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The Kilburn White Horse seen from Lund Sand Lane
The Kilburn White Horse seen from Lund Sand Lane

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Route No. 572 - Saturday 13 December 2014
Easingwold, Knott Lane, Crankley Lane,
Lund Sand Lane, Stoneycourse Lane, Thirsk Rd,
North Moor La, Toft Ings La, Raskelf Rd circuit
12km - Easingwold . . .

Note: There is a series of 12 leaflets giving details of walks around Easingwold all available from the Tourist Information Point in Chapel Street, Easingwold. This route is walk No 4 in this series.

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 299 Ripon & Boroughbridge


Our starting point in Easingwold Market Square
Our starting point in Easingwold Market Square

Chapel Street leading from the Market Square to Long Street
Chapel Street leading from the Market Square to Long Street

The alley way along the side of the Catholic Church
The alley way along the side of the Catholic Church

The path crosses the show field to the far left hand corner
The path crosses the show field to the far left hand corner

It continues across Long Street and along an alley way next to the Catholic church on Long Street. After about 250m the route turns right off the alley way to cross what little remains of the old show field where the Easingwold agricultural show was held. The rest of the old show field is now a housing estate.

Once a month I have a walk with a group of friends. We've been walking together for over twenty years and at this time of year we like to have a Christmas meal after the walk. So today we all met in Easingwold and followed a route that starts from the market square. From the market square the route goes along Chapel Street to Long Street.

Looking across Long Street to the Catholic Church
Looking across Long Street to the Catholic Church

Nearing the turning off the alley way to the show field
Nearing the turning off the alley way to the show field

Impressive old oak tree on the show field
Impressive old oak tree on the show field

Passing the oak tree on the showfield as we left Easingwold
Passing the oak tree on the showfield as we left Easingwold

Path across the fields to Knott Lane
Path across the fields to Knott Lane

Walking along Knott Lane to the by-pass(A19)
Walking along Knott Lane to the by-pass(A19)

There's a pedestrian gate on to the by-pass(A19). It's a busy road with fast moving traffic so we had to wait a while for an opportunity to scurry across to the path down the embankment to the continuation of Knott Lane on the other side of the by-pass.

There's a lovely old oak tree with a wooden rail around it on the show field and we followed the footpath past the oak tree and out across the fields to Knott Lane. At Knott Lane we turned left and walked along the lane to the dead end at the Easingwold by-pass.

Path across the fields to Knott Lane
Path across the fields to Knott Lane

Path across the fields to Knott Lane
Path across the fields to Knott Lane

Re-joining Knott Lane across the by-pass(A19)
Re-joining Knott Lane across the by-pass(A19)

Following Crankley Lane towards Alne Road
Following Crankley Lane towards Alne Road

Turning off Crankley Lane along the drive to Crankley Grange
Turning off Crankley Lane along the drive to Crankley Grange

We continued along Crankley Lane almost to the junction with Alne Road. A few metres before the junction we turned left off Crankley Lane to follow a footpath along the drive to Crankley Grange and through a pedestrian gate next to the large iron gates across the drive to the grange.

From the by-pass we followed Knott Lane for about 250m to it's junction with Crankley Lane. At the junction we turned right and walked along Crankley Lane, round a right hand bend and continued past Low Crankley Farm where Christmas Tree sales were in full swing.

Following Crankley Lane towards Alne Road
Following Crankley Lane towards Alne Road

The path next to the gates to Crankley Grange
The path next to the gates to Crankley Grange

Path across the fields from Crankley Grange to Alne Road
Path across the fields from Crankley Grange to Alne Road

Path across the fields from Crankley Grange to Alne Road
Path across the fields from Crankley Grange to Alne Road


Following Alne Road

We turned right to walk along Alne Road for about 250m to the farm access track on the left leading to Lund farm. We had left a car on the roadside verge here for my wife and my sister to return home to complete the preparation of our Christmas dinner.

We followed the path past Crankley Grange and across the fields next to some woodland. Three Roe deer appeared from the wood and disappeared across the fields at high speed. We followed the path turning right to come out on to Alne Road at map ref. SE506683.

Path across the fields from Crankley Grange to Alne Road
Path across the fields from Crankley Grange to Alne Road

Approaching Alne Road from Crankley Grange
Approaching Alne Road from Crankley Grange

Turning off Alne Road towards Lund Farm
Turning off Alne Road towards Lund Farm

Following the access road towards Lund Farm
Following the access road towards Lund Farm

Following the access road towards Lund Farm
Following the access road towards Lund Farm

Following the path to Manor Farm
Following the path to Manor Farm

We stopped for a chat about the lovely weather and Christmas preparations etc before we continued from Manor farm along the farm access road, called Lund Sand Lane for about 1km to Raskelf Road. There was a lovely view ahead to the Hambleton Hills and the Kilburn White Horse cut into the hillside.

We turned left off Alne Road and followed the farm access track towards Lund farm for about 600m. Here the access track turns left to the farm but we turned right to follow a footpath along a farm track along the edge of the fields for about 500m to Manor Farm. The public footpath goes through the farm yard where we met the farmer and his dog.

