Looking across the Vale of Pickering to the North York Moors from the Wolds Way near Ganton
Looking across the Vale of Pickering to the North York Moors from the Wolds Way near Ganton

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Route No. 296 - Wednesday 10 June 2009
Potter Brompton, Ganton,
Wolds Way circuit - 7km
Yorkshire Wolds . . . .

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Potter Brompton where we parked in a lay-by
Potter Brompton where we parked in a lay-by

Last time we were out Jim injured his knee so we will be doing a short, flatish route of about 7km today. We crossed the A64 and walked to the eastern end of the lay-by to map ref. SE980772, where we turned left off the road on to a public footpath around the edge of Ganton Golf Club.

This morning we had a later start than usual and didn't leave home until after 9.30 am. We drove to a village called Potter Brompton on the A64 between Malton and Scarborough. There is a large lay-by on either side of the road and we parked in the west bound lay-by (map ref. SE 977770) to make it easier to set off if the road is busy this afternoon.

Start of the footpath from the A64 around the edge of Ganton Golf Club
Start of the footpath from the A64 around the edge of Ganton Golf Club

Passing one of the tees by the footpath around Ganton Golf Club
Passing one of the tees by the footpath around Ganton Golf Club

Footpath around Ganton Golf Club
Footpath around Ganton Golf Club

We crossed the road and the path continued round the edge of the golf course on the other side of the road. It soon became clear that this part of the path is hardly ever walked . We came to a pedestrian gate at the golf couse boundary and had to walk through about 10m of long undisturbed grass to reach it.

The path turned out to be a very pleasant walk along a mown strip about 1.5m wide through the woodland round the course to the practice area next to the club house. We stayed close to the hedge until we reached the club house and then followed the gravel driveway to the road at map ref. SE 983782.

Ganton golf course
Ganton golf course

Looking across Ganton golf course to the Yorkshire wolds
Looking across Ganton golf course to the Yorkshire wolds

A poppy by the path - such a lovely striking red
A poppy by the path - such a lovely striking red

This too was overgrown with nettles and long grass and we had to drag the gate open through the vegetation.

We crossed a large grass field with a bank down the middle and came to another pedestrian gate in the field boundary.

The stack yard at Windle Beck farm
The stack yard at Windle Beck farm

A painted lady butterfly with its wings closed
A painted lady butterfly with its wings closed

There is a footpath at the side of the A64 so it was safe to walk along the main road, but not very pleasant with all the fast moving traffic. We walked north east along the A64 for about 500m to map ref. SE 996784.

We crossed the next field to a gate into the farm stack yard at Windle Beck Farm and followed the farm drive out to the A64 at map ref. SE 992781.

Blue speedwells by the path
Blue speedwells by the path

The farm track from the A64 up to the route of the Wolds Way
The farm track from the A64 up to the route of the Wolds Way

There were lots of snails like this by the farm track
There were lots of snails like this by the farm track

The farm track from the A64 meets the Wolds Way route
The farm track from the A64 meets the Wolds Way route

In Ganton the wolds Way took us along a country road to the entrance to Ganton Hall. Here the Wolds Way turned off the road to head south west across the fields to Potter Brompton.

Here we turned right off the A64 to walk up a farm track between the fields for about 500m to join the Wolds Way at map ref. SE 999779. From here we followed the Wolds Way route across the fields to Ganton.

Dog rose in the hedgerow
Dog rose in the hedgerow

The Wolds Way heading across the fields to Ganton
The Wolds Way heading across the fields to Ganton

Magnificent beech tree by the Wolds Way
Magnificent beech tree by the Wolds Way near Ganton

This short walk had taken us just under three hours and Jim's knee had not given any trouble so we may be back to a longer route next time.

At the road in Potter Brompton (map ref. SE 980767) we left the Wolds Way and walked along the road through the village to the lay-by at the A64 where we had started.

Wild cherries by the path
Wild cherries by the path at Ganton

Returning through Potter Brompton
Returning through Potter Brompton

Free range hens in Potter Brompton
Free range hens in Potter Brompton

We had managed to dodge the forcast rain on this cloudy overcast day and it had turned out to be quite a pleasant little walk.

There was a farm shop & cafe next to the A64 near our parking spot so we called in for a lunch time bacon sandwich and a coffee.

Ox-eye daiseys by a ditch in Potter Brompton
Ox-eye daiseys by a ditch in Potter Brompton

Looking back to the Yorkshire Wolds from the lane into Potter Brompton
Looking back to the Yorkshire Wolds from the lane into Potter Brompton