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Turning off the road in Firby to head back towards Snape
Turning off the road in Firby to head back towards Snape

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Route No. 598 - Thursday 1 October 2015
Snape, Ings Lane, Hollins Lane,
Firby, Bogs Lane circuit - 7km
Bedale, North Yorkshire . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 302 Northallerton & Thirsk


Junction on Ings Lane at the eastern end of Snape where we parked
Junction on Ings Lane at the eastern end of Snape where we parked

Setting off along Ings Lane
Setting off along Ings Lane

Sheep resting in the shade by Ings Lane
Sheep resting in the shade by Ings Lane

We were careful not to obstruct the turning circle at the junction. From the junction we set off in a north easterly direction along Ings Lane, the access road leading towards Mires Farm. It was a lovely sunny morning with cattle and sheep grazing in the fields beside the road.

This morning my friend, Jim, and I drove to the village of Snape, about 4km south of Bedale. We parked on the road side at the eastern end of the village, map ref. SE 272 844. It's a wide spacious junction where we parked but I think the space is there to allow large farm machinery to turn.

Cattle grazing beside Ings Lane
Cattle grazing beside Ings Lane

Following the public footpath along Ings Lane
Following the public footpath along Ings Lane

About to turn off Ings Lane to the footpath on the left
About to turn off Ings Lane to the footpath on the left

Footpath from Ings Lane
Footpath from Ings Lane

There were no signs here but just past this pair of gate posts we turned left off the road to follow a path along side the tall hedge on the left towards Hollins Farm. On the right there is some rough open marshy land. The turning off the road is a bit awkward to find because there is more woodland in this area than is shown on the OS Explorer map and some of it has recently been clear felled (and there are no signs).

After about 600m we passed the entrance to Low Lands Farm on the left hand side of the road. About 350m beyond the entrance to Low Lands Farm there is are sold looking timber gate posts on both sides of the road and the grass verge on the right hand side is blocked with a substantial felled tree trunk.

Path along the edge of some rough open land
Path along the edge of some rough open marshy land

Entering the woodland at the end of the rough open marshy land
Entering the woodland at the end of the rough open marshy land

A short length of dry path through the woodland
A short length of dry path through the woodland

More wet marshy land through the woods
More wet marshy land through the woods

We kept going and came to a stile at the end of the woodland and once over the stile we were in fields.

The path kept to the fence side and entered a block of woodland where the ground was a bit marshy and there are tall reeds encroaching on the path.

Passing a felled area of woodland
Passing a felled area of woodland

Stile into the fields at the end of the woods
Stile into the fields at the end of the woods

Public footpath across the fields heading for Hollins Farm
Public footpath across the fields heading for Hollins Farm

Path along the field edge heading towards Hollins Farm
Path along the field edge heading towards Hollins Farm

Forestry machinery parked by the path
Forestry machinery parked by the path

Footpath approaching Hollins Lane
Footpath approaching Hollins Lane

The land here had been cultivated and a crop sown, but there was a good width of grassy path left (thanks!) making for easy walking. We passed Hollins Farm on our left and came to a stile on to the road.

We continued on the path along the field edges still heading towards Hollins Farm. As we neared the farm we passed a large forestry machine parked at the field edge.

Path along the field edge nearing Hollins Farm
Path along the field edge nearing Hollins Farm

About to by-pass Hollins Farm on the footpath to Hollins Lane
About to by-pass Hollins Farm on the footpath to Hollins Lane

Stile from the field on to Hollins Lane
Stile from the field on to Hollins Lane

Sheep grazing in a field by Hollins Lane
Sheep grazing in a field by Hollins Lane

Hollins Lane leading to Firby
Hollins Lane leading to Firby

Entering Firby along Hollins Lane
Entering Firby along Hollins Lane

The road junction in Firby
The road junction in Firby

We entered the village along a road between farm buildings and a timber yard and then came to a road junction. Looking back one of the farm buildings has a weather vane with a fox silhouette.

At the road we turned left and walked along the road, called Hollins Lane, for about 1.5km to the village of Firby.

Hollins Lane leading to Firby
Hollins Lane leading to Firby

Passing through a timber yard on Hollins Lane in Firby
Passing through a timber yard on Hollins Lane in Firby

Foxy weather vane on a farm building in Firby
Foxy weather vane on a farm building in Firby

Road crossing Burrill Beck on the edge of Firby
Road crossing Burrill Beck on the edge of Firby

Burrill Beck on the edge of Firby
Burrill Beck on the edge of Firby

Path from Firby around the field edge
Path from Firby around the field edge

Beyond the gate we followed a public footpath around the field edge with woodland on our left. The path followed a wide grass strip around the edge of the cultivated land for about 250m. There we turned left following the public footpath through a gap in the hedge and into the woodland.

At the road junction we went straight across the junction and followed the road around a bend to the left and then around a bend to the right. As we walked round this right hand bend the road sloped down across a small dip as it crossed Burrill Beck. Just across the beck we turned left off the road through a pedestrian gate.

Turning off the road in Firby to head back towards Snape
Turning off the road in Firby to head back towards Snape

Path from Firby around the field edge
Path from Firby around the field edge

Turning left from the field path to go through the woods
Turning left from the field path to go through the woods


Path through the woodland

Approaching a house in the trees along its access road
Approaching a house in the trees along its access road

We disturbed several dogs as we approached the house but the dogs were all friendly pets. The public footpath goes along the right hand side of the house and through the back garden to the back garden gate into a field.

We continued along the path through the trees to an access road to Thorpe Perrow opposite a junction. We crossed the access road at the junction and followed the access road opposite to a house in the trees.


Path through the woodland reaches the access road

The public footpath goes through the garden
The public footpath goes through the garden

Following the public footpath through the back garden and out to the field on the Thorpe Perrow estate
Following the public footpath through the back garden and out to the field on the Thorpe Perrow estate

Heading across the field to a gate beyond the tall trees ahead
Heading across the field to a gate beyond the tall trees ahead

There is no defined path across the field and we just took aim and kept going. We arrived at the field edge just a few metres from the field gate where the public footpath leaves the field.

We headed across the field passing along the line of several large mature trees heading towards the strip of woodland along the far edge of the field.

Gate into a strip of woodland between the fields
Gate into a strip of woodland between the fields

Gate out of the woodland strip and into the next field
Gate out of the woodland strip and into the next field

Public footpath between the arable fields back towards Snape
Public footpath between the arable fields back towards Snape

Public footpath between the arable fields back towards Snape
Public footpath between the arable fields back towards Snape

Following the footpath into Boggs Lane approaching Snape
Following the footpath into Boggs Lane approaching Snape

After about 1km we came to a track called Bogs Lane leading to the junction where we had started. The whole route had been 7km and it had taken us about two & a half hours to walk on a very pleasant sunny morning.

We walked through the woodland strip to the next field and turned right to follow the public footpath along a track around the field edge. We continued along the public footpath at the edge of the fields.

Public footpath between the arable fields back towards Snape
Public footpath between the arable fields back towards Snape

The last stile before Snape
The last stile before Snape

Boggs Lane at the end of our walk
Boggs Lane leading to the junction at the end of our walk

Looking back along Boggs Lane from the junction where we had parked
Looking back along Boggs Lane from the junction where we had parked

Snape Castle
Snape Castle

Memorial on the village green in Snape
Memorial on the village green in Snape

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