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One of a series of ponds on the stream that downstream of Kilburn becomes Twattleton Beck

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Route No. 495 - Wednesday 9 January 2013
Kilburn, Sturdy Barn, West Park, Common Lane,
Kilburn Park, Trencar Lane, circuit - 7km
Hambleton Hills . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL26 North York Moors Western area at 1:25000


The White Horse from my parking spot on the road at the edge of Kilburn
The White Horse from my parking spot on the road at the edge of Kilburn

Farm track leaving the road at the start of my walk
Farm track leaving the road at the start of my walk

The ruins of Sturdy Barn on the left of the track
The ruins of Sturdy Barn on the left of the track

From my parking spot I could see the white horse on the hillside about a kilometer away to the north. Everywhere is still very wet and muddy after the continual rain of 2012. I set off along a farm track opposite my parking spot. After about 70m the track turned right and ahead and to my left there was the ruins of Sturdy Barn on the rising ground of the field next to the track.

It was a lovely bright clear day today and so I drove to the village of Kilburn on the edge of the Hambleton Hills. I parked on the wide grass verge on the road called Carr Lane, out of the village towards the White Horse at map ref. SE511800 where there is a seat on the roadside, quite handy for changing into my boots.

White Horse from the farm track near the start of my walk
White Horse from the farm track near the start of my walk

Muddy farm track near Sturdy Barn
Muddy farm track near Sturdy Barn

The muddy farm track continues . . .
The muddy farm track continues . . .

Large disc harrow parked in the field
Large disc harrow parked in the field

Here the path bears left away from the track
Here the path bears left away from the track

The pond was formed on a stream that flows through Kilburn village and downstream of the village is called Twattleton Beck. On my map the public footpath follows the stream upstream past a series of fishing pond to a minor road. The land all round the new pond was very soft and muddy. There is an unofficial path over the north western end of Ward Oak Hill, still quite boggy, but this is the route I took out to the minor road at map ref. SE502801.

The track bent round to the left and continued a slow, gentle climb. I passed a large disc-harrow parked in the field on the left and an orange excavator parked by the path. Beyond the excavator the path bore left away from the track and followed the fence down to what seemed to be a recently constructed pond with an earth dam.

The muddy farm track continues . . .
The muddy farm track continues . . .

Excavator parked by the track
Excavator parked by the track

The path follows the fence down to the ponds
The path follows the fence down to the ponds

View west from the top of Ward Oak Hill
View west from the top of Ward Oak Hill

Stile on to a minor road at map ref. SE502801
Stile on to a minor road at map ref. SE502801

The track leading to West park
The track leading to West park

End of the diversion round West Park
End of the diversion round West Park

The track heading away from West Park
The track heading away from West Park

Here the bridleway goes into the fields around West Park. Again this was a very muddy section. Beyond West park I rejoined a track along the field edge. I followed this track to a 'T'-junction with a track running north-south at map ref. SE491797 where there was a large straw stack.

I climbed over the rather awkward high stile to the road and turned on to a bridleway along the farm track at Rose Cottage on the opposite side of the road about 50m away. I followed this track to a country house called West Park.

Start of the track off the road at Rose Cottage
Start of the track off the road at Rose Cottage

Start of the diversion round West Park
Start of the diversion round West Park

Tow plane & glider after taking off from Roulston Scar
Tow plane & glider after taking off from Roulston Scar

Preparing to turn left at the junction in the tracks
Preparing to turn left at the junction in the tracks

Young pony riders as I approached the junction in the tracks
Young (at heart) pony riders as I approached the junction in the tracks

Large straw stack at the junction in the tracks
Large straw stack at the junction in the tracks

Geese at a small pond near the track
Geese at a small pond near the track

Here the track turned right and then after about 100m turned left and continued along Common Lane past a farm with some modern buildings that could have been holiday cottages.

Two young riders passed along the track as I approached the junction where I turned left to head south for about 600m. (One of the riders contacted me and it seems that they are just young at heart and riding Corky aged 18 and Maisie 19!)

The track leading towards Common Lane
The track leading towards Common Lane

The track leading towards Common Lane
The track leading towards Common Lane

Farm with holiday cottages at the start of Common Lane
Farm with holiday cottages at the start of Common Lane

My turning off Common Lane back to Kilburn
My turning off Common Lane back to Kilburn

Track across the fields from Common Lane
Track across the fields from Common Lane

Path around the field edge
Path around the field edge

There was a good path around the unploughed margin of the field, the 'headland', and I followed this around the field to rejoin the official bridleway at a white post with an arrow marker.

A few hundred metres beyond this farm I turned left off Common Lane at map ref. SE493783 on to a bridleway across the fields heading north east back towards Kilburn. After about 400m the path seemed to have been ploughed out and a crop was growing through the muddy wet soil.

Track across the fields from Common Lane
Track across the fields from Common Lane

Beyond this gate I turned left along the field edge
Beyond this gate I turned left along the field edge

Rejoining the bridleway at the white post
Rejoining the bridleway at the white post

Path around the field edge
Path around the field edge

The White Horse from Trencar Lane near Kilburn
The White Horse from Trencar Lane near Kilburn

Trencar Lane heading for Kilburn
Trencar Lane heading for Kilburn

Trencar Lane heading for Kilburn
Trencar Lane heading for Kilburn

Trencar Lane approaching Kilburn
Trencar Lane approaching Kilburn

After about 1.5km the track led me back to the main street through Kilburn.

The bridleway then followed an old track between hedges called Trencar Lane.

Trencar Lane heading for Kilburn
Trencar Lane heading for Kilburn

Looking back along Trencar Lane on the right
Looking back along Trencar Lane on the right

Looking back up the lane from Kilburn main street
Looking back up the lane from Kilburn main street

The main street in Kilburn
The main street in Kilburn

St. Mary's Church in Kilburn
St. Mary's Church in Kilburn

It's an attractive church building with the oldest parts dating from the 1100's and 1200's. I followed a path through the church yard to an access road where I turned left to rejoin the main street through the village opposite a road junction.

I tuned left and walked along the main street to the pub, The Forresters Arms. Here I turned right to pass the front of the pub and walk up the slope to the gates of the Kilburn parish church, St. Mary's.

St. Mary's Church in Kilburn
St. Mary's Church in Kilburn

Footpath from St Mary's Church, Kilburn
Footpath from St Mary's Church, Kilburn

Track back to the main street through Kilburn
Track back to the main street through Kilburn

It was the end of a very pleasant little route on this lovely sunny day with only the standing water and mud to detract from it a little.

At the main street I turned right and walked along the road called Carr Lane for a little over 300m back to my car.

Carr Lane leaving Kilburn
Carr Lane leaving Kilburn

Carr Lane and the White Horse at the end of my walk
Carr Lane and the White Horse at the end of my walk
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