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Foxgloves by a muddy farm track near High Tranmire Farm
Foxgloves by a muddy farm track near High Tranmire Farm

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Route No. 479 - Tuesday 17 July 2012
Scaling Dam, Tranmire Moor, Newton Mulgrave Moor, Roxby Low Moor circuit - 11km
North York Moors . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL27 North York Moors Eastern area


Setting out along the lane to High Tranmire Farm
Setting out along the lane to High Tranmire Farm

Approaching High Tranmire Farm
Approaching High Tranmire Farm

Valley between High Tranmire and Tranmire Grange
Valley between High Tranmire and Tranmire Grange

More foxgloves by the path
More foxgloves by the path

We walked along this access road over a cattle grid and through open moorland with Scaling Dam reservoir away to our right. After about 1.5km we reached High Tranmire Farm. The farmer was crossing the yard as we approached and he was kind enough to warn us that the track beyond the farm was very muddy and we could simply divert across the field if we liked. The weather forecast was right so far and it was warm and sunny with a few white clouds in a clear blue sky. We continued along the track which was muddy but not too bad considering the monsoon conditions of the last couple of months. We followed the track across a small valley to Tranmire Grange

Today the weather forecast for the Northeast corner of the North York Moors near the coast seemed to offer the hope of a fine sunny day, at least until the early afternoon. So my mate Jim and I set off a bit earlier than usual and drove to the car park at the Eastern end of Scaling Dam, map ref. NZ755128. The car park entrance is off the A171, Guisborough to Whitby road. There was a nice clean looking snack caravan in the car park next to some picnic tables with the aroma of bacon cooking drifting across the car park to us, but first we had a walk to do. We walked out of the car park to the main road and turned right to walk along the grass verge for about 300m to a tarmac farm access road on the right.

Looking back to High Tranmire Farm
Looking back to High Tranmire Farm

Foxgloves by a muddy track near High Tranmire Farm
Foxgloves by a muddy track near High Tranmire Farm

Track climbing up to Tranmire Grange
Track climbing up to Tranmire Grange

Tranmire Grange
Tranmire Grange

Access track from Tranmire Grange to the road
Access track from Tranmire Grange to the road

Common spotted orchids by the path
Common spotted orchids by the path

At the main road we turned left and walked along the grass verge for about 150m to a sign post on the right hand side of the road marking a public bridleway.

From Tranmire Grange we walked along their access road to a lane which led us to a junction at map ref. NZ774112. At the junction we turned left and walked along the road for about 700m to the main road (A171) at map ref. NZ779116.

Heading for the A171 from Tranmire Grange
Heading for the A171 from Tranmire Grange

Reaching the A171 from Tranmire Grange
Reaching the A171 from Tranmire Grange

Sign at the start of the bridleway off the A171
Sign at the start of the bridleway off the A171


Tormentil by the path

It was rough going but not too bad and we made our way along the fence for about 150m (so not too far) to a junction in the bridleway at map ref. NZ780117.

The sign was there and so was the fence that the bridleway follows but no hint of the path on the ground, just a mass of bracken, heather, brambles and coarse grasses.


Looking back along the 'bridleway' next to the fence
The little tree on the fence line is next to the A171

Making our way along the 'bridleway' next to the fence
Making our way along the 'bridleway' next to the fence

Almost at the junction with another bridleway
Almost at the junction with another bridleway

The bridleway onto the open moor
The bridleway onto the open moor

Bridleway across the open moor
Bridleway across the open moor

The wood is called Newton Mulgrave Woods on the map but so is the strip of woodland on the far side of the B1266 to the Northwest. At the entrance to the wood I found a sodden route card for a Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme expedition. Their route came from Ugthorpe Lodge to Hinderwell/ Port Mulgrave, so I hope they made it without the route card.

Here there was a pedestrian gate on our left and we turned to go through this gate and followed a path across the open moor for about 1km to the edge of some woodland at map ref. NZ782127. The path across the moor was very wet after the recent wet weather but it was reasonably easy to follow.

