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May Beck and Sneaton High Moor

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May Beck and Sneaton High Moor
Author: Claire, Published: 01 Jun 2013 Walk Rating:star1 May Beck and Sneaton High Moor Walking Guide star1 May Beck and Sneaton High Moor Walking Guide star1 May Beck and Sneaton High Moor Walking Guide star1 May Beck and Sneaton High Moor Walking Guide star0 May Beck and Sneaton High Moor Walking Guide
North Yorkshire, N York Moors
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
May Beck and Sneaton High Moor
Length: 8 miles,  Difficulty: boot May Beck and Sneaton High Moor Walking Guide boot May Beck and Sneaton High Moor Walking Guide boot May Beck and Sneaton High Moor Walking Guide
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An 8 mile circular walk through the North York Moors National Park. The route follows the pretty May Beck stream before passing through a coniferous plantation and then out into the open moorland. You’ll have chance to enjoy views across the vast expanse of the moors as well as out to sea over the distant cliffs on clear days. The area is also a relatively quiet part of the National Park – we walked the route on a Saturday in June 2013 and didn’t see another soul the whole way round.

As with any high moorland walk the route is fairly exposed and conditions can change quickly so make sure you are well prepared with appropriate clothing and supplies of food and water. The walk follows a mixture of riverside, woodland and moor paths all of which can get muddy and some of which can be running with water at certain times of the year so waterproof boots are a must. There are three stiles on route all of which are tall with wire fence surrounds so dogs may need a lift over. There are several steady and long climbs and descents throughout and the paths are very uneven and rocky. The moor is home to many sheep so keep dogs under close control. Approximate time 4 hours.

The walk starts from the stone car park alongside May Beck. To get there, leave the main A171 Robin Hoods Bay Road (Scarborough to Whitby road) onto the B1416. Where the road bends right, turn sharp left onto the dead end road signed to May Beck and a caravan park. Pass by the caravan park on the right and continue for some distance further. Eventually you’ll pass over a small bridge across May Beck and the car park is then immediately on the right. Nearest post code YO22 5JE.

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Walk Sections

Start to Forest Road
Start to Forest Road

Start point: 54.4099 lat, -0.6262 long
End point: 54.397 lat, -0.6323 long

Leave the car park and walk up the wide stone track directly opposite the access road and bridge, heading uphill with May Beck running down on the left. Where the track bends right, fork left onto the grass footpath marked with a yellow arrow. Go down the steps and over the small bridge and then keep right to follow the grass path with the beck now on the right.

Pass through the kissing gate and follow the rocky valley path for some distance. The path eventually veers left away from the stream and into an area of coniferous woodland. After some distance the path emerges to reach a T-junction with the main forest road.

Forest Road to York Cross
Forest Road to York Cross

Start point: 54.397 lat, -0.6323 long
End point: 54.4016 lat, -0.6482 long

Turn right along the main forest road and you will pass a large pond on the right – the flooded remains of a quarry. Follow the track as it bends first left and then right and ignore the first track off to the left. Continue around the next right hand bend and just a few paces later look out for a grass and stone track to the left. Turn sharp left onto this track.

Soon the trees on the left give way, simply keep ahead on the track as it heads into open moorland. Continue climbing steadily and look out on the right for the remains of York Cross – a stone base and short stone shaft.

York Cross to Trig Point
York Cross to Trig Point

Start point: 54.4016 lat, -0.6482 long
End point: 54.3806 lat, -0.6369 long

Keep ahead on the moorland track and you will emerge to a staggered T-junction with another track alongside a wooden waymark post. Turn sharp left here to follow the heavily eroded track deeper into the moor.

At the brow of the hill the track begins to run parallel with a fence on the right with tumuli beyond it. Ignore the stile on the right, simply keep ahead on the main track with the fence on the right. Further on you’ll pass the remains of Anne’s Cross to the right. Soon after you’ll have clear views of RAF Fylingdales across to the right.

RAF Fylingdales is a radar base which has the motto ‘Vigilamus’ meaning ‘We are watching’. Its primary purpose is to give the UK and US governments early warning of any impending ballistic missile attack, with a secondary purpose of the detection and tracking of orbiting objects in space. The Solid State Phase Array Radar, a large pyramid type structure, is clearly visible from this point.

At length you will reach a T-junction with a stone vehicle track. Turn right and pass through the gate and a few yards later fork left onto the track which passes close by the concrete trig point on the left.

Trig Point to Post 9
Trig Point to Post 9

Start point: 54.3806 lat, -0.6369 long
End point: 54.4036 lat, -0.6159 long

Keep ahead for a further 300 yards and you’ll reach a wooden waymark with blue arrows at a staggered crossroads. If you look to the right you’ll see the obvious outline of Lilla Cross (you can make a small detour to visit this if you wish). Otherwise turn left onto the bridleway.

Follow the bridleway for some distance. To the right you’ll have views across the open moor and across to the left you’ll see the coniferous plantations. Some distance in you’ll cross a stream – simply continue on the obvious bridleway path with the stream now running away to the left.

