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|Lower Dunsforth Loop|
|Author: DogWalksYorkshire, Published: 20 Feb 2017||Walk Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, Aldborough|
|A 4 mile circular walk from the village of Lower Dunsforth, near to Aldborough in North Yorkshire. This walk is great if you are after a relaxing riverside walk (perhaps where your dog can easily have a paddle or a swim). The countryside around the River Ure and Lower Dunsforth is gently undulating, so if you are not up for lots of energetic climbing this is perfect. It’s also very pretty. |
The terrain is fairly easy going, on quiet roads, through fields and by the riverside on grassy paths. You will need to negotiate several gates plus 7 stiles. Whilst about half of the stiles have adjacent dog gates, dogs will probably need a lift over some of the others. You are likely to come across cattle and sheep in some of the fields. A few of the narrower sections can get a bit overgrown. Allow 2 hours.
Lower Dunsforth is signposted from the B6265 heading south from Boroughbridge or north from Green Hammerton on the A59 York to Harrogate road. Roadside parking is available in the village. The walk starts by information board for the Lower Dunsforth Loop in front of the pub. Approximate post code YO26 9SA.
|Start to Howe Field Road|
Start point: 54.0771 lat, -1.3292 long
From the Lower Dunsforth Loop information board in front of the pub, head along the pavement at the side of the road with the pub to the left. The grass verge is wide, with plenty of room for your pooch to walk on. After a short distance, there are two wooden footpath signs visible on the other (right) side of the road. Follow the second one across a stile (Izzy needed lifting over this one) on to a narrow but short snicket (passageway). Pass through a gate at the end of the snicket into a field and head diagonally towards a stile and tree in the left corner of the field.
|Howe Field Road to Footbridge|
Start point: 54.0728 lat, -1.3215 long
Cross the road and go ahead along the quiet lane with hedgerows on either side. At the farm buildings, bear right (still on the lane), then left onto what has now become a farm track.
|Footbridge to River Ure Lane|
Start point: 54.0706 lat, -1.3046 long
After crossing the footbridge over the beck, turn right along a grassy track towards the River Ure. The path then heads left, along the top of the embankment – good romping terrain for your dog when cattle and sheep are not about. Keep to the riverside path for some distance and pass through numerous gates marking the boundaries of fields – while enjoying views of the river and the occasional boat. Many dogs will want to jump in the water for a quick swim! The earliest recorded name for the River Ure is Earp. It was not until Tudor times that it was known as the Ure.
|River Ure Lane to End|
Start point: 54.0805 lat, -1.3351 long
Keep to the path by the river for a short while before turning left to follow River Ure Lane, a path heading away from the river, across a field towards trees, a hedge line and some gates (note that the waymarker was missing last time we visited). Turn left at the gates onto the road and keep left at the junction back into Lower Dunsforth village. You will reach the information board on the left where the 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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