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Levisham and Newton Dale

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Levisham and Newton Dale
Author: DogWalksYorkshire, Published: 09 Mar 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Levisham and Newton Dale Walking Guide star1 Levisham and Newton Dale Walking Guide star1 Levisham and Newton Dale Walking Guide star1 Levisham and Newton Dale Walking Guide star1 Levisham and Newton Dale Walking Guide
North Yorkshire, North York Moors
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Levisham and Newton Dale
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Levisham and Newton Dale Walking Guide boot Levisham and Newton Dale Walking Guide boot Levisham and Newton Dale Walking Guide
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A 4.5 mile circular walk from the village of Levisham, close to Pickering in the North York Moors. This is a great walk for any season as it offers relatively sheltered paths and stopping off points, and encompasses some moor walking together with a couple of climbs and some dramatic views. Your pooch will appreciate being able to be off-lead on some lovely wide green paths and also perhaps have a paddle in Levisham Beck.

The route follows a mixture of quiet roads, open moorland and green paths (which can be muddy at times and are narrow in places, meaning they are prone to being overgrown in later summer). There are several climbs and descents throughout. You will need to negotiate several gates, a flight of steps plus one stile (which is enclosed, so dogs will need a lift over). You will probably be sharing the moorland with plenty of sheep, but there are no cattle on route. Some of the ridge paths have quite steep drops to the side so take care with children and dogs. Allow 2 hours.

Levisham village is located about 5 miles north of Pickering in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire. Take the A169 heading north from Pickering and, after 5 miles, turn left to follow the signs passing through Lockton to Levisham. Roadside parking is available in the village centre. Approximate post code YO18 7NL.

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Walk Sections

Start to Gate
Start to Gate

Start point: 54.3047 lat, -0.721 long
End point: 54.3137 lat, -0.7126 long

The walk starts and finishes outside The Horseshoe pub in the centre of Levisham. Standing with your back to the pub, walk ahead along the main street out of the village (passing the chapel on your right). There are wide grass verges for you and your pooch to walk on, away from the road, although there is usually hardly any traffic! Where the road bends right downhill, look for a wooden footpath sign on the left. Follow this path left as it follows the hotel boundary hedge, keeping close to the tree line as it heads downhill. Ignore the path that heads straight down into the valley bottom.

The path is clear and easy to follow, and levels out before climbing a flight of wooden steps. Continue along the gently undulating path, high above the valley below. At a wooden signpost, continue ahead towards Horcum. In the distance, traffic can be seen on the A169 road as the path bears left.

After a while the view opens out and Levisham Brow can be seen below on the right. Continuing onwards, the view opens up to reveal the moors and valleys. A gnarled wooden footpath sign points back towards Levisham. The path heads downhill to a waymarked gate.

Gate to Dundale Pond
Gate to Dundale Pond

Start point: 54.3137 lat, -0.7126 long
End point: 54.3156 lat, -0.7277 long

Pass through the gate and continue to a footpath sign near Levisham Beck to the right. In this area there are plenty of opportunities for romping, paddling, and swimming or simply having a break.

Following the sign for Dundale Pond, take the broad green path uphill as it becomes narrower and more eroded – with another beck to the right. At the end of the tree line, keep right where the path forks, heading towards a wooden signpost. There may well be sheep grazing here as the walk enters moorland.

Dundale Pond to Road
Dundale Pond to Road

Start point: 54.3156 lat, -0.7277 long
End point: 54.3129 lat, -0.7396 long

Following the sign for Levisham Station, keep straight ahead passing Dundale Pond to the right. At the corner of a stone wall, continue ahead following a blue arrow and keeping the wall to the left. Keep straight ahead at the end of the wall to the top of the rise from where there are panoramic views of Newton Dale – and the road down to Levisham station below. The path heads downhill towards the road.

Road to Stile
Road to Stile

Start point: 54.3129 lat, -0.7396 long
End point: 54.3038 lat, -0.7346 long

Turn left at the road and continue a short distance uphill before following a public bridleway sign to a green path above a track on the right. Be careful not to follow the track itself, which leads to a closed gate and private land. Keep ahead on the green path and look out for a well-camouflaged sign on the right pointing towards Levisham village (pictured).

Take the left fork at this point and follow the path as it climbs uphill, quite steeply, but the reward is a wooden seat at the top commanding spectacular views of the moors and Newton Dale. Levisham station can be seen down below, and steam trains can often be seen – and heard!

Continuing on, the path bends left and right before leading uphill to a stile.

Stile to End
Stile to End

Start point: 54.3038 lat, -0.7346 long
End point: 54.3048 lat, -0.721 long

Climb the stile, then turn left immediately and head along the edge of an arable field, keeping a stone wall to the left. Pass through a waymarked gate and continue ahead to a road. Follow the road straight on for a short distance, back into the village of Levisham 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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