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Path through the fields next to Easingwold School
Path through the fields next to Easingwold School playing fields

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Route No. 518 - Thursday 5 September 2013
Easingwold, Claypenny Hill, Wandal Rd (track),
Stillington Rd, Nova circuit - 8km
Easingwold, Howardian Hills . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 299 Ripon & Boroughbridge


The old town hall (now a printing works) in the Market Square
The old town hall (now a printing works) in the Market Square

Looking back down Spring Street to the Market Square
Looking back down Spring Street to the Market Square

Obviously we walked the route from our homes in the town but this description starts and finishes the walk in the Market Square car park. From the Market Square we walk along Spring Street to its junction with Uppleby. At the junction we turned left in to Church Hill and on the corner opposite is a very nice example of a Tudor half timbered house.

Today the weather was cool with low misty cloud. My mate, Jim, & I planned to walk another local route. The Easingwold Tourist Information Office in Chapel Street has a series of 12 leaflets detailing walks around Easingwold and today's route is an amalgamation of routes 1 & 2 in this series.

The war memorial in Easingwold
The war memorial in Easingwold

The Tudor House on the corner of Uppleby
The Tudor House on the corner of Uppleby

The junction of Uppleby and Church Hill
The junction of Uppleby and Church Hill

Turning off Millfield Lane to the park
Turning off Millfield Lane to the park

Sustrans milepost on cycle route 65, 'The White Rose Route'
Sustrans milepost on cycle route 65, 'The White Rose Route'

The cycleway is part of the Hull to Middlesbrough White Rose Route (it's the Sustrans cycle route no. 65) We followed the path across the park to a housing estate built on the site of the old Claypenny Mental Hospital.

We walked along Church Hill for about 150m to Millfield Lane on the right hand side. We turned into Millfield Lane and after only about 30m we turned right off Millfield Lane just past the entrance to the local doctors' surgery on to a footpath and cycleway across Millfield Park.

Footpath & cycleway across Millfield Park
Footpath & cycleway across Millfield Park

Lovely weeping willow by the path across the park
Lovely weeping willow by the path across the park

Walking through the estate along Copperclay Walk
Walking through the estate along Copperclay Walk

Crossing the stile from oulston Road
Crossing the stile from Oulston Road

Pony in a paddock by Oulston Road
Pony in a paddock by Oulston Road

We crossed the stile and followed the path across a couple of small paddocks to a stile into a large field with two power lines across it. The field had recently had a cereal crop which had been harvested and the stubble then turned over, I think with a disc harrow.

From the edge of the park we followed a road called Copperclay Walk out Oulston Road. We turned right and walked down Oulston Road for a few metres to a stile on the left hand side of the road.

Oulston Road
Oulston Road

Crossing the paddocks from Oulston Road
Crossing the paddocks from Oulston Road

Stile into the harrowed stubble field
Stile into the harrowed stubble field

Rough going across the harrowed stubble field
Rough going across the harrowed stubble field

Path along the field edge towards Wandal Road, a green track
Path along the field edge towards Wandal Road, a green track

Path across the fields to Haverwits Farm
Path across the fields to Haverwits Farm

Path across the fields to Haverwits Farm
Path across the fields to Haverwits Farm

We walked along the edge of the field to a green track called Wandal Road at the north east corner of the field. We followed this track which soon turned sharp right and from this corner it was quite overgrown, but there was a clear path along it. We continued along the track across the fields to Haverwits Farm. We continued through the farm to the farm access road and followed the access road for about 350m out to the Crayke Road.

There was no sign of a path but my map showed the path passing to the south east of the two pylons in the field so we set off along that line to the hedge at the far side of this large field. At the hedge there was a footpath finger post pointing in the direction we had come so I'd got the navigation right for once.

Footpath along Wandal Road, a bit overgrown
Footpath along Wandal Road, a bit overgrown

Path through Haverwits Farm
Path through Haverwits Farm

The farm access road from Haverwits Farm
The farm access road from Haverwits Farm

Crossing Crayke Road from Haverwits Farm access road to the track to Haverwits Cottages
Crossing Crayke Road from Haverwits Farm access road to the track to Haverwits Cottages

Path around the field edges from Haverwits Cottages
Path around the field edges from Haverwits Cottages

Just before the farm there is a large area of well tended allotments on the right of the track. About 100m beyond the farm we came to the Stillington Road.

