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Osmotherley from the top of Silton Wood
Osmotherley from the top of Silton Wood

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Route No 132 - Wednesday 16 March 2005
Silton Wood, Thimbleby, Osmotherly,
Cod Beck, Oak Dale circuit - 17km
North York Moors

Map: OS Explorer OL26 The North York Moors Eastern area at 1:25000
Route Map on 'Landranger' map base from OS Open Space service

Setting off from the car park in Silton Wood
Setting off from the car park in Silton Wood
Today my neighbour and I drove up to Silton Wood and parked in the car park at map ref. SE 467937. There were many fallen trees from the new year gales. We have seen widespread storm damage everywhere we have walked since new year and in forestry areas the clear-up is still in progress. From the car park we followed the forest track for a few hundred metres to map ref. SE 467941 and turned onto a path directly up the hillside. This path continues right up the hill to map ref. SE 460947. From there we continued straight on down the hill to join a public footpath at map ref. SE 459948. (Silton Wood is open access Forestry Commission land).At the publicfootpath we turned towards Thimbleby and at the minor road (map ref. SE 448951 we turned right to walk through the village towards Osmotherley.
We had intended to reduce the road walking by taking a footpath over the fields to Osmotherley, but we were chatting away putting the world to rights as we tend to do on these walks, and we had reached the ford at map ref. SE 456965 before we realised that we had passed the start of the path, so we continued along the road into Osmotherley. We stopped at a cafe for a hot drink before continuing along the road to map ref. SE 456976 where we turned left along a lane to follow the Cleveland Way route for about 3km around the edge to map ref. SE 461999. Here we turned right onto a path across Scarth Wood Moor for about 1km to map ref. SE 467992 on the minor road about 2km north of Osmotherley. We crossed the road and followed the path up the hill along the edge of the woods to map ref. SE 469990.
Frog spawn left on a fallen tree trunk
Frog spawn left on a fallen tree trunk
Oak Dale reservoir
Oak Dale reservoir
We turned right here over a stile into the woods and followed the public footpath for just over 2km to a minor road at map ref. SE 464968. At this point we had rejoined the Cleveland Way route and we followed it down into Oak Dale, passing Oak Dale reservoir and climbing up to the road at map ref. SE 479959. We turned right towards Black Hambleton and walked up the slope still on the Cleveland Way to map ref. SE 479954. Here we turned right off the Cleveland Way route onto a forest track that is part of the national cycle route network. We followed this track through the forest for over 2km back to the car park. The whole route had been about 17km and had taken us five and a half hours including a few stops.
More storm damage on the path through Silton Wood
More storm damage on the path through Silton Wood
There were still a few patches of snow in the woods
There were still a few patches of snow in the woods
Heading for Thimbleby from Silton Wood
Heading for Thimbleby from Silton Wood
My first 7-spot ladybird of this season
My first 7-spot ladybird of this season
Hay rake slowly becoming part of the hedge
Hay rake slowly becoming part of the hedge
Grass/weed cutter
Grass/weed cutter
Cod Beck above the reservoir
Cod Beck above the reservoir
Entrance to Thimbleby Hall
Entrance to Thimbleby Hall
Cod Beck above the reservoir
Cod Beck above the reservoir
Osmotherley from map ref. SE 466978
Osmotherley from map ref. SE 466978
A partridge
A partridge

Caravanner who enjoys solitude
A caravanner who enjoys solitude

Looking East from Scarth Wood Moor
Looking East from Scarth Wood Moor