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Kirkdale and Hodge Beck

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Kirkdale and Hodge Beck
Author: DogWalksYorkshire, Published: 29 Mar 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Kirkdale and Hodge Beck Walking Guide star1 Kirkdale and Hodge Beck Walking Guide star1 Kirkdale and Hodge Beck Walking Guide star1 Kirkdale and Hodge Beck Walking Guide star0 Kirkdale and Hodge Beck Walking Guide
North Yorkshire, Kirkbymoorside
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Kirkdale and Hodge Beck
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Kirkdale and Hodge Beck Walking Guide boot Kirkdale and Hodge Beck Walking Guide boot Kirkdale and Hodge Beck Walking Guide
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A 3.5 mile circular walk close to Kirkbymoorside in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire. If you and your pooch enjoy a walk through charming canopied woodland paths and a romp through the fields nearby, then this one is for you. It’s a slightly undulating walk to get the pulse moving, but is not too strenuous. In spring time this walk is full of bluebells, primroses and cowslips, a magical sight.

The terrain is medium difficulty, with clear, well-maintained paths for most of the way and some uphill walking. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates but there are no stiles. You will also need to cross a ford across a stream which has shallow stepping stones but might require a bit of paddling through low level water, so good boots are a must. Most of the route is free from livestock, but you will cross one pasture towards the end of the walk. There are a couple of stretches walking along quiet lanes, so take care of traffic here. Allow 1.5 to 2 hours.

The walk starts and finishes at St Gregory’s Minster which is signed from the A170 Scarborough to Helmsley road, along Kirkdale Lane. There is roadside parking at the end of the access lane heading down to the St Gregory’s Minster, there is a sign requesting that the Minster car park is not used. Approximate post code YO62 7HF.

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Walk Sections

Start to Top Field
Start to Top Field

Start point: 54.2617 lat, -0.9633 long
End point: 54.2728 lat, -0.9698 long

Head along the short access lane towards St Gregory’s Minster and keep ahead through a gate, following a waymarker, into a field by a wood on the left. Dogs can probably go off-lead in this field and have a good romp here. Keep ahead to cross Hodge Beck by the ford and informal stepping stones. Continue through the field towards the trees on the right before passing through a gate to enter a wood – with the beck now below on the left.

When the track veers slightly to the right, take a left on a path along the edge of a field with Thin Oaks Wood to the right. At the end of the field turn right into the wood, along a path parallel to Hodge Beck. Continue slightly uphill along the grassy path until meeting a path descending from the right.

Turn sharply right onto this path and continue to climb. While ignoring a grassy path to the right keep ahead uphill to a blue waymarker. Take the left path and shortly afterwards turn right through a gate into a field.

Top Field to Starfits Lane
Top Field to Starfits Lane

Start point: 54.2728 lat, -0.9698 long
End point: 54.2757 lat, -0.9629 long

Continue ahead straight across the field from where there are good views of the Vale of Pickering to the right. At the end of the field follow the path round to the left, and then soon afterwards at a waymarker, turn right and head towards Low Hagg Farm – keeping it on your right. Continue to the end of the grassy path, putting your dog back on the lead, to reach a T-junction with the road (Starfits Lane).

Starfits Lane to Howl Exit
Starfits Lane to Howl Exit

Start point: 54.2757 lat, -0.9629 long
End point: 54.2658 lat, -0.9531 long

Turn left onto Starfits Lane. After a short while, turn right at High Hagg Farm along another quiet lane passing by some holiday cottages, towards the woodlands in front. Continue downhill looking for a green and white footpath sign almost hidden by the tree line. Take this path, almost doubling back on yourself and head along a clear path through a wooded area (known as Robin Hood’s Howl).

Keep ahead for about a mile along Robin Hood’s Howl – the path can be muddy and overgrown in parts. At the end of the woodland you will come to a kissing gate and field ahead, from where splendid views of the Vale of Pickering can be appreciated.

Howl Exit to End
Howl Exit to End

Start point: 54.2658 lat, -0.9531 long
End point: 54.2618 lat, -0.9631 long

Pass through the kissing gate to enter the field (there may be livestock in the field, so be prepared to put your pooch on a lead again). Continue straight ahead, following the line of the wire fence on your right. Stay with this fence-side path and it will lead you out of the pasture via a kissing gate (just to the right of a field gate). You will emerge to a staggered road junction.

Go straight ahead on the small lane signed to Helmsley. Continue down the road passing through Hodge Beck again – via the ford or if too wet, the footbridge to the right. Beyond the ford, you will reach the access lane for St Gregory’s Minster where the walk began.

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2 comments for "Kirkdale and Hodge Beck"

Just completed this walk this morning. It's beautiful on a sunny day, however the walk through the last woodland was very boggy and wet so we diverted up through the forest and followed fields at the top till we found the gate.
All in all very good directions, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves (and so did our pooches)!

By scross2 on 13 Aug 2017

It is a very beautiful area and walk, but we got lost already on the very first bit where we didn't spot the sharp left turn, so we ended doing 10 km and going a bit in circles.

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By Erikazu on 23 Jul 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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