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|Raincliffe Woods Circular|
|Author: Richard, Published: 03 Jun 2013||Walk Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, N York Moors|
|A 5.5 mile circular walk through the ancient Raincliffe Woods on the edge of the North York Moors. The walk meanders though beautiful ancient woodlands along mostly dirt tracks that can get very muddy in wet weather. There are no stiles and the walk includes several climbs and descents, one climb being fairly steep. Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours. |
Raincliffe Woods has been described as the “the creme de la creme of woodland” by the Woodland Trust and comprises more that 400 acres of open access mainly deciduous woodlands. The woods are designated as Planted Ancient Woodland with some areas of Ancient Semi Natural Woodland. The woods are home to a very large range of native trees with some management to remove unwanted species from the area. In June, when the walk was completed, the paths were surrounded by a wide variety of wild flowers including bluebells and wild garlic.
Raincliffe Woods is situated 2 miles north west of Scarborough. The walk starts from the Dog Bark Bend car park on Low Road, east of the entrance to Ox Pastures Country House Hotel. Nearest post code YO12 5TD.
|Start to Throxenby Mere|
Start point: 54.2862 lat, -0.4625 long
Exit the car park on the left onto a wide woodland track. Take the lefthand track at the first fork and then at the T-junction turn left to follow the path as it meanders through the woods with a fence and field to your left.
|Throxenby Mere to Top of Hill|
Start point: 54.2852 lat, -0.4524 long
Turn right along the board walk to follow the perimeter of the lake which will be on your left.
|Top of Hill to Gate into Fields|
Start point: 54.2804 lat, -0.4546 long
Pass through an old metal gate and continue walking for about 1 mile with the fence and fields on your left. Look out for the varied wild flowers and deciduous trees of Raincliffe Woods along this beautiful walk.
|Gate into Fields to Car Park|
Start point: 54.2744 lat, -0.4799 long
At the gate continue straight on with the fence on your left. When you come to the corner of the field turn left. Take care along this stretch of the walk as there is a sheer drop to the right which is disguised by trees and bushes. In about 300 yards you will come to a T-junction, turn sharp right here and start your descent.
|Car Park to Meadow|
Start point: 54.2739 lat, -0.4892 long
Leave the car park by crossing the road and entering the woods opposite. Follow the path as it meanders to the left and reaches another road. Turn right and walk on the edge of the road. Take care as there is fast moving traffic along this road.
|Meadow to End|
Start point: 54.2846 lat, -0.4674 long
Walk through the meadow until you reach a T-junction by an old tree stump. Turn left here and leave the meadow to re-enter the woodland. The area of planted oak trees is known as Raincliffe Meadow and was established by the Woodland Trust.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author Richard 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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|Image by: Anne59 |
Uploaded: 16 Aug 2016
|Image by: Anne59 |
Uploaded: 16 Aug 2016
Anyone know what this is? The top measured about 9" across.
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Uploaded: 16 Aug 2016
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