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The continuation of Knot Lane beyond the Easingwold by-pass

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Route No. 497 - Saturday 26 January 2013
Market Square, Knot Lane, Crankley Lane,
Alne Road, Millfields, Uppleby circuit - 8km
Easingwold . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 299 Ripon & Boroughbridge at 1:25000


The 'Galtres Centre' in Easingwold Market Square
The 'Galtres Centre' in Easingwold Market Square

The old town hall, now a print works,in the Market Square
The old town hall, now a print works,in the Market Square

Looking north along Long Street
Looking north along Long Street

We set off from the front of the Galtres Centre at map ref. SE529697. The Galtres Centre is a local community centre with bars, meeting rooms, gym, badminton, tennis, and a rifle club. From the market square we walked along Chapel Street to the main road through the town called Long Street.

We have had about 15cm of snow overnight and the roads are quite treacherous. My friend, Jim, lives in the same street as me in Easingwold and we decided to do a short local walk this morning with out the need to drive anywhere first. The route starts in the market square in Easingwold.

Pedestrian crossing over Long Street
Pedestrian crossing over Long Street

Road through the housing estate
Road through the housing estate

Road through the housing estate
Road through the housing estate

Footpath & cycleway along Stonefield Lane
Footpath & cycleway along Stonefield Lane

That took us to Stonefield Avenue where we turned left and walk along this housing estate road to its junction with Knot Lane. Here we turned left and walked along Knot Lane.

We crossed into a modern housing estate and followed the roads through the estate to an old by-way called Stonefield Lane that is used as a footpath & cycle route between the fields and the housing estate.

Footpath & cycleway along Stonefield Lane
Footpath & cycleway along Stonefield Lane

Looking up Stonefield Avenue towards Knot Lane
Looking up Stonefield Avenue towards Knot Lane

Knot Lane leaving the town behind
Knot Lane leaving the town behind

Following Knot Lane between the fields
Following Knot Lane between the fields

Where route crosses Easingwold by-pass
Where route crosses Easingwold by-pass

There's a pedestrian gate here where we crossed the by-pass, easier today with fewer cars and all travelling much more slowly than usual.

We immediately left the town behind and walked along the snowy lane between the fields for a little over a kilometer to the Easingwold by-pass (A19).

Following Knot Lane to Easingwold by-pass
Following Knot Lane to Easingwold by-pass

Continuation of Knot Lane beyond the by-pass
Continuation of Knot Lane beyond the by-pass

About to cross Easingwold by-pass from Knot Lane
About to cross Easingwold by-pass from Knot Lane

Snow covered bushes lined Knot Lane
Snow covered bushes lined Knot Lane

Crankley Lane
Crankley Lane

After another 150m the lane turned to the right and another lane joined it from the left. At this junction there is a block of well kept allotment gardens on the left.

On the other side of the by-pass we walked along the continuation of Knot Lane. for about 200m to its junction with Crankley Lane. Here we turned right and followed Crankley Lane.

Looking along Knot Lane to Crankley Lane
Looking along Knot Lane towards Crankley Lane

Fields beside Crankley Lane
Fields beside Crankley Lane

Walking along Crankley Lane towards Alne Road
Walking along Crankley Lane towards Alne Road

Horse-draw disc harrow by the road side
Horse-draw disc harrow by the road side

Fields off Alne Road
Fields off Alne Road

The bridge over the Easingwold by-pass
The bridge over the Easingwold by-pass

After about 400m the road climbed up to the bridge over the Easingwold by-pass. There was not much traffic and what there was moved quite slowly in the snowy conditions.

We continued along Crankley Lane for about 700m past a plantation of Christmas trees on the right to the junction with the road to Alne at map ref. SE512689. Here we turned right and walked along the road back towards Easingwold.

The junction of Crankley Lane and Alne Road
The junction of Crankley Lane and Alne Road

Alne Road climbing up to cross the by-pass
Alne Road climbing up to cross the by-pass

The bridge over the Easingwold by-pass
The bridge over the Easingwold by-pass

A few of the many rabbit tracks we saw in the snow
A few of the many rabbit tracks we saw in the snow

Alne Road heading into Easingwold
Alne Road heading into Easingwold

After about 600m we came to the junction with Raskelf Road at the edge of Easingwold. We followed Raskelf Road into the town to the junction with Long Street at map ref. SE524699.

We continued along the road with very pleasant views across the snowy fields scattered with trees whose branches and twigs were picked out with a layer of snow.

Alne Road heading for Easingwold
Alne Road heading for Easingwold

About to cross Long Street heading for the church
About to cross Long Street heading for the church

Entering Easingwold along Raskelf Road
Entering Easingwold along Raskelf Road

The lytch gate at the church
The lytch gate at the church

Heading for Millfield Lane from the church
Heading for Millfield Lane from the church

From the church we walked down the slope to the junction with Millfield Lane.

We crossed Long Street and followed the road past the police depot on the right up to the Easingwold parish church of St John & All Saints on the left.

Easingwold parish church
Easingwold parish church

Entering the park from Millfield Lane
Entering the park from Millfield Lane


The parish church of St. John & All Saints in Easingwold

Start of the path & cycleway through Millfield Park
Start of the path & cycleway through Millfield Park

An oak tree on the edge of Millfield Wood
An oak tree on the edge of Millfield Wood

Looking back to a willow tree in Millfield Park
Looking back to a willow tree in Millfield Park

This long distance cycle route goes from Hull to Middlesbrough via York and is known as 'The White Rose Route'. On the left as we walked through the park is the Woodland Trust's 'Millfield Wood'. This wood was planted around a few existing mature trees about 15 years ago and already is an attractive piece of woodland to stroll through. The path through the park led us to another modern housing development on the land that was formerly the grounds of Claypenny Hospital.

Here we turned left to walk a few metres along the lane before turning right off the lane to follow a tarmac footpath and cycleway across Millfield Park. There is a wetland nature reserve on the left near the entrance to the park, but there is no public access into this area. There are playing fields and a skateboard park on the right and the cycle route through the park is part of the 'Sustrans' Route 65.

One of the entrances to Millfield Wood
One of the entrances to Millfield Wood

Road through the Claypenny housing estate
Road through the Claypenny housing estate

Walking down Oulston Road to Uppleby
Walking down Oulston Road to Uppleby

Spring Street leading back to the Market Square
Spring Street leading back to the Market Square

We followed the road round to our left into Spring Street, passing the war memorial on our right and back into the Market Square in front of the Galtres Centre with the old Town Hall, it's now a printing works, opposite at the end of our walk. The whole route was about 8km and it had taken us about two and a half hours to walk. There are several good coffee shops in the Market Square for some refreshments at the end of the route.

We walked through the estate to a junction with Oulston Road at map ref. SE534704. Here we turned right and followed the road down the hill to the junction with Uppleby, a desirable address in Easingwold. We turned right and walked along Uppleby, a pleasant street with a wide grass verge and a line of lime trees on both sides of the road.

Uppleby with its avenue of lime trees
Uppleby with its avenue of lime trees

The Easingwold War Memorial
The Easingwold War Memorial

Easingwold Market Square with its band stand, bus top and the old Town Hall building
Easingwold Market Square with its band stand, bus top and the old Town Hall building
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