Ryedale: Pickering and Ings Bridge"

great walk that initially follows the scenic beck. lots of wildlife to see along the way.

By Danny1967 on 2016-11-24 22:40:40

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