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Ryedale Market Towns Trail Part 5: Pickering to Kirkbymoorside

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Ryedale Market Towns Trail Part 5: Pickering to Kirkbymoorside
Author: VisitRyedale, Published: 04 May 2017 Walk Rating:star0 Ryedale Market Towns Trail Part 5: Pickering to Kirkbymoorside Walking Guide star0 Ryedale Market Towns Trail Part 5: Pickering to Kirkbymoorside Walking Guide star0 Ryedale Market Towns Trail Part 5: Pickering to Kirkbymoorside Walking Guide star0 Ryedale Market Towns Trail Part 5: Pickering to Kirkbymoorside Walking Guide star0 Ryedale Market Towns Trail Part 5: Pickering to Kirkbymoorside Walking Guide
North Yorkshire, Ryedale
Walk Type: Long distance path
Ryedale Market Towns Trail Part 5: Pickering to Kirkbymoorside
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A 13.5 mile (22km) linear walk from Pickering to Kirkbymoorside in North Yorkshire, forming the fifth part of the Ryedale Market Towns Trail. The route heads north through the simple landscape of woodland belts, quiet lanes, arable fields and pastures giving you chance to visit Cawthorn Roman Camps, with its earth remains of Roman fortifications and spectacular views across the moors. Turning west, you pass through the pretty North York Moors villages of Cropton and Appleton-le-Moors (with an obligatory stop at one of the inns or the brewery) before joining peaceful tracks that lead you through two steep-sided valleys, crossing Hutton Beck and the River Dove, with far-reaching views. Climbing out of the Dove valley, there is one final descent to reach Kirkbymoorside.

ABOUT: The Ryedale Market Towns trail is a 67-mile (108km) long-distance circular trail, created to allow walkers to enjoy the highlights of Ryedale, visiting each of the five market towns along the way. It is published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Ryedale District Council. For more visitor information on the area including events and accommodation, go to www.VisitRyedale.co.uk

ACCESS: The walk begins with a gentle but very long climb and then has several shorter but steeper climbs and descents throughout. Some of the paths can get very muddy at times so good boots are a must. You will need to negotiate two stiles (one of which has a tight fence surround so dogs may need a lift over) plus several single gates, kissing gates and footbridges. The vast majority of the fields are arable, but you will cross two sheep pastures plus a couple of other pastures that may be holding livestock, so take particular care with dogs. There is a total of about 3 miles of road walking, so take care of traffic on these stretches. Allow 7 hours.

LOGISTICS: If you are completing the whole 67-mile trail, you can arrange accommodation at both ends of this stretch, in Pickering and in Kirkbymoorside (there is also accommodation in Cropton’s New Inn and Appleton-le-Moor’s Moors Inn should you wish to break the walk into two stretches). If you are walking this stretch as a stand-alone 13.5-mile walk, you can catch a bus for the return leg. Bus 128 will take you from Kirkbymoorside Market Place to Pickering Library, taking just 21 minutes. The buses usually run hourly Mon-Sat and every two hours on Sundays.

FACILITIES: There are public toilets at each end of the walk. If you are looking for refreshments, there are lots of shops in Pickering if you want to buy picnic supplies, you will pass The New Inn (home of Cropton Brewery) in Cropton (6 miles into this stretch), The Moors Inn in Appleton-le-Moors (8 miles into this stretch) and there are several pubs and cafes in Kirkbymoorside at the end of the walk.

OS Maps: OL27 North York Moors Eastern Area and OL26 North York Moors Western Area. This walk follows public footpaths and bridleways which cross private and public land. Please respect people’s privacy, keep dogs under control and remember the Countryside Code.

GETTING THERE: The walk starts outside Pickering Library on The Ropery, opposite the entrance for the short-stay car park. If you are coming by car, we suggest parking in the Vivis Lane long stay pay and display car park (just south of the A170). Approximate post code YO18 8TB. From the car park, walk back to the junction with the A170, turn right along the A170 and then take the first left into The Ropery (passing The Ropery short stay car park on your right). You will reach the library on your left. If you are coming by public transport, The Ropery bus stops are directly outside the library. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit www.traveline.info.

