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The Centenary Way through Coneysthorpe Bank Wood
The Centenary Way through Coneysthorpe Bank Wood

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Route No. 490 - Tuesday 2 October 2012
Castle Howard, Coneysthorpe, Centenary Way,
Coneysthorpe Banks Wood, Bog Hall circuit - 9km
Howardian Hills . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 300 Howardian Hills & Malton


The 'Great Lake' and Castle Howard seen from our parking spot
The 'Great Lake' and Castle Howard seen from our parking spot

The road into Coneysthorpe
The road into Coneysthorpe

Memorial on the village green at Coneysthorpe
Memorial on the village green at Coneysthorpe

After about 100m we came to a crossroads. Here we turned right and walked about 400m into the old estate village of Coneysthorpe. Here at map ref. SE712712 we turned left off the road and walked along the access road northwards through the village beside the village green.

This morning my friend, Jim, and I drove to the Castle Howard estate and parked in a little grassy parking area off the long avenue drive opposite the northern end of the 'Great Lake' at map ref. SE707712. From the parking area we walked northwards along the road.

Old estate buildings on the edge of Coneysthorpe
Old estate buildings on the edge of Coneysthorpe

The Georgian Chapel in Coneysthorpe
The Georgian Chapel in Coneysthorpe

The access road through the village of Coneysthorpe beside the village green
The access road through the village of Coneysthorpe beside the village green

Leaving the village along the Centenary Way
Leaving the village along the Centenary Way

Following the Centenary Way between the fields
Following the Centenary Way between the fields

The path lead out to a track between the fields beyond. We followed the Centenary Way between the fields for about a kilometer to the edge of Coneysthorpe Bank wood.

From the road we had been following the route of the Centenary Way. We continued along the Centenary Way past the Georgian Chapel at the northern end of the village.

Following the Centenary Way between the fields
Following the Centenary Way between the fields

Following the Centenary Way between the fields
Following the Centenary Way between the fields


Following the Centenary Way between the fields

The path through Coneysthorpe Bank wood
The path through Coneysthorpe Bank wood

Centenary Way at the bottom of the wood
Centenary Way at the bottom of the wood

Sign post where we left the Centenary Way
Sign post where we left the Centenary Way

We walked along the path on the edge of the wood with a view across the Vale of Pickering to the North York Moors, but the moors were shrouded in rain bearing low cloud.

 

We then climbed up, still on the Centenary way route, to the ridge at the top edge of the wood. Here we turned right and left the Centenary Way.

Centenary Way through Coneysthorpe Bank Wood
Centenary Way through Coneysthorpe Bank Wood

Path heading east along the top of the wood
Path heading east along the top of the wood

Path heading east along the top of Coneysthorpe Bank Wood
Path heading east along the top of Coneysthorpe Bank Wood

Path around the busines park at Park Farm
Path around the business park at Park Farm

Initially the path was parallel to the road through a plantation of young trees. After about 200m there was a hair-pin bend to the right and a bench seat on the crown of the bend. This was a good view point over the little valley to the south with the Castle Howard Mausoleum and the Temple of the Four Winds on the hills beyond.

After a little over 2km we came to the end of the wood and followed the path through a field around the edge of a small business park in some converted farm buildings at Park Farm. We turned onto the access road to the business park and walked out to a road at map ref. SE733715. We crossed the road and took the footpath opposite.

Looking back to the business park at Park Farm
Looking back to the business park at Park Farm

View over the valley from our lunch stop
View over the valley from our lunch stop

Approaching the turn to Bog Hall
Approaching the turn to Bog Hall

Path along the track to Bog Hall
Path along the track to Bog Hall

Tractor at work in a field by the path
Tractor at work in a field by the path

We continued along the edge of the fields where a large tractor was harrowing the recently ploughed soil and an other tractor was following on sowing seed. I don't know what the crop was, possibly a winter cereal. Soon we came to a farmstead at Bog Hall where we re-joined the Centenary Way.

We sat there in the sunshine for our lunch break and then set off again to follow the path down the steep hillside to the corner of a wood at the bottom at map ref. SE734712. Here we turned right and walked along a path at the edge of a field and then along the edge of a small wood.

Sign post at the turning to Bog Hall
Sign post at the turning to Bog Hall

Path along the track to Bog Hall
Path along the track to Bog Hall

Arriving at Bog Hall
Arriving at Bog Hall

Looking back to Bog Hall from the Centenary Way
Looking back to Bog Hall from the Centenary Way

Track from Bog Hall to Ray Wood
Track from Bog Hall to Ray Wood

Oak tree by the path
Oak tree by the path

Gate from the parkland to the road at the village
Gate from the parkland to the road at the village

We turned left at the road and walked along the road through the village back to the crossroads near our parking spot. At the crossroads we turned left towards the lake and then right back into the car park and the end of our walk. We drove into Hovingham and stopped at the cafe at the bakery for a coffee and toasted teacake to round of the day in our usual way.

 

We stayed on the track past Bog Hall and after about 300m we came to the edge of Ray Wood. This is a lovely piece of woodland with some really old oaks and sweet chestnut trees, around 250 years old I believe. Opposite Ray Wood the path cuts across the parkland pasture to join a track out of the parkland to the road on the eastern edge of Coneysthorpe village.

Track from Bog Hall to Ray Wood
Track from Bog Hall to Ray Wood

Sign post where the path cuts across the parkland
Sign post where the path cuts across the parkland

Returning to the car park along the road
Returning to the car park along the road

Track through the parkland to the edge of Coneysthorpe village
Track through the parkland to the edge of Coneysthorpe village

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