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Looking across the River Derwent to Low Catton church
Looking across the River Derwent to Low Catton church

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Route No. 395 - Saturday 5 March 2011
Stamford Bridge, River Derwent,
Hagg wood, Dunnington, linear walk - 13km
York . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 290 York


Wildfowl near the old mill at Stamford Bridge
Wildfowl near the old mill at Stamford Bridge

Stile leading to gate through flood defence wall
Stile leading to gate through flood defence wall

Minster Way beside the R. Derwent
Minster Way beside the R. Derwent

We passed through the new flood defence wall onto part of the Minster Way route following the river southwards. After only a short while we passed under the old railway bridge for a long time unused after the line fell under the Beeching axe but now re-opened as part of the national cycling route 66.

This week for our regular walk we met in Dunnington near York before catching the bus to Stamford Bridge outside the Reading rooms near to the old village cross. Alighting in the centre of the village near to the old mill we walked back over the road bridge to the north side of the River Derwent.

Bridge over the R. Derwent at Stamford Bridge
Bridge over the R. Derwent at Stamford Bridge

Minster Way beside the R. Derwent
The Minster Way beside the R. Derwent

Old railway bridge over the R. Derwent now carrying the Sustrans National Route 66 Cycle route
Old railway bridge over the R. Derwent now carrying the Sustrans National Cycle Route 66

Pussy willow along riverside
Pussy willow along riverside

We even saw some alpacas in a field across the river near Low Catton.

We followed the north bank of the river all the way to Kexby Bridge observing along the way lots of newly emerging pussy willow.

Looking across the River Derwent to Low Catton
Looking across the River Derwent to Low Catton

Alpacas across the river
Alpacas across the river

work removing overhanging vegetation
Work removing overhanging vegetation

Approach to Kexby bridge
Approach to Kexby bridge on the Minster Way

These woods whilst looking like newish plantation have been managed for timber for many centuries and the long ago abandoned village of Scoreby used to be between the wood and the river.

After a lunch stop on the river bank we emerged at Kexby Bridge. Here we turned west on the A1079 for about 100 metres before continuing north on the Minster way towards Scoreby and Millfield woods.

Old tree stumps on the riverside
Old tree stumps on the riverside

Lane to Scoreby wood
The lane to Scoreby wood

Kexby church
Kexby church

Farm track to Londesborough Lodge
Farm track to Londesborough Lodge

Pond at Londesborough Lodge
Pond at Londesborough Lodge

Then we turned north west to Londesborough Lodge and on to Hagg Wood. We turned into the wood, another historic wood that once provided many different timbers to feed the farm machinery workshops of Dunnington Village.

Shortly after leaving the woods we leave the Minster Way and head north past South Farm.

Farmland near Londesborough Lodge
Farmland near Londesborough Lodge

Farm track to Londesborough Lodge
Farm track to Londesborough Lodge

Entering Hagg Wood
Entering Hagg Wood

Meandering path through Hagg Wood
Meandering path through Hagg Wood

Meandering path through Hagg Wood
Meandering path through Hagg Wood

Hagg wood became a 'community woodland' managed by the Forestry Commission several years ago after a long struggle by villagers to prevent them being sold off. We meandered through the woods to cross a small beck as we left the wood and followed the field edge to Hagg Lane and past West Cottages.

Within this wood there are ponds created by bombs jettisoned by a Halifax bomber during WW2 when in difficulties after taking off from nearby Elvington airfield.

Hagg Wood - a community forest
Hagg Wood - a community forest

Old shed at West Cottages
Old shed at West Cottages

Signs of Spring - pussy willow
Signs of Spring - pussy willow

Pond near West Cottages
Pond near West Cottages

Heading across the fields to  Hassacarr Lane
Heading across the fields to Hassacarr Lane

Lane to Hassacarr nature reserve
Lane to Hassacarr nature reserve

From there we followed the access lane to the road, and crossed the road to the Hassacarr nature reserve.

After about 150 metres we turned right passing a small pond and continued across fields to a couple of small cottages.

Following the path to Hassacarr Lane
Following the path to Hassacarr Lane

Bad feet or does it prefer kneeling?
Bad feet or does it prefer kneeling to graze?

Pond dipping platform
Pond dipping platform at Hassacarr
Heading across the fields to Dunnington
Heading across the fields to Dunnington

Very narrow path into village main street
Very narrow path into Dunnington main street

Dunnington main street
Dunnington main street

We turned right here to continue back to our start point where we had caught the bus this morning

Finally we passed over part of the old Derwent Valley railway line before turning right to emerge out of a narrow path onto the main village street.

Old potato spinner
Old potato spinner

Old village cross in Dunnington
Old village cross in Dunnington