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The A19 through Skelton abouit 1kn north of the York outer ring road
The A19 through Skelton about 1km north of the York outer ring road

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Route No. 394 - Wednesday 9 March 2011
Skelton, River Ouse circuit - 3km
Skelton, York . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 290 York


The lay-by off the A19 where we parked
The lay-by off the A19 where we parked at Skelton

The lane to Overton from Skelton
The lane to Overton from Skelton

We walked back towards Skelton along the lay-by and continued along the footpath beside the A19. It's not the prettiest part of the route but it provided a flat, paved walk that was ideal for the present stage of my recuperation. After almost 1km from our parking spot we came to a lane on the left, map ref. SE567562, signposted to Overton.

Continuing my therapeutic strolls following my knee replacement operation, I went with my neighbour, Jim, to Skelton this morning. We parked in a large lay-by off the A19 at Skelton, map ref. SE571554. It was a fine blustery day with broken cloud, plenty of sunshine and a few shower clouds about.

Walking through Skelton on the A19
Walking through Skelton on the A19

Snowdrops on the roadside
Snowdrops on the roadside

Dry fDry ford on the lane to Overton with a wooden walkway on the right
Dry ford on the lane to Overton with a wooden walkway on the right

Signs at the turning onto the cycle way
Signs at the turning onto the cycle way

Cycleway bridge over the stream
Cycleway bridge over the stream

There is a dilapidated wooden walkway to cross when the ford is wet, but we had no need of it today. Just across the ford there were sign posts indicating a Sustrans cycle route. We turned left off the lane to follow the cycle route along a tarmac path by the stream.

Here we turned left off the A19 and walked along the lane for about 450m to a ford across a small stream. The stream normally runs under the road in a pipe but overflows across the ford in wet weather.

The cycleway towards the River Ouse
The cycleway towards the River Ouse

Cycleway bridge over the stream
Cycleway bridge over the stream

Surprisingly comfortable seat made from recycled machinery parts
Surprisingly comfortable seat made from recycled machinery parts

Cycleway through the woods to the River Ouse
Cycleway through the woods to the River Ouse

another seat made from recycled machinery parts
Another seat made from recycled machinery parts

Along the way there were a couple of seats made from recycled machinery. We paused a one of them for a few moments and it was surprisingly comfortable.

The path took us through some woodland for about 600m to the River Ouse. We walked downstream on the path by the River Ouse.

Pond in the woods by the cycleway
Pond in the woods by the cycleway

Finger post at the River Ouse
Finger post at the River Ouse

Path beside the River Ouse
Path beside the River Ouse

Site of the river gauging station on the Ouse
Site of the river gauging station on the Ouse

Path beside the River Ouse
Path beside the River Ouse

We followed the river for about 650m to map ref. SE571552 and followed the path away from the river past a row of cottages back towards the A19.

We passed a river gauging station where the cross section of the river bed is known accurately and the water depth and speed of flow can be measured across the river.

An owl nesting box near the path
An owl nesting box near the path

Path beside the River Ouse
Path beside the River Ouse

Path back to the lay-by on the A19
Path back to the lay-by on the A19

The whole walk had been a little under 3km and took me about an hour and a half, but this was my longest walk so far since my operation. I'll do one a bit longer next week all being well.

Just before we reached the main road we turned left off the access road onto a path through the trees running parallel to the A19 and we followed this path back to the lay-by where we had started.

Path back to the lay-by on the A19
Path back to the lay-by on the A19

Stream through the woods next to the lay-by off the A19
Stream through the woods next to the lay-by off the A19