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Easy Countryside Trail: Grimston Moor

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Easy Countryside Trail: Grimston Moor
Author: Howardian Hills, Published: 12 Mar 2017 Walk Rating:star0 Easy Countryside Trail: Grimston Moor Walking Guide star0 Easy Countryside Trail: Grimston Moor Walking Guide star0 Easy Countryside Trail: Grimston Moor Walking Guide star0 Easy Countryside Trail: Grimston Moor Walking Guide star0 Easy Countryside Trail: Grimston Moor Walking Guide
North Yorkshire, Howardian Hills
Walk Type: Woodland
Easy Countryside Trail: Grimston Moor
Length: 1 miles,  Difficulty: boot Easy Countryside Trail: Grimston Moor Walking Guide
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A 1 mile (1.7km) circular walk around the woodland of Grimston Moor in North Yorkshire. Explore this beautiful patch of managed woodland, a mosaic of coniferous trees and open heath with a pretty stream running through its centre. This walk is part of the Howardian Hills Easy Countryside Trails collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and the Howardian Hills AONB Partnership, with the aim of providing countryside access for all in the Howardian Hills.

Grimston Moor is managed by the Forestry Commission and is accessible to walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Dogs are welcome if they are kept under close control. The walk has several long gentle slopes plus a few moderate slopes. There are no stiles, gates or steps on route. Access to the tracks is via a gap alongside a vehicle barrier, which is 1.3m wide. The tracks are a mixture of compacted stone, compacted earth and short grass and some sections are rutted. The tracks are wide vehicle tracks but some parts have undergrowth down the centre, reducing the usable width to about 0.8m. Some sections can get muddy after rain or in the winter and about half way round there is a stretch that can be boggy (you can always retrace the outward leg if this stretch is impassable to you). Good boots are a must for walkers. The estimated maximum gradient is 1:8 or 12.5%. With this in mind, the full route should be suitable for rugged pushchairs and rugged disability buggies during dry periods. Breakfree Surface and Slope Rating C4. Allow 30-40 minutes.

There is one bench along the route, just a simple large log set on the ground. There are no facilities on the route. If you are looking for refreshments, there are several options in Hovingham (4 miles east) or in Gilling East and Oswaldkirk (4 miles north). This walk follows paths through open access land. Please show respect for landowners and other visitors and remember the Countryside Code. OS Explorer Map 300: Howardian Hills and Malton.

Grimston Moor is located about 1 mile east of the hamlet of Yearsley in North Yorkshire. The walk starts and finishes in a small parking area (with space for 3 or 4 cars) at the edge of Grimston Moor. There is no access by public transport. The parking area is accessed from Park Street, close to its junction with the B1363. The nearest post code, YO62 4HX, will take you to nearby Grimston Grange. From Grimston Grange, travel a further 300 metres east (away from the T-junction) and you will find the small parking area on the left, alongside a wooden vehicle barrier and opposite a wooden farm gate. Please do not block the vehicle barrier when parking.

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Walk Sections

Start to T Junction
Start to T Junction

Start point: 54.1595 lat, -1.0721 long
End point: 54.1616 lat, -1.0649 long

Pass through the gap alongside the vehicle barrier and, a few paces along, you will come to a fork in the stone track. Take the right-hand branch and follow this stone track through the woodland moor, with the road running parallel across to your right. A little way along you will pass a log seat on your left, one of 25 that were installed in 2012 to celebrate 25 years since the designation of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Grimston Moor is run by the Forestry Commission as a managed forest, meaning you are likely to be walking through a mixture of younger trees, older trees and heath. The moor is home to several ancient round barrows, a type of burial mound, that date from at least 3,500 years ago.

After about 500 metres you will come to a T-junction.

T Junction to Stream Crossing
T Junction to Stream Crossing

Start point: 54.1616 lat, -1.0649 long
End point: 54.1618 lat, -1.0719 long

Turn left here and continue on the compacted earth vehicle track. Follow this track ahead, then swinging steadily left. Some of the more open sections are lined with heather, a reminder of the area’s heathland history. Just before the path swings hard left, you will come to a section which can be very boggy. If this is impassable to you (or if you want to avoid the steeper gradients still to come), now is the time to turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.

For the full walk, follow the track around the left-hand bend and then leading you steadily downhill. The steep woodland sloping down to your right is known as Burnt Gill Plantation. Continue through the dip at the bottom of the slope and follow the track as it swings right to cross a stream, Burnt Gill.

Stream Crossing to End
Stream Crossing to End

Start point: 54.1618 lat, -1.0719 long
End point: 54.1596 lat, -1.0722 long

Beyond the stream crossing, follow the main stone track which swings left, climbing up to another bend. Follow this left bend and the track now levels off with minor power lines running parallel on your right. The path bears left again, climbing and leading you back to the vehicle barrier and parking area 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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