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Arriving at the River Cover
Arriving at the River Cover

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Route No. 407 - Sunday 17 April 2011
Jervaulx, Ellingstring,
East Witton, River Ure circuit - 12km
Wensleydale, Yorkshire dales . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL30 Yorkshire Dales Northern & Central areas

Ray Brown's route from Jervaulx Abbey - Thanks Ray!


Jervaulx Abbey at the start of the walk
Jervaulx Abbey at the start of the walk

Climbing up a grassy slope through Jervaulx Park
Climbing up a grassy slope through Jervaulx Park

Climbing quite steeply south-west from High Jervaulx
Climbing quite steeply southwest from High Jervaulx

A pedestrian gate led in 40 metres over rough pasture to a farm gate and a 450 metre-long track to the east end of Ellingstring where we turned right. (We had intended by-passing the hamlet to the north but found that the rights of way shown on our O.S. map were blocked by barbed wire fencing.) So we walked through Ellingstring, turning right before a house named "Green Corner" (SE 172837) and followed a dark little path, bordered by bushes and trees, which emerged on to a narrow access road.
(On repeating the walk a month later we found the path from Ellingstring SE 172837 to SE 172840 to be overgrown with nettles, so we recommend an alternative route in the summer. We would continue on the road through Ellingstring to turn right at the T- junction and then take the footpath through the farm on the right leading over pasture from SE 170836 to SE 170840.)

Leaving the car park at Jervaulx (SE 169857) we crossed directly over the A6108 road to a path in Jervaulx Park (the ruins of the Abbey were on our left) and then in 70 metres branched right on to a vehicle track which we followed for 400 metres before veering right up a grassy slope to the far corner of a copse near a large house. From the corner we continued over pasture in the same direction until we merged with a vehicle track coming from the left. This took us over a cattle grid to the A6108. The next 400 metres up Masham Bank involved walking along a busy main road without a pavement so we donned our yellow safety jackets. Where the road bends left by High Jervaulx we continued straight ahead through a squeeze stile and uphill keeping to the left of a hedge, before veering right over a ladder stile. Over the stile we climbed quite steeply in a southwesterly direction for 500 metres on a gently winding path.

Leaving the road at High Jervaulx
Leaving the road at High Jervaulx

Turning right at Green Corner in Ellingstring
Turning right at Green Corner in Ellingstring

A dark little path from Ellingstring
A dark little path from Ellingstring

Descending NW through two gates towards High Newstead Farm
Descending NW through two gates towards High Newstead Farm

East Witton church
East Witton church

Here the route curved around to the left of the farm buildings before turning right when it met another track. Twisting its way downhill for 500 metres the track forked left over Deep Gill Beck and then continued a further kilometre past Waterloo Farm into East Witton. This splendidly impressive village looked its best in the sunshine as we ate lunch whilst sitting on one of the generously provided benches.

Here we turned left for 50 metres and then right over stiles by a farm gate to begin a descent northwest, over pasture with good views of Wensleydale. Passing well to the left of High Newstead Farm and through a couple of gates, we reached a stile in the far corner of a field (SE 165844). Crossing over Stark Bank Road we headed west along a vehicle track called Hammer Road, reaching, after a further kilometre, Hammer Farm where some young lambs were curiously eying a group of guinea fowl.

Hey Larry, what are those?
Hey Larry, what are those?

East Witton
East Witton

East Witton Wesleyan Methodist chapel
East Witton Wesleyan Methodist chapel

Cold Kelds Beck in the shadow of the wall
Cold Kelds Beck in the shadow of the wall

Turning right to follow the river we soon reached Cover Bridge where we crossed over the A6108 road and then continued for another 2.6 km along the south bank to SE 167860. A right turn here took us from the river to the A6108 in 170 metres. Finally we turned left and walked the remaining 300 metres along the grass verge to the car park - Ray Brown

Next we continued west on the right lane of the dual main street Braithwaite Lane. On reaching the little Wesleyan Methodist chapel we turned right to follow a path that, passing over Kelds Beck, led directly to the River Cover.

Path towards the River Cover
Path towards the River Cover

Arriving at the River Cover
Arriving at the River Cover

A spring afternoon by the River Ure
A spring afternoon by the River Ure near the end of our walk