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Howldale Lane heading northwest from Beadlam through Templess Wood
Howldale Lane heading northwest from Beadlam through Templess Wood

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Route No. 547 - Thursday 8 May 2014
Riccal Bridge (A170), Rape La, Harome Heads La,
Gale La, Beadlam, Howldale La, Pockley, Riccal Dale
circuit 10km - (Helmsley) North York Moors . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL26 North York Moors Western area


Setting off from our parking spot on the busy A170 near Helmsley
Setting off from our parking spot on the busy A170 near Helmsley

Walking the 250m along the A170 to the crossroads
Walking the 250m along the A170 to the crossroads

From our parking spot we crossed the road and turned left to walk along the roadside verge for about 250m to a cross roads. Here we turned right off the busy A170 onto a narrow lane called Rape Lane.

This morning my mate, Jim, and I drove to Riccal Bridge over the River Riccal on the A170 about 1.5km east of Helmsley market square. We parked on the grass verge on the road side by a field gate at map ref. SE631841 where the public footpath down Riccal Dale meets the road.

Rape Lane leading away from the A170
Rape Lane leading away from the A170

Turning left off Harome Heads Lane at the bend
Turning left off Harome Heads Lane at the bend

The lane past Shaw Moor Farm
The lane past Shaw Moor Farm

Cowslips by the lane
Cowslips by the lane

Here we turned left, past Harome Heads Farm, to walk along another narrow lane, passed Shaw Moor Farm to the road called Gale Lane at map ref. SE656834.

After about 500m the name of Rape Lane changes to Harome Heads Lane although there is no indication of this along the way. About 1.3km from the A170 the lane bends right at a junction next to Harome Heads Farm at map ref. SE644833.

A vivid yellow field of oilseed rape by the lane
A vivid yellow field of oilseed rape by the lane

Arriving at the junction with Gale Lane
Arriving at the junction with Gale Lane

'Glamping' site by Gale Lane
'Glamping' site by Gale Lane

I believe it means 'glamorous camping'. We continued along Gale Lane passed Ryedale School, a large secondary school. We came to a cross roads with the A170 at map ref. SE655846.

At the junction we turned left and walked along Gale Lane towards Nawton & Beadlam. We passed a large caravan and camping site on the left with a very large 'teepee' and a sign advising us that 'glamping' was available.

Gale Lane heading into Nawton & Beadlam
Gale Lane heading into Nawton & Beadlam

Approaching the A170 crossroads in Beadlam
Approaching the A170 crossroads in Beadlam

Howldale Lane through Temples Wood
Howldale Lane through Temples Wood

Bluebells in Temples Wood
Bluebells in Temples Wood

Our left turn off the road to climb up through the wood
Our left turn off the road to climb up through the wood

We continued in the same direction along the road for about 200m and then turned left off the road to follow a public footpath up the wooded valley side.

We crossed the A170 and walked along the street opposite for about 200m to the edge of the village and the start of a track called Howldale Lane along the bottom of a narrow valley. We followed this track along Howldale Lane for about 1.5km to a road at map ref. SE645861.

Wild garlic in Temples Wood
Wild garlic in Temples Wood

Howldale Lane through Temples Wood
Howldale Lane through Temples Wood

Path from the road up through the wood
Path from the road up through the wood

Joining the road from Howldale Lane
Joining the road from Howldale Lane

Path along the edge of the woodland next to the fields
Path along the edge of the woodland next to the fields

The path took us past a small block of woodland
The path took us past a small block of woodland

The church in Pockley
The church in Pockley

At the village street we turned left to walk along the street where there were several attractive thatched houses. After about 500m from the church we came to a farm access track on the right at map ref. SE634855. Just beyond this track there is a small parking area on the roadside which I think would make a good place to start and finish this walk well away from the busy traffic on the A170.

At the top of the slope the path doubled back along the edge of the woodland next to the fields for about 200m to a public footpath on our right. We turned right to follow this path along the edge of the field down into a little valley past a small block of woodland. We continued up the far side of the little valley towards the village of Pockley. We passed a small cemetery and continued up to the village street in Pockley at map ref. SE637860, opposite the church.

Turning right to follow a path across a little valley
Turning right to follow a path across a little valley

The path took us past a small block of woodland
The path took us past a small block of woodland

One of the thatched houses in Pockley
One of the thatched houses in Pockley

Turning onto a farm access track on the edge of Pockley with a small parking area beyond
Turning onto a farm access track on the edge of Pockley with a small parking area beyond

Farm access track between the fields
Farm access track between the fields

Path through the woods down into Riccal Dale
Path through the woods down into Riccal Dale

Footbridge over the dry bed of the River Riccal
Footbridge over the dry bed of the River Riccal

Wild garlic by the track along Riccal Dale
Wild garlic by the track along Riccal Dale

From the footbridge we followed the path to join a track above the west bank of the river channel. We followed this track through the woodland and across a field back to the A170 at our parking spot and the end of the walk. The whole route had been 10km and it had taken us a little over three hours to walk. There's a farm shop and cafe at Beadlam Grange just up the road where we called for a coffee before driving home.

We turned off the road to follow the public footpath along the farm track (called Intake Lane) between the fields. After about 700m we came to the edge of some woodland where the farm track had ended and the public footpath dropped down through the woodland into Riccal Dale. We followed the path to a footbridge over the dry bed of the River Riccal. It flows underground here except after heavy rain.

Farm access track between the fields
Farm access track between the fields

One of the orchids we saw in the woods
One of the orchids we saw in the woods

Path up from the footbridge to the track along Riccal Dale
Path up from the footbridge to the track along Riccal Dale

Track across the field back to the A170
Track across the field back to the A170

Track across the field back to our parking spot by the A170
Track across the field back to our parking spot by the A170

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