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Beef cattle grazing on Youlton Moor
Beef cattle grazing by the path on Youlton Moor

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Route No. 560 - Monday 28 July 2014
Alne, Youlton, Tollerton,
River Kyle circuit - 7km
Alne, Vale of York . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 299 Ripon & Boroughbridge


Setting off along the road from Alne Bridge
Setting off along the road from Alne Bridge

Alne Cross a relic of the outbreaks of the plague in the 1600's
Alne Cross . . .

Turning off the road to Flawith heading towards Aldwark
Turning off the road to Flawith heading towards Aldwark

At the crossroads we turned right and walked along the road towards Flawith for about 400m to a turning on the left hand side of the road. We took this turning and continued along this road for about 600m to another junction at map ref. SE484648. As we approached the junction a huge modern combined harvester pulled out of a field on to the road and made it's way towards Flawith.

This afternoon my wife and I decided to go for a short local walk. We drove to the village of Alne about 6km south of Easingwold where we live. We parked near Alne Bridge over the River Kyle on the road south out of Alne heading towards Tollerton at map ref. SE495651. From Alne Bridge we walked southwards along the road for about 250m to the crossroads. Just across the crossroads are the remains of Alne Cross, a relic of the outbreaks of the plague in the 1600's.

Turning right at the crossroads (Alne Cross opposite)
Turning right at the crossroads (Alne Cross opposite)

Alne Cross a relic of the outbreaks of the plague in the 1600's
. . . a relic of the outbreaks of the plague in the 1600's

Combined harvester pulling out on to the road
Combined harvester pulling out on to the road

Turning on to the track heading for Youlton
Turning on to the track heading for Youlton

Track between the fields heading for Youlton
Track between the fields heading for Youlton

Track between the fields heading for Youlton
Track between the fields heading for Youlton

As we approached the road into Youlton a herd of beef cattle next to the track began to move slowly towards the road and then quickened their pace to an outright gallop. When we reached the road we found that they had been making their way to a water trough in the corner of the field.

At the junction we turned left off the road to follow a track between the fields. The track passed between fields of wheat, maize, and pasture land with cattle grazing and some fields already harvested, probably barley or rape seed.

Track between the fields heading for Youlton
Track between the fields heading for Youlton

Track between the fields heading for Youlton
Track between the fields heading for Youlton

Cattle trotting to their water trough
Cattle trotting to their water trough by the track

The water trough is in the middle of the herd
The water trough is in the middle of the herd

The road into Youlton
The road into Youlton

Turning on to the lane out of Youlton
Turning on to the lane out of Youlton

We followed this lane for about 250m to a house on the left hand side of the lane at map ref. SE492633.

At the road we continued along the road to the hamlet of Youlton where the road makes a sharp right turn. At this bend we turned left off the road to follow a lane around the side of a striking brick built house.

Arriving at Youlton
Arriving at Youlton

Path off the lane down the side of a house
Path off the lane down the side of a house

Stile to the path along the field edge
Stile to the path along the field edge

Footbridge over a small stream called Shorn Dike
Footbridge over a small stream called Shorn Dike

Path along the field edge heading towards Tollerton
Path along the field edge heading towards Tollerton

The 'River Kyle' is rather grandly named and in fact it's just a small beck. We crossed the footbridge and continued along the path to the edge of Tollerton village.

At the house we turned left off the lane to follow a path down the side of the house. The path led us out along the field edges for about 1.5km to a footbridge over the River Kyle.

Following the path along the field edge
Following the path along the field edge

Path along the field edge heading towards Tollerton
Path along the field edge heading towards Tollerton

Bridge over the River Kyle
Bridge over the River Kyle

Footpath across the fields to Tollerton
Footpath across the fields to Tollerton

Stile from the field to the tarmac drive to Main Street
Stile from the field to the tarmac drive to Main Street

Turning off Main Street to Chaple Lane
Turning off Main Street to Chapel Lane

Tennins Court Lane heading for the stile on the right
Tennis Court Lane heading for the stile on the right

We followed Chapel Lane between the houses for about 100m to Tennis Court Lane. Here we turned left for just a few metres and the turned right off the lane to join a footpath along the field edge.

The path led us in to the village along a tarmac drive to join Main Street. We walked along Main Street for about 100m and then turned left into Chapel Lane.

Main Street in Tollerton
Main Street in Tollerton

Chaple Lane heading for Tennis Court Lane
Chapel Lane heading for Tennis Court Lane

Stile to the field path off Tennis Court Lane
Stile to the field path off Tennis Court Lane

Field path heading for Alne Road
Field path heading for Alne Road

Field path crossing a farm access track
Field path crossing a farm access track

Stile from the field path on to Alne Road
Stile from the field path on to Alne Road

After about 250m we came to a right hand bend in the road. At the crown of the bend we turned right off the road to follow a track along the field edges.

This footpath led us across the fields for about 300m to a stile on to Alne Road at map ref. SE506643. At the road we turned left to walk along the road.

Field path heading for Alne Road
Field path heading for Alne Road

Cattle watching us cross their field
Cattle watching us cross their field

Turning off Alne Road on to the path back to Alne
Turning off Alne Road on to the path back to Alne

Rather overgrown path heading abck to Alne
Rather overgrown path heading back to Alne

Herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle next to the path
Herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle next to the path

Fenced path along the field edge
Fenced path along the field edge

After about 400m the track came to an end at a field boundary and there was an old sign fastened to the kissing gate into the next field warning of Bull Beef. There was no livestock in the field and the path was fenced on both sides with barbed wire.

It's the height of the summer and the vegetation of all kinds is well grown. This track was plagued with tall nettles and other plants and I began to regret wearing my shorts. We bravely pushed our way through the nettles and general undergrowth.

Rather overgrown path heading abck to Alne
Rather overgrown path heading back to Alne

Kissing gate to a fenced path
Kissing gate to a fenced path

Stile on the path towards the River Kyle
Stile on the path towards the River Kyle

Footbridge back over the River
Footbridge back over the River Kyle

Overgrown path along side the River Kyle
Overgrown path along side the River Kyle

Path along side the River Kyle
Path along side the River Kyle

After about 250m we came back to Alne Bridge and the end of our walk. The whole route had been 7km and it had taken us just 2 hours to walk.

We continued along the path across the fields to another footbridge across the River Kyle at map ref. SE497649. We crossed the footbridge and followed the overgrown path along the side of the River Kyle.

The River Kyle at the footbridge
The River Kyle at the footbridge

Path along side the River Kyle
Path along side the River Kyle

Back at Alne Bridge
Back at Alne Bridge

Heading back to the car parked off the road near Alne Bridge
Heading back to the car parked off the road near Alne Bridge

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