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Activity at Grosmont Station as we crossed the footbridge from the car park
Activity at Grosmont Station as we crossed the footbridge from the car park

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Route No. 541 - Thursday 17 April 2014
Grosmont, Green End, Hill Fm, Hawthorn Hill Fm,
Greenlands Fm, Moor Lane Fm, Fairhead Fm circuit
11km - North York Moors . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL27 North York Moors Eastern area


Black 5 loco 44871 at Grosmont station
Black 5 loco 44871 at Grosmont station

75029 - The Green Knight at Grosmont station
75029 The Green Knight at Grosmont station

From the car park we crossed the footbridge over the railway to the platform at Grosmont station. There were two steam engines manoeuvring at the station and another train hauled by a diesel engine pulled into the platform. We walked along the platform past all the station facilities, ticket office, toilets, cafe & shop, to the road at the level crossing by the station.

This week has been bright and sunny with lots of clear blue sky but the forecast for today is for a rather overcast day with plenty of dark clouds, but no rain. So my mate, Jim, and I drove to Grosmont on the North York Moors and parked in the large 'Pay & Display' car park in woodland on the edge of the village at map ref. NZ827054.

Train hauled by D7628 Sybilla arriving from Pickering
Train hauled by D7628 Sybilla arriving from Pickering

A last look at Grosmont station from the level crossing
A last look at Grosmont station from the level crossing

The footpath through Doctors Wood
The footpath through Doctors Wood

Our turning into Doctors Wood
Our turning into Doctors Wood

The footpath through Doctors Wood
The footpath through Doctors Wood

Waterfall on Lythe Beck
Waterfall on Lythe Beck

At the track we turned left and followed the public footpath along the track for about 200m. A few metres ahead there is a farm gate across the access track and the public footpath goes through the gate and turns right to follow the edge of the field. However there is a well walked path off the track to the right through the woods.

At the road we turned left to walk up the steep hill for about 200m to map ref. NZ830052. Here we turned right off the road to follow a footpath through woodland called Doctor's Wood. The path winds down to cross Lythe Beck on a footbridge above a small waterfall and then rises up a little bank to a farm access track.

Sign post at our turning into Doctors Wood
Sign post at our turning into Doctors Wood

Footbridge over Lythe Beck in Doctors Wood
Footbridge over Lythe Beck in Doctors Wood

Ewe and lambs by the track
Ewe and lambs by the track

Informal path into the woods
Informal path into the woods

Bluebell foliage covers the woodland floor
Bluebell foliage covers the woodland floor

The old paved pannier way through the woods
The old paved pannier way through the woods

There were primroses and celandines with a few wild violets and an occasional wood anemone. After about 400m we rejoined the public footpath as it entered the wood on our left along a track with an old paved pannier way along one side of it.

We took the path on the right through the woods to see the wild flowers covering the woodland floor. In a few weeks there will be wild garlic, bluebells and wild orchids but we were a bit too early for them today.


Primroses

Hardly any bluebells are in flower yet
Hardly any bluebells are in flower yet

Wood sorrel in a mossy patch
Wood sorrel in a mossy patch

Stitchwort amongst the leaves of dogs mercury
Stitchwort amongst the leaves of dogs mercury

More primroses
More primroses

Violets by the path
Violets by the path

As the path left the wood to pass along the edge of fields bordering the wood there were large drifts of primroses dotted with violets, a lovely sight. Almost 2km from our starting point we reached the hamlet of Green End at map ref. NZ825035.

We followed this track up through the woods towards Green End. The whole woodland floor is carpetted with bluebell foliage here but very few flowers open yet but there should be a good show of them in a two or three weeks.

Path along the edge of fields bordering the wood
Path along the edge of fields bordering the wood

Celandines by the path
Celandines by the path

Continuing on the path towards Green End
Continuing on the path towards Green End

Bank covered in primroses by the path
Bank covered in primroses by the path

Guinea fowl at Green End
Guinea fowl at Green End

The access road at Green End
The access road at Green End

Path across the fields to the road at Hollin Garth farm
Path across the fields to the road at Hollin Garth farm

We continued along the road past the farm for about 100m to map ref. NZ823028. Here we turned left off the road to follow a public footpath across the moor.

At Green End we turned left to walk up the access road towards the public road but after about 100m we turned right off the access track to follow a public footpath through Liberty Hall farm. We followed this path across the fields to the road at Hollin Garth farm.

