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Route 961019 - Grosmont,
Kempstone Rigg (A171), Hutton Mulgrave Wood,
Briscoe Farm, Barton Howl (A171), Westonby Farm,
Church Dale Farm, Egton Bridge circuit - 19km
North York Moors . . .

Map: OS Explorer OL27 North York Moors Eastern area at 1:25000

General Directions

Note: I have only walked this route once many years ago. It uses paths that were then little walked and were overgrown and ill maintained presenting a navigational challenge. I have never wanted to repeat the route although the Esk Valley does provide some fine scenery.

The walk starts at the large public car park on the western edge of Grosmont at map ref. NZ 826 053. Leave the car park by the main car park entrance and at the public road turn right towards Egton for about 300m, over the River Esk to a sharp left hand bend just before Priory Farm. At the bend turn right and follow this minor road for about 400m to a sharp left hand bend. At this bend keep straight on along a farm access road past Grosmont Farm, then Fotherbys Farm to another minor road at map ref. NZ 831 074 near Haystones Manor. At the road turn left and walk along the road for about 400m to a sharp left hand bend. At the bend turn right to follow a public bridleway along a farm track for about 2km to the A171 just north of Moorcock farm on Kempstone Rigg.

At the main road turn right and walk along the road for about 120m, then turn left off the road to follow a public bridleway along a track through the corner of Hutton Mulgrave Wood to a small phone(?) mast at map ref. NZ 841 090. At the mast there is a junction in the track where the route turns left to follow a bridleway heading northwest throught the wood to a minor road at map ref. NZ 828 096. At the road turn left to walk along the road for about 400m past Kitter Green Farm to a bend just before Moorgate Farm. At the bend in the road turn left off the road. Ahead there are two clear farm tracks into the fields. Between these two field entrances there is an overgrown walled strip of land. This is an old by-way! Follow the old by-way down to a ford across a stream. The by-way was an awkward route to walk and after the ford it was still very overgrown. Continue along the by-way to a minor road near Briscoe Farm. At the road turn right and follow the road towards Briscoe Farm. Just before the farm turm left off the road to follow a bridleway across the fields and down to a wooded beck. From the beck the bridleway bends round to the south and after about 1.5km it reaches the A171 at map ref. NZ 806 084.

At the main road turn right and walk along the main road for about 200m then turn left off the main road to follow a bridleway around the farm at Barton Howl and down to a public road at map ref. NZ 799 079. (Note: you can by-pass the path around Barton Howl by following the road round to map ref. NZ 799 079) At the road, map ref. NZ 799 079, turn right and walk along the road for about 100m then turn left off the road to follow a public footpath around Moorside Farm and and down past Howe House to pass south of Westonby Farm. From Westonby Farm continue on the public footpath heading generally southwards for about 1.4km to a minor road at map ref. NZ 786 062, just beyond Church Dale Farm.

At the road turn left and after about 100m along the road turn left off the road to follow a public bridleway up through a little wooded area and across the field to a road at map ref. NZ 789 059. At the road turn left and follow the road for about 100m to a road junction. At the junction turn right and follow Broom House Lane for about 1km to pass under a railway bridge. From the railway continue along the road now beside the River Esk for about another kilometre to a road junction in Egtom Bridge at map ref. NZ 804 052. At the junction turn left and after about 30m along the road turn right off the road to walk along the old toll road from Egton Bridge for about 2.5km to the road into Grosmont at map ref. NZ 823 055. At the road turn right and walk along the road retracing the outward route back to the car park at Grosmont and the end of the walk.