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Crossing the Wensleydale Railway about 2km West of Bedale

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Route No. 499 - Friday 15 February 2013
Bedale, Crakehall, Newton-le-Willows
Burrill circuit - 15km
Wensleydale . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 302 Northallerton & Thirsk


Market Place' in Bedale at the start of our walk
Market Place' in Bedale at the start of our walk

Fourteenth-century octagonal market cross
Fourteenth-century octagonal market cross

Aconites and snowdrops near Bedale church
Aconites and snowdrops near Bedale church

It's a 'Pay & Display' car park but it only costs 50p for all day! From the car park we walked up Bridge Street to a busy crossroads where we turned right to walk long the Market Place to St Gregory's parish church at the Northern end of the Market Place. We continued past the church along the main road (A684) heading towards Leyburn.

Last night my wife and I stayed at our daughter's home near Bedale to look after the grand children. This morning it was a bright sunny winter's day and we took the grand children's dog, a very bouncy young black labrador, with us on a walk starting from the long stay car park off Bridge Street in Bedale by Bedale Beck at map ref. SE267882.

St Gregory's Church Bedale
St Gregory's Church Bedale

Heading out of Bedale along the A684
Heading out of Bedale along the A684

Turning off the A684 to the path across the sports fields
Turning off the A684 to the path across the sports fields

Snowdrops by the path
Snowdrops by the path

Crossing the Wensleydale Railway
Crossing the Wensleydale Railway

This line was closed but has reopened mainly as a tourist attraction with a very pretty ride up Wensleydale to Redmire. Our route does not cross the line here but turns left to follow a path along the edge of the field for about 350m. to the next level crossing at map ref. SE255892.

About 400m. beyond the church we turned right off the road onto a public footpath along the edge of some sports pitches to a pedestrian gate into arable fields. There was a clear path straight ahead across a large field heading straight to a level crossing over the Wensleydale Railway.

Path across the sports fields
Path across the sports fields

Path heading for the Wnsleydale Railway
Path heading for the Wensleydale Railway

Crossing the Wensleydale Railway
Crossing the Wensleydale Railway

Path from the railway heading for Kirkbridge
Path from the railway heading for Kirkbridge

Approaching Kirkbridge across the fields
Approaching Kirkbridge across the fields

Path to Crakehall from Kirkbridge
Path to Crakehall from Kirkbridge

About 100m before we reached the road at Kirkbridge we turned left around the edge of a field to join a path across the fields through a series of pedestrian gates for just over 1km. to the village of Crakehall.

We turned right and crossed the railway here to follow a track northwards along the side of some woodland. The track continued beyond the woodland between the fields heading for the hamlet of Kirkbridge.

Path from the railway heading for Kirkbridge
Path from the railway heading for Kirkbridge

Path to Crakehall from Kirkbridge
Path to Crakehall from Kirkbridge

Typical sodden field with a horse in its winter jacket
Typical sodden field with a horse in its winter jacket

Entering Crakehall on the path from Kirkbridge
Entering Crakehall on the path from Kirkbridge

The village green in Crakehall
The village green in Crakehall

The village green in Crakehall
The village green in Crakehall

Quoits court on the green in Crakehall
Quoits court on the green in Crakehall

We walked through the village to the road bridge over Bedale Beck. There is a footbridge beside the road bridge and a weir up stream of the footbridge.

The path enters the village between the houses to the large village green and St Gregory's Church on the green. We walked past the church and followed the main road (A684).

St Gregory's Church in Crakehall
St Gregory's Church in Crakehall

St Gregory's Church in Crakehall
St Gregory's Church in Crakehall

Road bridge over Bedale Beck in Crakehall
Road bridge over Bedale Beck in Crakehall

The village of Crakehall
The village of Crakehall

Weir on Bedale Beck in Crakehall
Weir on Bedale Beck in Crakehall

The Pinfold in Crakehall
The Pinfold in Crakehall

Track leading up from the pinfold
Track leading up from the pinfold

Path to West Pasture Farm
Path to West Pasture Farm

It can be confusing here because the private drive can easily be mistaken for the track between the hedges. About 100m along the track we turned right off the track to follow a public footpath across the fields. We crossed several fields and after about 400m we came to a minor road. At the road we continued straight on for another 300m to West Pasture farm.

We turned left off the road just before the road bridge. About 20m from the road there is a tarmac drive on the left to a private house and just beyond this drive there is a track between two hedges going slightly uphill away from the road at map ref. SE241900.

Path to West Pasture Farm
Path to West Pasture Farm

Our right turn at West Pasture farm
Our right turn at West Pasture farm

Our left turn just past West Pasture farm
Our left turn just past West Pasture farm

Path to Newton-le-Willows
Path to Newton-le-Willows

Pig by the path at Newton-le-Willows
Pig by the path at Newton-le-Willows

After about 700m we passed Grange Farm to the South of our path and after another 400m. we passed Fox Park Farm again to the South of our path. Another 600m further on we entered the village of Newton-le-Willows past some woodland enclosures housing outdoor pigs.

