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Public footpath on Strensall common between the military training area and  the York Golf Club
Public footpath on Strensall common between the military training area and the York Golf Club

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Route No. 413 - Wednesday 18 May 2011
Strensall Common, Strensall,
Walbutts circuit - 6km
York . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 300 Howardian Hills & Malton


Leaving the car park on Strensall Common at the start of our walk
Leaving the car park on Strensall Common at the start of our walk

Golf tee in the woods on the common
Golf tee in the woods on the common

Pond by the path on the common
Pond by the path on the common

Grey squirrel watching us
Grey squirrel watching us

Just beyond the golf tee we came to a pond amongst the trees. Here we turned right through a pedestrian gate at map ref. SE649606 to follow a path around the boundary of the York Golf Club course next to the edge of the military training area on Strensall Common.

This morning my mate, Jim, and I drove to a little car park on Strensall Common at map ref. SE648611. It's off the road to Flaxton as it leaves Strensall. From the car park we followed a track through the woodland past a golf tee sited in the wood just outside the main golf course area.

Pond by the path on the common
Pond by the path on the common

Speedwells by the path
Speedwells by the path

Path around the golf course boundary
Path around the golf course boundary

Path around the golf course boundary
Path around the golf course boundary

Rock Roses by the path
Rock Roses by the path

Here the path around the golf course turned right, but we continued straight on across the common.

We continued along this path for a little over a kilometer to map ref. SE640599.

Lady Smock by the path
Lady Smock by the path

Path around the golf course boundary
Path around the golf course boundary

Path across the common
Path across the common

One on many oak trees on the common
One on many oak trees on the common

We followed a track for about 500m to a small car park close to Strensall Camp on the edge of Strensall village. At the car park we turned right to walk along the access road from the car park to a cattle grid near the road. We did not cross the cattle grid but instead we passed down the right hand side of it onto a narrow footpath which led us off to the right across the common along the edge of a belt of trees next to the road. After about 400m we came back to the path around the golf course at map ref. SE640602. We walked along this path to the road at map ref. SE640605. As we came out of the woodland to the road the club house of the York Golf Club was opposite.

Car park on the common on the edge of Strensall village
Car park on the common on the edge of Strensall village

Crossing the common to the road
Crossing the common to the road

The club house at York Golf Club
The club house at York Golf Club

Level crossing on the York Scarborough line in Strensall
Level crossing on the York Scarborough line in Strensall

Access road from Strensall to Walbutts
Brecks Lane access road from Strensall to Walbutts

Turning off the access road
Turning off the access road

At this point Brecks Lane is a housing estate road between the houses and the railway line. After about 300m the estate road turned left into the estate and Brecks Lane continued straight on as a narrow access road beside the railway. We followed this access road for another 800m to the local sewage works near a farm called Walbutts.

We were at the junction of Flaxton Road with Lords Moor Lane and we crossed Flaxton Road to walk into Strensall along Flaxton Moor Lane to the level crossing over the York/Scarborough railway line at map ref. SE638609. We crossed the level crossing and then waited to watch a local train go by before turning right off Lords Moor Lane and onto Brecks Lane.

Access road from Strensall to Walbutts
Brecks Lane access road from Strensall to Walbutts

Heading through the woods back to the road
Heading through the woods back to the road

Local train on the York/ Scarborough line
Local train on the York/ Scarborough line

A train spotter at an unmanned level crossing
A train spotter at an unmanned level crossing

We waited for over 20minutes in the hope of seeing it but to no avail and we walked out to the road and the car park where we had started. The whole walk had been 6km and it had taken me (Jim kept waiting for me to catch up) almost two hours to walk plus our train spotting stop at the level crossing.

At the sewage works we turned right to walk along a track through some woodland to an unmanned level crossing back over the railway at map ref. SE647615. Over the level crossing we met a train spotter, about our age (pretty ancient). He was waiting to photograph the new steam engine called "The Tornado" which was due to pass on a test run from York to Scarborough and back following a refit over last winter.

An iris or yellow flag in some marshy land by the path
An iris or yellow flag in some marshy land by the path

Returning to the car park on Strensall Common at the end of our walk
Returning to the car park on Strensall Common at the end of our walk