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Walk Sections

Start to Crook Lane
Start to Crook Lane

Start point: 54.2456 lat, -0.7793 long
End point: 54.253 lat, -0.7927 long

Standing with your back to Pickering Library, turn left along the pavement and follow this over Pickering Beck. A few metres later, immediately before Pickering Station, turn left into Bridge Street. Follow this pavement crossing over the beck once more and passing Beck Isle Museum across to your right. Swap to the right-hand pavement at this point.

Continue ahead, on Potter Hill, passing the 1885 Methodist Chapel across to your left. At the end of this road, follow the pavement as it swings right into Middleton Road. Where Middleton Road bends left, follow this (ignoring the side road ahead into Beacon Park). Follow this road for about 0.5 miles, passing the junior school and staying with the road as it emerges from the houses and continues with fields on your right. Just at the end of an elevated section of pavement (and opposite a small side road on your left) turn right onto a sunken grass track, between two hedgerows, Crook Lane.

Crook Lane to Sheep Pasture
Crook Lane to Sheep Pasture

Start point: 54.253 lat, -0.7927 long
End point: 54.2695 lat, -0.7876 long

Follow this ancient green lane, now a narrow footpath, all the way to its end where you will emerge to the corner of a large crop field. Follow the path, as directed by the arrow, bearing left and following the line of hedgerow on your left. When this hedgerow ends, bear right (at about 1 o’clock) on the narrow path which passes diagonally through the crop field.

At the far side, bear right and follow the field-edge path with a hedgerow running on your left. When this hedgerow ends, continue ahead on the path between crops which leads you past a large copse of trees on your right and on to reach a stile at the edge of a sheep pasture.

Sheep Pasture to High Nova Farm
Sheep Pasture to High Nova Farm

Start point: 54.2695 lat, -0.7876 long
End point: 54.2843 lat, -0.7977 long

Cross this stile into the sheep pasture (there is a sliding dog gate incorporated within the stile) and turn left to follow the path around the left-hand field boundary (ahead and then right). In the far left-hand corner cross the stile to leave the pasture and keep straight ahead with a hedgerow on your left and large crop field on your right.

At the far end you will emerge out alongside a beautiful old sycamore tree to reach a junction with a farm access track. Turn left along this. Take time to enjoy the views which have opened up across to your left. Continue to the end of the farm track where you will emerge directly to a junction with Middleton Lane. Do NOT take the stile ahead, instead turn right along the lane, taking care of any occasional traffic. Follow the lane as it bears left, climbing steadily, passing some barns on your left and further along passing High Nova Farm on your right.

High Nova Farm to Cropton Village
High Nova Farm to Cropton Village

Start point: 54.2843 lat, -0.7977 long
End point: 54.2961 lat, -0.8353 long

Keep straight ahead to join the unmade track, signed as a public bridleway. You will come to a T-junction with a belt of woodland ahead. Turn right and follow the fenced grass track with the woodland running on your left. At the end of the grass track you will emerge to the edge of a crop field. Keep straight ahead on the path through the crop and pick up the continuation of the grass track at the far side. Keep ahead on the track which leads you to a wide metal gate ahead. (NOTE: This next field is likely to be holding sheep).

Pass through the gate to enter the pasture and walk at about 10 o’clock, initially following a sunken grass track, passing a couple of large trees on your left and then following a line of fence on your left. At the bottom leave the field via the wide metal gate, keep ahead for a few metres along the stone track and you will reach a T-junction with the road, High Lane. (NOTE: There is an option to visit Cawthorn Roman Camps as this point, should you wish. To do this, turn right along the road edge or grass verge, taking care of any traffic, for about 200 metres and then turn left onto the access lane signed to Cawthorn Roman Camps. Follow the access lane ahead and then bending right into the parking area. Keep left at the fork within the parking area to reach an information board welcoming you to the camps. There is a separate iFootpath walking guide that will take you around the site, or you can explore independently).

For the main walk, turn left along High Lane (taking care of traffic, although this is usually light) which undulates ahead for 1.3 miles. Ignore any side turns and pass the entrances for Hen Flatts Farm and Holly Tree Farm along the way. After 1.3 miles, the road swings left passing the village sign marking the entry to Cropton village.

