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|Forge Valley Boardwalks|
|Author: Claire, Published: 21 May 2017||Walk Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, Scarborough|
|A 1.8 mile ‘there and back’ easy-access walk (which can be extended) through the Forge Valley nature reserve, near Scarborough in North Yorkshire. This beautiful shaded woodland valley has a magical feel, with the River Derwent running through its length, a rich variety of woodland plants and chance to spot a kingfisher or otter.
The walk follows an easy-access boardwalk for its full length, purpose built for wheelchairs, pushchairs and disability buggies. There are a few benches plus several passing places along the boardwalk. There are no obstacles to contend with (no stiles, no steps and no gates) and there is no livestock. The valley makes a good dog walking spot for well-behaved and sociable dogs. You will meet plenty of other people and dogs and there is a road always visible on the far side of the river, so if you dog is prone to wander or is not keen on ‘meet and greet’ then this walk probably isn’t for you. There are several places along the boardwalk where your canine pal can access the river for a quick paddle, but please don’t allow your dog to foul the boardwalk or to disturb the wildlife and ensure they respect other people’s space. Allow 1 hour.
Forge Valley Woods is located about 4 miles west of Scarborough. Leave the A170 at East Ayton, heading north and following signs to Forge Valley. After 1.5 miles, turn left into the Old Man’s Mouth Picnic Site car park. This is a free, stone-covered car park, accessed down a ramp, with space for about 10 cars. The nearest post code, YO13 9EJ, will only take you as far as East Ayton.
|Start to Bert Hall Bench|
Start point: 54.2698 lat, -0.4899 long
From the parking area, follow the stone path through the fence gap and pass the stone plinth with a large nature information board on your left. Keep ahead long the stone path and then turn left across the river footbridge to join the boardwalk. At the fork, keep left and follow this boardwalk ahead, with woodland slopes up to your right and the River Derwent running on your left. Soon you will pass the first bench, on your right.
|Bert Hall Bench to Turning Point|
Start point: 54.2665 lat, -0.4893 long
Continue along the boardwalk passing a third bench (on your right) and, later, a fourth seat (also on your right). In case you were wondering, the valley is named after 14th century iron forges which were fuelled by charcoal made in these woods.
|Turning Point to End|
Start point: 54.2597 lat, -0.4873 long
For the main route, turn around and retrace your steps back along the boardwalk, now with the river running on your right. After just less than a mile, you will reach the river bridge that takes you back to the car park where the walk began.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2017 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
A lovely and very accessible walk
|By Karalma on 30 Apr 2018|
A pleasant walk along the Derwent river
|By plattyfc54 on 14 Sep 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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