white horse logo

Path down the edge of Oxclose Wood looking to the North York Moors in the
Path down the edge of Oxclose Wood looking to the North York Moors in the distance

Menu:

National Parks

| 2001 walks | 2002 walks | 2003 walks | 2004 walks |
| 2005 walks | 2006 walks | 2007 walks | 2008 walks |
| 2009 walks | 2010 walks | 2011 walks | 2012 walks |
| 2013 walks | 2014 walks | 2015 walks | 2016 walks |
| 2017 walks | 1993-2000 library | Find a Route |
| A few Routes to print out | Request a Route... |

Route No. 321 - Saturday 12 December 2009
Ampleforth, Oxclose Wood,
Studfold Ring circuit - 9km
Howardian Hills AONB . . .

Ordnance Survey route map from Bing map services

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


Looking south west from the hillside above Ampleforth
Looking south west from the hillside above Ampleforth

Fungus covered tree stump by the drive above the pub
Fungus covered tree stump by the drive above the pub

Path contouring round the hillside above Ampleforth
Path contouring round the hillside above Ampleforth

Where the drive makes its final turn to approach the house the path goes straight on up the hillside over a stile. About 100m beyond the stile at the field boundary we turned right following a public footpath along the edge of the fields contouring around the hillside above Ampleforth village. It was a bright day and looking away to the south west there were still patches of low cloud in the valleys glinting in the morning sunshine.

This morning my wife and I met a group of friends for our regular monthly walk together. This time we met in the village of Ampleforth. Parking can be a bit awkward in the village but we began our walk from the car park of the White Horse pub. There's a public footpath through the car park along the drive to a private house on the hillside above the pub. We followed the path along the drive almost to the house.

The path up out of Ampleforth
The path up out of Ampleforth

Sheep on the hillside above the path Sheep on the hillside above the path

Path contouring round the hillside above Ampleforth
Path contouring round the hillside above Ampleforth

Climbing up across the fields to the road at Windmill Farm
Climbing up across the fields to the road at Windmill Farm

Path out to the road at Windmill Farm
Path out to the road at Windmill Farm

Stile at the corner of the plantation
Stile at the corner of the plantation

We continued on the public footpath along the edge of the fields next to the plantation for about 1.5km to map ref. SE610808. Here the footpath crosses a farm track and we turned left to walk along the farm track for about 70m to the edge of Oxclose Wood.

We continued along this path for about 1km and then the path turned up the hillside for about 300m to the road at the side of Windmill Farm. At the road we turned right and walked along the road for about 400m to Beacon House on the right. Here we turned off the road and followed a public footpath across the fields to the corner of a large forestry plantation.

Path across the fields from Beacon House
Path across the fields from Beacon House

Path along the edge of the plantation
Path along the edge of the plantation

Path along the edge of the plantation
Path along the edge of the plantation

Track beginning the climb up through Oxclose Wood
Track beginning the climb up through Oxclose Wood

Deer tracks on the muddy path
Deer tracks on the muddy path

Track through Pry Rigg Plantation
Track through Pry Rigg Plantation

We followed the track along a ridge near the northern boundary of Oxclose Wood for a little over 2km to the start of Pry Rigg Plantation. We continued along the track through Pry Rigg Plantation for about 1km to the road at map ref. SE584799.

There's a gate on the right of the farm track and we went through the gate and along a track over a few metres of boggy land and then up through the woodland. The woodland is open access Forestry Commission land.

Track climbing up through Oxclose Wood
Track climbing up through Oxclose Wood

Water bowser and drinking trough, intended for pheasants?
Water bowser and drinking trough, intended for pheasants?

Emerging from Pry Rigg Plantation on to the road
Emerging from Pry Rigg Plantation on to the road

Standing in the entrance to the Studfold Ring Bronze Age earthwork
Standing in the entrance to the Studfold Ring Bronze Age earthwork

Looking back along the path towards Studfold Ring
Looking back along the path towards Studfold Ring

It dates from the Bronze Age and its name probably comes from its later use by the Saxons as a horse enclosure. From the earthwork we continued along the public footpath for a little over 1km down the hillside and back into Ampleforth, retracing our route for the final 300m back into the pub car park.

At the road we turned right on to the road for about 150m and then left off the road on to a public footpath across the edge of a field with some woodland on our left. After about 250m we came to an large earthwork on our right called Studfold Ring. It's a ditch and rampart, a rounded rectangular shape in plan, but it is clearly not defensive because the ditch is on the inside of the circular rampart.

Path heading back towards Ampleforth
Path heading back towards Ampleforth

The view over Ampleforth as we began to drop down the hillside to the pub car park
The view over Ampleforth as we began to drop down the hillside to the pub car park

top of page