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Westow and the River Derwent

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Westow and the River Derwent
Author: DogWalksYorkshire, Published: 25 Oct 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Westow and the River Derwent Walking Guide star1 Westow and the River Derwent Walking Guide star1 Westow and the River Derwent Walking Guide star1 Westow and the River Derwent Walking Guide star1 Westow and the River Derwent Walking Guide
North Yorkshire, Ryedale
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Westow and the River Derwent
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Westow and the River Derwent Walking Guide boot Westow and the River Derwent Walking Guide
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A 4 mile circular walk from the village of Westow in North Yorkshire. This walk is for you if you’re looking for a gentle and quiet wander through arable fields, with plenty of wide open spaces and a lovely riverside section. The walk offers great views of the beautiful Wolds through unspoilt countryside not frequently visited by the masses! This is a very pretty circular walk.

The terrain if fairly easy, mostly on flat, green paths through fields and by the riverside, or on quiet local roads. The Jeffry Bog plantation can be a bit muddy, but there are duckboards to assist in the worst areas. You will need to negotiate some footbridges, gates and kissing gates but there are no stiles on route. There is plenty of off-lead time available for dogs on the paths through the fields. The vast majority of the fields are arable, but you will pass through one field which is likely to be holding a few cattle. There are a few sections of road walking along quiet country lanes. Allow 2 hours.

Westow is located about 5 miles south-west of the market town of Malton, and only 3 miles from the main A64. Turn off the A64 York to Scarborough road at Whitwell-on-the-Hill, and follow the road downhill to the railway level crossing, past Kirkham Priory and on to the next village, Westow. Roadside parking is available within the village. The walk starts and finishes from the main road in Westow, in front of the Blacksmith’s Arms. Approximate post code YO60 7NE.

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Walk Sections

Start to Track
Start to Track

Start point: 54.0786 lat, -0.8502 long
End point: 54.0789 lat, -0.8518 long

Start on the main road in Westow by the Blacksmiths Arms. Standing with your back to the pub turn right and head towards the sign for the road back to Kirkham and York. At this junction, turn left to take this road for a short distance before turning right at the end of the stone wall onto a track heading across the field. There isn’t a waymarker, but a well-weathered road sign advising ‘Unsuitable for Motors’ marks where the track joins the road.

Track to Bridleway
Track to Bridleway

Start point: 54.0789 lat, -0.8518 long
End point: 54.0882 lat, -0.8618 long

Take the track along the edge of the field, keeping a hedge to the left with the outskirts of the village and the Wolds to the right. After a while the track becomes enclosed by small trees on either side before coming out at a road junction. Cross the road and head along the quiet road opposite, following the sign for Firby, before turning right at a waymarked bridleway sign for the River Derwent (0.5 mile).

Bridleway to Riverside
Bridleway to Riverside

Start point: 54.0882 lat, -0.8618 long
End point: 54.0924 lat, -0.8494 long

Keeping ahead past houses, the road turns into a farm track and continues between two fields. Head towards the tree line, and once past it, turn immediately left along the edge of a field keeping the trees to the left. Where the field-side path bears right, look out for an opening in the trees leading down to a waymarked gate. Take this path, pass through the gate into a field and keep ahead towards the River Derwent with the railway line beyond it.

Riverside to Road Crossing
Riverside to Road Crossing

Start point: 54.0924 lat, -0.8494 long
End point: 54.0888 lat, -0.8374 long

The path bears right and continues alongside the river, which is now to your left. On entering the next field an old waymarker on a fence post points the way. Keep following the path through the fields by the river, occasionally passing through a waymarked gate. As the name suggests, Jeffry Bog can be muddy underfoot, but there are duckboards (which were renewed in 2017) to help in the worst areas and the real pleasure comes from being so close to the river at this point.

Cross a footbridge into another field and keep to the path at its lower end by the river. After crossing another footbridge, head towards a wire and post fence, where to the left there is waymarker sign pointing right. Head away from the river now up the bank, keeping the fence to the left, looking for a waymarked kissing gate in the top right-hand corner of the field. Pass through the gate and continue along an enclosed farm track to a road.

Road Crossing to Church
Road Crossing to Church

Start point: 54.0888 lat, -0.8374 long
End point: 54.0848 lat, -0.8407 long

Cross the road and, following a public bridleway sign, head up the lane for Church Farm Kennels. Where the lane bears left, follow a waymarker through a kissing gate on your right into a field. Ignore the farm gate in front and head along the hedge line, keeping it to the left, and passing a waymarker head for a kissing gate ahead leading to a small enclosed area and another kissing gate. Pass through the gates and follow the path around the church, keeping it to the right.

Church to End
Church to End

Start point: 54.0848 lat, -0.8407 long
End point: 54.0788 lat, -0.8502 long

Head away from the church along a quiet road with fields and views of the area all around. The road turns left through 90 degrees and heads back towards the village. On the right look for a public bridleway sign and follow this path slightly uphill between two fields. Approaching the village, the path becomes a quiet residential road. There is a dog waste bin here. Continue along the road, turn left at the end, and head back into the centre of Westow village where the walk began.

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2 comments for "Westow and the River Derwent"

Karen: Just to update everyone, the pub in Westow doesn’t allow dogs or muddy boots anymore a little disappointed today as we planned to have lunch. Just so fellow walkers know...

By DogWalksYorkshire on 29 Oct 2017

Laura L: We walked this Sept 2017. All the repair work has been completed and duckboards over the boggy section look new and in good repair. A lovely walk, did pass one field with cows in but they didn’t bother us. Good for dogs like mine that are too big to be lifted over stiles!

By DogWalksYorkshire on 23 Oct 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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