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|Visit Ryedale: Fox and Rabbit to Pickering|
|Author: VisitRyedale, Published: 19 Apr 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, Ryedale|
|A 6 mile (10 km) linear walk from the village of Lockton (home to the Fox and Rabbit Inn) to the market town of Pickering in Ryedale. Begin by catching the bus from Pickering to Lockton where you can enjoy lunch before beginning the linear walk back into town. Along the way you will enjoy the hillside pastures of Cross Dale, the haunting woodland of Haugh Wood and an idyllic stretch of the river, Pickering Beck. This walk is part of the Visit Ryedale Collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Ryedale District Council. For more visitor information on the area including events and accommodation, go to www.VisitRyedale.co.uk |
The walk has several climbs and descents throughout, including a couple of steep sections near the start. The sections of paths through woodland and pasture can be very muddy, slippery and rutted at times so good boots are a must (or wellingtons with grips in the winter months). You will need to negotiate several wide field gates, a couple of kissing gates, a few footbridges, one stone wall stile and one fence stile. (The wall stile is well built and should be easy for dogs to cross and the fence stile has a field gate alongside which is often unlocked. Even if this gate is locked, there is a gap beneath the gate that most dogs should be able to squeeze through). Many of the fields will be holding sheep and at least one field is used to graze cattle at times so take particular care with dogs. You will need to cross the railway twice, both at unsignalled crossing points so take great care to look and listen for trains before you proceed at these points. Allow 3 hours.
There are public toilets in The Ropery car park (close to Pickering Market Place) and also in Eastgate car park (near the Pickering bus stop). If you are looking for refreshments, the Fox and Rabbit Inn in Lockton is at the start of the walk, you will find Lowther Place Tea Gardens in Newbridge (just after waypoint 3) and there are plenty of pubs and cafes centred around the Market Place in Pickering at the end of the walk. OS Map: Explorer OL27 North York Moors Eastern Area. This walk follows public footpaths and bridleways which cross private and public land. Please respect people’s privacy, keep dogs under control and remember the Countryside Code.
Pickering is located on the junction between the A169 and the A170, about 17 miles inland from Scarborough. We suggest beginning your adventure in Pickering, perhaps spending the morning exploring the town, before catching the bus to Lockton’s Fox and Rabbit to begin your walk. The bus route to take you to Lockton is the 840 Coastliner which runs 7 days per week, but frequency varies so check timetables before you set out by visiting www.traveline.info.
|Start to Farwath Farm|
Start point: 54.2825 lat, -0.7032 long
The walk starts at the Fox and Rabbit bus stop in Lockton (for details of how to access this, see the Getting There section of this guide). Alight from the bus, cross over the road and turn left along the grass verge heading towards the T-junction. You will find the dog-friendly Fox and Rabbit Inn on your right, the perfect spot for a bite of lunch before you start your walk back to Pickering.
|Farwath Farm to Yatts Farm|
Start point: 54.284 lat, -0.7276 long
Just beyond the buildings, you will come to a wide gate ahead, marking the rail crossing. NOTE: This is an official crossing point but is not signalled, so take great care to look and listen for trains before you cross. Cross the railway and follow the track ahead. Stay with the track as it swings right over a larger stream, fed by Chalybeate Spring. Simply stay with this main track, climbing steadily into woodland.
|Yatts Farm to Newbridge Road|
Start point: 54.2842 lat, -0.7556 long
This next bit of navigation needs a bit of concentration, as there are few waymark arrows. Walk ahead on the concrete track, passing a barn on your right. At the end of the barn, turn left through the wide gate to enter the pasture (which is likely to be holding sheep). Walk ahead for a few paces until you draw level with the telegraph pole and then turn right, picking up the start of a subtle vehicle track. This leads you between a pond (on your left) and the end of a tree line (on your right).
|Newbridge Road to Pickering Station Car Park|
Start point: 54.2586 lat, -0.769 long
Turn right along the grass verge and follow the road over the Newbridge level crossing and over the river, Pickering Beck (taking care of any traffic). 100 metres later, just as the pavement begins, you will come to a junction. If you fancy refreshments at this point, Lowther Place Tea Gardens (walkers and dogs welcome) are just across to the left. Otherwise, to continue the route, turn right over the metal footbridge across the river.
|Pickering Station Car Park to End|
Start point: 54.2496 lat, -0.779 long
At the car park entrance, bear right again and cross the river via the footbridge. Turn left to join the tree-lined path and stay with this main path meandering ahead. You will emerge into the car park of Beck Isle Museum, which houses artefacts and photos depicting the history of Pickering and Ryedale.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author visitryedale 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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