Later on the path does become a little intermittent, breaking into a few parallel branches. To find your way keep ahead where you can, heading for a lone tree sitting to the right of the furthest corner of the woodland – this is where you need to eventually reach.

Some distance before this tree, the multiple paths converge at a junction of paths with a wooden post carved with the words ‘9 Trail’.

Post 9 to Crossroads
Post 9 to Crossroads

Start point: 54.4036 lat, -0.6159 long
End point: 54.4121 lat, -0.6136 long

Standing with the post and the woodland to the left, take the right hand fork of the two paths ahead of you. Follow this swinging steadily uphill and right. The rocky path soon swings left – ignore the fork marked with a blue arrow to the right here. The path continues to swing left and then swings right by a post marked ‘8 Trail’.

Across to the right you’ll now have views across the hills and cliffs and beyond to the sea. Further along you’ll pass the post marked ‘7 Trail’ and then you’ll come to a crossroads of paths marked with a four-way signpost, with the lone tree you’ve been heading for now close-by on the left.

Crossroads to End
Crossroads to End

Start point: 54.4121 lat, -0.6136 long
End point: 54.41 lat, -0.6258 long

Turn left and then pass through the gate at the end of the stone wall, with the lone tree to the right. Head downhill at 11 o’clock on the fairly obvious grass track. Where the track bends right, fork left onto a small grass path heading for the corner of the woodland alongside a ruined stone barn.

At the corner of the woodland, cross the stile and head at 11 o’clock passing to the left of the stone building. Over the ridge at the bottom of the field, cross another stile and follow the path at about 1 o’clock continuing steeply downhill. From this point you’ll have great views across the valley.

As the path swings left you’ll be able to see the car park in the base of the valley. Follow the grass path as it zig-zags downhill to a stile. Cross this to reach the road, where you need to turn left to cross the bridge and the car park where the walk began will be on the right.

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1 comments for "May Beck and Sneaton High Moor"

Wonderful walk with only the sheep and deer to keep you company. Please take care if the weather does not look good. There are few landmarks so make sure you don't miss a turn.

By Richard on 02 Jun 2013

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When a walk is created and saved in iFootpath its status is automatically set to 'Draft'. This implies that you are still working on it and may want to come back later to add walk sections, images or other information. When you are ready for the walk to be shared with other iFootpath registered users then the status should be changed to 'Ready'. This will automatically notify the system that you want to share the walk. The system will check to ensure you have completed the required information and alert a reviewer. The reviewer will read through to check the content is clean and consistent with our terms of use. This does not check the accuracy of the walk details or any other information. If there are issues with the contents you will be contacted by email. The walk status will also be reset to 'Draft' in this case. More likely, however, that everything is fine in which case its status will be set to 'Published' at which point it becomes available for viewing and downloading by any registered user of iFootpath. This includes download to iFootpath Mobile.

Filters

Filters allow you to narrow down your search for walks of interest. By County restricts the list of walks to those in the selected County. The Filters links at the top of the list page allow you to jump quickly to the filters or to clear them.

Keyword Search

The Keyword search facility will search through the walk descriptions and notes to find words or phrases you specify.

My GPX Files

This page gives you the list of GPX files that you have uploaded from iFootpath mobile (or from other sources). You are able to view, edit, delete or download these files. Once you are happy with your GPX file you can 'convert to walk' to create a draft walk based on this data. This walk will appear under 'Manage My Walks'.

Manage My Walks

The list of walks presented are those you have written and entered into iFootpath. From here you can filter the list if you have lots to narrow down your search, list all or just those with a particular status. If you select a 'Published' or 'Ready' walk you will see a read-only version of your walk, although if 'Ready' you can reset status to 'Draft' again for further editing.

Walk Sections in iFootpath

Each walk section represents a particular piece of a walking route. The start and end of each section are defined by waypoints. Each section joins onto the next to form the complete walk. There is no limit to the number of sections a walk can have, but on a long walk we recommend breaking the route down into manageable pieces that are delineated by particular landmarks, turnings or changes in obvious route. Each section has its own photograph and descriptive text which should hold a photograph that illustrates the section and any instructions or other notes you want to add that may be of use in helping navigation or pointing things out.

Section Title (required)

The section title is used to provide a short name for the section. It is useful in section titles to provide an indication of the start and end, so using names of landmarks, roads, etc is a useful aid. Sections will be named automatically as the name of the waypoint at the end of that section. It is recommended that you rename the sections as something more useful to walkers.

Section Description (required)

This field is used to provide as much information as you wish about the walk section. This should include notes on navigation, even if obvious, and any further information you care to share about views, historical notes, things to look for, etc.

Key Image (recommended)

A picture can save many words and will often be very useful in helping to navigate or spot things along the route. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission.

Map Ref (optional)

This allows the OS Map reference for the start and end of the section to be entered. These should be in the format:

AB 123 456

Further details of this system can be seen on the Ordnance Survey website.

Start/End Point (optional)

This provides the facility to capture the co-ordinates for the start and end points of the walk section. iFootpath will automatically complete this field based on the GPX file used to create the walk.

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