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Broxa Forest Trail

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Broxa Forest Trail
Author: Claire, Published: 22 May 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Broxa Forest Trail Walking Guide star1 Broxa Forest Trail Walking Guide star1 Broxa Forest Trail Walking Guide star1 Broxa Forest Trail Walking Guide star0 Broxa Forest Trail Walking Guide
North Yorkshire, North York Moors
Walk Type: Woodland
Broxa Forest Trail
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Broxa Forest Trail Walking Guide boot Broxa Forest Trail Walking Guide
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A 6 mile (can be shortened to 4 miles) circular woodland walk in Broxa Forest, part of the North Riding Forest, near Scarborough in the North York Moors, North Yorkshire. The walk follows forest access lanes and tracks leading you through sections of coniferous plantation and mixed woodland. As the tracks lead you around the escarpment edge of Barn’s Cliff, you will have spectacular views across Harwood Dale.

The walk follows a mixture of stone forest access lanes and unmade forest tracks, which can get muddy in winter and after periods of rain, with several steady gradients. Watch out for occasional vehicles on these tracks. There are no gates, stiles or livestock on route, but you will need to pass through gaps alongside vehicle barriers several times (a couple of these passing places are narrow and alongside ditches, meaning the walk is not suitable for pushchairs). The route uses a mixture of public rights of way and permissive tracks through Forestry Commission access land. The permissive tracks may occasionally be closed for tree felling or other operations. Dogs are welcome in the forest. Allow 2.5-3 hours.

Broxa Forest is located about 6 miles north-west of Scarborough, just south of Harwood Dale in the North York Moors. The walk starts and finishes at the Reasty Bank Car Park, a large, free, compacted-stone car park accessed from Reasty Hill. Leave the A170 at East Ayton heading north (signed to Forge Valley) and continue up to Hackness. Turn right at the T-junction and follow the road through Suffield. Beyond Suffield, fork left onto Swang Road and follow this to become a long straight road, heading for the top of Reasty Hill. You will find Reasty Bank Car Park at the top, on your right, opposite a large green wooden board on your left (this is the reverse of a North Riding Forestry Commission board). The nearest post code is YO13 0LE.

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Walk Sections

Start to Vehicle Barrier
Start to Vehicle Barrier

Start point: 54.3358 lat, -0.5169 long
End point: 54.3384 lat, -0.5418 long

Within the car park, walk to the far end (away from the vehicle entrance) towards the bench and viewpoint. Just before the bench, turn left to cross over the road and keep ahead for a few metres to reach a junction with a stone vehicle track. Turn right along this track, signed as a public bridleway and part of the Moor to Sea cycle route. Watch out for occasional cars using this access track.

Continue for just over a mile to reach a point with a vehicle barrier ahead (where the main track swings left). We leave the main track here, so go ahead to pass alongside the vehicle barrier.

Vehicle Barrier to First Side Track
Vehicle Barrier to First Side Track

Start point: 54.3384 lat, -0.5418 long
End point: 54.3339 lat, -0.5557 long

Follow the rough stone track ahead with woodland on your left and beautiful views to your right, across Harwood Dale. From this high vantage point, it really does feel like you are on top of the world.

Ignore the sharp-left side turn, instead keep ahead on the main track which soon swings left (south), around the corner of Barn’s Cliff. The track leads you back into the trees and you will soon come to the first side track on your left. At this point you have two choices.

If you wish to take the shortcut (for the 4 mile walk) turn left here, continue to the vehicle barrier, turn left at this crossroads and then pick up the directions in the section called ‘Major Crossroads to T-junction’. Otherwise, for the full route, go straight ahead.

First Side Track to Third Side Track
First Side Track to Third Side Track

Start point: 54.3339 lat, -0.5557 long
End point: 54.3195 lat, -0.5544 long

The steep woodland bank down to your right is known as Barn’s Cliff. Out of sight, running along the bottom of this cliff, is the River Derwent. Where the tall conifers on this steep bank ends, ignore the second side track on your left (a grass track). Instead, keep ahead, passing through a stretch where the views open up to your right once again. The track leads you back into the trees and, where your track begins to peter out, turn left onto a third side track, another grass track.

Third Side Track to Major Crossroads
Third Side Track to Major Crossroads

Start point: 54.3195 lat, -0.5544 long
End point: 54.3318 lat, -0.5496 long

This grass track leads you to a vehicle barrier. Pass alongside it and turn left to join the wide, compacted-earth vehicle lane. Follow this lane ahead, and further along it dog legs through a section with vehicle barriers each side. Ignore these two side turns. Continue on the main lane, over the brow of the rise, to reach a crossroads (with a waymarker post on your right, vehicle barriers each side and a yellow arrow on the left-hand barrier). This marks the major footpath junction in the forest (and the point at which the shortcut re-joins the full route).

Major Crossroads to T Junction
Major Crossroads to T Junction

Start point: 54.3318 lat, -0.5496 long
End point: 54.3319 lat, -0.5334 long

Go straight ahead and then, at the next crossroads, turn right (passing alongside another vehicle barrier). Follow this smaller track ignoring any smaller paths to the side. At the end, you will come to a T-junction.

T Junction to End
T Junction to End

Start point: 54.3319 lat, -0.5334 long
End point: 54.3361 lat, -0.5174 long

Turn left and follow the stone track steadily uphill. At the first major junction, turn right (staying with the major stone vehicle track). The track winds ahead and then straightens out, leading you to a vehicle barrier. Pass alongside this and turn left to join another access track. At the top, keep straight ahead on the narrow path through the grass verge to reach the road. Cross over with care and enter the car park where the walk began.

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3 comments for "Broxa Forest Trail"

Good walk with a dog. There are some lovely views.

By SChappy25 on 17 May 2018

Just done this covered in deep snow. beaut of a walk and so tranquil.

By billypti on 03 Mar 2018

Lovely quieter alternative to the nearby Dalby Forest. Stunning views on the early part of the walk.

By Leeroy1003 on 11 Nov 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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