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|Dalby Forest and the Bridestones|
|Author: DWY, Published: 16 Aug 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, North York Moors|
|A 5 mile circular walk from Dalby Forest in North Yorkshire. If you want a walk with a sense of wild freedom, where your pooch can enjoy extensive time off the lead on long grassy tracks and paths, this is the one for you. In spite of the title, there is little time spent in the actual forest – most of the walk is in peaceful open countryside with great views of the North York Moors and the almost other-worldly Bridestones. |
The route is mainly on easy to follow tracks and green paths, with an uphill climb at the start. You will need to negotiate a set of stepping stones and there are two stiles along the way, which smaller dogs will be able to squeeze under but larger dogs will need a lift over. Apart from a short section along a quiet, single-track road, well-behaved dogs can be off the lead virtually all the way around. Most of the route is livestock free, but one field may be holding cattle. Suggested map OS Explorer Map North York Moors Eastern Area OL 27. Allow 2.5 hours.
Take the A170 Pickering to Scarborough road to Thornton-le-Dale. Turn off at the crossroads in the centre of the village, and head along Whitby Gate following the signs to Dalby the Great Yorkshire Forest. After about 1.5 miles turn right and follow the road to the forest drive toll-booth. After paying the entrance fee, continue along the road through Low Dalby – passing its visitor centre and car parks. Stay on the forest drive and head to the Low Staindale (Bridestones) car park near Adderstone Wood. There is a sign by the entrance to the car park saying Bridestones. There is a charge per car to enter the Dalby Forest complex, £4 Nov-Feb or £8 Mar-Oct (correct 2016), but once inside, parking is free. Nearest post code YO18 7LR.
|Start to Broad Track|
Start point: 54.3025 lat, -0.6527 long
Take the footpath from the car park and head towards the trees, passing a National Trust sign for The Bridestones. Continue ahead on the path and at a kissing gate, bear right to a fork by a National Trust information board. Take the left path and head uphill, bearing right near the top of the climb through an area of birch trees heading for the open moorland. Continue on towards the impressive Low Bride Stones, now in sight ahead. From here there are great views of Bridestone Griff below and the North York Moors.
|Broad Track to Pasture Road|
Start point: 54.3117 lat, -0.6535 long
Turn left and follow this broad track along the edge of a forest for around 0.5 miles. This is a great area for your dog to romp around! At a National Trust information board by a gate, turn left along an uneven path and keeping the wire and post fence to the right, head towards a pond. The path wiggles downhill and stays close to the fence. At a National Trust marker-post, bear right towards a way-marked stile. (There is no dog-gate here, so pooches will have to jump or be carried over but smaller dogs will probably be able to squeeze under). Turn left immediately through a metal gate leading to an enclosed farm track with wide grass verges on either side. This is another great opportunity for some bounding about!
|Pasture Road to End|
Start point: 54.3056 lat, -0.678 long
Turn left along this single track road (Pasture Road) for a short distance. After the road dips and bears right, follow a green and white public footpath sign to the left along a wide enclosed farm track. Keep ahead through the farm towards a wide metal gate by a National Trust Bridestones sign. Follow the track – it is safe for well-behaved dogs to be off the lead again here – downhill through another gate towards a house.
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Lovely walk, not too arduous, lots of varied scenery. Great for the dog, off the lead for most of the time.
|By rogeronfoot on 2016-10-22 08:21:59|
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