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Easterside Hill from the path down from Newgate Bank to the River Seph flowing out of Bilsdale
Easterside Hill from the path down from Newgate Bank to the River Seph flowing out of Bilsdale

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Route No. 530 - Thursday 23 January 2014
Newgate Bank, River Seph, Hawnby,
River Rye, Shaken Bridge circuit - 8km
North York Moors . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL26 North York Moors Western area


Looking out from the Newgate Bank view point across the end of Bilsdale to Easterside Hill
Looking out from the Newgate Bank view point across the end of Bilsdale to Easterside Hill

The view point platform at the Newgate Bank car park
The view point platform at the Newgate Bank car park

The path heading diagonally down the hillside from the road
The path heading diagonally down the hillside from the road

Muddy field just beyond Fair Hill Farm
Muddy field just beyond Fair Hill Farm

The path was heading diagonally down the hillside and after about 300m the path crossed a farm access track via a stile at both sides of the track. The path then continued for another 100m down to the fence at the back of Fair Hill Farm at map ref. SE561892. At the fence we turned right to follow a public footpath along the fence line for about 150m to a muddy gateway beyond the farm buildings. Here the path led us through two gates and then straight across a large very wet field for 300m to a footbridge over the River Seph at map ref. SE561897.

I had a call to make this morning before my neighbour, Jim, & I could set off for our usual Thursday walk and it was about 10.00am before we could start our drive north through Helmsley to the top of Newgate Bank with its view point over looking Bildsdale and Ryedale. We parked in the Forestry Commission car park at map ref. SE564890. From the car park we walked north east down the bank past the viewing platform, through the tangle of bracken and briars, to the road. At the road we turned right and walked along the narrow roadside verge down the hill for about 150m to a public footpath on the left hand side of the road.

Setting off down Newgate Bank
Setting off down Newgate Bank

Crossing the track above Fair Hill Farm
Crossing the track above Fair Hill Farm

Footbridge over the River Seph flowing out of Bilsdale
Footbridge over the River Seph flowing out of Bilsdale

Starting to climb up the hillside from the footbridge
Starting to climb up the hillside from the footbridge

Our turning off the track to climb up the hillside
Our turning off the track to climb up the hillside

Climbing up the hillside towards Wass House farm
Climbing up the hillside towards Wass House farm

We followed this path climbing quite steeply for about 300m at the top of a field just below a minor road. The stile led us to a track along the bank above Wass House farm for about 100m to another stile this time leading on to the road at map ref. SE556898.

Once over the footbridge the path followed a track climbing diagonally up the hillside and the along a muddy track to some stone farm out buildings. Just beyond the out buildings we turned left to follow a farm access track around the hillside for about 150m to a finger post on the left of the track indicating a public footpath off the track to the left and climbing up the hillside.

Muddy tack past some stone farm buildings
Muddy tack past some stone farm buildings

path climbing up the hillside towards Wass House farm
Path climbing up the hillside towards Wass House farm

Stile to the road above Wass House farm
Stile to the road above Wass House farm

On the road heading for Easterside Farm
On the road heading for Easterside Farm

Our turning off the road just past Easterside Farm
Our turning off the road just past Easterside Farm

The sodden path through the woodland below Easterside Farm
The sodden path through the woodland below Easterside Farm

There is a section of the fence about 15m long that is stepped back to wards the woodland from the general line of the fence and the stile into the wood is in this section of the fence. The woodland here is about 120m wide and the path across it is very wet and muddy.

At the road we turned left to walk along the road for about 450m to Easterside Farm where we spoke to a friendly young man who was feeding the ewes in the field by the road. Just past the farm entrance we turned left off the road to follow a footpath diagonally down the hillside, across the field to some woodland at the bottom of the field.

Duck pond at Easterside Farm
Duck pond at Easterside Farm

Entering the wet woodland below Easterside Farm
Entering the wet woodland below Easterside Farm

Leaving the woodland heading across the wet fields to Ladhill Beck
Leaving the woodland heading across the wet fields to Ladhill Beck

Heading across the wet fields towards Ladhill Beck
Heading across the wet fields towards Ladhill Beck

Footbridge over Ladhill Beck
Footbridge over Ladhill Beck

Reaching the lower part of Hawnby
Reaching the lower part of Hawnby

We crossed the footbridge and continued along the path to the road in Hawnby village at the bottom of the hill by the road bridge over the River Rye. There were a couple of iron seats here at the road junction (map ref. SE542893) and we sat there for a short lunch break. In this part of the village there is a village shop and tea room. It used to be the village post office as well before the "streamlining" of the service for privatisation.