Here we turned right to follow a tarmac drive and then a path around the farm. Just beyond the farm we turned right off the path to follow another path heading generally Westwards across the fields.

A very soggy part of the path
A very soggy part of the path

Track entering Newton-le-Willows
Track entering Newton-le-Willows

Sheep feeding on mangles by the path
Sheep feeding on mangles by the path

The crossrods in Newton-le-Willows
The crossroads in Newton-le-Willows

Our turning off the road in Newton-le-Willows
Our turning off the road in Newton-le-Willows

Crossing the Wensleydale Railway in Newton-le-Willows
Crossing the Wensleydale Railway in Newton-le-Willows

Another awkward stile
Another awkward stile

About to join the Lindale Lodge access road
About to join the Lindale Lodge access road

This path from the level crossing proved to be rather awkward. Unlike other paths on this walk the field boundary crossings were all stiles with not dog gates and the stiles were all closely wired into the fence. We had no option but to lift the large wet labrador over each stile, what a performance! At Lindale Lodge farm we followed the long straight farm access road for about 350m. out to the public road.

At the crossroads in the village, map ref. SE215896 we turned left and followed the road through the village for about 200m. Here we turned right off the road on to a public footpath between two hedges. We followed this path around the back of some houses to a lane with a level crossing over the Wensleydale Railway on the left of the lane at map ref. SE214894. Once over the level crossing we followed a path across the fields for about 800m to join the farm access road at Lindale Lodge farm at map ref. SE215885.

Path from the road in Newton-le-Willows
Path from the road in Newton-le-Willows

The path is diverted here round a cricket field
The path is diverted here round a cricket field

An oak tree by the path
An oak tree by the path

Walking along the Lindale Lodge access road
Walking along the Lindale Lodge access road

Turning left onto the road from Lindale Lodge
Turning left from Lindale Lodge onto the road

After about 600m. we reached High Pond House. Here we turned left off the road on to a track down the side of the buildings.

We turned left to walk along the road to a junction about 150m away at map ref. SE217883. At the junction we turned right and walked along the road.

Turning right at the junction for High Pond House
Turning right at the junction for High Pond House

The distinctive shape of Pen Hill in Wensleydale seen from the road near High Pond House
The distinctive shape of Pen Hill in Wensleydale seen from the road near High Pond House

High Lane (from High Pond House to Cowling)
High Lane (from High Pond House to Cowling)

The start of High Lane at High Pond House
The start of High Lane at High Pond House

High Lane (from High Pond House to Cowling)
High Lane (from High Pond House to Cowling)

High Lane nearing Cowling
High Lane nearing Cowling

The track led us to the hamlet of Cowling and the road at map ref. SE236875. We followed the road around a bend and into the village of Burrill.

The whole route had been very wet and muddy so far and every dip in this track was filled with water. We followed the track between the fields for about 2km.

High Lane leaving High Pond House for Cowling
High Lane leaving High Pond House for Cowling

High Lane (from High Pond House to Cowling)
High Lane (from High Pond House to Cowling)

Road junction in Cowling
Road junction in Cowling

An intiguing ruin seen from the lane near Cowling
An intriguing ruin seen from the lane near Cowling

The church & village street at Burrill
The church & village street at Burrill

Marker on the line of a petrochemical pipeline carrying chemicals between Runcorn in Cheshire and Wilton on Teesside
Marker on the route of a petrochemical pipeline carrying
chemicals between Runcorn in Cheshire and Wilton on Teesside

The road into Bedale from Burrill
The road into Bedale from Burrill

Pond by the Burrill Road
Pond by the Burrill Road

Sheep feeding on mangles on the edge of Bedale
Sheep feeding on mangles on the edge of Bedale

Along the way three roe deer dashed across the road about 30m ahead of us and disappeared across the fields in moments. We continued along the road into the town and back to the long stay car park by Bedale Beck. The whole route had been 15km and it had taken us about 51/2 hours to walk including our stops.

We walked through this pleasant little village to a road junction at map ref. SE242871. This was the road from Thornton Watlass to Bedale and from the junction we walked along the road for about 2km. to the edge of Bedale.

A carpet of aconites in Burrill
A carpet of aconites in Burrill

The road into Bedale from Burrill
The road into Bedale from Burrill

The road into Bedale from Burrill
The road into Bedale from Burrill

Roadside footpath entering Bedale
Roadside footpath entering Bedale

'Market Place' in Bedale at the end of our walk
'Market Place' in Bedale at the end of our walk
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