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One of the lakes at the Staveley Nature Reserve with a luxury hide on the far bank
One of the lakes at the Staveley Nature Reserve with a luxury hide on the far bank

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Route No. 573 - Sunday 11 January 2015
Staveley Nature Reserve, Roecliffe Lodge,
Boroughbridge Road, Sheaflands Lane, Roecliffe,
Newfields Farm, Carr Top Farm circuit - 11km
Boroughbridge . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 299 Ripon & Boroughbridge
Note:There are a couple of places on this route where the current version of OS Explorer 299 (from our local news agent's) is not up to date, but the route shown on this map from OS Open Space Service is correct



Entering the nature reserve from the car park
Entering the nature reserve from the car park

From the car park we followed the gravel path through several metal pedestrian gates into the nature reserve. At map ref. SE366632, we came out of a small wood through a gate with a large lake ahead and a timber hide on the edge of the lake about 200m ahead.

This morning my wife and I drove to the car park for Staveley Nature Reserve on the western edge of Staveley village at map ref. SE369630. The car park entrance is just inside the 30mph speed limit signs.

Woodland path into the nature reserve
Woodland path into the nature reserve

Gate at map ref. SE366632 we turned left
Gate at map ref. SE366632 we turned left

A rather plalatial hide to view the wild fowl on the lake
A rather palatial hide to view the wild fowl on the lake

Gate on to the footbridge over the River Tutt
Gate on to the footbridge over the River Tutt

Looking down the lake from this track we could see what appeared to be a large circular conservatory on the lake side. This is in fact a rather palatial hide from which to view the wild fowl on the lake. We continued along the track around the lake for a few hundred metres to a footbridge over the River Tutt (a rather grandly named stream) at map ref. SE359634.

From the gate at map ref. SE366632 we turned left and followed a path between the edge of a wood and a large field where there was a flock of black hebridean sheep grazing. At the end of the wood the path turned right and we followed it to a track around the northern end of another large lake.

Path between the edge of a wood and a large field
Path between the edge of a wood and a large field

Path around the end of the lake
Path around the end of the lake

Footbridge over the River Tutt
Footbridge over the River Tutt

Aberdeen Angus cattle made very frisky by the strong gusty wind
Aberdeen Angus cattle made very frisky by the strong gusty wind

Following the hedgerow towards Model Farm
Following the hedgerow towards Model Farm

Turning right at Model Farm on to the track between the fields
Turning right at Model Farm on to the track between the fields

Dilapidated gate on our right at the corner of a plantation
Dilapidated gate on our right at the corner of a plantation

After about 600m we came to a hedge at the end of the field and turned left to walk along the edge of the field for about 30m to a dilapidated gate on our right at the corner of a plantation. We went through/round the gate and followed the path along the field edge next to the plantation.

We turned right to cross the footbridge over the River Tutt and once on the opposite bank we turned left to follow the path along the field edge for about 500m to map ref. SE355634 with Model Farm about 100m away across the stream to our left. Here we turned right to follow a public footpath along a farm track between the fields.

Following the hedgerow towards Model Farm
Following the hedgerow towards Model Farm

Track between the field heading away from Model Farm
Track between the field heading away from Model Farm

Following the path along the field edge by the plantation
Following the path along the field edge by the plantation

Flock of greylag geese grazing on the farmer's winter cerial crop
Flock of greylag geese grazing on the farmer's winter cereal crop

The path turned left through the wood to the fields beyond
The path turned left through the wood to the fields beyond

Path across the fields to the metalled lane
Path across the fields to the metalled lane

Passing Roecliffe Lodge
Passing Roecliffe Lodge

We did not find a stile to link the two but at one point the timber fence was very low and we were able to step over it easily on to the lane. We turned right to follow the lane for about 800m, past Roecliffe Lodge to the road at map ref. SE356649.

After about 200m along the edge of the plantation the path turned left to go through the wood to the fields beyond. Once through the wood we continued along the path to the edge of the fields next to a public bridleway along a narrow metalled lane.

Stile out of the wood into the fields
Stile out of the wood into the fields

The Bridleway goes along this metalled lane
The Bridleway goes along this metalled lane

The lane from Roecliffe Lodge
The lane from Roecliffe Lodge

The lane from Roecliffe Lodge joins Boroughbridge Road
The lane from Roecliffe Lodge joins Boroughbridge Road

Walking along the grass verge beside Boroughbridge Road
Walking along the grass verge beside Boroughbridge Road


The start of Sheaflands Lane

We followed the track through a field gate and out towards the River Ure for about 100m. Here the track passed through a metal pedestrian gate and turned right with the River Ure about 100m away to our left.

