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Returning to the car at the top of Wass Bank
Returning to the car at the top of Wass Bank

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Route No. 393 - Wednesday 2 March 2011
Wass Bank Woods circuit - 2km
Hambleton Hills . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

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


We parked on the wide grass verge at the top of Wass Bank
We parked on the wide grass verge at the top of Wass Bank

Footpath sign at the start of our walk
Footpath sign at the start of our walk

Public footpath heading northwards through the woods
Public footpath heading northwards through the woods

It was a grey overcast day, but it was fine. We set off at about 10.30am on the track through the forest to the left of the road heading northwards. There were clearly some forestry operations in progress judging by the amount of mud and vehicle ruts on the track. After about 150m the track turned sharp left and here we continued straight on along a grassy public footpath through the trees.

It's four weeks and two days since I had my knee replacement operation. So far I've walked around the local housing estate and been to my physiotherapy sessions at the hospital. Today my mate, Jim, had offered to drive us out for a short flat walk and a cafe stop. Thanks Jim! We drove to the top of Wass Bank and parked on the wide grass verge at map ref. SE561806, where a forest track crossed the road.

Public footpath heading northwards through the woods
Public footpath heading northwards through the woods

Public footpath heading northwards through the woods
Public footpath heading northwards through the woods

Public footpath heading northwards through the woods past an area of clear  felling
Public footpath heading northwards through the woods past an area of clear felling

Approaching a forest access road at map ref. SE559815
Approaching a forest access road at map ref. SE559815

Heading for a 'T'-junction with another forest access road
Heading for a 'T'-junction with another forest access road

Here we turned left to walk along the access road for about 350m to a 'T'-junction with another forest access road. At this junction we turned left and followed this access road up a slope.

We followed this path northwards for about 800m until we came to a forest access road at map ref. SE559815.

Following the forest access road from map ref. SE559815
Following the forest access road from map ref. SE559815

Heading back past an area of cleared forest
Heading back past an area of cleared forest

A large area of cleared forest to the right of the access road
A large area of cleared forest to the right of the access road

One of a few remaining stacks of logs
One of a few remaining stacks of logs

From there we retraced our steps for the final 150m back to the car. This little 2km walk had taken me about an hour and it was far enough for my first out of town walk after my operation. We drove into Helmsley and found a cafe for a bacon sandwich and a coffee before returning home. It had been a very pleasant outing and something I hope to repeat and extend over the coming weeks.

All the forest in the valley to our right had been felled and cleared and a few stacks of logs remained beside the access road. After about 600m the road turned sharp left and then after another 100m it turned sharp right. This was the point where we had left the road to follow a public footpath near the start of the walk.

Returning to the car at the top of Wass Bank
Returning to the car at the top of Wass Bank