The "Millennium Pond" at Wintringham on the Wold Way
The "Millennium Pond" at Wintringham on the Wolds Way

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Route No. 289 - Wednesday 8 April 2009
West Knapton, Wintringham, Rowgate Farm,
Thorpe Bassett, Rillington, Scampston - 15km
Yorkshire Wolds . . .

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Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer OL26 North York Moors Western area at 1:25000


Pinfold at West Knapton to hold stray livestock
Pinfold at West Knapton to hold stray livestock

We set off from the eastern end of the long lay-by and crossed the A64 (very busy with fast traffic).

This morning four of us met in the large lay-by off the A64 at West Knapton, map ref. SE876754 at 10.00am.

One family of hundreds of outdoor pigs on the edge of the wolds
One family of hundreds of outdoor pigs on the edge of the wolds

Path along a dyke where we joined the Wolds Way
Path along a dyke where we joined the Wolds Way

(Note: just before the wood to the right of the path there is now a large landscape sculpture called "Enclosure Rites" and you can see details of it on route 477.) In the wood we descended a very steep path to the edge of the wood.

We climbed up onto the wolds along a farm and caravan site access road for about 1.5km to map ref. SE890745, where we joined the Wolds Way route. We turned right to head south on the Wolds Way along a wooded dyke to some woodland.

Path along a dyke where we joined the Wolds Way
Path along a dyke where we joined the Wolds Way

A very steep descent on the Wolds Way  heading for Wintringham
A very steep descent on the Wolds Way heading for Wintringham
A very steep descent on the Wolds Way  heading for Wintringham
A very steep descent on the Wolds Way heading for Wintringham
Heading for Wintringham on the Wolds Way
Heading for Wintringham on the Wolds Way

Heading for Wintringham on the Wolds Way
Heading for Wintringham on the Wolds Way

Blackthorn flowers by the Wolds Way near Wintringham
Blackthorn flowers by the Wolds Way near Wintringham
Wintringham seen from the Wolds Way
Wintringham seen from the Wolds Way
An old water tower and wind pump on a farm at Wintringham
An old water tower and wind pump on a farm at Wintringham

We then skirted the edge of the wood to reach Wintringham, still following the Wolds Way route. We continued on the Wolds Way leaving Wintringham past their Millennium Pond, a pretty spot with a bench seat where we had our lunch.

The Wolds Way leaving Wintringham
The Wolds Way leaving Wintringham

The "millennium pond" at Wintringham complete with sundial
The "millennium pond" at Wintringham complete with sundial
Ducks by the millennium pond at Wintringham
Ducks by the millennium pond at Wintringham
Butter-Burr growing in a typical damp location near the pond.
Butter-Burr growing in a typical damp location near the pond
The Wolds Way crossing the huge fields as we left Wintringham
The Wolds Way crossing the huge fields as we left Wintringham
Common daisies, very pretty but often overlooked
Common daisies, very pretty but often overlooked
White dead nettle, just a mimic with no stings
White dead nettle, just a mimic with no stings
The first cowslips I've seen this spring
The first cowslips I've seen this spring
An abandoned old field roller
An abandoned old field roller
Following the Wolds Way along the narrow lane leading to Rowgate farm
Following the Wolds Way along the narrow lane leading to Rowgate farm

A set of harrows at the edge of a field
A set of harrows at the edge of a field

We turned right to follow a path along the foot of the hillside for about 200m. At this point we turned right through a gate on to a path across a field to Rowgate farm. At the farm our path joined the farm access road which we followed for about 1.5km to the village of Thorpe Bassett.

After our lunch we followed the Wolds Way to a road at map ref. SE873732. At the road we turned left to continue on the Wolds Way along the road for about 1.5km and across a field to map ref. SE869713. Here we left the Wolds Way route.

The Wolds Way near Rowgate farm
The Wolds Way near Rowgate farm

Path along the foot of Thorpe Bassett Wold
Path along the foot of Thorpe Bassett Wold
Track from Rowgate farm to Thorpe Bassett
Track from Rowgate farm to Thorpe Bassett
Thorpe Bassett Wold seen from Rowgate farm
Thorpe Bassett Wold seen from Rowgate farm

Path from Thorpe Bassett to Rillington
Path from Thorpe Bassett to Rillington

We followed an access road which soon became a footpath down to a lane which led us to the A64 in Rillington at map ref. SE853743.

In Thorpe Bassett we followed the village street to a bend at map ref. SE861733. Here we went straight on leaving the road.

Path from Thorpe Bassett to Rillington
Path from Thorpe Bassett to Rillington

The A64 in Rillington
The A64 in Rillington
Saddleback pigs by the lane into Scampston
Saddleback pigs by the lane into Scampston

Donkeys in Scampston
Donkeys in Scampston

We turned right past the church and followed the village street round a long left hand bend to map ref. SE862756.

We walked along the A64 for about 250m and turned left along a lane to Scampston. We followed this lane for just over a kilometer to the junction by the church in Scampston at map ref. SE860754.

Scampston village church
Scampston village church

Old post box in Scampston
Old post box in Scampston

We continued along the public footpath through a small wood and out into an avenue across a grassy field. As we emerged from the wood a buzzard took off from the trees of the avenue and circled round above us but as usual I was much too slow to get a photo of it. We walked along the avenue and down the side of another small wood to reach the A64 at map ref. SE872752.

Here we turned right off the road to follow a public footpath along and access road around the side of the walled garden on the Scampston Hall estate.

Scampston village street
Scampston village street

Walking along the avenue where we saw a buzzard take off from the trees
Walking along the avenue where we saw a buzzard take off from the trees

Some of the outbuildings on  the Scampston Hall estate
Some of the outbuildings on the Scampston Hall estate

Returning to the lay-by on the A64
Returning to the lay-by on the A64

The whole route had been 15km and had taken us five hours including a couple of refreshment stops along the way.

We turned left to walk along the A64 and along the lay-by where we had parked, back to our car about 300m away.

Knapton Maltings seen from the A64, is part of the Greencore Group
Knapton Maltings seen from the A64, is part of the Greencore Group