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Turn Beck at map ref. SE048835
Turn Beck at map ref. SE048835

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Route No. 405 - Tuesday 12 April 2011
Carlton, Gammersgill, Fleensop, Horsehouse,
Swineside, West Scrafton circuit - 13km
Coverdale, Yorkshire Dales. . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL30 Yorkshire dales Northern & Central areas

A Ray Brown route through the delights of Coverdale - Thanks Ray!


Crossing Howden Gill on the way to Gammersgill
Crossing Howden Gill on the way to Gammersgill

Looking down to the River Cover
Looking down to the River Cover

Crossing Turn Beck at the start of Turn Beck Lane
Crossing Turn Beck at the start of Turn Beck Lane

In 80 metres we followed the signpost "FP Gammersgill 3/4" and, with a wall on our left, made for a gated squeeze stile and into pasture and a footbridge over Howden Gill. Keeping left of a wall we looked down on the winding River Cover nearby. Maintaining the south-west direction through pastures, we soon crossed a footbridge over Turn Beck and entered Turnbeck Lane, a path lined on each side by trees. Bearing right we joined the road east of Gammersgill.

From the car park in Carlton (SE 069847) we walked 100 metres east along the road to turn right at the "River Cover" signpost and after 60 metres we passed through a squeeze stile on the right. Heading southwest through a succession of stiles and gates separating successive pastures, including crossing the footbridge over Goodman Gill, we veered left through a squeeze stile in the sixth pasture at SE 065842 to continue across two further fields. Here we joined Cover Lane, a metalled road.

Walking south-west through pastures to Turn Beck
Walking southwest through pastures to Turn Beck

Turnbeck Lane heading for Gammersgill
Turnbeck Lane heading for Gammersgill

Turning right to leave the road in Gammersgill
Turning right to leave the road in Gammersgill

Climbing through pasture above Turn Beck with woodland on our right
Climbing through pasture above Turn Beck with woodland on our right

Heading for map ref. SE042832 above Turn Beck
Heading for map ref. SE042832 above Turn Beck

Soon the route veered left and entered moorland with a view of several plantations in the distance on the right. We headed for SE 042832 which has a larger plantation nearby on the left. At SE 042832 we re-entered rough pasture and joined a farm track running below us.

Seventy metres nearer to Gammersgill we took the footpath on the right "Fleensop via High Field". Soon the route turned first right and then left before climbing through pasture with woodland on our right. We passed to the left of two barns and then proceeded to a gated wall stile. We then dropped down to, but did not cross, the Turn Beck at SE 048835.

Turn Beck at SE 048835
Turn Beck at map ref. SE 048835

Heading for Fleensop with plantations in the distance on the right
Heading for Fleensop with plantations in the distance on the right

Joining a farm track running below us heading for Fleensop
Joining a farm track running below us heading for Fleensop

Modern barns at map ref. SE037827
Modern barns at map ref. SE037827

This track led, after a while, past some modern barns (SE 037827) and then on to Fleensop farm. Here the track turned hard left and crossed over Fleemis Gill.

The track soon bent sharply to the right and 300 metres further on, where the track divided, we followed the left branch.

Fleemis Gill at Fleensop
Fleemis Gill at Fleensop

Fleensop farm
Fleensop farm

Leaving Fleensop, heading for the corner of a plantation
Leaving Fleensop, heading for the corner of a plantation

We emerged from the moor above Horsehouse
We emerged from the moor above Horsehouse

We emerged from the moor above and to the west of a farm gate near a pair of monoliths: gateposts of yesteryear. Turning right beyond the gate we found a rough stony path to the left of High Gill running down to the hamlet of Horsehouse.

Ninety metres beyond we took the footpath on the right and headed uphill over rough pasture to the corner of a plantation where we entered moorland. For the next 700 metres such path as there was lay somewhat to the southwest (i.e. right) of the right of way shown on the OS map.

Entering the moor above Fleensop
Entering the moor above Fleensop

Gateposts of yesteryear
Gateposts of yesteryear

Stony path to Horsehouse
Stony path to Horsehouse

Finding the Right of Way in Horsehouse
Finding the Right of Way in Horsehouse

A further 30 metres along this lane led to a right of way and a signpost to Hindlethwaite Hall and Swineside.

Turning right down the road for 30 metres we bore left of Thwaite Arms and turned left into a lane.

Bridge over R. Cover at Hindlethwaite Hall
Bridge over R. Cover at Hindlethwaite Hall

Aiming for a barn on our way to the River Cover bridge at Hindlethwaite  farm
Aiming for a barn on our way to the River Cover bridge at Hindlethwaite farm

Passing Hindlethwaite farm
Passing Hindlethwaite farm

Then we followed a track, rather vague in parts, which climbed steadily north-east through rough pasture.

We aimed for a barn and then crossed the River Cover and a stile to the left of Hindlethwaite farm.

Climbing steadily NEE through rough pasture towards Swineside
Climbing steadily NEE through rough pasture towards Swineside

Carlton and Penhill from the moorlan path near Swineside
Carlton and Penhill from the moorland path near Swineside

Helicopter at Farmfield House
Helicopter at Farmfield House

Turn left at Lane End Cottage
Turn left at Lane End Cottage

Caygill footbridge over R. Cover
Caygill footbridge over R. Cover

It would have been easiest to continue along High Lane towards the village centre and there to take the "No through road" on the left for 130 metres before turning left at Lane End Cottage. In 60 metres we kept right through a gate and turned left after another 30 metres to walk down the side of the field to a gate and signpost in the corner. From there the path back to Carlton is well-signed and passes over the twin footbridges spanning the River Cover and Goodman Gill - Ray Brown

Later the path veered left to follow the contour into Swineside where a small helicopter was parked at Farmfield House. The metalled road to West Scrafton afforded fine views of Coverdale with Penhill and Carlton on our left and Great Roova Crags on our right. The rights of way in West Scrafton are rather complicated and I guess were changed when the large commercial sheds that now dominate the village were erected.

Right of way in West Scrafton
Right of way in West Scrafton

The path back to Carlton is well-signed
The path back to Carlton is well-signed

Footbridge over Goodman Gill
Footbridge over Goodman Gill