From the bottom edge of the woodland we continued straight down the hillside across some rough wet pasture land for about 450m to a footbridge over Ladhill Beck. The footbridge is next to two pronounced meanders in the beck that look as though they will both form ox-bows before too long. The beck is a surprisingly large watercourse and after last night's heavy rain it looks about the same as the River Seph. Ladhill Beck drains a large moorland catchment area stretching northwards for about 5.5km into the high moorland above Fangdale Beck village.

Looking across the valley to Hawnby
Looking across the valley to Hawnby

Pronounced meander in Ladhill Beck
Pronounced meander in Ladhill Beck

Seats at the road junction in Hawnby for our lunch stop
Seats at the road junction in Hawnby for our lunch stop

Looking up Ryedale with Hawnby Hill on the right of the photo
Looking up Ryedale with Hawnby Hill on the right of the photo

Leaving Hawnby along the road by the River Rye
Leaving Hawnby along the road by the River Rye

Our turning at the road junction south of Hawnby
Our turning at the road junction south of Hawnby

Following the road towards Shaken Bridge
Following the road towards Shaken Bridge

To our left we were looking across the River Rye to the end of Easterside Hill and ahead to Newgate Bank. About 1.7km we came to Shaken Bridge over the River Rye. This bridge is about 600m downstream of the confluence of the Rye and the Seph and just below the bridge there is a weir and river flow gauging station.

After our break we followed the road over the River Rye, also in full flow after the overnight rain, and continued along the road up the hill for about 200m from the bridge to a junction at map ref. SE542890. At the junction we turned left and walked along the road with a pleasant view on our left.

Starting to climb up from the River Rye along the road
Starting to climb up from the River Rye along the road

Following the road towards Shaken Bridge
Following the road towards Shaken Bridge

Approaching Shaken Bridge along the road
Approaching Shaken Bridge along the road

Flow measuring station on the River Rye at Shaken Bridge
Flow measuring station on the River Rye at Shaken Bridge

Path through the woodland heading for Broadway Foot
Path through the woodland heading for Broadway Foot

Turning off the road at Shaken Bridge onto the woodland path
Turning off the road at Shaken Bridge onto the woodland path

Following the road towards Broadway Foot
Following the road towards Broadway Foot

After about 150m this path brought us to an access road to the Fair Hill Farm and a some other properties.

We continued along the road over the bridge for about 50m to a gate on the left which took us on to a public footpath climbing up the hillside through some woodland.

Joining the access road to Broadway Foot
Joining the access road to Broadway Foot

Snowdrops by the roadside
Snowdrops by the roadside

Looking up Ryedale from the road to Hawnby Hill & Easterside Hill
Looking up Ryedale from the road to Hawnby Hill & Easterside Hill

Our turning off the road at Broadway Foot
Our turning off the road at Broadway Foot

Bridleway zig-zagging up through the conifer plantation
Bridleway zig-zagging up through the conifer plantation

Following a forest track up through the plantation
Following a forest track up through the plantation

At this access track we turned left to walk along the track for about 50m to a sharp bend in the track around to the right . We followed the track around the bend and continued to climb up the hillside for about 500m from the bend to the top edge of the plantation close to the main road, B1257, that goes from Helmsley, thorough Bilsdale, to Stokesley.

We followed the access road northwards for about 200m to a public bridleway on the right hand side of the road just before reaching Broadway Foot. Here we turned off the road to follow the bridleway climbing up the hillside at the edge of the conifer plantation. After about 150m the path doubled back on itself and continued to climb up between the tall conifers for another 150m to join a forest access track.

The bridleway at the edge of the conifer plantation
The bridleway at the edge of the conifer plantation

Bridleway climbing up through the tall conifers
Bridleway climbing up through the tall conifers

The track emerging from the top edge of the forest by the B1257
The track emerging from the top edge of the forest by the B1257

Path across the grassland beside the B1257
Path across the grassland beside the B1257

Crossing the B1257 to the car park entrance
Crossing the B1257 to the car park entrance

Here we crossed the main road and followed the access road back into the car park for about 400m to the end of our short walk. The whole route had been 8km and it had taken us almost three hours to walk including our lunch stop in Hawnby.

Once out of the forest we turned left off the track to follow a path across the coarse grassland beside the main road for about 400m to map ref. SE563887 opposite the entrance to the Newgate Bank Forestry Commission car park.

Path across the grassland beside the B1257
Path across the grassland beside the B1257

The access road into Newgate Bank car park
The access road into Newgate Bank car park

The Forestry Commission car park at the top of Newgate Bank
The Forestry Commission car park at the top of Newgate Bank

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