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Brough Hall from the bridge over Brough Beck
Brough Hall from the road bridge over Brough Beck

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Route No. 492 - Tuesday 23 October 2012
Catterick Bridge, River Swale, Colburn,
Brough Hall, Catterick Race course circuit - 13km
Catterick, N. Yorkshire . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 302 Northallerton & Thirsk

NOTE: I have been informed that the footpath from Brough Hall to Catterick Village is closed and the footpath along the Swale from Catterick Bridge to Colburn is also closed and is likely to remain so for 2 years (i.e. to 2016) due to bridge repairs.
Update: The notice on the NYCC web site indicates that these paths may not be reopened until March 2017


Catterick racecourse across the road from the car park at the start of our walk
Catterick racecourse across the road from the car park at the start of our walk

Coast to Coast route under the old railway
Coast to Coast route under the old railway

The old railway bridge over the river Swale
The old railway bridge over the river Swale

Looking back to the A1 road bridge over the river Swale
Looking back to the A1 road bridge over the river Swale

The path that we took along the riverbank under the railway bridge is in fact part of the Wainwright Coast to Coast route. Just beyond the railway bridge there is a stone building with cables suspended across the river. This is a river gauging station and the cables are used to carry a current meter to measure the speed of the river at intervals across it. About 100m past the gauging station we passed under the A1 trunk road and then climbed up the bank to a track around Thornbrough farm.

This morning my mate, Jim, and I drove to Catterick Bridge over the River Swale and parked in the Race Course car park next to the bridge on the riverside opposite the race course at map ref. SE227992. From the car park we walked to the riverside and followed a path under the old railway bridge over the river. The railway was abandoned long ago but there is now a footpath over the bridge.

Passing the river gauging station
Passing the river gauging station

Approaching the path under the A1 trunk road
Approaching the path under the A1 trunk road

The track around Thornbrough farm
The track around Thornbrough farm

The Coast to Coast route leaving Thornbrough farm
The Coast to Coast route leaving Thornbrough farm

Coast to Coast route above the river Swale
Coast to Coast route above the river Swale

About 200m before we reached this access road there was a lovely view over the River Swale at a bend in the river from the path high above the river.

From the farm we followed the path along the edge of some woodland and out across the fields to the access road to St Giles Farm.

Coast to Coast route above the river Swale
Coast to Coast route above the river Swale

Bend in the river Swale seen from the Coast to Coast path near St Giles Farm
Bend in the river Swale seen from the Coast to Coast path near St Giles Farm

Bee hive by the path at St Giles farm
Bee hive by the path at St Giles Farm

Heading for Colburn on the Coast to Coast route
Heading for Colburn on the Coast to Coast route

Heading for Colburn on the Coast to Coast route
Heading for Colburn on the Coast to Coast route

The left hand fork is a track along the field edges to the old village of Colburn a little way north of the modern housing estates. We reached the road in the village via the drive to a large house called 'The Barn'.

We continued along the Coast to Coast route for another kilometer to a fork in the path at map ref. SE202994. The right hand fork is a narrow path that drops down through woodland.

Cattle at St Giles Farm
Cattle at St Giles Farm

Heading for Colburn on the Coast to Coast route
Heading for Colburn on the Coast to Coast route

Approaching Colburn on the Coast to Coast route
Approaching Colburn on the Coast to Coast route

We came along the drive from 'The Barn', turned left at the road and then turned right on to a lane
We came along the drive from 'The Barn', turned left at the road and then turned right on to a lane

Turning off the lane onto a footpath across the fields
Turning off the lane onto a footpath across the fields

Footpath across the fields from Colburn village
Footpath across the fields from Colburn village

We followed this path south across the fields for about a kilometer to Colburn Grange farm. We followed the path past the farm and out to the main road about 100m beyond the farm at map ref. SE197979.

At the road we turned right and walked along the road for about 100m. Here we turned left to walk along a lane for about 150m to a public footpath on the left hand side of the lane. We left the route of the Coast to Coast walk and turned off the lane here.

Footpath across the fields from Colburn village
Footpath across the fields from Colburn village

Approaching Colburn Grange Farm
Approaching Colburn Grange Farm

Leaving the drive from Colburn Grange Farm
Leaving the drive from Colburn Grange Farm

Turning off the main road on to a tarmac path
Turning off the main road on to a tarmac path . . .

Here we turned right on to a bridleway. The turning is about 50m before a traffic roundabout on the main road.

