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Looking over Osmotherley to Black Hambleton from the Cleveland Way
Looking over Osmotherley to Black Hambleton from the Cleveland Way

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Route No. 210 - Monday 12 March 2007
Cod Beck, Scarth Nick, Arncliffe wood, Osmotherley, Cod Beck Reservoir circuit - 10km
Cleveland Hills, North York Moors . . .

Map: OS Explorer OL26 North York Moors Western area at 1:25000
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Cod Beck reservoir from the car park
Cod Beck reservoir from the car park

We left the cottage this morning and drove to the Cod Beck car park at the end of Cod Beck reservoir (map ref. SE 467992) about 1.5km north of Osmotherley.

We had had a weekend break in a cottage at Laskill with two of my wife's sisters and their husbands. They had to go home yesterday evening.

An indication of the popularity of this spot in the summer
An indication of the popularity of this spot in the summer

Cod beck upstream of the reservoir
Cod beck upstream of the reservoir

In another 200m we had joined the Cleveland Way at map ref. NZ 470002. We turned left to follow the Cleveland Way to the edge of Arncliffe wood at map ref. SE 461999.

From the car park we followed the road northwards toward Scarth Nick. About 200m before we reached Scarth Nick we turned left off the road on to a path across the moor to cut a little corner off and avoid dropping down the hill just to climb up again.

Cod beck upstream of the reservoir
Cod beck upstream of the reservoir

Looking back to Cod Beck reservoir from the Cleveland Way
Looking back to Cod Beck reservoir from the Cleveland Way
Looking west to the Yorkshire Dales from the Cleveland Way
Looking west to the Yorkshire Dales from the Cleveland Way
The Cleveland Hills from the edge of Arncliffe wood
The Cleveland Hills from the edge of Arncliffe wood

The Cleveland Way through Arncliffe wood
The Cleveland Way through Arncliffe wood

We had planned to get a coffee in the village but it was a Monday in March and Osmotherley was shut (except for the toilets which are very clean and have won lots of awards).

We walked through the pedestrian gates into the wood and continued along the Cleveland Way to the end of the wood at map ref. SE 453986 where the path joins a track which we followed into Osmotherley.

The Cleveland Way through Arncliffe wood
The Cleveland Way through Arncliffe wood

The Cleveland Way through Arncliffe wood
The Cleveland Way through Arncliffe wood
Young lambs sheltering from the wind
Young lambs sheltering from the wind
View-point on the Cleveland Way near Osmotherley
View-point on the Cleveland Way near Osmotherley

Looking over Osmotherley to Black Hambleton from the Cleveland Way
Looking over Osmotherley to Black Hambleton from the Cleveland Way

We continued on the Cleveland Way which leaves the main street in Osmotherley via an alley way through the houses. It crosses some fields and then drops down to cross the little valley with Cod Beck in the bottom. Once we had climbed up the other side we joined a walled track at map ref. SE 464970.

The Cleveland Way passes through this alley way
The Cleveland Way passes through this alley way

Following the Cleveland Way across Cod Beck
Following the Cleveland Way across Cod Beck

Track heading north to Cod Beck reservoir
Track heading north to Cod Beck reservoir

We followed the track through the woods for about 500m and then turned left to follow another track down the hillside through the woods to the edge of the reservoir.

At the track we turned left to leave the Cleveland Way and head north along the track for about 1km to the edge of the woods at map ref. SE 467980.

Cod Beck reservoir
Cod Beck reservoir

The water company sign as we entered the woods around Cod Beck reservoir
The water company sign as we entered the woods around Cod Beck reservoir
Cod Beck reservoir
Cod Beck reservoir
Gravel path round Cod Beck reservoir
Gravel path round Cod Beck reservoir

Cod Beck reservoir
Cod Beck reservoir

The path then led us out of the wood and across Cod Beck back to the car park where we had started. The whole route had been about 10km and had taken us about four hours to walk.

There is a well maintained gravel path around the edge of the reservoir and we followed this path along the water's edge to the top end of the reservoir.

Cod Beck crossing next to the car park
Cod Beck crossing next to the car park