Following the path to Manor Farm
Following the path to Manor Farm

Following the path through Manor Farm
Following the path through Manor Farm

Leaving Manor Farm along Lund Sand Lane
Leaving Manor Farm along Lund Sand Lane

Crossing Raskelf Road to follow Stoneycourse Lane
Crossing Raskelf Road to follow Stoneycourse Lane

Following Stonetcourse Lane to the by-pass(A19)
Following Stoneycourse Lane to the by-pass(A19)

Crossing the by-pass(A19)
Crossing the by-pass(A19)

We turned right and followed a path parallel to the by-pass for about 150m to a crossing point on the by-pass. We scurried across the by-pass once more and followed the path back towards the roundabout for about 200m before we turned right along the path for about 100m to Thirsk Road.

We crossed Raskelf Road and took the track opposite called Stoneycourse Lane. The track runs between dozens of small horse paddocks rented out by the local livery stables. After about 700m we came to the Easingwold by-pass again. There is a stile to go straight across the by-pass but it's more awkward to cross it so close to the roundabout.

Following Stonetcourse Lane to the by-pass(A19)
Following Stoneycourse Lane to the by-pass(A19)

Path to a crossing point on the by-pass(A19)
Path to a crossing point on the by-pass(A19)

Path from the by-pass(A19) to Thirsk Road
Path from the by-pass(A19) to Thirsk Road

Walking 200m along Thitsk Road
Walking 200m along Thirsk Road

Following North Moor Road
Following North Moor Road


The stile off North Moor Road . . .

Here there is a stile on the right hand side of the road. It's a bit high and awkward and leads to a narrow fenced path between the house gardens on the right and a paddock on the left.

We turned right to walk along Thirsk Road for about 200m to North Moor Road on the left. At this junction we turned left to walk along North Moor Road for about 400m to map ref. SE513710.

Following North Moor Road from Thirsk Road
Following North Moor Road from Thirsk Road

Following North Moor Road
Following North Moor Road

. . . leading to a fenced path between gardens & paddock
. . . leading to a fenced path between gardens & paddock

Path across the fields from North Moor Road
Path across the fields from North Moor Road

Path across the fields to Thirsk Road
Path across the fields to Thirsk Road

Final stile on to Thirsk Road
Final stile on to Thirsk Road

Beyond the telegraph pole there is a footbridge over a stream at the edge of the field. There was a stile over the field boundary fence to the footbridge but the fence has collapsed taking the stile with it. We picked our way over the debris of the post and wire fence and stile to reach the footbridge. Once across the footbridge we continued around the edge of the field to a stile on to Thirsk Road.

The path comes out into a field and continues along the field boundary. At the end of the field there is a post and wire fence and a stile. Unfortunately they don't match! I think the fence has been moved about a metre and the stile left where it was. We helped each other over and continued straight across the next field. There is a telegraph pole in the middle of the field that makes a good land mark to aim for.

Awkward mis-matched stile & fence
Awkward mis-matched stile & fence

Picking our way across a collapsed fence & stile
Picking our way across a collapsed fence & stile

Walking along Thirsk Road to Toft Ings Lane
Walking along Thirsk Road to Toft Ings Lane

Following Toft Ings Lane from Thirsk Road to Raskelf Road
Following Toft Ings Lane from Thirsk Road to Raskelf Road

Following Toft Ings Lane from Thirsk Road to Raskelf Road
Following Toft Ings Lane from Thirsk Road to Raskelf Road

Following Toft Ings Lane from Thirsk Road to Raskelf Road
Following Toft Ings Lane from Thirsk Road to Raskelf Road

After about 700m we came to Raskelf Road. Here we turned left and walked along Raskelf road for about 800m to the mini-roundabout at the top of Long Street.

We turned right to walk along Thirsk Road for about 150m to a track between the fields on the left hand side of Thirsk Road. We turned left here to follow the track, a bit rutted and muddy in places.

Following Toft Ings Lane from Thirsk Road to Raskelf Road
Following Toft Ings Lane from Thirsk Road to Raskelf Road

Heading back into Easingwold along Raskelf Road
Heading back into Easingwold along Raskelf Road

Looking across the fields beside Toft Ings Lane
Looking across the fields beside Toft Ings Lane

The mini-roundabout at the top of Long Street
The mini-roundabout at the top of Long Street

After about 150m there is the junction with Church Avenue on the right, opposite the parish church.

At the mini-roundabout at the top of Long Street the route continues straight on up Church Hill.

Looking down Church Avenue from the church
Looking down Church Avenue from the church

Easingwold Parish Church
Easingwold Parish Church

Looking along Tanpit Lane to the Market Square
Looking along Tanpit Lane to the Market Square

The whole route had been 12km and it had taken us three and a half hours to walk it. Just enough exercise to build up an appetite for our Christmas dinner.

At the junction the route turns right opposite the church, down Church Avenue and Tanpit Lane to emerge in the Market Square and the end of the walk.

Easingwold Market Square at the end of the walk
Easingwold Market Square at the end of the walk

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