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Looking North East across Farndale from the path leading down to Low Mill from Rudland Rigg
Looking North East across Farndale from the path leading down to Low Mill from Rudland Rigg

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Route No 26 - 19 December 2001
Rudland Rigg, Low Mill,
Church Houses Farndale circuit - 8 miles
North York Moors . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL26 North York Moors Western area



The open moor above Farndale seen from Rudland Rigg

Path from the edge of the moor down towrds Low Mill
Path from the edge of the moor down towrds Low Mill

After another half mile the track forks again next to a wall beside a couple of lonely pine trees and here we took the left fork. We followed this track until it joined a footpath heading down the valley side below an old quarry. The view up Farndale was lovely as we descended to the road and followed it to Low Mill.

To-day it was one of those crisp bright winter mornings as we drove about 3 miles north of Fadmoor to the start of Rudland Rigg where we parked for the start of to-day's route. We set off along Rudland Rigg and after almost half a mile took the track on our right across the moor heading towards Farndale.

Path below the old quarry heading down to Low Mill
Path below the old quarry heading down to Low Mill

River Dove in Farndale with the debris of the old wier washed away in the floods of October 2000
River Dove in Farndale with the debris of the old wier washed
away in the floods of October 2000

We watched the buzzard circle and climb for a few minutes but it was soon out of sight and I was unable to spot it again even with the binoculars. That was the first time I have seen a buzzard in Farndale.

From here we took the "daffodil route" to Church Houses. About half a mile before we reached the "Daffy Caffy" a very large bird took off from the top of some tall trees a hundred yards to our right and a look through the binoculars quickly confirmed our first thought - it was a buzzard.

Duck pond by the Daffodill Walk
Duck pond by the Daffodill Walk

The road from Church Houses heading up to Monket House
The road from Church Houses heading up to Monket House

We followed the track along Rudland Rigg for about 3 miles back to our starting point. It was only 2.00pm when we got back but the sky already had an evening look about it. The chimneys and cooling towers of the power stations at Drax and Ferrybridge were silluetted against the reddening sky as we walked the last two miles downhill from the trig point to the car. The whole route was just over 8 miles and took us four and a quarter hours including our lunch stop.

We were hoping to have a coffee and a bacon sandwich in the Faversham Arms in Church Houses but it was closed when we arrived. The sky was clouding over and the bright winter sunshine had faded by now. We walked along the road across the river and up the hill to Monket House. Here we walked a couple of hundred yards along the Daleside Road to a seat on the grass verge where we stopped for our lunch with a wonderful view over the whole valley. After lunch we returned to Monket House and took the track opposite, climbing up the moor for about a mile and a quarter to rejoin Rudland Rigg.

Looking down Farndale as we climbed up to Monket House
Looking down Farndale as we climbed up to Monket House

Sunset looking West from Rudland Rigg
Sunset looking West from Rudland Rigg as we made our way back to the car

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