Approaching the access road at Green End
Approaching the access road at Green End

Farm access track to Liberty Hall farm
Farm access track to Liberty Hall farm

Turning off the road on the path to across the moor
Turning off the road on the path to across the moor

Reaching the road at Hollin Garth farm
Reaching the road at Hollin Garth farm

Following the track past Lins Farm
Following the track past Lins Farm

Wood mouse faraging in the grass by our seat
Wood mouse foraging in the grass by our seat

At the corner here there is a seat under a large holly tree where we sat for our lunch break. It's a very pleasant spot and we saw a steam train pass by on its way to Grosmont. In the grass nearby was a large woodmouse foraging, taking no notice of us at all. After a few minutes a couple came by with a border collie. The mouse disappeared in an instant and we did not see it again.

After about 600m we reached Hill Farm. In front of the farm we turned left and followed the track past Lins Farm heading generally eastwards for about 350m. Here we came to the edge of a steep sided bowl of land with a loop of Eller Beck flowing in the bottom and the North York Moors Railway passing across the southern edge of the bowl.

Following the track from Lins Farm
Following the track from Lins Farm

View from our lunch stop seat
View from our lunch stop seat

Steam train on the down hill run from Goathland to Grosmont
Steam train on the down hill run from Goathland to Grosmont

Climbing up the moor to Hawthorn Farm
Climbing up the moor to Hawthorn Farm

Joining the access track to Hawthorn Farm
Joining the access track to Hawthorn Farm

Path across the moor from Hawthorn Farm
Path across the moor from Hawthorn Farm

We turned left in front of the farm to walk along the farm access track for about 50m before turning right off the access track to follow a path out across the moor for about 400m to map ref. NZ835028. Here two paths cross and we turned left to head north for 350m to the public road at map ref. NZ836031.

After our break we followed a well walked path, not shown on the map, around the rim of the bowl of land for about 350m where a path coming up from Eller Beck under the railway crossed our path at map ref. NZ828023. Here we turned left to follow this path up the hillside. We walked along this path for about 500m to the access track in front of Hawthorn Farm.

Following the wall round to Hawthorn Farm
Following the wall round to Hawthorn Farm

Passing Hawthorn Farm
Passing Hawthorn Farm

Reaching the road opposite the track to Greenlands Farm
Reaching the road opposite the track to Greenlands Farm

The valley of Lythe Beck just beyond Greenlands Farm
The valley of Lythe Beck just beyond Greenlands Farm

Access track approaching Greenlands Farm
Access track approaching Greenlands Farm

Cattle at Greenlands Farm
Cattle at Greenlands Farm

Sheep Bield or refuge above Lythe Beck
Sheep Bield or refuge above Lythe Beck

It's the same beck that we crossed in Doctors Wood near the start of the walk. Just across the beck there's a sheep 'bield' or sheep refuge built from boulders. Here the path is not clearly defined and we made out way up the steep hillside following the wall on our left for about 250m to a field gate in the wall at map ref. NZ842043.

We crossed the road and walked along the farm access track for about 1km to Greenlands Farm. Beside the farm, where the access track turns left into the farm yard, the path continues straight on over some rough ground and down the hillside over rough pasture to cross Lythe Beck at map ref. NZ841041.

Following the path from Greenlands Farm to Lythe Beck
Following the path from Greenlands Farm to Lythe Beck

Dropping down the hillside to Lythe Beck
Dropping down the hillside to Lythe Beck

Starting the climb up from Lythe Beck
Starting the climb up from Lythe Beck

Our turning to the path to Moor Lane Farm
Our turning to the path to Moor Lane Farm

A handsome tupp by the path
A handsome tupp by the path

Farm access road leaving Moor Lane Farm
Farm access road leaving Moor Lane Farm

We continued through the farm and followed the public footpath along the farm access track through Fairhead Farm to the road at map ref. NZ837051.

Here we turned left through the field gate to follow a public footpath across the fields to Moor Lane Farm.

Gate to the track at Moor Lane Farm
Gate to the track at Moor Lane Farm

The road near Fairhead farm
The road near Fairhead farm

The farm access road between Moor Lane Farm and Fairhead Farm
The farm access road between Moor Lane Farm and Fairhead Farm

The road down into Grosmont (1 in 3 gradient)
The road down into Grosmont (1 in 3 gradient)

Heading down into Grosmont past the entrance to Doctors Wood
Heading down into Grosmont past the entrance to Doctors Wood

After our cafe stop we walked back to the car park and the end of our walk. The whole route had been 11km and it had taken us almost four and a half hours to walk including our lunch stop.

At the road we turned left and walked along the road down the steep hill (1 in 3 or 30%) for about 1km back into Grosmont. We called at a cafe just beyond the level crossing for a coffee and a toasted teacake

The road down into Grosmont (1 in 3 gradient)
The road down into Grosmont (1 in 3 gradient)

Back at the level crossing in Grosmont
Back at the level crossing in Grosmont

The 44871 - Black 5 at Grosmont ready to leave for Pickering
The 44871 - Black 5 at Grosmont ready to leave for Pickering

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