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Path by the River Swale through Billy Bank Wood at Richmond
Path by the River Swale through Billy Bank Wood at Richmond

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Route No. 576 - Saturday 7 March 2015
Round Howe car park, Green Lane, Westfields,
Market Sq, Station Rd, Easby Low Rd, railway path,
Station cafe, Richmond Br, River Swale, circuit
10km - Richmond, Swaledale . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 304 Darlington & Richmond

Note: This walk is an easier version of route No.113


Climbing up Green Lane near the start of our walk
Climbing up Green Lane near the start of our walk

The exit road out of Round Howe car park
The exit road out of Round Howe car park

Green Lane heading for Low Leases farm
Green Lane heading for Low Leases farm

Following Green Lane from Low Leases farm
Following Green Lane from Low Leases farm

After about 200m we turned right off the road to follow a farm access track for about 200m and then turned right to follow a track called Green Lane climbing directly up the hillside for about 800m, past Low Leases farm, to a minor road called Westfields, at map ref. NZ153015.

This morning my wife and I met a group of friends at the Round Howe pay & display car park off the A6108 at map ref. NZ156009 about 1.5 km west of Richmond town centre. From the car park entrance we turned left to walk west along the A6108.

Turning onto the A6108 from Round Howe car park
Turning onto the A6108 from Round Howe car park

Green Lane heading for Low Leases farm
Green Lane heading for Low Leases farm

Joining the road called Westfields, at map ref. NZ153015
Joining the road called Westfields, at map ref. NZ153015

Walking along Westfields towards Richmond
Walking along Westfields towards Richmond

Snowdrops & aconites on the road side
Snowdrops & aconites on the road side

Commemorative plaque as we reached the A6108 in Richmond
Commemorative plaque as we reached the A6108 in Richmond

Finkle Street heading for the Market Square
Finkle Street heading for the Market Square

At the junction there is a yellow circular enamel plaque fixed to the wall of a house commemorating the total eclipse of the sun that passed through Richmond in June 1927. We turned right off the A6108 to walk along Cravengate and then turn into Newbiggin and then Finkle Street to enter the Market Place where on Saturday morning the market was in progress.

At the road we turned right and walked along the road with a fine view across Swaledale with Richnond town below us. For most of the way there is a footpath parallel to the road just inside the fields, but there is hardly any traffic on the road and we simply followed the road. We followed the road into the town and after a total of about 1.4km along the road we came to the junction with the A6108.

Walking into Richmond along Westfields
Walking into Richmond along Westfields

Turning off Cravengate into Newbiggin
Turning off Cravengate into Newbiggin

Finkle Street heading for the Market Square
Finkle Street heading for the Market Square

The Saturday marke in the Market Square in Richmond
The Saturday market in the Market Square in Richmond

Station Road heading down towards the River Swale
Station Road heading down towards the River Swale

Easby Low Road
Easby Low Road

About 150m before the river we turned left to follow Easby Low Road above the river heading downstream. After about 400m we came to the "Little Drummer Boy" stone at map ref. NZ178008.

We crossed the Market Square and followed the road out to Station Road, the A6136. We turned right to follow Station Road down towards the River Swale.

Heading down to Easby Low Road
Heading down to Easby Low Road

The Little Drummer Boy stone
The Little Drummer Boy stone

Plaque on the Little Drummer Boy stone
Plaque on the Little Drummer Boy stone

Heading for Easby Abbey from the Little Drummer Boy stone
Heading for Easby Abbey from the Little Drummer Boy stone

We continued along this path for about 800m past Abbey Farm to reach the ruins of Easby Abbey on the left.

At the Little Drummer Boy stone the road veered down to the river bank but we continued straight on following a fenced path above the river.

Path around Easby Farm
Path around Easby Farm

Leaving Easby Farm with Easby Abbey ahead
Leaving Easby Farm with Easby Abbey ahead

Easby Abbey:





Car park at Easby Abbey
Car park at Easby Abbey

After our lunch break we followed the access road along the river bank from the small car park opposite the abbey.

The abbey grounds are open to the public without charge and we found a bench seat with a view of the ruins to sit for a our lunch.

River side access track from Easby Abbey
River side access track from Easby Abbey

The old railway bridge across the River Swale
The old railway bridge across the River Swale

Horses by the old railway path
Horses by the old railway path

Railway path nearing Richmond Station
Railway path nearing Richmond Station

The station building has been refurbished with a cafe, small cinema and a variety of shops. We sat at the tables outside the ice cream shop for a coffee. It was a bit chilly for an ice cream.

About 400m along the river side from the abbey we turned right off the access road to follow the footpath along the bed of a disused railway across the old railway bridge over the River Swale. We continued along the old railway bed for about 900m to the old Richmond Station.

River Swale from the old railway bridge
River Swale from the old railway bridge

Railway path crossing the access road to St. Martin's House
Railway path crossing the access road to St. Martin's House

Picnic tables outside the ice cream shop at the old station
Picnic tables outside the ice cream shop at the old station

Leaving the old station after our coffee break
Leaving the old station after our coffee break

Path across the parkland next to the River Swale
Path across the parkland next to the River Swale

We followed the path through the parkland until we reached Millgate (a steep road leading up from the river to the Market Square). We turned left to walk down Millgate to a car park on the river side. Here the river passes over a rocky weir. It's a popular spot.

We continued passed the station building and out to the road, the A6136. At the road we turned right to cross the Mercury Bridge over the River Swale and after about 200m we turned left off the road to follow a tarmac path through the parkland beside the river heading upstream.

Looking back to the Mercury Bridge across the River Swale
Looking back to the Mercury Bridge across the River Swale

Rocky weir across the River Swale at the bottom of Millgate
Rocky weir across the River Swale at the bottom of Millgate

The Riverside Road below Richmond Castle
The Riverside Road below Richmond Castle

Richmond Bridge over the River Swale
Richmond Bridge over the River Swale

Here we turned left to cross Richmond Bridge over the River Swale. Immediately across the river we turned right off the road to follow the path along the river bank heading upstream.

From the car park we followed the Riverside Road below the castle for about 350m to Bridge Street.

Looking up to Richmond Castle from the Riverside Road
Looking up to Richmond Castle from the Riverside Road

Path along the river bank from Richmond Bridge
Path along the river bank from Richmond Bridge

Looking back to Richmond Castle from the river side path at Richmond Bridge
Looking back to Richmond Castle from the river side path at Richmond Bridge

The Culloden Tower seen across the river
The Culloden Tower seen across the river

Woodland path by the River Swale
Woodland path by the River Swale

The land along the river bank from Richmond Bridge is owned by the National Trust (listed on their web site as Hudswell Banks).

We continued along the river bank on a well marked footpath for about 1.6km to a footbridge over the river at map ref. NZ156008.

Woodland path by the River Swale
Woodland path by the River Swale

Ponies by the path
Ponies by the path

Woodland path around Round Howe, nearing the footbridge across the River Swale
Woodland path around Round Howe, nearing the footbridge across the River Swale

Information board by the footbridge over the River Swale
Information board by the footbridge over the River Swale

The walk had taken us about four hours including a browse round the Saturday market stalls, lunch at Easby Abbey and a coffee at the old Station.

We crossed footbridge over the River Swale and back into the Round Howe car park and the end of the walk. The whole route had been about 10km.

Footbridge across the River Swale to Round Howe car park
Footbridge across the River Swale to Round Howe car park

End of the walk back at the Round Howe pay & display car park
End of the walk back at the Round Howe pay & display car park

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