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Route 960824 - Murton Grange,
Shaken Bridge, Fair Hill Farm, Easterside Hill,
High Banniscue farm, Easterside Farm, Hawnby Bridge,
Sunnybank Farm, Gower Dale, Daleside farm circuit - 19km
North York Moors . . .

Map: OS Explorer OL26 North York Moors Western area at 1:25000

General Directions

The route starts at map ref. SE 535 881 on Peak Scar Road next to Murton Grange farm where the is a rough grass area off the road with room to park several cars. From this parking area there is a view across the valley towards Hawnby with Hawnby Hill and Easterside Hill beyond. From the parking area follow Peak Scar Road north east towards Murton Bank for about 250m to a track on the right hand side of the road. There is a bridleway along this track and the route follows the bridleway around the top edge of Cliff Wood.

About 2.3km from the road along the bridleway at map ref. SE 559 875, the is a junction with another track approaching from the west just below a stone barn. Continue along the track around the edge of the wood for another 100m, then continue round the bend in the track to the left. Follow the track down the hillside towards Shaken Bridge Farm. Just before reaching the farm the bridleway veers right off the track to by-pass the farm, and then follow the farm access track down to the road at map ref. SE 558 883.

At the road turn right and follow the road over Shaken Bridge across the River Rye. There is a wier and river gauging station just below the bridge. Continue along the road for about 50m from Shaken Bridge and then turn left off the road through a small gate to follow a bridleway up through the woods for about 100m to join the access road leading to Broadway Foot. Continue along the access road past Broadway Foot (with its thatched roof) and on towards Fair Hill Farm. Just before Fair Hill Farm where there is a hair-pin bend in the access road turn right off the road to follow a footpath into the field next to the farm and follow the path along the fence line to by-pass the farm. Beyond the farm the path crosses a large open field where there is a large tree in the middle that makes a good landmark to aim for. From the tree the footbridge across the River Seph is visible at the field boundary ahead.

Cross the footbridge over the River Seph and follow the footpath up the hillside to some stone farm buildings at map ref. SE 561 899. Here the path joins a farm access track. Follow this track round to the left. Ignore the path along the farm access track leading to Timber Holme farm and continue along the track keeping the stone wall on the left for another 100m. Then turn right away from the stone wall and follow the footpath across the fields heading generally northwards for about 600m to a minor road at map ref. SE 558 906. At the road turn left and walk along the road for about 20m, then turn right off the road up some steps in the roadside bank to a stile on to the open moorland.

Over the stile follow the footpath along the fence line around the base of Easterside Hill for about 1km to map ref. SE 52 915. Turn left here to follow a bridleway around the field edge to pass to the east of High Banniscue farm. From the farm the bridleway continues along the farm access track heading generally southwards for about 1.2km to a minor road called Easterside Lane at map ref. SE 550 898. At the road turn left and walk along Easterside Lane for about 300m towards Easterside Farm. Just before Easterside Farm turn right off the road to follow a footpath down the hillside (can be rather boggy in places) for about 1km to the road near Hawnby Bridge over the River Rye.

At the road turn left and from the road junction follow the road round the bend and over the Hawnby Bridge. From the bridge continue up the hill for about 200m to a bridleway along a track on the right of the road. Follow this bridleway along the track towards Sunnybank Farm. Continue along the bridleway where it turns right along the fence line to pass to the north of Sunnybank Farm. Continue along the bridleway following the track westwards from Sunnybank Farm climbing up the hillside to the large farm sheds called High Buildings at map ref. SE 525 893.

From High Buildings follow the bridleway along the track for about 1.3km to map ref. SE 512 894 at the head of Gowerdale. Here turn left to follow a public footpath along the forestry tracks dodown into Gowerdale and around the hillside for about 2km to a ruined cottage called Gowerdale House. At Gowerdale House the footpath joins a bridleway and from there continue along the bridleway to Dale Town farm. Follow the bridleway through the farm yard and then along the boggy field boundary climbing up the hillside to join a track. At the track turn left to continue along the track climbing up the hillside to the road at Peak Scar Top. Cross the road back to the little area of rough grass to end the walk where the walk it started.