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|Osmotherley and the Cleveland Way|
|Author: DWY, Published: 13 Nov 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, North York Moors|
|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.
|Start to Lady Chapel|
Start point: 54.3673 lat, -1.2983 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.
|Lady Chapel to Viewpoint|
Start point: 54.377 lat, -1.3025 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.
|Viewpoint to Footbridge|
Start point: 54.3847 lat, -1.2978 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.
|Footbridge to Gallops|
Start point: 54.3881 lat, -1.2758 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.
|Gallops to End|
Start point: 54.3693 lat, -1.2854 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!
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author DWY and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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