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|Ryedale Market Towns Trail Part 5: Pickering to Kirkbymoorside|
|Author: VisitRyedale, Published: 04 May 2017||Walk Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, Ryedale|
|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.
|Start to Crook Lane|
Start point: 54.2456 lat, -0.7793 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.
|Crook Lane to Sheep Pasture|
Start point: 54.253 lat, -0.7927 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.
|Sheep Pasture to High Nova Farm|
Start point: 54.2695 lat, -0.7876 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.
|High Nova Farm to Cropton Village|
Start point: 54.2843 lat, -0.7977 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).
|Cropton Village to River Seven Bridge|
Start point: 54.2961 lat, -0.8353 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.
|River Seven Bridge to Appleton le Moors|
Start point: 54.2821 lat, -0.8534 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.
|Appleton le Moors to Lingmoor Farm|
Start point: 54.2832 lat, -0.8732 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.
|Lingmoor Farm to River Dove Crossing|
Start point: 54.2859 lat, -0.9052 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.
|River Dove Crossing to End|
Start point: 54.2801 lat, -0.9171 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.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2017 by the author visitryedale and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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