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Looking across Rosedale from the lane below the golf course
Looking across Rosedale from the lane below the golf course

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Route No. 199 - Monday 23 October 2006
Rosedale Abbey, Rosedale Bank, Anna Cross
Lastingham, River Seven circuit - 14km
Rosedale, North York Moors

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Hill Plantation from the car park in Rosedale Abbey
Hill Plantation from the car park in Rosedale Abbey

I started walking at about 10.40am and crossed the bridge over the River Seven on the road up Rosedale Chimney Bank.

It was a lovely sunny morning so I decided to drive to Rosedale Abbey and parked next to the hotel on the Egton Bridge road at map ref. SE 725960.

An ash tree loaded with ash keys
An ash tree loaded with ash keys

Autumn berries - haws and sloes
Autumn berries - haws and sloes

The views up and down rosedale were wonderful in the crisp autumn light and I stood on the little platform on top of a ladder stile just to admire this lovely place.

On the first bend I took the footpath on the right up the side of a house at map ref. SE 724957 and began the climb up the valley side. The path led across two fields to a lane and across the lane to the 9-hole golf course.

Autumn berries - a lovely crop of sloes
Autumn berries - a lovely crop of sloes

Looking across Rosedale from the ladder stile above the golf course
Looking across Rosedale from the ladder stile above the golf course
Autumn gold in the bracken above Rosedale
Autumn gold in the bracken above Rosedale
Looking down on to Rosedale Abbey
Looking down on to Rosedale Abbey

Anna Cross
Anna Cross

At the road I continued straight across to follow the track to Anna Cross about 1km away over the moor.

At last the path brought me to the old ironstone railway at the top of the climb. I turned left to follow the railway path to the road at the top of Rosedale Chimney Bank.

A grouse taking flight/fright
A grouse taking flight/fright

Looking back to Anna Cross on the track to Lastingham
Looking back to Anna Cross on the track to Lastingham

Seat just above Lastingham
Seat just above Lastingham

The whole area was a lot busier than usual as this is the half term holiday week. In the village I took the path on the left from map ref. SE 729904 which just cuts the corner off and comes out onto the road again by the Lastingham village name sign on a stone plinth.

At the cross I continued heading south over the moor for about 3.5km into Lastingham village. On the way down the long slope from the cross to the village I passed several people toiling up the hill towards the cross.

The track into Lastingham village
The track into Lastingham village

Fields and woods at Lastingham
Fields and woods at Lastingham
Village pump at Lastingham
Village pump at Lastingham
Some conkers I collected for my grandson
Some conkers I collected for my grandson
Is it autumn or Spring? -  Hazel catkins
Is it Autumn or Spring? - Hazel catkins
Is it autumn or Spring? - Huneysuckle in flower
Is it Autumn or Spring? - Huneysuckle in flower

I just love horses with fetlocks (hairy feet)
I just love horses with fetlocks (hairy feet)

More Autumn fruits - Rose Hips
More Autumn fruits - Rose Hips

A 200 year old oak tree next to the road
A 200 year old oak tree next to the road, but who notices it?

I sat on the plinth for my lunch. It was very pleasant but the clear skies were rapidly clouding over and the best of the day was already gone.

Apple tree loaded with unwanted fruit
Apple tree loaded with unwanted fruit.
There was another one just 100m further on.

More Autumn fruit - Haws
More Autumn fruit - Haws

A partridge hit by a car - such lovely plumage
A partridge hit by a car - such lovely plumage

The farm road to High Askew
The farm road to High Askew
Fly Agaric fungus
Fly Agaric fungus
Limosin cattle at High Askew
Limosin cattle at High Askew

Tiny bracket fungus on a piece of dead birch
Tiny bracket fungus on a piece of dead birch

I walked along the bridleway passed High Askew above the River Seven for over 5km back to Rosedale Abbey.

I continued along the road for over a kilometre to map ref. SE 743900 where I turned left to follow the farm road up toward High Askew.

Plaque at the site of an Elizabethan glass works by the river Seven
Plaque at the site of an Elizabethan glass works by the river Seven

Looking across rosedale from the path above the river Seven
Looking across Rosedale from the path above the river Seven

Looking across rosedale from the path above the river Seven
Looking across rosedale from the path above the river Seven

My route had been about 14km and had taken me four and a half hours including my lunch stop.

On the way I re-passed all the people I had passed on the way from Anna Cross to Lastingham. They all seemed to be walking a similar route to me but the other way round.

Charolais bull I met on the track above the river Seven near Rosedale Abbey
Charolais bull I met on the track
above the river Seven near Rosedale Abbey
He was quite lame and was heading for the field on his left