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Descending from the Cleveland way across Kepwick Moor towards Nab Farm
Descending from the Cleveland way across Kepwick Moor towards Nab Farm

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Route No. 514 - Thursday 1 August 2013
Kepwick, Cowesby,
Cleveland Way, circuit - 11km
Hambleton Hills, North York Moors . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL26 North York Moors Western area


Leaving the car park in Kepwick
Leaving the car park in Kepwick

This private chapel was originally built in the 1890's and was rebuilt by the Warner family to commemorate their son who was in the Royal Flying Corps and was shot down and killed in the first world war
This private chapel was originally built in the 1890's and was later rebuilt by the Warner family as a memorial to their son who was in the Royal Flying Corps and was shot down and killed in the first world war

Our turning off the road on the edge of Kepwick
Our turning off the road on the edge of Kepwick

Our path followed the wall around the contour of the hill
Our path followed the wall around the contour of the hill

At the wall we turned right and after a few metres we came to a pedestrian gate through the wall on our left. We did not go through the gate but instead we continued along the wall. The path here is a bit overgrown with gorse and in places it's a bit muddy with the passage of horses along this bridleway.

This morning was yet another lovely warm sunny day. Almost a month of proper summer weather. My mate, Jim, and I met some friends at the village hall car park next to the church in Kepwick at the foot of the Hambleton Hills at map ref. SE467908. From the car park we turned right along the road for about 150m to a white painted iron field gate on the left. We went through the gate and climbed straight up the grassy hillside to a dry stone wall about 70m away.

Following the road south west out of Kepwick
Following the road south west out of Kepwick

A wary rabbit by the path
A wary rabbit by the path

Our path followed the wall around the contour of the hill
Our path followed the wall around the contour of the hill

Looking south from our path over Cowesby to the hilltop TV booster station above Upsall
Looking south from our path over Cowesby to the hilltop TV booster station above Upsall

Path from Kepwick to Cowesby contouring round the hill
Path from Kepwick to Cowesby contouring round the hill

The track in to Cowesby
The track in to Cowesby

Approaching Cowesby along the track
Approaching Cowesby along the track

Here we came to another iron gate into an overgrown track. We went through the gate and followed the track down to a lane in to the village of Cowesby.

We followed this path contouring round the hillside with some very pleasant views away to our right for about 700m.

Start of the overgrown track into Cowesby
Start of the overgrown track into Cowesby

The track in to Cowesby
The track in to Cowesby

Cowesby village
Cowesby village

The road through Cowesby
The road through Cowesby

Footbridge over a wide ditch
Footbridge over a wide ditch

Gate on to the road from the field path
Gate on to the road from the field path

We continued across this field and the next to a wooded footbridge over a wide ditch. Once over the ditch we turned left to walk along the field edge out to the road at map ref. SE467892. At the road we turned right and walked along the road for about 400m to Brickshed Cottage on the left.

At the road junction in Cowesby, map ref. SE465898, we turned left and walked down to the next bend about 70m away. On the bend we turned right off the road over a stile to a path across the fields. There was a herd of cows with young calves in the first field so we were careful not to disturb them.

Our turning off the road in Cowesby
Our turning off the road in Cowesby

The path along a field edge to the road
The path along a field edge to the road

The road heading for Brickshed Cottage
The road heading for Brickshed Cottage

Turning off the road at Brickshed Cottage
Turning off the road at Brickshed Cottage

Steep path up through the woods
Steep path up through the woods

Steep path up through the woods
Steep path up through the woods

After about 300m we came to the top of the steep slope and emerged from the woodland into more open scrub land and heather. The path continued to climb gently for another 800m to the edge of Boltby Forest.

Immediately before the cottage we turned left off the road on to a path climbing up the hillside. After about 200m we entered a wood through a pedestrian gate. The path bent round to our right to head south climbing quite steeply up the hillside.

Entering the wood behind Brickshed Cottage
Entering the wood behind Brickshed Cottage

Steep path up through the woods
Steep path up through the woods

Steep path up through the woods
Steep path up through the woods

Path across the scrub and heather to the edge of Boltby Forest
Path across the scrub and heather to the edge of Boltby Forest

Track along the edge of Boltby Forest
Track along the edge of Boltby Forest

Gate from Boltby Forest on to the open moorland
Gate from Boltby Forest on to the open moorland

Heading across the open moorland towards the drove road
Heading across the open moorland towards the drove road

The path took us up another 600m to the top of the climb and then about 400m to a gate through a dry stone wall to the Cleveland Way track.

