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The Kilburn White Horse seen from the fields near Birdforth
The Kilburn White Horse seen from the fields near Birdforth

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Route No. 384 - Saturday 8 January 2011
Birdforth, Thormanby, Husthwaite,
Carlton Husthwaite circuit - 8km
Easingwold, North Yorkshire . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 299 Ripon & Boroughbridge at 1:25000


Setting out along the side of Birdforth Beck
Setting out along the side of Birdforth Beck

St. Mary's church at Birdforth
St. Mary's church at Birdforth

Looking across the field to Birdforth
Looking across the field to Birdforth

Then I returned home to make sure everything was ready for the meal after the walk. The weather was bright and sunny and from the church the group set off along the A19 to cross Birdforth beck on the road bridge. Then just a few metres beyond the bridge they turned left on to a public footpath which follows the beck around the edge of a large arable field for just over 1km to map ref. SE496756. Here the path meets a path from Carlton Husthwaite to Thormanby.

Today at midday we met a group of friends at the little Norman church of St. Mary at Birdforth just off the A19, map ref. SE486757, about 8km northwards from the centre of Easingwold. We planned to have a short walk then all come back to our house for a belated Christmas get together. We all have too many family distractions to get together close to Christmas. My knees are a problem at present so I dropped my wife off at the church

The path by Birdforth Beck
The path by Birdforth Beck

The path by Birdforth Beck
The path by Birdforth Beck

Aiming for the telegraph pole across the field
Aiming for the telegraph pole across the field

Footbridge over a field ditch
Footbridge over a field ditch

The path into Thormanby
The path into Thormanby

From there the path kept to the field boundaries to join a farm track at map ref. SE493751 at the edge of Thormanby. The group followed this track for about 250m to Church Lane where they turned left on to the lane.

They turned right to follow the path across the open field towards Thormanby. The path is not clear on the ground and they aimed for a telegraph pole across the field which brought them to a small footbridge over a ditch at the edge of the field.

Getting rid of some claggy mud
Getting rid of some claggy mud

Sign posts near Thormanby
Sign posts near Thormanby

Church Lane at Thormanby
Church Lane at Thormanby

St. Mary's church at Thormanby
St. Mary's church at Thormanby

After 250m along the lane they reached the little Norman church of St. Mary the Virgin at Thormanby. It's quite a pretty church with a brick tower and stone nave.

Kilburn White Horse just visible from Thormanby church
Kilburn White Horse just visible from Thormanby church

Looking back to Thormanby from the lanr near the church
Looking back to Thormanby from the lane near the church

Path across Ings Beck
Path across Ings Beck

Pylon over the path by Ings Beck
Pylon over the path by Ings Beck

Track to New Manor Farm
Track to New Manor Farm

Once across the field the path turned left to follow the field boundaries down a slope to cross Ings Beck. Then the path crossed a disused railway and a power line next to a tall pylon. The path then followed Ings Beck to a farm access track at map ref. SE510751. At the track they turned left to walk along the track between the fields for just over 1km to New Manor Farm. On the left hand side of the track is an air field used by the microlights of Baxby Airsports Club.

From the church they continued along the lane for another 150m to map ref. SE497750 and there turned right on to a footpath across a field.

Grass runway for microlights seen across Ings Beck
Grass runway for microlights seen across Ings Beck

Path along the field edge by the disused railway
Path along the field edge by the disused railway

Track to New Manor Farm
Track to New Manor Farm

Old potato harvester by the path
Old potato harvester by the path

Path through New Manor Farm
Path through New Manor Farm

Sheep pasture near Carlton Husthwaite
Sheep pasture near Carlton Husthwaite

There is some background information about the church in a document about Carlton Husthwaite in the 17th century (the church is listed as plot number 117 in this document).

They continued past New Manor Farm to the road at map ref. SE501766 on the edge of Carlton Husthwaite. At the road they turned left to walk through the village past the little Norman church of St. Mary on the right hand side of the road.

The village street at Carlton Husthwaite
The village street at Carlton Husthwaite

St. Mary's church at Carlton Husthwaite
St. Mary's church at Carlton Husthwaite - The beech tree was planted to mark Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee

Timbered house in Carlton Husthwaite
Timbered house in Carlton Husthwaite

Path across the fields leaving Carlton Husthwaite
Path across the fields leaving Carlton Husthwaite

Beyond the church near the Western end of the village the group turned left to an access track at map ref. SE497767. After about 50m they turned right off the track to cross a stile into the fields. They followed this path across the fields back to Birdforth.

Bell tower at the blacksmith's forge in Carlton Husthwaite
Bell tower at the blacksmith's forge in Carlton Husthwaite
- A recycled gas cylinder and sledge hammer

The path came out onto the road near the Corner Cupboard restaurant. They walked along the road from the restaurant back to the church where they had parked. The walk had been about 8km and it had taken around three hours. The going had been quite muddy after the recent thaw and some overnight rain.

Quite a stretch over the stile built to keep the horses in
Quite a stretch over the stile built to keep the horses in

Path across the fields from Carlton Husthwaite
Path across the fields from Carlton Husthwaite

Path across the fields to Birdforth
Path across the fields to Birdforth

Path across the fields to Birdforth
Path across the fields to Birdforth near the end of the walk