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Tockwith and the River Nidd

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Tockwith and the River Nidd
Author: DogWalksYorkshire, Published: 17 Mar 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Tockwith and the River Nidd Walking Guide star1 Tockwith and the River Nidd Walking Guide star1 Tockwith and the River Nidd Walking Guide star1 Tockwith and the River Nidd Walking Guide star0 Tockwith and the River Nidd Walking Guide
North Yorkshire, York
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Tockwith and the River Nidd
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Tockwith and the River Nidd Walking Guide boot Tockwith and the River Nidd Walking Guide
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A 4.5 mile circular walk from the village of Tockwith, near Wetherby in North Yorkshire. If you want a fairly gentle walk along quiet country lanes and by the riverside, where your pooch has plenty of opportunities to be off the lead and have a good run by the river then this walk may be for you.

The route is relatively flat with just some gentle slopes. You will need to negotiate some gates plus three stiles. There can be electric fencing alongside these stiles, so dogs may need a lift over. You may be sharing a couple of the fields with cattle, so take particular care with dogs. Allow 2 hours.

Tockwith village is located about 9 miles west of York in North Yorkshire. From the B1224 York to Wetherby road, follow the signs for Tockwith from Marston Moor or Bilton. From the A59 York to Harrogate road, follow the signs for Tockwith from Moor Monkton and Cattal. The village is also served by buses, including buses 412 and 413 from York to Wetherby and Harrogate, operated by Eddie Brown and Connexionsbuses. There is street parking available in the village. The walk starts at the road junction between Kirk Lane and Marston Road in Tockwith, near the two pubs. Approximate post code YO26 7PR.

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Walk Sections

Start to Cattle Grid
Start to Cattle Grid

Start point: 53.9652 lat, -1.2867 long
End point: 53.9782 lat, -1.2836 long

Start at the junction of Kirk Lane and Marston Road in Tockwith by the two pubs; The Boot and Shoe and the Spotted Ox. Set off down the main street signed towards Cattle and Cowthorpe, passing the Spotted Ox on your right.

The road bears right and becomes Fleet Lane. Continue along the grass verge and, where the road bends to the left, follow a Public Bridleway sign on the right and join Ness Lane. The lane is a quiet and wide access road, on which well-behaved dogs may be let off the lead – do watch out for occasional farm traffic though!

Continue straight ahead, following the lane as it bears left, ignoring other paths to the left and right until reaching a gate with a cattle grid. This is the private entrance for Skewkirk Hall.

Cattle Grid to River Nidd
Cattle Grid to River Nidd

Start point: 53.9782 lat, -1.2836 long
End point: 53.984 lat, -1.2862 long

Beyond this point the lane is private, so turn left down a rugged track – even though it isn’t signposted. Keep following the hedge lined rugged track as it curves left and right, eventually heading towards the river.

Leave the track just before a gate and sign advising no public access and take a grassy path towards a waymarked gate ahead. Pass through the gate and continue straight ahead along a narrow grassy path towards the River Nidd.

River Nidd to Kissing Gate
River Nidd to Kissing Gate

Start point: 53.984 lat, -1.2862 long
End point: 53.98 lat, -1.295 long

Climb a stile to the left marked by a blue waymarker and continue along the built-up flood defence embankment, with the river to the right. There may be cows in the field here, so be prepared to put pooch on the lead for a short while.

Cross a double stile and continue along the embankment, passing through a kissing gate and another waymarked stile next to a metal gate. Keep ahead along the embankment enjoying the peace and tranquillity as the river loops round to the left and then to the right. Your dog will love romping along this section, Izzy definitely did!

Kissing Gate to Amblers Farm
Kissing Gate to Amblers Farm

Start point: 53.98 lat, -1.295 long
End point: 53.9758 lat, -1.2947 long

After the right-hand river bend, pass through a lonely kissing gate below on the left, and keep ahead across a field with the tree line to your left. Heading towards the hedge and trees, as the path bears left look out for a little kissing gate buried in the Hawthorne hedge to your left. Pass through into a field, and continue diagonally right towards a waymarked kissing gate by a metal gate in the corner.

Pass through onto a grassy lane bordered on each side by Hawthorne hedges and trees. This leads you to Amblers Farm on your right.

Amblers Farm to End
Amblers Farm to End

Start point: 53.9758 lat, -1.2947 long
End point: 53.9653 lat, -1.2867 long

At a track by a public footpath sign and the entrance to the farm, turn left and head along the track until reaching the junction with Ness Lane. Turn right and head along the lane back to the junction with Fleet Lane. Turn left and follow the road back into Tockwith village.

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4 comments for "Tockwith and the River Nidd"

A pleasant circular flat walk that leads you for part of the way along the bank of the river Nidd.

By mccutcheon on 16 Apr 2017

Park along Ness Lane as the road up to the hall is quite a distance .

ADMIN RESPONSE: This walk has been deliberately designed to start and end in the village centre, to allow walkers to use the facilities here. Ness Lane is a single track access lane, not a public highway, and we would not recommend parking there.

By Kehume on 17 Apr 2017

Lovely walk with beautiful views of a typical English riverside. You could just imagine toad and ratty living along here. We loved it

By laura210675 on 03 Jun 2017

A beautiful walk with endless English riverside views. Toad and ratty would be at home along these river banks. It was made even more special by the sight of a hunting barn owl. We loved it.

By laura210675 on 03 Jun 2017

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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