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Route No. 960110
Goathland, Darnholm, Spa Hill, Lowther's Crag, A169,
Leas Head Farm, Foss Plantation, Whinstone Ridge circuit - 19km
North York Moors . . .

Map: OS Explorer OL27 North York Moors Eastern area

General Directions (see markers on the route map)

1.) The walk starts at public car park in Goathland, map ref. NZ833013. From the car park turn right to walk along the road to the junction and turn left to walk down the hill to the level crossing on the North York Moors Railway next to Goathland Station. Cross the level crossing and turn left to follow the footpath over the hill and down to the confluence of Eller Beck and Middle Grain Beck at Denholm. Follow the path upstream along side Middle Grain Beck for about 400m and continue along the path as it bends round to the left to climb up the hillside to map ref. NZ835025. Turn right here to follow the footpath across the moor heading northwards for about 600m to a minor road. Cross the road and follow the public footpath along the farm access track opposite. Continue along this track around Arundel Hill to Greenlands Farm. At Greenlands Farm the path leaves the farm track and continues down the steep hillside across rough grassland to cross a valley called Spa Hill Slack. In the bottom of the valley is an old stone sheep fold or sheep Bield. The path continues climbing up Spa Hill on the far side of the valley, following the intake wall to a minor road at map ref. NZ845050.

2.) Cross the road at map ref. NZ845050 and follow the bridleway along a track on Lowther's Crag with a fine view across the Esk Valley to the left. After about 500m turn right to follow the bridleway across the moor. The bridleway here is not well defined and a compass &/or gps may be useful to set off in the right direction. The bridleway becomes more evident on the ground as it progresses across the moor. After about 1.4km across the moor the bridleway reaches the A169. Cross the A169 and turn on to the farm access track diagonally opposite A169. At the highway boundary fence take the bridleway on the right heading south east to cross an overhead power line. About 1km from the A169 crossing, at map ref. NZ866036, turn left to follow a bridleway down the hillside to Leas Head Farm.

3.) Follow the bridleway around the farm and out to the track below the farm. Cross the ford acrss the beck and follow the fenced track up the hill to a 'T'-junction in the track. At this junction turn right and follow the track down to the corner of a small lake and then up through Foss Plantation. Continue along this track as it bends round to the left in the plantation to map ref. NZ870021 where there is a firebreak on the right of the track. Turn right to follow the well walked path through the firebreak to join the bridleway along the Whinstone Ridge.

4.) At the Whinstone Ridge turn right and follow the bridleway along the Whinstone Ridge for about 1.5km to the A169. Cross the A169 and continue along the Whinstone Ridge for about 300m to a minor road at a junction. The Whinstone Ridge is an intrusion of igneous rock that has been quarried for road stone leaving a long deep trench across the moorland. At the road junction take the road opposite and follow it for a little over 1km to map ref. NZ840030. Turn left here off the road on to a moorland track. Follow this track around the hillside for about 1.5km to rejoin the outward leg of the route at map ref. NZ836017. Turn left here to retrace the outward route back to Goathland Station and back up the hill to the car park and the end of the walk.