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Looking towards Lastingham from Barker Slack
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Route No 124 - Saturday 29 January 2005
Hutton-le-Hole, Ana Cross,
Lastingham circuit - 13km
North York Moors

Map: OS Explorer OL26 North York Moors Western area at 1:25000
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Ford over one of the tributaries of Loskey Beck
Ford over one of the tributaries of Loskey Beck
This morning the weather was overcast and drizzly but it was due to brighten this afternoon so we had a leisurely start with plenty of time to read the morning paper over breakfast. Then my wife and I drove to Hutton-le-Hole where we parked at about 10.30. We crossed the road in front of the car park on to the grassy bank and followed the fence line up the hill to a pedestrian gate in the fence at map ref. SE 704904. We went through the gate and followed a pleasant grassy track around the hill overlooking Hutton Beck until we came to the tarmac drive to Spaunton Lodge at map ref. SE 705913. We followed the drive for about 250m and where the drive turned left we continued straight on along a public footpath on a muddy track.
After about 500m the track bears to the left and there is a small cairn marking the point where the footpath bears to the right.We continued along the foot path to map ref. SE 704930 where the path turns right onto a stony moorland track. We followed the track across the first main tributary of Loskey Beck where there is a ford with a couple of uneven stepping stones on the downstream side as the water tumbles down a series of little rapids. We climbed over to the second tributary of Loskey Beck where the path leaves the track and breaks off to the left before crossing the stream and climbing up the moor to the road at map ref. SE 717939.
Pinfold sculpture in Hutton-le-Hole
Pinfold sculpture in Hutton-le-Hole

Threatening skies in the morning
Threatening skies in the morning

We turned left off the road here on to a path through some woodland and across the fields into Hutton-le-Hole at map ref. SE 705899. The path emerges into the village next to the Barn tea rooms - very pleasant with a carpet and nice cosy fire, but a bit too clean and tidy in muddy hiking gear - a bit further down the street is the Old Forge cafe, a bit more spartan but a very nice cup of tea and Yorkshire curd tart. Suitably refreshed we made our way back up the village to the car park opposite a circular dry stone wall structure that looks like an old pinfold but I think it's a fairly recently constructed sculpture. The whole route was about 13km and took us about four hours to walk including a short lunch break.

The valley of Hole Beck near Lastingham
The valley of Hole Beck near Lastingham

At the road we turned left walk along the road for about 500m to map ref. SE 720945 where we turned right off the road onto a stoney moorland track to Ana Cross. We on a bank near the cross for some lunch but it was quite cold once we stopped walking. After our break we set off heading roughly south for about 3km to map ref. SE 729909 near Lastingham. Here we turned right at the point where there is a seat to admire the view next to the Footpath signpost and the Lastingham millennium stone. We followed the path across the steep little valley of Hole Beck to the road below Spaunton at map ref. SE 721903. We turned on to the road and headed towards Hutton-le-Hole for about 600m to map ref. SE 713904.

Ana Cross
Ana Cross

Seat by the millennium stone near Lastingham
Seat by the millennium stone near Lastingham

Coming out onto the road below Spaunton
Coming out onto the road below Spaunton
Swaledale Tupp giving us a hard stare
Swaledale Tupp giving us a hard stare

A few hundred metres above Lastingham
A few hundred metres above Lastingham