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|Easy Countryside Trail: Freers Bank and Fryton Moor|
|Author: Howardian Hills, Published: 15 Mar 2017||Walk Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, Howardian Hills|
|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.
|Start to Waite Wood Junction|
Start point: 54.1371 lat, -0.9372 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.
|Waite Wood Junction to Log Seat|
Start point: 54.14 lat, -0.9549 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.
|Log Seat to Stream Crossing|
Start point: 54.1418 lat, -0.9628 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|
Start point: 54.1505 lat, -0.9636 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.
|High Baxtonhowe Farm to End|
Start point: 54.1479 lat, -0.9545 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.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2017 by the author howardian and may not be reproduced without permission.
Do not use that postcode
|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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|Image by: Howardian Hills |
Uploaded: 15 Mar 2017
Views through the dry-stone wall
|Image by: Howardian Hills |
Uploaded: 15 Mar 2017
The view from the turning point of the shorter version of the walk.
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