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|Visit Ryedale: Pickering and Ings Bridge|
|Author: visitryedale, Published: 18 May 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, Ryedale|
|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.
|Start to Mill Lane|
Start point: 54.2458 lat, -0.7794 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.
|Mill Lane to Pickering Low Mill|
Start point: 54.2412 lat, -0.7797 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).
|Pickering Low Mill to Ings Bridge|
Start point: 54.2332 lat, -0.7856 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.
|Ings Bridge to Twelve Foot Cut|
Start point: 54.2275 lat, -0.7879 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:
|Twelve Foot Cut to Yaud Sike Lane|
Start point: 54.2218 lat, -0.8107 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).
|Yaud Sike Lane to Vivers Mill|
Start point: 54.2334 lat, -0.8016 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.
|Vivers Mill to End|
Start point: 54.2398 lat, -0.781 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).
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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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