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Bridge over the River Dove near the head of Farndale
Bridge over the River Dove near the head of Farndale

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Route No. 585 - Thursday 2 July 2015
Elm House farm, Ironstone Railway, Bloworth Crossing, Rudland Rigg, Bridleway into the head of Farndale circuit - 8km
Farndale, North York Moors . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL26 North York Moors Western area


Looking across Farndale from Elm House at the start of our walk
Looking across Farndale from Elm House at the start of our walk

Ready to set off up the grassy bank to the stile
Ready to set off up the grassy bank to the stile

Leaving the fields for the open moor
Leaving the fields for the open moor

One of the newly refurbished grouse shooting butts
One of the newly refurbished grouse shooting butts

We crossed the stile and followed the footpath climbing directly up the hillside in a generally northerly direction. As we continued the path followed the wooded rim of a steep narrow gully. As we left the wooded gully behind the path was not clearly defined on the ground but there was a line of newly refurbished grouse shooting butts and we followed the shooters' access path along the line of shooting butts up to the bed of the old ironstone railway.

This morning my friend, Jim, and I met two friends at Elm House farm where the public road ends on the north eastern side of Farndale at map ref. NZ 642 003. Here there is a small layby on the outside of the bend in the road just before Elm House. It was a glorious day with bright blue sky with high white clouds and a pleasant breeze. From our parking spot in the layby we climbed the grassy bank to a stile in the fence.

Track up the hillside from the layby at Elm House
Track up the hillside from the layby at Elm House

Path along the top of a steep wooded gully
Path along the top of a steep wooded gully

Following the grouse shooters' track up to the railway
Following the grouse shooters' track up to the railway

Looking down the feint footpath into Farndale from the railway
Looking down the feint footpath into Farndale from the railway

We turned left to walk along the old railway bed (C2C route)
We turned left to walk along the old railway bed (C2C route)

Passing through a cutting on the old ironstone railway
Passing through a cutting on the old ironstone railway

Along the way we met a group of ladies who were walking the Coast to Coast route. I was impressed with their detailed preparations which included daily route cards that they had drawn up and carried in a plastic case. Here, at Bloworth Crossing, the ancient trackway along Rudland Rigg crosses the railway.

There is now a public bridleway along this disused railway bed and the route is used by the Wainwright Coast to Coast walk. At the railway path we turned left and followed continued along the disused railway for about 3.5km around the head of Farndale to Bloworth Crossing.

We passed several groups of walkers on this lovely sunny day
We passed several groups of walkers on this lovely sunny day

Railway crossing the Rudland Rigg track at Bloworth Crossing
Railway crossing the Rudland Rigg track at Bloworth Crossing

Starting out along the Rudland Rigg track from Bloworth Crossing
Starting out along the Rudland Rigg track from Bloworth Crossing

The track along Rudland Rigg from Bloworth Crossing
The track along Rudland Rigg from Bloworth Crossing

Turning left off Rudland Rigg at the bridleway marker
Turning left off Rudland Rigg at the bridleway marker


Dropping down into Farndale still following our compass bearing

We climbed up over a long moorland ridge and then began to drop down into Farndale. About 850m from the Rudland Rigg track we came to the intake wall/fence around the farmland in Farndale. We followed the fence & wall down to a wooden farm gate at map ref. NZ 625 010.

At Bloworth Crossing we turned right to follow the start of the track along Rudland Rigg for about 350m to map ref. NZ 617 012. Here we turned left off the Rudland Rigg Track to follow a public bridleway across the moor. At the start there is a feint path but this soon peters out and from the start we followed a compass bearing.

Old mile stone inscribed
Old mile stone inscribed "KIRBY MOOR SID"

Following a compass bearing across the moor
Following a compass bearing across the moor

Gate from the moor at the intake wall
Gate from the moor at the intake wall

Heading down from the gate towards the bridge over the River Dove
Heading down from the gate towards the bridge over the River Dove

Following the River Dove downstream to the bridge
Following the River Dove downstream to the bridge

Path next to this well made wall
Path next to this well made wall

We continued along the track by this wall to a ruined building with a high stone wall next to the track. The wall was topped with flat stone slabs. Just beyond this ruin we turned right along a track down the hillside.

We went through the gate and followed a path (not well defined in places) to a bridge over the Farndale River Dove at map ref. NZ 627 009. Once across the bridge we followed a path up the hillside a little way and then around a wall that was constructed of squared stones with a vertical face next to the path.

Bridge over the River Dove
Bridge over the River Dove

Ruined building on the right below the path
Ruined building on the right below the path

Following the track beside this wellbuilt boundary wall
Following the track beside this well built boundary wall

Looking back up the track towards the ruined building
Looking back up the track towards the ruined building

Waiting for me to catch up at the bridge over the beck
Waiting for me to catch up at the bridge over the beck

The Daleside Road was lined with foxgloves in full bloom
The Daleside Road was lined with foxgloves in full bloom

From the bridge we continued along the track up the slope for about 100m and then right to a long straight length of green track called the Daleside Road. We followed this track for about 1km back to Elm House and our parking spot on the bend in the road at the end of the walk. The whole route had been 8km and it had taken us about 3hours 30minutes to walk.

On the turn ahead of us was a stone barn with pantile roof and some very old stone steps heading down the slope towards us. We walked down the hillside to the woodland beside the beck and followed the track along the field boundary to a bridge over the beck at map ref. NZ 633 008.

Following the track down to the bank of the beck
Following the track down to the bank of the beck

Our right turn on to the Daleside Road track
Our right turn on to the Daleside Road

Nearing Elm House along the Daleside Road track
Nearing Elm House along the Daleside Road

Our parking spot in the little layby on the bend at Elm House
Our parking spot in the little layby on the bend at the end of the walk

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