The bridleway onto the open moor
The bridleway onto the open moor

Yellow Brain fungus or Witch's Butter, appears after wet weather!
Yellow Brain fungus or Witch's Butter, appears after wet weather!
(Tremella mesenterica)

Entrance to Newton Mulgrave Woods
Entrance to Newton Mulgrave Woods

Path through Newton Mulgrave Woods
Path through Newton Mulgrave Woods

Path through Newton Mulgrave Woods
Path through Newton Mulgrave Woods

Reaching the edge of Newton Mulgrave Woods
Reaching the edge of Newton Mulgrave Woods

Cluster of common spotted orchids by the path
Cluster of common spotted orchids by the path

After about 1km through the woods we came to the B1266 at map ref. NZ785137.

We followed the bridleway through the woods where the route was well signed with blue arrow markers on wooden stakes.

Path through Newton Mulgrave Woods
Path through Newton Mulgrave Woods

Path along the edge of Newton Mulgrave Woods
Path along the edge of Newton Mulgrave Woods

Approaching the B1266 at the end of the woods
Approaching the B1266 at the end of the woods

Looking out to sea over Staithes and Hinderwell
Looking out to sea over Staithes and Hinderwell

Looking back to the path from the woods
Looking back to the path from the woods

Track across the moor to the trig point
Track across the moor to the trig point

All the way along this track there were lovely views out to sea over Staithes, Hinderwell and Runswick Bay. At the trig point we sat in the long grass looking out to sea to have our lunch. It was very pleasant indeed in the warm sunshine, quite a novelty for this wet summer.

Here we crossed the road and took the path heading Northwest for about 100m to cross a farm access road. Our path now became a track and we continued along it for almost 1km to a trig point at map ref. NZ776142.

Track across the moor to the trig point
Track across the moor to the trig point

Trig point about 4km south of Staithes
Trig point about 4km south of Staithes

Track across open access land heading southwest from the trig point
Track across open access land heading southwest from the trig point

Joining a bridleway at map ref. NZ774139
Joining a bridleway at map ref. NZ774139

Marker on the path across the moor towards High Lodge
Marker on the path across the moor towards High Lodge

Here we turned right to follow the bridleway heading generally westwards for about 1km to a farmstead called High Lodge at map ref. NZ763138. Just before this farm the path crosses the head of a little valley that becomes Borrowby Dale running out to Staithes.

After our break we continued along the track for about 100m beyond the trig point and then turned left along a wide grassy track, not a public right of way, but over open access land. We followed this track for about 300m to a bridleway at map ref. NZ774139.

Path across the moor towards High Lodge
Path across the moor towards High Lodge

Path across the moor towards High Lodge
Path across the moor towards High Lodge

The start of the little valley called Borrowby Dale heading northeast towards Staithes
The start of the little valley called Borrowby Dale heading northeast towards Staithes

Approaching High Lodge
Approaching High Lodge

Looking back along the path through High Lodge
Looking back along the path through High Lodge

We walked along the drive from the farm for about 200m to the road where we turned left on to the road.

We continued in the same direction through the farm where there were numerous peacocks and several small peacock chicks.

One of the many peacocks at High Lodge
One of the many peacocks at High Lodge

Gate on to the road from High Lodge
Gate on to the road from High Lodge

Long straight road to the A171
Long straight road to the A171

We enjoyed a very nice bacon roll and coffee from the snack caravan before setting off to drive home. The weather forecast for today had been right and the sky was darkening as we finished the walk but there was no rain until later in the day.

We followed this straight road for just over 1km to the A171 at map ref. NZ757129. At the main road we turned right to walk along the grass verge for about 300m back to the car park.

Walking along the grass verge by the A171
Walking along the grass verge by the A171

Returning to the car park by Scaling Dam reservoir at the end of our walk
Returning to the car park by Scaling Dam reservoir at the end of our walk