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Foxgloves by the path near Newgate Foot farm
Foxgloves by the path on Coning's Birks near Howl Wood Farm

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Route No. 478 - Tuesday 10 July 2012
Cowhouse Beck, Howl Wood Farm, Hasty Bank Farm, Pockley Rigg, Lund Farm circuit - 6km
North York Moors . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL26 North York Moors Western area


Setting off from our parking spot opposite the telephone box
Setting off from our parking spot opposite the telephone box

Turning left off the road onto a bridleway
Turning left off the road onto a bridleway

We drove out through Helmsley, northwards through the village of Carlton and down Cowhouse Bank and parked opposite an old church building amongst the trees and a red telephone box at map ref. SE609903. The weather forecast was not good and there was some fine drizzle about as we set off. We walked about 50m back along the road towards Cowhouse Bank and turned left off the road to follow a bridleway across the fields.

The weather this month has been appalling with continual heavy rain day after day. We tried a walk in Wensleydale last week only to be caught in a downpour about a kilometre from the start. We turned back and went home and the rain didn't stop until the evening. So here we go with another attempt this week. Unfortunately the combination of my grand parenting duties and Jim's mean that we only have Tuesdays to walk together.

Bridleway across the fields
Bridleway across the fields

Bridleway across the fields heading for Bonfield Gill
Bridleway across the fields heading for Bonfield Gill

Lovely meadow land even in the rain
Lovely meadow land even in the rain

Footbridge over Bonfield Gill
Footbridge over Bonfield Gill

Common spotted orchid by the path
Common spotted orchid by the path

Climbing up Coning's Birks
Climbing up Coning's Birks

From Bonfield Gill we climbed up the hillside called Coning's Birks to join a farm track to Howl Wood Farm.

The path is well signed and after about 600m we dropped down to a footbridge over a stream called Bonfield Gill at map ref. SE614899.

The path down to the footbridge was a bit overgrown
The path down to the footbridge was a bit overgrown

Path up from Bonfield Gill
Path up from Bonfield Gill

Pretty flowers of the ugly named lousewort
Pretty flowers of the ugly named lousewort

Horses near Howl Wood Farm
Horses near Howl Wood Farm

Track through Howl Wood Farm
Track through Howl Wood Farm

Track from Howl Wood farm
Track from Howl Wood farm

Rock roses on the track
Rock roses on the track

Foxgloves by the path
Foxgloves by the path

The bend in the track at the top of the hill
The bend in the track at the top of the hill

We continued along the track climbing up the wooded hillside and round a bend at the top of the hill. Ahead is a gate and through the gate a bridleway off to the right.

 

We continued past the farm along the access track for about 1.2km to map ref. SE625884 where there is a gate across the track and beyond the gate the Tabular Hills route joins our track, just east of Hasty Bank Farm.

Track heading towards Hast Bank farm
Track heading towards Hast Bank farm

The Tabular Hills route coming in from the right
The Tabular Hills route coming in from the right

Track up the hillside from Hasty Bank farm
Track up the hillside from Hasty Bank farm

We go straight on left of the fence
We go straight on left of the fence

Overgrown path along the top edge of the wood
Overgrown path along the top edge of the wood

We followed this path along the edge of the woodland for about 1.2km to the end of the wood at map ref. SE623893. All the way the rain gradually worsened and by now we were soaked through and the heavy rain continued.

This is the route of the Tabular Hills Walk. We do not go through the gate. Instead we move slightly to our left to follow a rather overgrown path along the edge of the woodland next to the fence.

Path along the top edge of the wood
Path along the top edge of the wood

Path along the top edge of the wood
Path along the top edge of the wood

Gate out of the end of the wood
Gate out of the end of the wood

After about 350m we came to the road opposite the drive to Pockley Grange.

From the end of the wood we followed the path across a wide expanse of sheep pasture.

Gate onto the road opposite Pockley Grange
Gate onto the road opposite Pockley Grange

The path across a wide expanse of sheep pasture heading for the road opposite Pockley Grange
The path across a wide expanse of sheep pasture heading for the road opposite Pockley Grange

Following the road from Pockley Grange
Following the road from Pockley Grange

Crossing the stile off the track to Newgate Foot
Crossing the stile off the track to Newgate Foot

Heading down to re-cross Bonfield Gill
Heading down to re-cross Bonfield Gill

So here we turned left to cross a stile off the access road to drop down the hillside and part way down following the edge of some woodland to another footbridge over Bonfield Gill at map ref. SE616903. The rain had wetted my hearing aid and it was squeaking in dismay so I took it out. I dare not use my camera any more in these conditions.

At the road we turned left to walk along the road for almost 700m to the access road to Newgate Foot at map ref. SE620903. We had planned to continue along the road and out onto the moor to make a longer walk but the weather was awful and showed no sign of improving to we decided to cut the walk short.

Following the road towards Newgate Foot farm
Following the road towards Newgate Foot farm

Looking across the field to Newgate Foot
Looking across the field to Newgate Foot

Footbridge over Bonfield Gill
Footbridge over Bonfield Gill

Bonfield Gill seen from the footbridge
Bonfield Gill seen from the footbridge

Path up from Bonfield Gill to Lund farm
Path up from Bonfield Gill to Lund farm, keep to the left of the field

We had a coffee and toasted teacake in a cafe in the market square before going home. Our shortened walk was about 6km and it took us a little over 2 hours in the pouring rain. We're not fair weather walkers at all but this last month has been awful. We're just hoping for a nice day to have a decent walk again.

We followed the path up the side of Lund farm and then walked along a farm track past the farm and around a patch of woodland back to our parking spot. We got changed out of our wet boots and I put a dry top on before we drove back into Helmsley.

Track near Lund Farm
Track near Lund Farm