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Looking north up Farndale
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Route No. 118 - Tuesday 15 December 2004
Lowna, Farndale,
Sleightholme Dale circuit - 13km
North York Moors . . .

Map: OS Explorer OL26 North York Moors Western area at 1:25000
Ordnance Survey route map on the Landranger series map base

Footpath from the car park near Lowna
Footpath from the car park near Lowna
The weather forecast for today was very good with clear skies and bright sunshine so I was a bit disappointed to open the curtains to grey skies and drizzle. We set off anyway and drove to a tiny car park at Lowna in Farndale at map ref. SE 685910. By the time we arrived at about 9.50am the weather was starting to clear. We took the path following the River Dove upstream to map ref. SE 682925, where we turned left to follow the path up the valley side to the road at map ref. SE 676926. The weather was now just as forecast with brilliant blue sky and the low winter sun picking out all the red and orange and yellow shades in the foliage. We crossed the road and followed the track across the moor to cross Harland Beck and come out onto a lane at map ref. SE 662920.
We turned left on to the lane for about 200m and then turned right to follow a footpath along a farm road, through the farm yard (lots of chained up collies), through some woodland and across the fields to the lane near Penny Holme at map ref. SE 647910. At the lane we turned away from Penny Holme and walked along the lane for about 1km to map ref. SE 655901. We turned left off the lane on to a path across the fields to join a lane at map ref. SE 660913. We walked along the lane (right at the junction) for about 500m to map ref. SE 667911 where we turned left off the road on to a path across the fields which we followed for about 1.5km past Faddell Rigg to the road at map ref. SE 682908. We turned left on to the road and followed it for about 350m back to the car park at Lowna. The whole route had been almost 13km and had taken us about 4 hours to walk including a stop for lunch.
Our lunch stop by the footpath below Boonhill Common
Our lunch stop by the path below Boonhill Common
Woods by the River Dove before the weather cleared
Woods by the River Dove before the weather cleared
Woods above the River Dove after the weather cleared
Woods above the River Dove after the weather cleared
The view north up Farndale
The view north up Farndale
Path beside Harland Beck
Path beside Harland Beck
Looking back across Harland Moor
Looking back across Harland Moor
A lone Scots Pine on Harland Moor
A lone Scots Pine on Harland Moor
Sleightholme Dale near Cherry Tree Farm
Sleightholme Dale near Cherry Tree Farm
An abandoned school in the woods at map ref. SE 658914
An abandoned school in the woods at SE 658914
Limousin cattle at Faddell Rigg
Limousin cattle at Faddell Rigg
The last few metres back to the car park
The last few metres back to the car park at Lowna
The Nab just south of Lowna
The Nab just south of Lowna
Suffolk cross ewes by the car park
Suffolk cross ewes by the car park at Lowna

View from Harland Moor
View from Harland Moor

Looking across Farndale towards Hutton-le-Hole
Looking across Farndale towards Hutton-le-Hole

Budding birch trees in Sleightholme Dale
Budding birch trees in Sleightholme Dale