Cropton Village to River Seven Bridge
Cropton Village to River Seven Bridge

Start point: 54.2961 lat, -0.8353 long
End point: 54.2821 lat, -0.8534 long

Stay with the village road as it bends right then left to reach the 30mph signs, where a pavement begins on your left. Ignore the first footpath signed off to the right, instead keep ahead on the village road to pass a modern wooden well replica on your right, marking the site of Cropton Village Wellhouse, once the village’s main water supply. Further along you will pass Cropton village hall on your left, housed in the Reading Room building, dating from 1898.

Stay with the main village road, bending right to pass a triangular green on your right (with a bench, large tree and water hydrant). Immediately afterwards you will come to a T-junction. If you wish to visit the New Inn and Cropton Brewery, turn left and you will find it just around the corner. Otherwise, for the main route, cross over to the far grass verge and turn right along this (following the road signed to Lastingham as it bends left). You will be following this roadside verge down the hill, so take care of the adjacent traffic.

Pass the stone marker post, denoting that you are now entering the North York Moors National Park. The road leads you past the national speed limit sign and then bends left to continue its journey downhill. Just as the road bears right, turn sharp left to join the public bridleway (part of the Tabular Hills Walk). Follow this stone vehicle track (which can be very muddy in parts), an ancient green thoroughfare known as Low Lane with some sections of dry stone walls each side.

Pass between a pair of old stone gateposts (the first of many) and continue to reach a track junction (with one track ahead and one right). Go ahead (through another pair of stone gateposts) and this track soon becomes an unmade path passing through more old gateposts and passing through a bridle gate (from which point you may come across livestock). You will emerge from the trees to reach the bottom of a large grass hillside. Bear right to join the vehicle track, with a wire fence running on your right.

Pass through another pair of stone gateposts and, soon afterwards, ignore the wooden gate ahead. Instead turn right, following the line of the wire fence on your right. Follow this field edge path and then pass through the bridle gate to cross the arched bridge over the River Seven.

River Seven Bridge to Appleton le Moors
River Seven Bridge to Appleton le Moors

Start point: 54.2821 lat, -0.8534 long
End point: 54.2832 lat, -0.8732 long

At the far side of the bridge, turn left (with the river on your left) and stay with this path which swings right and passes through a bridle gate to reach the buildings of Appleton Mill Farm. Bear right to join the tarmac lane, leading you away from the farm buildings. Follow this lane leading you steadily uphill and ignoring any paths signed off to the sides. At the top of the slope you will come to a cattle grid. NOTE: This cattle grid is not here to keep livestock WITHIN Appleton Mill Farm, it is placed here to keep them OUT. You are about to enter a section of the North York Moors where sheep roam freely across the moors and through the villages.

Go through the bridle gate alongside the cattle grid to reach a tarmac lane. Go straight ahead along the lane, taking care of occasional cars, and continue to the T-junction at the end. Turn left to enter the village of Appleton-le-Moors, join the left-hand pavement and you will reach Christ Church of Appleton-le-Moors on your left.

Appleton le Moors to Lingmoor Farm
Appleton le Moors to Lingmoor Farm

Start point: 54.2832 lat, -0.8732 long
End point: 54.2859 lat, -0.9052 long

If you wish to visit the Moors Inn for a quick pit stop, keep ahead for a short distance into the village to find the pub on your right. Otherwise, standing with the church on your left, turn right onto the signed footpath (part of the Tabular Hills Walk). Follow this grass vehicle track undulating ahead between hedgerows. Eventually, you will reach a junction of tracks, marked with a fingerpost, with two gates ahead and one to your right.

Turn right here, passing through the small bridle gate (leaving sheep-roaming territory) to join the signed public bridleway, a stone and grass track leading you through crop fields. Continue to the end of this long crop field where you will find a fingerpost marking the path junction. Turn left here, continuing on the public bridleway and Tabular Hills Walk. This section of grass track is rather grandly named Lingmoor Lane. A stone building, Lingmoor Barn, soon comes into view ahead. The track leads you through a gateway to enter a grass pasture (which is occasionally holding livestock).

Walk straight ahead, following the tree and fence line on your right and passing Lingmoor Barn across to your left. Just before the end of the pasture, you will reach a waymarker post. Turn right here, passing through the field gate (marked with the Tabular Hills Walk marker) to enter a small section of woodland. Bear right to follow the path around the edge of this woodland, with fenced fields to your right.