We continued along the path just inside the edge of Boltby Forest for another 1.2km to a gate on to the open moorland. This was the final part of the climb up the escarpment on to the Cleveland Way/Hambleton Drove Road.

Track along the edge of Boltby Forest
Track along the edge of Boltby Forest

Looking down to Kepwick Hall from the moorland path
Looking down to Kepwick Hall from the moorland path

Gate on to the Drove Road / Cleveland Way
Gate on to the Drove Road / Cleveland Way

Path across the open moorland from Boltby Forest to the Cleveland Way / Hambleton Drove Road
Path across the open moorland from Boltby Forest to the Cleveland Way / Hambleton Drove Road

Boundary stone marked C T 1770 Arden Hall estate? . . .
Boundary stone marked C T 1770 Arden Hall estate? . . .

. . .  owned by the Tancred family in the 1700's
. . . owned by the Tancred family in the 1700's

Looking back along the Drove Road from our turning off it
Looking back along the Drove Road from our turning off it

After our break we set off again along the old Hambleton Drove Road. We passed another boundary stone with the same inscription just before we came to a track on its way up from Kepwick, crossing the drove road, and then down from the drove road into Thorodale. We continued straight on along the drove road for 500m to map ref. SE490919.

We sat by the wall here for our lunch break and opposite us by the track was an old boundary stone with the inscription C T 1770 on the face away from the track. This seems to be the boundary of the Arden Hall estate which in 1770 was owned by the Tancred family. In the late 1800's the estate was owned by George Tancred.

Setting off along the drove road after our break
Setting off along the drove road after our break

Track from Kepwick to Thorodale crossing the Drove Road
Track from Kepwick to Thorodale crossing the Drove Road

Our turning off the Drove Road
Our turning off the Drove Road

View from the path descending across Kepwick Moor
View from the path descending across Kepwick Moor

Path following the wall down Kepwick Moor
Path following the wall down Kepwick Moor

Looking up the valley of White Gill from the path
Looking up the valley of White Gill from the path

Following the path across the valley to Nab Farm
Following the path across the valley to Nab Farm

We crossed the stream in the valley bottom. It doesn't seem to have a name but it's about 150m below the confluence of Old Gill and White Gill. Across the stream the track climbs up to Nab Farm.

Here we turned left off the drove road through a wooden field gate to follow a path along side a stone wall heading down over Kepwick Moor dropping in to a small valley.

Ewes & well grown lambs by the path
Ewes & well grown lambs by the path

Looking across the little valley below Kepwick Moor to Nab farm ahead
Looking across the valley below Kepwick Moor to Nab Farm

Path through Nab Farm
Path through Nab Farm

Limousin bull at Nab Farm checking on his hareem
Limousin bull at Nab Farm checking on his harem

Following the access road from Nab Farm
Following the access road from Nab Farm

The public road heading back to Kepwick
The public road heading back to Kepwick

The entrance to the grounds of Kepwick Hall
The entrance to the grounds of Kepwick Hall

The stone came from the quarry on an overhead cable runway to the start of the tramway and was then taken along the tramway to lime kilns west of the village at Mill Farm. We continued along the road back into Kepwick village and the car park at the end of our walk. As we were about to leave a flock of sheep was driven along the road and we waited for it to pass before we could set off. A very pleasant sight to conclude our visit to Kepwick.

From the farm we followed the farm access road out to the public road on a bend at map ref. SE469917 next a house called Cross Lodge. There is apparently the remains of an old wayside stone cross in the garden but I haven't spotted it. We continued along the road past Cross Lodge and about 500m further on we crossed the route of an old tramway that used to carry the stone from a limestone quarry below the old drove road at map ref. SE485941.

Another Limousin bull this time next to the access road
Another Limousin bull this time next to the access road

The old tramway used to transport limestone to the kilns
The old tramway used to transport limestone to the kilns

The road through Kepwick heading for the car park
The road through Kepwick heading for the car park

Flock of Swaledale sheep being driven along the road past the car park
Flock of Swaledale sheep being driven along the road past the car park

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