We crossed the road and took the track opposite past Haverwits Cottages. From the cottages we followed the path around the field edges for about 700m to join a track at map ref. SE540695, leading to Blades Farm.

Track between the fields leading to Blades Farm
Track between the fields leading to Blades Farm

Allotments by the track near Blades Farm
Allotments by the track near Blades Farm

Crossing Stillington Road from Blades Farm acess track
Crossing Stillington Road from Blades Farm access track

Access track to Nova Farm
Access track to Nova Farm

We followed this access road for about 800m past Holly Brook Farm to Nova farm.

We crossed the road and took the farm access road opposite to Holly Brook Farm, now a holiday complex with timber chalets.

Access road to Holly Brook Farm & Nova
Access road to Holly Brook Farm & Nova

Approaching Nova Farm along the access track
Approaching Nova Farm along the access track

Friendly horse at Nova Farm
Friendly horse at Nova Farm

Path along the field edge from Nova Farm
Path along the field edge from Nova Farm

The maize had grown to well over 2m tall and the was a clear wide path through it. We walked through the maize for about 450m to a lay by on the road into Easingwold at map ref. SE528687.

At Nova we turned right through a gate to a field with a friendly horse to take a footpath along the field edges heading north west. After about 350m we came to a stile and a footbridge over a small stream that led us into a huge field of maize.

Start of the path from Nova Farm along the field edge
Start of the path from Nova Farm along the field edge

Stile into a huge maize field
Stile into a huge maize field

Path through the maize field
Path through the maize field

Gate from the maize field to the layby on the Easingwold road
Gate from the maize field to the lay by on the Easingwold road

Autumn fungus: shaggy inkcaps
Autumn fungus: shaggy inkcaps

Footbridge over the River Kyle, a small stream
Footbridge over the River Kyle, a small stream

Then we walked along the field edges between the high fence of the Easingwold School playing fields and the agricultural land. The path turned right to cross an area of public open space dominated by a fine old oak tree on the edge of a modern housing estate.

We crossed the road to a similar lay by opposite (both formed when the road was improved and straightened). From the end of that lay by we took a path across the field.

Start of the path across the field from the layby
Start of the path across the field from the lay by

Crossing the field from the layby
Crossing the field from the lay by

Maize field on the left, school playing fields on the right
Maize field on the left, school playing fields on the right

Agricultural land on the left of the path, school playing fields on the right
Agricultural land on the left of the path, school playing fields on the right

Lovely old oak tree on the public open space
Lovely old oak tree on the public open space

Path to Long Street from the public open space
Path to Long Street from the public open space

Catholic church of St John the Evangelist on Long Street
Catholic church of St John the Evangelist on Long Street

We turned right into Chapel Street and followed this narrow one-way street for about 200m past the local Tourist Information Office and back into the Market Square and the end of the walk. The whole route had been 8km and it had taken us about two and a half hours to walk with no significant stops.

From the edge of the open space the tarmaced path turned left and after about 250 brought us down the side of the Catholic church of St. John the Evangelist, to Long Street, the main road through Easingwold. We crossed the road and turned left to walk along Long Street for about 100m to Chapel Street.

Path to Long Street from the public open space
Path to Long Street from the public open space

Pretty little snail by the path
Pretty little snail by the path

The Toutist Information Office on Chapel Street
The Tourist Information Office on Chapel Street

This morning when I started to take some photos I realised that I had forgotten to recharge my camera's batteries. About a kilometer before the end of the walk the power finally ran out altogether so after lunch at home Jim and I returned to walk this last part of the walk again and take some photos. The weather had improved and it was now warm and sunny. Jim was sporting his lilac shirt to celebrate the change in the weather.

Looking along Chapel Street from the Methodist Chapel
Looking along Chapel Street from the Methodist Chapel

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