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Farndale from Rudland Rigg
Farndale from Rudland Rigg

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Route No 83 - 26 June 2003
Sleightholme Dale, Rudland Rigg - 14 km
North York Moors . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

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


On the edge of school Plantation
On the edge of school Plantation

Sunken tarck leading to Hodge Beck crossing
Sunken tarck leading to Hodge Beck crossing

We followed the path for another kilometre to the crossing of Hodge Beck at map ref. SE 640919. This used to be a pleasant ford and there were rough stepping stones across Ouse Gill, the watercourse that joins Hodge Beck here from the north, but both crossings are now uninspiring railway sleeper bridges for the pheasant shooting. As we climbed the hill up to Ankness Ridge there were several wood ants' nests in the woods with hundreds of the centimetre long ants busily dashing about tidying the pine needles on the nest heaps.

This morning we drove to the end of Rudland Rigg and parked on a gravel area off the road at map ref. SE 659926. It was a fine day and we set off at about 9.45 to walk back down the road for about a kilometre to turn right onto a farm road at Hope Inn Farm. We followed the footpath past Common House farm and through the woods, down the fields to Penny Holme at map ref. SE 647911. Just beyond Penny Holme we stopped to watch a mother pheasant and a brood of around a dozen tiny stripped chicks scuttle across the track in front of us.

Pheasant chick beside the track
Pheasant chick beside the track

Wood ants' nest on Ankness Ridge
Wood ants' nest on Ankness Ridge

Looking up Sleightholmedale to Bransdale from Ankness Ridge
Looking up Sleightholmedale to Bransdale from Ankness Ridge

Crossing the valley of Ouse Gill towards Rudland Rigg
Crossing the valley of Ouse Gill towards Rudland Rigg

Bell heather in full bloom in late June
Bell heather in full bloom in late June

Once on Rudland Rigg we followed the stoney track for 4.5km back to our start. The bell heather is in full bloom beside the track but the main show, the ling heather will not be in flower for at least another month. The whole route was about 14km and took us four and a half hours to walk including our stops.

We continued along the path through Ankness to the road at map ref. SE 638944.Our route took us up the road for 1.7km where we turned right on to a moorland track for about 700m to map ref. SE 635967. Here we turned right to follow a bridlewayfor a kilometre across a valley and up to the track on Rudland Rigg, unfortunately the bridleway is not well defined on the ground and it's fairly rough going through the heather.

Farndale from Rudland Rigg
Farndale from Rudland Rigg

Ling heather will not flower until late August
Ling heather will not flower until late August