The path swings left around the end of the woodland, winds downhill through the dip and then begins to climb with a fenced paddock on your left. Immediately after this fenced paddock ends, look for a tall fingerpost on your right. Turn left here, following the footpath sign, joining a grass path that runs along the left-hand edge of a crop field. At the corner of this first field, go through the hedge gap ahead and continue along the left-hand edge of a second crop field. You will reach a T-junction with a stone access track. Turn left and follow this stone track as it swings right, passing the stone buildings of Lingmoor Farm on your left.

Lingmoor Farm to River Dove Crossing
Lingmoor Farm to River Dove Crossing

Start point: 54.2859 lat, -0.9052 long
End point: 54.2801 lat, -0.9171 long

Beyond the farm buildings, stay with the stone track swinging left and then keep ahead to merge with the farm’s tarmac access drive. The driveway leads you steadily downhill, with glimpses of far-reaching views across the tree tops ahead. At the bottom of the slope, the driveway leads you over a beautiful stone bridge to cross the pretty Hutton Beck. This beck gives nearby Hutton-le-Hole its name and, when running at its height, has several waterfalls along its length.

Stay with the tarmac access drive, climbing steeply to reach a T-junction with Gray Lane. NOTE: The next 0.6 mile stretch follows the edge of this road, so take care of traffic and use the grass verges as much as possible. Turn right along the road. Halfway along the stretch of road walking you will pass the aptly named Halfway House B&B on your right. Continue until you reach the road sign marking a side road on the left. Take this left turn, signed to Douthwaite Dale Only.

At the first junction keep straight ahead to join the stone track leading you downhill, taking time to enjoy the views across to the right. You will see the steep wooded slopes of the Dove valley and, in the distance, the purple-covered hills of the North York Moors. Continue all the way to the bottom of the slope, passing a couple of stone cottages on your right, to reach the ford within the River Dove. Fork right just before the ford, to use the footbridge to cross the river.

River Dove Crossing to End
River Dove Crossing to End

Start point: 54.2801 lat, -0.9171 long
End point: 54.2705 lat, -0.9326 long

After crossing the river, turn left to join the stone lane which passes a red-brick house on your left and then begins to climb. Ignore the footpath signed into the woodland on your right, instead stay with the lane climbing uphill. The lane swings right and levels off, leading you through the former buildings of Ravenswick Hall. This property has been through a turbulent time recently, changing hands a number of times and falling into a derelict state, but it is hopefully in safe hands now and some restoration can begin. After the main buildings, look out for the tall brick wall running on your right, once home to impressive walled gardens.

At the top of the slope you will come to a T-junction with another lane. Turn left for just 50 metres to reach a kissing gate on your right (marked with a footpath sign). Turn through this or, if it is too overgrown, the wider field gateway (just a few paces further along the lane) is normally open. Turn right into the field using either entrance and then walk straight ahead up the hill. At the top, pass through the wooden kissing gate (just in front of a beautiful old oak tree) to reach the edge of a crop field.

Turn left and follow the grass path around the edge of the crop field (with the hedge on your left). Pass a square of woodland on your left and stay with the field boundary path as it turns right (ignoring the woodland path ahead) and then turns left to continue with a fenced woodland on your left (and the crop still on your right). In the field corner, go ahead through a kissing gate to enter a rough grass hillside. You will see the red rooftops in Kirkbymoorside beckoning you down into the valley.

Follow the left-hand edge of this field, leading you steeply downhill. In the bottom left-hand corner, go through the kissing gate to reach the corner of the playing fields. Follow the right-hand edge of the field and exit via the black metal gate to reach the junction with the road, Howe End. Keep straight ahead to join the pavement along this road and you will emerge to a junction with the Market Place in Kirkbymoorside. Just alongside this junction are the bus stops you can use if you need public transport for your onward journey. Cross to the far pavement and turn right, heading uphill, taking your pick from the tempting range of pubs and cafes for your post-walk refreshments. Towards the top of the hill, you will reach Kirkbymoorside Library on your left, where this stretch of the Ryedale Market Towns Trail ends.

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