We turned left at the road. It was quite busy and we crossed the road to walk along the footpath on the right hand side of the road for about 500m.

Walking along the path by the main road
Walking along the path by the main road

. . . at once the bridleway forks left off the tarmac path
. . . at once the bridleway forks left off the tarmac path

Well used bridleway churned into mud
Well used bridleway churned into mud

There is a ford here, no footbridge and the beck was flowing quite full after all the rain. It was about 200mm deep and we just had to make a rapid crossing and rely on our boots. It was OK and we didn't get very wet.

The bridleway is well used by horse riders and the whole path was very muddy indeed after all the recent wet weather. After about 300m we came to Sour Beck.

Sour Beck ford about 200mm deep today
Sour Beck ford about 200mm deep today

Muddy bridleway between the fields
Muddy bridleway between the fields

Track to Wintylow farm
Track to Wintylow farm

Passing Brekenbrough farm
Passing Brekenbrough farm

At the junction we turned left and walked along the track passed Brekenbrough farm. The 'Richmond Equestrian Centre' is at this farm.

From the ford we continued along the muddy bridleway for another kilometer to a 'T'-junction in the track at Wintylow farm, map ref. SE206968.

Turning left at Wintylow farm
Turning left at Wintylow farm

Following the access road from Brekenbrough farm
Following the access road from Brekenbrough farm

Following the access road from Brekenbrough farm
Following the access road from Brekenbrough farm

We sat on the bridge parapet here for our lunch. It was a pleasant spot with the sound of the beck flowing and a pretty view towards Brough Hall with the autumn colours developing in the trees.

We followed the farm access road for about 600m out to a public road at map ref. SE214972. At the road we turned left and walked along this quiet road for about 700m to the bridge over Brough Beck.

Approaching the road bridge over Brough Beck
Approaching the road bridge over Brough Beck

The park land of Brough Hall seen from the road
The park land of Brough Hall seen from the road

The chapel in the grounds of Brough Hall
The chapel in the grounds of Brough Hall

The drive through the grounds of Brough Hall
The drive through the grounds of Brough Hall

The track from Home Farm
The track from Home Farm

Here we turned right off the road to follow the public footpath along the drive through the Brough Hall park land.

After our lunch break we continued along the road for another 300m to the entrance to Brough Hall.

The entrance to Brough Hall grounds
The entrance to Brough Hall grounds

The drive through the grounds of Brough Hall
The drive through the grounds of Brough Hall

Just managed to snap a heron flying by
Just managed to snap a heron flying by

Track leading to the A1 trunk road
Track leading to the A1 trunk road

Traffic on the A1 as we approached
Traffic on the A1 as we approached


Traffic on the A1 seen from the bridge over the road

As we reached the A1 the track turned right to go parallel to the A1 and climb up to a bridge over this busy road.

We continued past Home Farm and followed a track across the fields to the A1 trunk road. It's very busy and even from Home Farm we could hear the noise of the traffic.

Track climbing up to the bridge over the A1
Track climbing up to the bridge over the A1

 

Turning off the track from the bridge over the A1
Turning off the track from the bridge over the A1

We followed the path out to a road on the edge of Catterick village at map ref. SE236978.

Just over the bridge the path turned left off the track to go round the edge of a large lake with ducks, swans, coots and a cormorant circling above the water.

Leaving the lake side on the path into Catterick
Leaving the lake side on the path into Catterick

Path around the lake next to the A1
Path around the lake next to the A1 trunk road

Back at the edge of Catterick
Back at the edge of Catterick

The parish church
The parish church

Start of the path by the racecourse
Start of the path by the racecourse

We tried this path on the racecourse for a while but we found it easier going along the wide grass verge beside the road. We continued along the road back to Catterick Bridge and the racecourse car park where we had started. The whole walk had been 13km and it had take us a little over four hours to walk including our lunch stop and far too many photographs.

We turned left to follow the road out past the church to the A6136, the main road through Catterick. At the main road we turned left and walked along the road past a quarry entrance to the racecourse. There is a public footpath along the racecourse between the hedge and the race track railing.

Heading for the main road
Heading for the main road

Reaching the main road through Catterick
Reaching the main road through Catterick

The path by the racecourse
The path by the racecourse

Passing the racecourse heading for catterick Bridge and the end of the walk
Passing the racecourse heading for Catterick Bridge and the end of the walk
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