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Route No. 960415
Newton-on-Rawcliffe, Dundale Pond, Saltergate, Newtondale Halt,
Raper's Farm, Raindale Head, Stony Moor circuit - 18km
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 the duck pond on the village green in Newton-on-Rawcliffe, map ref. SE811905. Opposite the pond is the White Swan pub. From the pond take the public footpath along the right hand side of the pub. The path passes the caravan site in the fields behind the pub and after about 300m the path reaches a green track running along the top of the bank above Newton Dale. Cross the green track and go through the gate opposite. Turn left to follow the bridleway going diagonally down the bank for about 300m then turn right and follow the path down the steep rough pasture land to the forest access road next to the railway at map ref. SE817910. Follow the forest access road across the level crossing over the railway next to Levisham Station and then follow the public road up the hillside for about 400m. Turn right here to follow the footpath up to the road again cutting out the hairpin bend in the road. Continue along the footpath across the road and climb up the open moor for about 300m to the top of the escarpment. Follow the path across the moor to Dundale Pond at map ref. SE828918.

2.) Just beyond the pond turn left and follow the bridleway (part of the Tabular Hills Walk) along a wide stony moorland track for about 3km past Seavy Pond and out to the hairpin bend on the A169 at Saltergate. Just before the main road turn left over a stile and follow the footpath diagonally down the steep hillside for about 600m, then turn right for about 350m then left and follow the path to the edge of the moor at the boundary of Pifelhead Wood, at map ref. SE844948.

3.) Follow the path around the edge of the moorland and the wood called Yewtree Scar, with a steep drop to the right down into Newton Dale. After about 550m, at Hudson's Cross, the path turns right next to a small stream flowing off the moor over a stone shelf to drop down the steep valley side. Follow the path down to the railway with flights of steps in places. At the bottom cross the beck and follow the path to the left (westwards) between the beck and the railway for about 250m. Here, just beyond the little station platform called Newtondale Halt, turn right through the bridge under the railway and out to the forest access track that runs along Newton Dale parallel to the railway. At this track turn left and walk along the track for about 550m to a fork in the track. Take the right hand fork climbing up the valley side to a picnic area at Raper's Farm.

4.) Continue past Raper’s Farm following the access road around long bend. Just as the bend starts to straighten out take the footpath off the road on the left across a little wooded valley to rejoin the access road again at map ref. SE818941. Turn left here to follow the access road for about 1.6km to a point about 350m beyond Raindale Head Farm. Here turn left off the road to follow a footpath heading roughly south south east past the ruins of Over Blow farm, and across the fields to Middle Head (These farm buildings are now an outdoor centre) at the edge of the forest.

5.) From Middle Head follow the path down through the forest to cross Raindale Beck and then a forest access track in the bottom of the valley. (Do not follow the track or the path down the valley) Continue up the south side of the valley and follow the bridleway past Middle farm and across an area of scrubland called Stony Moor. At the southern edge of Stony Moor follow the path across the beck at Raygate Slack and follow the muddy track climbing up Newton Banks to the road through Newton-on-Rawcliffe. Walk about 200m along the road back to the village duck pond and the end of the walk.