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Looking along Tripsdale fron the path heading towards the ford across Tripsdale Beck
Looking along Tripsdale fron the path heading towards the ford across Tripsdale Beck

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Route 970830 - Fangdale Beck,
Stable Holme farm, B1257, Hill End Farm, Tripsdale,
William Beck Farm, B1257, Chop Gate village hall,
Cock Howe, Bilsdale TV mast, circuit - 17km
North York Moors . . .

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Route 970830 - Fangdale Beck,
Stable Holme farm, B1257, Hill End Farm, Tripsdale,
William Beck Farm, B1257, Chop Gate village hall,
Cock Howe, Bilsdale TV mast, circuit - 17km
North York Moors . . .

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

General Directions

The walk starts in the village of Fangdale Beck in Bilsdale. The beck runs through the village and there is a little dead end access road on the north side of the beck at the western end of the village where there is usually room to park at the side of the beck at map ref. SE 569 946. From this parking spot take the public footpath opposite heading first northwards to cross a farm access track and then heading north west to pass on the eastern side of Stone House.

Continue northwards along the footpath to a point about 100m before Coniser (map ref. SE 565 954). Turn right here to follow a public footpath towards Low Mill. After about 400m there is a junction in the path. Ignore the path leading to Low Mill and turn left to follow the path almost to Stable Holme. Turn right here and follow the path past The Grange and out to the B1257 at map ref. SE 572 962.

At the road turn left and walk along the road for about 100m, then turn right off the road to take the footpath along the farm access road to Hill End Farm. The access road turns left to approach the farm itself and at the farm the path turns right to head up the slope to cross another path and then continues around the hillside to cross the deep ford over Tripsdale Beck at map ref. SE 580 978.

The path on the far side of the beck is not well defined. Follow the eastern bank of the beck for about 120m then turn right to climb straight up the rather boggy hillside. At a walled field (map ref. SE 582 980) the path is evident on the ground again around the field and continues up to the end of the crags. Ignore the path across the moor heading north east and follow a narrow muddy path along the top of the Kay Nest crag. At the end of the crag the path leads to a moorland track, map ref. SE 583 989. At this track turn left to follow the track down to Tripsdale Beck. The beck is now piped under the track.

Continue to follow the track up the hillside and on a left hand hair-pin bend there is a pleasant path to the right heading diagonally up the hillside through the trees and up across the open moor. At map ref. SE 581 993 the path, now a sunken track bends to the left and climbs up becoming a narrow path through the heather to cross a moorland track at map ref. SE 576 992. Follow the path down the hillside to William Beck Farm.

From William Beck Farm follow the path along the farm access road to the B1257 in Bilsdale. At the road turn right and walk along the road for about 250m to the entrance to the Chop Gate village hall with its large public car park & toilets (this car park would make a good alternative place to start and finish the walk).

Go through the car park and cross the bridge over Raisedale Beck. From the bridge follow the footpath heading straight up the hillside across the fields and onto the open moor, climbing up to the cairn at Cock Howe, map ref. SE 542 983. At Cock Howe turn left and follow the moorland track heading generally southwards to the Bilsdale TV transmitter mast. The route follows the moorland track here because it provides much easier walking than the right of way that is shown on the map but is not evident on the ground.

Continue along the track southwards from the mast to map ref. SE 547 952 at the corner of the intake wall around a cluster of fields. Turn left here almost doubling back to follow a bridleway first heading north east and then after a few hundred metres turning south east to drop down the hillside for about 1.8km back into Fangdale Beck and the end of the walk.

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