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The Market Square in Thirsk
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Route No. 447 - Thursday 1 December 2011
Thirsk, Pudding Pie Hill, Cod Beck,
South Kilvington circuit - 9km
Thirsk . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 302 Northallerton & Thirsk at 1:25000


Road bridge over Cod Beck at Bridge Street by the car park in Thirsk
Road bridge over Cod Beck at Bridge Street by the car park in Thirsk

Cod Beck from the gardens off Bridge Street
Cod Beck from the gardens off Bridge Street

Then we walked through an alley from a pub yard into Finkle Street. We turned left to walk along Finkle Street and cross the road bridge over Cod Beck. Immediately over the bridge we turned right off Finkle Street through an old garage forecourt along a track on the west bank of Cod Beck.

I needed today's walk to be short, flat and local, so we drove to Thirsk just a few miles away and parked in the main car park off Bridge Street next to Cod Beck at map ref. 429823. We crossed Bridge Street and followed Cod Beck downstream through a small public garden on the beck side.

Path heading south across the fields
Path heading south across the fields

Path heading for Pudding Pie Hill
Path heading for Pudding Pie Hill

We followed this path beside the beck for about 250m. This took us past Pudding Pie Hill on our left. It's a tumulus or ancient burial mound. There's a good information board there which explains that it is a 'Bowl Barrow' that dates from around 2000BC.

The track soon became a footpath across the fields and we continued along it for about 1km to Blakey Bridge over Cod Beck at a minor road called Blakey Lane, map ref. SE434811. We crossed the road to to go through a pedestrian gate to a permissive path between the road and Cod Beck.

Path heading for Pudding Pie Hill
Path heading for Pudding Pie Hill

Blakey Bridge over Cod Beck
Blakey Bridge over Cod Beck

Clusters of autumn fungus on a tree stump
Clusters of autumn fungus on a tree stump

At the top of the slope we turned left to walk behind Pudding Pie Hill and then to climb up onto the top of it. We came down the front of the barrow but had to detour around the marshy remains of the moat.

The barrow was excavated in 1855 when three skeleton's were discovered at depths down to 5m. The barrow was surrounded by a moat which has silted up but a deep wet marsh can be seen where the moat used to be. Just beyond the barrow we turned up the slope to the edge of the field by the A168 dual-carriageway.

Cod Beck off Blakey Lane
Cod Beck off Blakey Lane

Ponies feeding beside Blakey Lane
Ponies feeding beside Blakey Lane

Pudding Pie Hill - neolithic barrow beside the A168 dual carriageway
Pudding Pie Hill - neolithic barrow beside the A168 dual carriageway


Footbridge over a ditch

Crossing Lock Bridge over Cod Beck
Crossing Lock Bridge over Cod Beck

From here there is a good path straight out to Sowerby Road and another path from there back to the swimming pool car park, but we took a narrow muddy path along the beckside through some rough ground to the edge of the playing fields at the swimming pool.

We left the barrow and retraced our steps along Cod Beck for about 600m to map ref. SE433816 where there is a little footbridge over a ditch to the left of the path. Once across this little bridge we came to a larger bridge over Cod Beck called Lock Bridge, where the beck is a more substantial watercourse.


Cod Beck near Lock Bridge

Cod Beck near the swimming pool
Cod Beck near the swimming pool


Cod Beck near the swimming pool

Playing fields near the swimming pool
Playing fields near the swimming pool


Emerging into the market place

The church at Norby Front Street
The church at Norby Front Street

Here we turned left and then right into Cemetery Road to walk around the church. There were four right angle bends along Cemetery Road and on the crown of the last bend we took a track called Westlands Lane.

We crossed the car park into Chapel Street and after a few metres we turned right to follow a public footpath between the houses and through an archway into the market place. We made our way along Millgate back to the car park and continued along Marage Road to the church on Norby Front Street.

Path between the houses to the market place
Path between the houses to the market place

The market place in Thirsk
The market place in Thirsk

Approaching our turning off Cemetery Road
Approaching our turning off Cemetery Road

The cemetery off Westlands Lane
The cemetery off Westlands Lane

Allotment gardens off Westlands Lane
Allotment gardens off Westlands Lane

Several of the fields had had potatoes harvested recently leaving a very pleasing even texture of the crumbly freshly turned rich soil across these large fields.

This track passed the back gardens of houses in Norby on the right and a large cemetery and then allotments on our left, before leaving the town and heading out between the fields.

Westlands Lane heading out between the fields
Westlands Lane heading out between the fields

Looking across the fields to the Hambleton Hills
Looking across the fields to the Hambleton Hills

Potato field ready for harvesting
Potato field ready for harvesting

Track between the fields
Track between the fields

We crossed the road and crossed the lay-by opposite. There was a travellers' encampment at both ends of the lay-by. We passed through a narrow gate from the lay-by into a field

After about 1.5km along this path across the fields we turned right at map ref. SE416840 to follow a track along the side of Underwood Plantation to the road (B1448).

Track beside Underwood Plantation
Track beside Underwood Plantation

Leaving the lay-by off the B1448
Leaving the lay-by off the B1448

Bridge over Cod Beck below the mill wier
Bridge over Cod Beck below the mill weir

Cod Beck at South Kilvington
Cod Beck at South Kilvington

Here the mill race emerged from the mill building to rejoin Cod Beck. Over the bridge the path was sandwiched between the garden fences of the houses in South Kilvington and the beck itself. We passed the gate into the pub gardens with a sign inviting us in, but we continued on our way.

We followed the path across the field, down to a bridge over Cod Beck on to a large island formed by a mill race from above the weir upstream of the bridge. Across the island we crossed a second bridge just down stream of the old mill.

Mill race emerging from below the mill buildings
Mill race emerging from below the mill buildings

Cod Beck at South Kilvington
Cod Beck at South Kilvington

Cattle grazing by the beck
Cattle grazing by the beck

Path by Cod Beck
Path by Cod Beck

Cod Beck approaching the weir
Cod Beck approaching the weir

We continued along the beckside to a footbridge over the beck at a weir opposite the Thirsk suburb of Norby.

We left the village behind and followed the path across the fields for a little over 1km to the edge of Thirsk.

Horses grazing by the beck
Horses grazing by the beck

The path into Thirsk
The path into Thirsk

Footbridge over the weir
Footbridge over the weir

Wier on Cod Beck at the edge of Thirsk next to Norby
Weir on Cod Beck at the edge of Thirsk next to Norby


Norby Front Street

The church on Norby Front Street
The church on Norby Front Street

The whole route had been about 9km and it had taken us three hours to walk including our viewing of Pudding Pie Hill. We found a pleasant cafe for a coffee and a bacon sandwich for lunch before returning home down the A19.

We followed the path through a strip of parkland between the road and the beck back to the car park at the end of our walk. It was a very pleasant end to this morning's little walk.

Strip of parkland between the beck and the road
Strip of parkland between the beck and the road


Path by the beck back to the car park

Path by the beck back to the car park
Path by the beck back to the car park at the end of our walk