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Entering Brig Dale from Lavender Dale in the Yorkshire Wolds
Entering Brig Dale from Lavender Dale

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Route No. 553 - Tuesday 10 June 2014
Warter, Lavender Dale, Brig Dale, Blanch Farm,
Cross B1246, Great Dug Dale circuit - 12km
Yorkshire Wolds . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 294 Market Weighton & Yorkshire Wolds Central


Setting off from our parking spot about a kilometer north east of Warter
Setting off from our parking spot about a kilometer north east of Warter

Track between the fields heading for Lavender Dale
Track between the fields heading for Lavender Dale

Looking south west to Drax Power Station in the distance
Looking south west to Drax Power Station in the distance

There's a bend in the road here and from the bend a track leaves the road to continue straight ahead between the fields. There's a public bridleway along the track which we followed for about 1.5km to the edge of Lavender Dale.

This morning was bright, warm and sunny and I drove out with two friends to the village of Warter in the Yorkshire Wolds. We parked on the roadside verge at map ref. SE877512, a little over 1km north east of the village.

Track between the fields heading for Lavender Dale
Track between the fields heading for Lavender Dale

Track between the fields heading for Lavender Dale
Track between the fields heading for Lavender Dale

Sign post on the way to Lavender Dale
Sign post on the way to Lavender Dale

Dropping down into Lavender Dale
Dropping down into Lavender Dale

Grassy track along Lavender Dale (after the ash track ended)
Grassy track along Lavender Dale (after the ash track ended)

Bridleway heading for Blanch Farm
Bridleway heading for Blanch Farm

We followed the track along the valley bottom for about 750m to a gateway at a junction in the valley where we joined Brig Dale. The track ended here, but we continued along the valley bottom for about 500m to a fence across the valley where the open access land ends. Here we turned right to climb up the valley side and rejoin the bridleway along a farm access track to Blanch Farm.

Lavender Dale is a typical Wolds steep sided, narrow, dry valley. The valley is open access land and we made our way down the edge of a plantation to an ash surfaced track in the bottom of the valley. A few hundred metres ahead of us along the valley one of my friends spotted a red kite gliding on the breeze just above the tree tops, but it soon veered away and was lost from sight.

Track along Lavender Dale surfaced with ash
Track along Lavender Dale surfaced with ash


Gateway into Brig Dale from Lavender Dale

Bridleway approaching Blanch Farm
Bridleway approaching Blanch Farm

Joining the Minster Way along the concrete farm access road at Blanch Farm
Joining the Minster Way along the concrete farm access road at Blanch Farm

Following the Minster Way from Blanch Farm
Following the Minster Way from Blanch Farm

Crossing the B1246 at map ref. SE902514
Crossing the B1246 at map ref. SE902514

About 1km from the farm the Minster way turns left but we continued straight ahead for another kilometer to the B1246 at map ref. SE902514. We crossed the road and continued along the path opposite for another kilometer to a minor road at map ref. SE898503.

At Blanch Farm we turned right to follow a public footpath along a concrete farm access road. This path is part of the Minster Way that goes from Beverley Minster to York Minster across the Wolds.

We continued straight on where the Minster Way turned left
We continued straight on where the Minster Way turned left

Track between the fields after crossing the main road(B1246)
Track between the fields after crossing the main road(B1246)

Shiptondale Farm buildings by the path
Shiptondale Farm by the path

Crossing a minor road to continue along the footpath
Crossing a minor road to continue along the footpath

Minor road from Farberry Garth Farm
Minor road from Farberry Garth Farm

We followed the edge of the plantation to a minor road next to Farberry Garth Farm at map ref. SE895493. Here we joined a minor road which we followed for about 200m. Then we turned eight off the road to follow a public footpath down the edge of a field along a farm access track.

At the minor road we met a walker who lived locally and told us he was training for a walk from coast to coast along Hadrian's Wall. We crossed the road and continued along the footpath opposite. The path took us along the edge of a vast field of wheat to a plantation where the path turned right.

Joining a minor road by Farberry Garth Farm
Joining a minor road by Farberry Garth Farm

Turning off the road to the track to Great Dug Dale
Turning off the road to the track to Great Dug Dale

Dropping down into Great Dug Dale with a large boulder (glacial erratic?) ahead on the valley rim
Dropping down into Great Dug Dale with a large boulder (glacial erratic?) ahead on the valley rim

Path along the field edge heading for Great Dug Dale
Path along the field edge heading for Great Dug Dale

Glacial erratic (?) boulder on the valley rim
Glacial erratic (?) boulder on the valley rim

Following Great Dug Dale down towards Warter
Following Great Dug Dale down towards Warter

A few hundred metres along the valley to our left there was a large boulder (probably sandstone but hard to tell at this distance) sitting on the valley rim. It doesn't seem to be part of the local geology and could be a glacial erratic. After our break we walked down the bottom of this lovely valley.

After about 300m the track turns left along the field boundary and after another 200m there is a gate through the fence on the left of the track. We turned off the tack here to go through the gate into the head of Great Dug Dale. The valley is open access land and we sat here on a bank in the sunshine for some lunch.

Gate from the public footpath into Great Dug Dale
Gate from the public footpath into Great Dug Dale

Dropping down into Great Dug Dale from our lunch spot
Dropping down into Great Dug Dale from our lunch spot

Following Great Dug Dale down towards Warter
Following Great Dug Dale down towards Warter

Following Great Dug Dale down towards Warter
Following Great Dug Dale down towards Warter

Following Great Dug Dale down towards Warter
Following Great Dug Dale down towards Warter

The B1246 at the end of Great Dug Dale
The B1246 at the end of Great Dug Dale

Walking up the lane from the B1246
Walking up the lane from the B1246 . . .

We walked up hill for about 250m to another junction where we turned right to follow the road for another 450m back to our parking spot and the end of the walk. The whole route had been 12km and it had taken us about four hours to walk including our lunch stop.

After about 1.4km along the valley bottom we came to a busy road (B1246) at map ref. SE877505 near the edge of Warter village. At the road we turned left to walk along the road for about 150m to a junction. At the junction we turned right off the main road and followed this minor road.

Track near the end of Great Dug Dale
Track near the end of Great Dug Dale

Turning off the B1246 at the edge of Warter
Turning off the B1246 at the edge of Warter


. . . to the junction at the top of the lane

Approaching our parking spot along the road at the end of the walk
Approaching our parking spot along the road at the end of the walk

About a month later in early July I visited Great Dug Dale again and found a wealth of things to see and photograph.

One of the scores of ringlet butterflies flying that day
One of the scores of ringlet butterflies flying that day

Bumble Bee on the clover
Bumble Bee on the clover

Peacock butterfly caterpillars, protected from parasitic wasps by the web & feeding on nettles. . .
Peacock butterfly caterpillars, protected from parasitic wasps by the web & feeding on nettles. . .

. . . they have tiny white dots on them unlike the similar small tortoise shell caterpillars which have narrow yellow lines on them
. . . they have tiny white dots on them unlike the similar small tortoise shell caterpillars which have narrow yellow lines on them

Marbled White butterfly feeding on white clover
Marbled White butterfly feeding on white clover

There were numerous marbled white butterlies here today
There were numerous marbled white butterlies here today

One of a cluster of thistle flowers
One of a cluster of thistle flowers

A red kite patrolling the valley looking for carion
A red kite patrolling the valley looking for carion

Peacock butterfly caterpillars feeding on nettles
Peacock butterfly caterpillars feeding on nettles

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