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Osmotherley and the Cleveland Way

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Osmotherley and the Cleveland Way
Author: DWY, Published: 13 Nov 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star0 Osmotherley and the Cleveland Way Walking Guidestar0 Osmotherley and the Cleveland Way Walking Guidestar0 Osmotherley and the Cleveland Way Walking Guidestar0 Osmotherley and the Cleveland Way Walking Guidestar0 Osmotherley and the Cleveland Way Walking Guide
North Yorkshire, North York Moors
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Osmotherley and the Cleveland Way
Length: 7 miles,  Difficulty: boot Osmotherley and the Cleveland Way Walking Guide boot Osmotherley and the Cleveland Way Walking Guide boot Osmotherley and the Cleveland Way Walking Guide
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A 6.5 mile circular walk from the village of Osmotherley in the Hambleton Hills in North Yorkshire, at the western edge of the North York Moors. The expansive views and peace and quiet are great for you, while your pooch will love the extensive off-lead freedom and a couple of opportunities for a paddle along the way.

Most of the paths are well defined and easy to follow, with a couple of invigorating climbs. The terrain is medium, mostly along easily followed paths through fields and across moors. Much of the route is along the well-marked Cleveland Way. You will need to negotiate some steps, kissing gates, squeeze gaps and stiles. There is plenty of safe off-lead walking for well-behaved dogs, with two chances for a paddle. However, most dogs will need help getting over one of the stiles. Allow 3 hours.

Osmotherley is signposted from the A19 Thirsk to Middlesbrough road and the A684 from Northallerton. By public transport, the No.80 and 89 buses from Northallerton and Stokesley run through Osmotherley. Both are operated by Abbot’s of Leeming. There is street parking in Osmotherley and the walk starts on the Green in the centre of the village. Approximate post code DL6 3AG.

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Walk Sections

Start to Lady Chapel
Start to Lady Chapel

Start point: 54.3673 lat, -1.2983 long
End point: 54.377 lat, -1.3025 long

Start on the green in the centre of Osmotherley by the obelisk, war memorial and bus stop near the Golden Lion and Queen Catherine pubs. Following the sign for Cote Ghyll Caravan Park and the youth hostel, head uphill on the pavement alongside North End. Ignore the first public footpath sign on the left and continue out of the village towards the 30mph road signs. At a Cleveland Way signpost, for Scarth Nick 2.5 miles, head left along Ruebury Lane passing a dog-waste bin at the end of the broad track. After passing the driveways to a number of houses, continue ahead slightly uphill while enjoying the grand views of Black Hambleton, Osmotherley and the Vale of York.

At a fork near the viewpoint, take the right-hand path by an old grizzled sign for Lady Chapel and continue uphill along the winding path. Climb a flight of concrete steps by a blue sign for The Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Grace and walk across the grass passing the Chapel to the right. In this area, dog owners are asked to keep their dogs on the lead.

Lady Chapel to Viewpoint
Lady Chapel to Viewpoint

Start point: 54.377 lat, -1.3025 long
End point: 54.3847 lat, -1.2978 long

Head past another blue sign and follow the path downhill through some trees to a stile – which most dogs will easily pass through or under. Bear left on the path keeping a dry stone wall to the left and head downhill through a wooden gate with a stile (again easily navigated by most dogs), to rejoin the Cleveland Way near Chapel Wood Farm.

Turn right and head along the wide and obvious path, keeping a Hawthorne hedge to the left. After passing through a waymarked kissing gate, take the right-hand path uphill still following the Cleveland Way and clearly signed on the new wooden post. The wide path climbs steadily into South Wood, but thanks to tree-clearance it is not claustrophobic. As the path climbs higher it becomes more rugged before levelling out at a viewpoint across the Vale of York – a good place to take tea!

Viewpoint to Footbridge
Viewpoint to Footbridge

Start point: 54.3847 lat, -1.2978 long
End point: 54.3881 lat, -1.2758 long

The path narrows and continues along the high edge of woodland alongside a dry-stone wall. Keep ahead through two gates (either side of a tarmac road) as the path passes in front of a communications station.

Continue along the path with a dry-stone wall to the right beyond which Roseberry Topping can be seen in the far distance. Bear right and pass through two waymarked gates in quick succession before taking the path stretching out diagonally across Scarth Wood Moor towards the hills. The path undulates downhill with Roseberry Topping and the North Sea visible in the distance.

At a new wooden signpost, turn right off the Cleveland Way following a public bridleway sign towards a tarmac road – which runs to the Cod Beck Reservoir. Turn right along the green path next to the road and, where it turns sharp right towards the car park, keep ahead towards a footbridge over a beck – where your pooch may well take the opportunity for a paddle.

Footbridge to Gallops
Footbridge to Gallops

Start point: 54.3881 lat, -1.2758 long
End point: 54.3693 lat, -1.2854 long

Cross the footbridge and head uphill along the rugged path (High Lane). The path is wide and eroded, with moorland all around. After passing a pathway to the right, which heads down to the reservoir, continue ahead through (or around) a metal gate. With the edge of a plantation to the right, keep ahead with Black Hambleton visible in front.

Ignore two more footpath signs to the right before finally taking a third just before the track reaches a road. Continue on the wide grassy track with a wire and post fence to the right and Black Hambleton to the left, with views of the Vale of York ahead. Where the track ends keep going towards a waymarked stile with a dog-gate. Cross the stile and enter the field, keeping ahead on a grassy downhill path with a dry-stone wall to the left. Continue through a large waymarked wooden gate, where there are panoramic views of Osmotherley and the Vale of York.

Continue downhill to a wooden gate with the warning – ‘caution horses crossing at speed – look left’. Taking heed, pass through the gate and cross the gallops to another gate on the other side. Pass through the gate and turn left downhill with the gallops now to the left.

Gallops to End
Gallops to End

Start point: 54.3693 lat, -1.2854 long
End point: 54.3676 lat, -1.299 long

Look for a wooden Cleveland Way sign in the hedgerow and turn right through a gap in a wall (marked by two tall thin stones). Turn right onto a green track which winds downhill, and head right following the Cleveland Way sign just before reaching Whitehouse Farm. After passing a waymarker on a stump, go through two gates as the path drops downhill towards the woods ahead. Cross a track then head for a waymarked footbridge over a beck visible in the trees ahead – where there is another pooch paddling opportunity!

After crossing the bridge, the path winds steeply up the wooded ridge using a series of steps. At the top, pass through a gap in a wall on to a stone path which becomes enclosed after passing through a waymarked kissing gate. With Osmotherley Church in view, keep ahead through another kissing gate and two narrow gaps to a quiet tarmac road. With your dog back on the lead, cross the road and continue on the narrow path between the cottages of Osmotherley before emerging in the centre of the village opposite the green.

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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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