Fen Bog nature reserve in Newtondale at Eller Beck
Fen Bog nature reserve at Eller Beck in Newtondale

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Route No. 275 - Wednesday 26 November 2008
Eller beck, Northdale Scar, Wardle Green,
Simon Howe, Two Howes, Goathland circuit 14km
North York Moors. . .

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Footbridge over the stream in Fen Bog nature reserve
Footbridge over the stream in Fen Bog nature reserve

We set off at about 10.15am heading west along the route of the Lyke Wake Walk towards Simon Howe. The track led us across Fen Bog Nature Reserve and the North York Moors steam railway, but there were no trains running today.

The weather forecast for today was good, fine dry and bright. My neighbour, Jim and I drove to Eller Beck on the A169 Pickering to Whitby road at map ref. SE856982. There is a track there to the west of the main road with plenty of room to park.

Crossing The North York Moors Railway
Crossing The North York Moors Railway

Following the Lyke Wake Walk route towards Simon Howe
Following the Lyke Wake Walk route towards Simon Howe

We followed the quad bike track across the heather for about 500m to the edge of Newtondale at a line of cliffs called Northdale Scar. The quad bike track seems to be used by a shepherd to bring winter feed to his sheep. The track leads to two old trailers used as storage sheds.

The whole moor here is open access land and we continued along the Lyke Wake Walk route for about a kilometre to map ref. SE843980. At this point, about 150m past a large and a small cairn by the path; there is a feint quad bike track heading roughly Southeast.

Newtondale from the path above Northdale Scar
Newtondale from the path above Northdale Scar

Newtondale from the path above Northdale Scar
Newtondale from the path above Northdale Scar
Just beyond the trailers we came to a well worn path around the top of the Northdale Scar cliffs with good views down Newtondale. The North York Moors steam railway runs along the bottom of the valley. We walked along the top of the cliffs for about 1.5km to the northern edge of Cropton Forest at map ref. SE835964. Here we turned west to follow a track along the edge of the moor next to the fence on the forest boundary. We walked along this very muddy track for about 350m to map ref. SE831963. Here there is a gate from the moor to a forest access track and a new but rather wobbly stile.
Stile from the moor into Cropton Forest at map ref. SE831963
Stile from the moor into Cropton Forest at map ref. SE831963

Track in Cropton Forest near Wardle Green
Track in Cropton Forest near Wardle Green

There is a stile here on the right to a path across a field to the ruined farm at Wardle Green. Wardle Green is quite a pleasant spot and we sat on a grassy bank here by the stream for an early lunch.

We crossed the stile and followed the forest track for about 150m where we turned right and continued on another forest track for about 800m to a gate across the track.

The ruined farm at Wardle Green
The ruined farm at Wardle Green

Looking back to Wardle Green from the start of the path over the moor to Simon Howe
Looking back to Wardle Green from the start of the path over the moor to Simon Howe

Cairns on Simon Howe
Cairns on Simon Howe

Just over 2km away to the north at map ref. SE830980, we reached Simon Howe. The path was cut into slippery muddy ruts and it was very difficult to walk and stay upright.

After our lunch we crossed the little wooden footbridge over the stream (Blawarth Beck) and followed the path over the moor.

Cairns on Simon Howe
Cairns on Simon Howe

Cairn on Simon Howe
Cairn on Simon Howe

Large hairy catterpillar crossing the wet path on a cool November day
Large hairy caterpillar crossing the wet path on a cool November day

The path to Two Howes was just as muddy and slippery and quite tiring. From Two Howes we followed the path down the hillside past a duck shooting pond to the edge of Goathland.

From Simon Howe we continued along the ridge to Two Howes. They are about 150m apart and they both have a stone cairn on top.

Cairn on one of the Two Howes
Cairn on one of the Two Howes

Duck shooting pond on the moor above Goathland
Duck shooting pond on the moor above Goathland
Seat with a good view over Goathland
Seat with a good view over Goathland

Memorial tree on the edge of Goathland
Memorial tree on the edge of Goathland

Just beyond the church we turned right to follow a path across the fields to a disused railway at map ref. SE838005.

As we approached the village there was a seat with a nice view where we sat for a coffee before continuing down the hill to the church in Goathland.

Approaching the church in Goathland
Approaching the church in Goathland

The church in Goathland
The church in Goathland

Path along a disused railway from Goathland
Path along a disused railway from Goathland
Chanterelle mushrooms - this a large pale cloured variety that grows in deciduous woods
Chanterelle mushrooms - . . .
Chanterelle mushrooms - this a large pale cloured variety that grows in deciduous woods
. . . this a large pale cloured variety that grows in deciduous woods

Sheep being fed on the open moor near Goathland
Sheep being fed on the open moor near Goathland

We turned right at the junction to walk about 350m down the main road back to the car at Eller Beck. The whole route had been about 14km and had taken us 5 hours to walk including our stops.

The old railway is now a footpath and we turned right on to the railway to follow it out to the road at map ref. SE844994. At the road we turned left and walked along the road for about 1.5km to the junction with the A169 at map ref. SE855986.

Fylingdales in the dusk as we finished our walk
Fylingdales in the dusk as we finished our walk