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Sitting by the weir near Nunnington
Sitting by the weir near Nunnington

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Route No. 164 - Saturday 21 January 2006
Caulkleys Bank, West Ness ,Nunnington circuit - 7km
Howardian Hills . . .

Maps: OS Explorer 300 Howardian Hills & Malton at 1:25000
Route Map on 'Landranger' base from OS Open Space service

Bridleway along the top of Caulkley's Bank
Bridleway along the top of Caulkley's Bank

We set off eastwards at about 1.30pm on the bridleway along the top of the bank, and continued on the bridleway for almost 3km to West Ness, map ref. SE 689790.

This afternoon we drove to the top of Caulkleys Bank, map ref. SE 699782 about 1.5km south of Nunnington.

Trig point on Caulkley's Bank
Trig point on Caulkley's Bank Looking South from Caulkley's Bank

Looking South from Caulkley's Bank
Looking South from Caulkley's Bank
Scots Pine on Caulkley's Bank

We followed the road down to the river Rye at map ref. SE 687793 and turned left off the road to follow the path upstream, beside the river. We walked by the river for about 2.5km until we reached Nunnington. The path emerged on to the road at map ref. SE 669792, that's about 200m south of the point shown on the map because the path has been diverted - it used to cut across the corner of a garden and come out down a drive, now it goes acrossa field directly onto the road. I think it's much better for everyone. We crossed the road and took the path opposite across the fields to map ref SE 666790. The path was not well marked and seemed little used - it would have been easier to walk round the road. From the cross roads by the church we took the bridleway back to Caulkley's Bank about 1km on a track across the fields, and then about 400m along the top of the bank back to the car. It had been a very pleasant afternoon walk of about 7km which took us almost 2 hours including a very pleasant sit in the sun on the seat by the weir at map ref. SE 673794

Left: Scots Pine on Caulkleys Bank

Below: Heading towards West Ness on Caulkleys Lane

Heading towards West Ness on Caulkleys Lane
River Rye at West Ness
River Rye at West Ness

Part of Nunnington Hall

Nunnington Church

Left: Part of Nunnington Hall

Very inquisitive cattle in Nunnington

Above: Very inquisitive cattle in Nunnington

Left: Nunnington Church

The North York Moors in the distance from Caulkleys Bank as we returned to the car in the evening sunshine
The North York Moors in the distance from Caulkleys Bank as we returned to the car in the evening sunshine