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Easy Countryside Trail: Terrington Mowthorpe Lane

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Easy Countryside Trail: Terrington Mowthorpe Lane
Author: Howardian Hills, Published: 13 Mar 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Easy Countryside Trail: Terrington Mowthorpe Lane Walking Guide star1 Easy Countryside Trail: Terrington Mowthorpe Lane Walking Guide star1 Easy Countryside Trail: Terrington Mowthorpe Lane Walking Guide star1 Easy Countryside Trail: Terrington Mowthorpe Lane Walking Guide star1 Easy Countryside Trail: Terrington Mowthorpe Lane Walking Guide
North Yorkshire, Howardian Hills
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Easy Countryside Trail: Terrington Mowthorpe Lane
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Easy Countryside Trail: Terrington Mowthorpe Lane Walking Guide
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A 2.5 mile (4km) there and back walk from the village of Terrington in North Yorkshire. This simple route allows you to experience the tranquillity and far-reaching views of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, without venturing too far from civilisation. 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.

The walk is generally flat with only a few gentle or moderate gradients, and can be lengthened or shortened to meet your own requirements. All the paths are wide vehicle tracks and there are no stiles, gates or steps on route. The lane is a no through road, so is usually very quiet, but do take care of occasional cars. The first 0.8 mile stretch (up to Waypoint 2: Blind Summit) is on a tarmac lane with an estimated maximum gradient of 1:16 or 6%. By following this shorter version of the walk (1.6 miles, there and back), the route would be suitable for most wheelchairs and pushchairs. The remainder of the full route follows a broken tarmac and compacted stone track (which can have some shallow surface mud and some pot holes) with an estimated maximum gradient of 1:8 or 12.5%. This full route would be suitable for rugged pushchairs and rugged disability buggies for most of the year. Breakfree Surface and Slope Ratings A2 (shorter version) and B4 (full version). Allow 1 to 1.5 hours.

There is one bench along the route (alongside the cemetery). If you are looking for refreshments, you will find Terrington Village Stores and Tea Rooms (which has indoor and outdoor tables) just 50 metres from the start of the walk. If you wish to extend your day out, Yorkshire Lavender is located just 0.5 miles west of Terrington village. This walk follows public rights of way through public and private land. Please show respect for landowners and other visitors and remember the Countryside Code. OS Explorer Map 300: Howardian Hills and Malton.

Terrington is located about 4 miles west of Malton in North Yorkshire. The walk starts and finishes at the junction between the main street through Terrington and Mowthorpe Lane. This junction is between the village stores and Terrington Hall School. If you are coming by public transport, there is a bus stop outside the village stores. If you are coming by car, roadside parking is available along the main street through Terrington. Approximate post code YO60 6PP.

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Walk Sections

Start to Cemetery
Start to Cemetery

Start point: 54.1274 lat, -0.9741 long
End point: 54.1231 lat, -0.9712 long

From the main village road, take the side road marked as Mowthorpe Lane and signed to the village hall. This is usually a quiet road, being a no through road, however do take care of any occasional traffic. Follow the lane as it bends left, leading you between the stone properties of Terrington village. From this point there is a narrow footpath (about 0.4m wide) within the grass verge on your right, should any members of your party wish to use it, however you will notice plenty of walkers using the lane itself.

Just before the edge of the village, you will pass Terrington Village Hall on your right. Continue on the lane, passing the national speed limit signs that mark the village boundary. About 320 metres further along, you will see the green metal entrance gates for the village cemetery on your right, and a working black and white water hydrant on your left. There is a wooden bench alongside the cemetery wall here should you wish to take a rest.

Cemetery to Blind Summit
Cemetery to Blind Summit

Start point: 54.1231 lat, -0.9712 long
End point: 54.118 lat, -0.9661 long

The narrow footpath within the grass verge ends here, so all your party will need to join the lane at this point. Keep ahead along the lane and you will notice the tranquillity increasing as you leave the village behind. Beyond the cemetery, you will have hedgerows and open fields on both sides. Beautiful far-reaching views also begin to open up.

Ignore the footpath (part of the Ebor Way) signed through a gate to your right, instead simply continue along Mowthorpe Lane. Further along, you will come to a Blind Summit road sign on your left. If you need to avoid the steeper slopes and broken lane surfaces, now is the time to turn around and make your way back to the village.

Blind Summit to Turning Point
Blind Summit to Turning Point

Start point: 54.118 lat, -0.9661 long
End point: 54.1125 lat, -0.9583 long

For the full route, continue ahead on the main lane, passing the entrance for Primrose Hill Farmhouse on your right. Stay with the lane as it bears right then left, signed as a bridleway to Brandrith Farm. At the next junction, ignore the footpath signed right to Mowthorpe Hill, instead keep straight ahead on the track, signed as a farm access road.

Further along, ignore the left track fork (which leads to a farm in the valley bottom). Instead, continue ahead on the main track for about 280 metres, to reach a point with a speed hump (alongside a field boundary hedgerow on your right and a waymarker arrow on your left). This marks the furthest point of this easy countryside trail and our turning point. Before you turn around, take time to appreciate the beautiful far-reaching views ahead.

Turning Point to End
Turning Point to End

Start point: 54.1125 lat, -0.9583 long
End point: 54.1276 lat, -0.974 long

Now it is simply a case of re-tracing your steps back to the village. Follow Mowthorpe Lane back the way you came, ignoring any other paths and tracks to the side.

After passing the Blind Summit signs, you will be able to see the square church tower of All Saints Church in Terrington, at about 1 o’clock. The church has some Saxon remnants, but it is thought that it sits on the site of an even earlier place of worship. The village itself gets several mentions in the Domesday Book.

You will emerge back to the junction with the main village road, 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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The path has a few potholes once you get past the blind summit.
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Beautiful far-reaching views at the furthest point of the walk.

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