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Easy Countryside Trail: Freers Bank and Fryton Moor

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Easy Countryside Trail: Freers Bank and Fryton Moor
Author: Howardian Hills, Published: 15 Mar 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Easy Countryside Trail: Freers Bank and Fryton Moor Walking Guide star1 Easy Countryside Trail: Freers Bank and Fryton Moor Walking Guide star1 Easy Countryside Trail: Freers Bank and Fryton Moor Walking Guide star1 Easy Countryside Trail: Freers Bank and Fryton Moor Walking Guide star1 Easy Countryside Trail: Freers Bank and Fryton Moor Walking Guide
North Yorkshire, Howardian Hills
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Easy Countryside Trail: Freers Bank and Fryton Moor
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Easy Countryside Trail: Freers Bank and Fryton Moor Walking Guide boot Easy Countryside Trail: Freers Bank and Fryton Moor Walking Guide
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A 3.5 mile (6km) circular walk (can be shortened to 2.2 miles) around the countryside near Terrington in North Yorkshire. The route follows a beautiful high ridge through woodland and then with superb panoramic views. The short version of the route returns along the same ridge, while the full version of the route performs a loop down into the valley bottom. 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 short version of the route (2.2 miles there and back) follows a compacted stone vehicle track which is generally well-made with just the odd pot hole and some shallow surface mud. The track has only gentle slopes for the most part (estimated maximum gradient of 1:20 or 5%) with one 10 metre stretch that has a moderate slope (estimated gradient of 1:12 or 8%). There are no stiles, gates or steps on this version of the walk and it should be suitable for rugged pushchairs and rugged disability buggies for most of the year. Breakfree Surface and Slope Rating B1 (for majority of track) and B3 (for a 10 metre stretch). Allow 1 hour.

The full version of the route (3.5 miles circular) follows a mixture of stone and unmade vehicle tracks, parts of which are deeply rutted. There are several long and steep slopes (maximum estimated gradient of 1:6 or 16%). You will need to negotiate two vehicle gates. You will cross one grass pasture which may be holding sheep so take particular care with dogs. Breakfree Surface and Slope Rating D5. Allow 1.5 hours.

There is one bench along the route, just a simple large log set on the ground, which is located at the turning point of the short version. There are no facilities on the route. If you are looking for refreshments, you will find Terrington Village Stores and Tea Rooms (which has indoor and outdoor tables) in nearby 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.

The walk starts and finishes at Freers Bank, a vehicle track and bridleway about 2 miles east of Terrington village in North Yorkshire. There is no public transport access. Being a rural start point, there is no exact post code for the parking area, which sits on the road between Terrington and Coneysthorpe. The nearest post code, YO60 6PN, will take you to Terrington village. From here, head east for half a mile then turn left onto the road to Coneysthorpe. Continue for 1.3 miles. The parking area is a compacted stone pull-in area on the left-hand side, marked with a bridleway fingerpost and a small purple Castle Howard bridleway sign. There is parking for about 6 cars.

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Walk Sections

Start to Waite Wood Junction
Start to Waite Wood Junction

Start point: 54.1371 lat, -0.9372 long
End point: 54.14 lat, -0.9549 long

From the parking area, head along the compacted stone track, passing the bridleway fingerpost on your right and the small purple Castle Howard bridleway sign on your left. The woodland sloping down to your left is known as Freers Bank. At the first junction with a fingerpost, ignore the bridleway on the right (signed to Slingsby). Instead, keep ahead on the main track signed to Wath, Hovingham and Terrington.

Further along, the dense mixed woodland on your right ends and is replaced by a line of trees and a dry-stone wall. Through the gaps in this wall, you will have your first tantalising glimpses of the views to come. Beyond the wall, you will pass another small woodland on your right, known as Waites Wood. At the end of Waites Wood (and after another shorter section of wall on your right), you will come to a junction of tracks with a fingerpost on your left. The views are far-reaching at this point if you wish to pause a while.

