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Dalby Forest and the Bridestones

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Dalby Forest and the Bridestones
Author: DWY, Published: 16 Aug 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Dalby Forest and the Brimstones Walking Guide star1 Dalby Forest and the Brimstones Walking Guide star1 Dalby Forest and the Brimstones Walking Guide star1 Dalby Forest and the Brimstones Walking Guide star1 Dalby Forest and the Brimstones Walking Guide
North Yorkshire, North York Moors
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Dalby Forest and the Bridestones
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Dalby Forest and the Brimstones Walking Guide boot Dalby Forest and the Brimstones Walking Guide
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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.

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Walk Sections

Start to Broad Track
Start to Broad Track

Start point: 54.3025 lat, -0.6527 long
End point: 54.3117 lat, -0.6535 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.

The Bridestones are knobbly sandstone outcrops formed 150 million years ago, and can be seen along the nature trail in Dalby Forest surrounded by 300 acres of moorland.

Having past the stones, there is the option of a quick detour to the left to view the High Bride Stones as well. The walk however, continues to the right at this point following a yellow way-marker along a narrow path through the heather on Bridestones Moor, making for the tree line in front. The path comes out on to a broad track.

Broad Track to Pasture Road
Broad Track to Pasture Road

Start point: 54.3117 lat, -0.6535 long
End point: 54.3056 lat, -0.678 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!

Approaching some farm buildings, turn right following a yellow way-marker into a field following the hedge line and fence to the left. NOTE: Look out for cattle at this point. At the corner of the fence, follow another yellow way-marker to the left on a grassy path along the edge of bank which slopes away to the right. With a wire and post fence to the left, head towards the tree line in front, while looking for a stile at the bottom right-hand side of this rectangular enclosure.

Cross the stile into the next field – again there is no dog-gate so most pooches will need a hand to get over. Keep straight ahead along the edge of the field respecting the landowner’s request to ‘use the grass verge’ with the fence and dry-stone wall to the right. Bear left, staying on the edge of the field, but now with buildings in view ahead and to the right. Head towards a wooden gate and pass through this to reach a single track road, Pasture Road.

Pasture Road to End
Pasture Road to End

Start point: 54.3056 lat, -0.678 long
End point: 54.3027 lat, -0.6529 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.

After bearing right past the front of the house, turn immediately left. After passing chicken coops at the rear of the house, the path turns into a grassy track as it heads downhill towards a stream. Use the stepping stones to cross the stream, and continue ahead, with trees and a wire and post fence to the left, towards a kissing gate. Pass through the gate and head back along the path to the car park.

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1 responses to "Dalby Forest and the Bridestones"

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

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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