The road called Boroughbridge Road came from our right and made a right turn to continue straight ahead. We walked along the road for about 1.2km to a track on the right at map ref. SE355661.

Turning off Boroughbridge Road to follow the track called Sheaflands Lane
Turning off Boroughbridge Road on to Sheaflands Lane

Sheaflands Lane above the River Ure
Sheaflands Lane above the River Ure


The River Ure seen from Sheaflands Lane

Sheaflands Lane
Sheaflands Lane

Sheaflands Lane passing Roecliffe Grange
Sheaflands Lane passing Roecliffe Grange

About 100m before we reached the road we turned left off the road to a small pond surrounded by trees with several seats around it. We stopped in this very pleasant spot for our lunch.

We continued along this track called Sheaflands Lane, past a farm called Roecliffe Grange for about 1.7km almost to the road at the edge of Roecliffe village.

Sheaflands Lane
Sheaflands Lane

Sheaflands Lane nearing Roecliffe village
Sheaflands Lane nearing Roecliffe village

Small pond near the edge of Roecliffe village
Small pond near the edge of Roecliffe village

Turning off the lane to the pond on the edge of Roecliffe
Turning off the lane to the pond on the edge of Roecliffe

The road into Roecliffe village
The road into Roecliffe village

At the end of the path we crossed the road and continued along the grass verge to the left hand bend in the road at the Crown Inn.

After our break we followed a path from the pond through the trees parallel to the road to the edge of Roecliffe village.

Path from the pond parallel to the road
Path from the pond parallel to the road

Looking past the Crown Inn into Roecliffe
Looking past the Crown Inn into Roecliffe

Following the lane out of Roecliffe
Following the lane out of Roecliffe

Path across the fields from Roecliffe
Path across the fields from Roecliffe

Stile on to the road approaching Waingates Farm
Stile on to the road approaching Waingates Farm

We continued along the path across the fields to the access road to Waingates Farm (now a small rural business park). We followed the access road to the business park entrance and then climbed the stile next to the entrance to follow a path around the edge of the fields.

Opposite the Crown Inn we turned right to follow a lane southwards for about 150m to the edge of a small plantation. We followed a path through the plantation and out to the fields where there was a cereal crop growing.

Track into the wood on the edge of Roecliffe
Track into the wood on the edge of Roecliffe

Path across the fields from Roecliffe
Path across the fields from Roecliffe

Stile by the gate into Waingates Farm business park
Stile by the gate into Waingates Farm business park

Path from Waingates Farm
Path from Waingates Farm

Path along the access road to Newfields Farm
Path along the access road to Newfields Farm

Path at Carr Top Farm
Path at Carr Top Farm

The path passed down the right hand side of the farm buildings to a bridge over the River Tutt at the northern edge of the Staveley Nature Reserve.

From the business park, the path led us to the farm access road to Newfields Farm. At the farm the path turned left and continued in front of the farm buildings and along the edge of the field to Car Top Farm.

Path from Waingates Farm
Path from Waingates Farm

Path from Newfields Farm to Carr Top Farm
Path from Newfields Farm to Carr Top Farm

Footbridge over the River Tutt
Footbridge over the River Tutt

Entering Staveley Nature Reserve on the path from Carr Top Farm
Entering Staveley Nature Reserve on the path from Carr Top Farm

Muddy footpath through the reed beds
Muddy footpath through the reed beds

Ducks on the lake
Ducks on the lake

The path lead us back to the gate at map ref. SE366632 that we had passed through near the start of our walk. From here we retraced our steps through the reserve back to the car park and the end of our walk. The whole walk had been 11km and it had taken us three and a half hours including our short lunch break.

We followed the public footpath into the reserve through the reed beds and around one of the lakes past another timber hide on the lakeside. From the River Tutt the path was very muddy, churned up by the numerous visitors over the weekend and then near the lake the path was gravelled and much easier to walk.

Path through the reeds nearing a lakeside hide
Path through the reeds nearing a lakeside hide

Heading back to the car park
Heading back to the car park

Returning to the nature reserve car park at the end of the walk
Returning to the nature reserve car park at the end of the walk

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