Waite Wood Junction to Log Seat
Waite Wood Junction to Log Seat

Start point: 54.14 lat, -0.9549 long
End point: 54.1418 lat, -0.9628 long

Ignore the track on the right signed to Fryton Moor (this is the track that the full route will return by later). Instead go straight ahead on the main track signed to Hovingham 2.5 miles. The views ahead and to the right along this stretch are particularly beautiful.

A while later, the woodland on your left also ends meaning you are treated to panoramic views. About 270 metres later, you will come to the next fingerpost, at a staggered T-junction. This marks the junction with the Ebor Way long distance path.

Alongside the fingerpost, you will see a large log laid on its side, with a small Howardian Hills 25th Anniversary sign alongside. This is one of 25 log seats that were installed in 2012 at some of the most iconic viewpoints within the area, to celebrate 25 years since the designation of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Take time to sit and enjoy the views should you wish. If you are following the shorter version of the walk (that avoids the steep gradients and unmade paths), now is the time to turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.

Log Seat to Stream Crossing
Log Seat to Stream Crossing

Start point: 54.1418 lat, -0.9628 long
End point: 54.1505 lat, -0.9636 long

For the full walk, turn right at the T-junction and follow the Ebor Way heading downhill. The track leads you down to the buildings of Howthorpe Farm. Bear right through the farmyard and pass immediately to the right of the open hay and machinery barn, joining the next stretch of vehicle track. The track leads you steadily downhill between two large crop fields and then crosses a stream in the valley bottom via a concrete slab bridge.

Stream Crossing to High Baxtonhowe Farm
Stream Crossing to High Baxtonhowe Farm

Start point: 54.1505 lat, -0.9636 long
End point: 54.1479 lat, -0.9545 long

Immediately beyond the bridge, you will pass a pretty pond on your left and then come to wide wooden field gates ahead. NOTE: You may come across sheep grazing in this next pasture. Pass through the gate to enter the pasture.

Officially, the line of the footpath goes diagonally right across the grass to reach the top corner of the pasture (where a bridle gate would lead you out to a vehicle track). However, you will probably find it easier to walk ahead on the vehicle track for about 100 metres to reach the next set of gates. Pass through these (to leave the pasture) and turn immediately right to follow the vehicle track, with the wire fence of the sheep pasture running on your right.

Beyond the pasture, follow the track as it dog-legs left then right and then continues ahead between open crop fields. This area is known as Fryton Moor. You will pass the bottom boundary of a paddock and garden (on your right) and then reach a T-junction with another vehicle track. Turn right here and you will pass High Baxtonhowe Farm on your right.

High Baxtonhowe Farm to End
High Baxtonhowe Farm to End

Start point: 54.1479 lat, -0.9545 long
End point: 54.1374 lat, -0.9374 long

Continue on the vehicle track as it swings left and then right, leading you back down into the valley bottom. The track crosses back over the stream and then leads you uphill, with pretty woodland on your right. Stay with the vehicle track, leading you steeply uphill and passing Low Baxtonhowe Farm on your left along the way.

At the top of the hill you will come to a T-junction with the vehicle track that you followed on the outward leg. Turn left along this track, signed to Coneysthorpe 1.75 miles. Now simply keep ahead on this track, retracing your steps from the outward leg, and it will lead you back to the parking area where the walk began.

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1 comments for "Easy Countryside Trail: Freers Bank and Fryton Moor"

Do not use that postcode

ADMIN RESPONSE: The 'Getting there' section of the guide clearly states that the postcode is for the nearby village, and then gives turn-by-turn directions to reach the starting parking spot. This spot is rural and away from properties so does not have its own post code. Remember, a handy tip to help check the exact start point, is to use the App's live GPS map.

By Kehume on 17 Apr 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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Views through the dry-stone wall
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The view from the turning point of the shorter version of the walk.

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