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The Cropton Round

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The Cropton Round
Author: DogWalksYorkshire, Published: 23 Mar 2017 Walk Rating:star1 The Cropton Round Walking Guide star1 The Cropton Round Walking Guide star1 The Cropton Round Walking Guide star1 The Cropton Round Walking Guide star0 The Cropton Round Walking Guide
North Yorkshire, Pickering
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
The Cropton Round
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot The Cropton Round Walking Guide boot The Cropton Round Walking Guide boot The Cropton Round Walking Guide
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A 4.5 mile circular walk from the village of Cropton in North Yorkshire. If you and your pooch like the shade of woodland trails and appreciate the opportunity to have a paddle, then this quiet fairly easy walk in and out of woods and through fields is for you.

The terrain is medium difficulty, mostly wooded, sheltered paths with some open areas. There is one steep climb at the end of the walk, otherwise it is fairly level. There are no stiles on route, just several gates and kissing gates to negotiate. Most of the paths are within woodland but there are a couple of fields where you may come across livestock. There are plenty of opportunities for dogs to be off the lead, however dogs should be on the lead where sheep are grazing and through the small caravan park at the end of the walk. Allow 2 hours.

Cropton is signposted from the A170 Scarborough to Thirsk road, just west of Pickering. There is street parking available in the village. The walk starts alongside The New Inn and Cropton Brewery. Approximate post code YO18 8HH.

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Walk Sections

Start to Mill Wood
Start to Mill Wood

Start point: 54.2904 lat, -0.8413 long
End point: 54.2814 lat, -0.8488 long

The walk starts from outside Cropton Brewery and the New Inn. Beer has been brewed in Cropton since 1613, when it was illegal! Brewing returned to the village in 1984, when Cropton Brewery was established. Daily tours of the brewery are available and the lovely beers can be sampled at the New Inn.

From the New Inn, walk a short distance on the grass verge by the side of the road towards Pickering, to a public bridleway on your right by the entrance to the village. Head along this bridleway track (Bull Ing Lane) – your dog may be let off the lead now, and continue straight ahead as it narrows with hedges on either side. Ignoring the footpaths available to your left and right, continue along Bull Ing Lane until reaching a junction of paths.

Pass through the gate immediately in front, and bear right across a meadow heading towards the trees. At the end of the tree line, pass a waymarker on an old gate post and turn left along the edge of a field keeping the hedgerow to your left, while enjoying views of the moors to the right. Continue through a gate into the wooded area, Mill Wood.

Mill Wood to Tree Gap
Mill Wood to Tree Gap

Start point: 54.2814 lat, -0.8488 long
End point: 54.2721 lat, -0.8585 long

Keep to the high path in line with the tops of the trees below. Keep ahead through a small dip, regaining height immediately with the Hawthorne hedge remaining on your left. Pass through another gate and keep ahead, ignoring a downhill path to your right.

At a fork in the path take either route, they soon re-join and keep straight ahead, following a blue waymarker arrow attached to a sawn-off tree. Emerging from the wooded area to a view of the rolling hills, ignore a short path and gate to your right, and continue onwards keeping a wire fence to your left at the edge of a field. The path bears right onto a track where there are panoramic views of the Vale of Pickering.

Follow the track a short distance then leave the bridleway at a junction indicator, following a narrow path down towards the trees. Once in the wooded area, the path is clear and wide leading slightly downhill. Ignoring a path to the right, continue on to a signed junction of paths and turn right to follow another track, with a beck visible below on the left. The track leads into a field. Keep following it, heading for the left-hand of two gaps in the trees ahead.

Tree Gap to Low Lane
Tree Gap to Low Lane

Start point: 54.2721 lat, -0.8585 long
End point: 54.2812 lat, -0.8521 long

Turn right uphill through a gate then immediately left, heading for a gate back towards the trees. Follow the path through the woodlands, keeping the beck on your left and ignoring the path joining steeply from the right. If your pooch fancies a paddle, there are ample opportunities for a quick dip.

At a gate, pass to the right of it along a narrow, overgrown path while keeping the field to the left. Ignoring a path to the right, pass through a rickety gate and continue a short distance towards another gate, which leads to a small meadow with a white cottage in front. Keep ahead to a stone trough and turn right up the track, passing through another gate into the trees.

Continue uphill and at a fork, take the left path which widens as it heads downhill through the trees to a waymarked gate. Pass through the gate onto a narrower path to another gate by a junction of paths. Ignoring options to Appleton Le Moor and Sinnington, continue ahead towards Cropton, following Low Lane, a wide track uphill.

Low Lane to End

Start point: 54.2812 lat, -0.8521 long
End point: 54.2905 lat, -0.8413 long

Follow the track, Low Lane. Where the track bends to the right, keep left along the path and continue ahead for about 800 metres. Just before a track from Cropton Mill joins from the left, take a right through a gate and continue on the steep path uphill towards the right-hand end of the tree line. Look for some steps to a little kissing gate, almost hidden in the top right corner of the field, by a Hawthorne tree.

Pass through the gate and follow the obvious path across the fields, passing a campsite to your left. The path joins a lane back to the road at the New Inn where the walk ends and you and your dog will be welcome for well-deserved refreshments.

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1 comments for "The Cropton Round"

Lovely walk, really clear directions - we didn't get lost once! Lots of shady woodland paths which were perfect on a hot sunny day in early June. The wild garlic was spectacular.

By KateandWatso on 01 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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