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|Visit Ryedale: Pickering and Cawthorn Camps|
|Author: VisitRyedale, Published: 10 May 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, Ryedale|
|A 10 mile (16km) ‘there and back’ walk from the market town of Pickering in Ryedale. The route heads north through the simple landscape of woodland belts, quiet lanes, arable fields and pastures to visit Cawthorn Roman Camps, with its earth remains of Roman fortifications and spectacular views across the moors. 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 follows gentle but long gradients throughout, indeed it is generally one long steady climb on the way to the camps and then one steady descent on the way back. Some of the paths can get very muddy at times so good boots are a must. You will need to negotiate two stiles in each direction (one of which has a tight fence surround so dogs may need a lift over) plus a few single gates. The vast majority of the fields are arable, but you will be crossing two sheep pastures so take particular care with dogs. Entrance to the Roman Camps is free and dogs are welcome. Allow 5 hours.
There are public toilets in The Ropery car park (at the start of the walk). If you are looking for refreshments, you could stock up on supplies in Pickering and then enjoy a picnic on one of the benches in the Roman Camps 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. The walk starts and finishes outside the library on The Ropery, opposite the entrance for the short-stay car park. If you are coming by car, we suggest parking in the Vivis Lane long stay pay and display car park (just south of the A170) which will allow you to spend a few hours exploring Pickering after your walk. The car park fee is £5.80 for the whole day or half price if you use a Ryedale Parking Smartcard (correct May 2016). Approximate post code YO18 8TB. From the car park, walk back to the junction with the A170, turn right along the A170 and then take the first left into The Ropery (passing The Ropery short stay car park on your right). You will reach the library on your left. If you are coming by public transport, The Ropery bus stops are directly outside the library. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit www.traveline.info.
|Start to Crook Lane|
Start point: 54.2456 lat, -0.7793 long
Standing with your back to Pickering Library, turn left along the pavement and follow this over Pickering Beck. A few metres later, immediately before Pickering Station, turn left into Bridge Street. Follow this pavement crossing over the beck once more and passing Beck Isle Museum across to your right. Swap to the right-hand pavement at this point.
|Crook Lane to Sheep Pasture|
Start point: 54.253 lat, -0.7927 long
Follow this ancient green lane, now a narrow footpath, all the way to its end where you will emerge to the corner of a large crop field. Follow the path, as directed by the arrow, bearing left and following the line of hedgerow on your left. When this hedgerow ends, bear right (at about 1 o’clock) on the narrow path which passes diagonally through the crop field.
|Sheep Pasture to High Nova Farm|
Start point: 54.2695 lat, -0.7876 long
Cross this stile into the sheep pasture (there is a sliding dog gate incorporated within the stile) and turn left to follow the path around the left-hand field boundary (ahead and then right). In the far left-hand corner cross the stile to leave the pasture and keep straight ahead with a hedgerow on your left and large crop field on your right.
|High Nova Farm to Welcome Board|
Start point: 54.2843 lat, -0.7977 long
Keep straight ahead to join the unmade track, signed as a public bridleway. You will come to a T-junction with a belt of woodland ahead. Turn right and follow the fenced grass track with the woodland running on your left. At the end of the grass track you will emerge to the edge of a crop field. Keep straight ahead on the path through the crop and pick up the continuation of the grass track at the far side. Keep ahead on the track which leads you to a wide metal gate ahead. (NOTE: This next field is likely to be holding sheep).
|Welcome Board to View Point|
Start point: 54.2963 lat, -0.799 long
Standing facing this noticeboard, turn left to join the stone path (waymarked with a Roman helmet symbol). You will be following these waymarks for the full loop around the camps. At the first fork keep right and pass through the single wooden gate to enter the fenced area of the Roman Camps. Keep ahead on the stone path, passing an area of open heath on your left and then winding through the woodland.
|View Point to Field Gate|
Start point: 54.2999 lat, -0.8022 long
Take time to enjoy the views from this spectacular vantage point. The vistas from the viewpoint almost defy description, seeming to stretch forever on a clear day. From this vantage point the splendour of the North York Moors quite literally unfolds in front of you – across Cropton Forest and on across the beautiful moors.
|Field Gate to Farm Track|
Start point: 54.2933 lat, -0.8017 long
Pass through the gate to enter the sheep pasture and walk directly ahead, following the fence line on your right. Where this fence steps back, simply continue ahead passing to the left of the trees within the field and leaving the pasture via the gate in the top corner. Now follow the obvious bridleway track ahead, with open crop fields to your left. Cross straight over a section of crop field and keep ahead to re-join the track.
|Farm Track to Tunnel of Trees|
Start point: 54.277 lat, -0.7949 long
Follow the farm track ahead and, just 40 metres after a broken wall and hedgerow begins on your right, turn right to join a path along the edge of a crop field with the hedgerow running on your right. Along this stretch you will have great views across the valley into Pickering at about 11 o’clock. At the end of this crop field, cross the stile ahead to enter the sheep pasture. Follow the right-hand field boundary, ahead and then left, to reach the stile visible at about 11 o’clock.
|Tunnel of Trees to End|
Start point: 54.2623 lat, -0.7868 long
Follow this narrow tree-lined path all the way back down to the T-junction with Middleton Road. Turn left along the pavement which leads you ahead for a long stretch before bending right and then left into Potter Hill. Keep ahead on this pavement crossing over Pickering Beck to reach the crossroads with the rail station on your left and the Market Place ahead. Turn right for a short distance to reach the library where this walk began.
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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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