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Route No. 316 - Saturday 3 October 2009
Ellers Wood picnic area, Cow Ridge, Head House,
Arnsgill Ridge, Wheat Beck circuit - 13km
North York Moors. . .

Ordnance Survey route map on the Landranger series map base.
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Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer OL26 North York Moors Western area at 1:25000


A swaledale ewe in Hazel Head Wood
A Swaledale ewe in Hazel Head Wood

Path through Hazel Head Wood
Path through Hazel Head Wood

They followed the path through Hazel Head Wood to come out on to the moor at map ref.SE530936 just above the ruined chapel. They followed the path across the moor and dropped down to the watercourse called Blow Gill. They crossed the stream and walked up to the road at map ref. SE527938.

Today my wife and I were driving back home from our holiday at Inveraray in Argyll so we missed our regular walk with a group of friends. The rest of the group did a pleasant walk in the autumn sunshine around Snilesworth about halfway between Hawnby and Osmotherley. They all met at the picnic area above Ellers Wood at map ref. SE529928.

Crossing Blow Gill
Crossing Blow Gill

Looking to Locker Bank and Black Hambleton from Cow Ridge
Looking to Locker Bank and Black Hambleton from Cow Ridge

Head House - shooting hut
Head House - shooting hut

This used to be a farm but is now used as a shooting hut. From Head House they followed the track along Arnsgill Ridge for just over 2km to map ref. SE514950.

They walked along the road for almost 200m and turned off to the right to follow a farm access road along Cow Ridge for about 3km to Head House at map ref. SE534971.

Walking along Arnsgill Ridge
Walking along Arnsgill Ridge

Swaledale ewe giving them a suspicious glance
Swaledale ewe giving them a suspicious glance

They followed the path contouring round the hillside past Cow Wath and Brewster Hill to map ref. SE525922.

Here they turned left to cross the infant River Rye and follow the path to the road at map ref. SE514941. They crossed the road and dropped down the hillside to cross the river again.

Kiln at Plane Tree Farm
Kiln at Plane Tree Farm

View of Hawnby Hill from near Birk Wood Farm
View of Hawnby Hill from near Birk Wood Farm

Looking across the fields near Birk Wood Farm
Looking across the fields near Birk Wood Farm

Footpath dropping down to the River Rye
Footpath dropping down to the River Rye

Then there was about 300m along the road to the starting point at the picnic area. The whole route had been 13km and had taken a about four and a half hours to walk including their stops. A perfect autumn day for a walk through some very pretty countryside.

Here they turned left and crossed the River Rye again at map ref. SE529922. Here they were back in Hazel Head Wood and they followed the path up to the road at Map ref. SE531926.

Negotiating a boggy bit near Cow Wath
Negotiating a boggy bit near Cow Wath

Footbridge over the River Rye
Footbridge over the River Rye

Looking down Ryedale
Looking down Ryedale