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Part of a flock of Blue Texel sheep in the grounds of Braithwaite Hall
Part of a flock of Blue Texel sheep in the grounds of Braithwaite Hall

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Route No. 600 - Saturday 17 October 2015
Galphay, Braithwaite Hall, Hubber Lane,
Azerley, Lawnwith circuit - 6km
Nidderdale (ANOB) . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 298 Nidderdale



Nap Cote Lane - The driveway to Braithwaite Hall

Looking back into Galphay from Nap Cote Lane
Looking back into Galphay from Nap Cote Lane

Autumn fungus on an old tree stump
Autumn fungus on an old tree stump

Standing dead timber is a valuable habitat for birds & insects
Standing dead timber is a valuable habitat for birds & insects

There were a couple of tree stumps by the track with a large growth of fungus around each stump. There were some unusual sheep resting under the trees by the track and I looked them up later at home. They were Blue Texels, a continental meat breed starting to become more popular in Britain. After about 600m we came to a gate and cattle grid. The gate was oak in the same style as the entrance gates where we had started the walk.

This morning my wife & I drove to Galphay, a village a few kilometers northwest of Ripon. We parked at a small informal lay-by at the northern edge of the village where the road to Kirkby Malzeard bends sharp left at map ref. SE 251 728. The entrance to the driveway, called Nap Cote Lane, leading to Braithwaite Hall is at the bend in the road. We set off from our parking spot to go through the oak gates and along the drive towards the hall.

Sign by the gates
Sign by the gates


Nap Cote Lane leading to Braithwaite Hall

Entering the parkland/garden around Braithwaite Hall
Entering the parkland/garden around Braithwaite Hall

Ornamental lake at Braithwaite Hall
Ornamental lake at Braithwaite Hall

Bridleway leaving Braithwaite Hall for Azerley
Bridleway leaving Braithwaite Hall for Azerley

Gate into the hedged part of Hubber Lane
Gate into the hedged part of Hubber Lane

Hubber Lane path between the hedges
Hubber Lane path between the hedges

After about 250m from the gate the bridleway dropped into a small depression to a pedestrian gate in the corner of the field. We passed through this gate to continue the walk along Hubber Lane between high hedges. In some places it was a bit overgrown and in others it was a wide woodland track.

Through the gate we followed the gravel track round to the right with a view of an attractive ornamental lake below us on the left. The track continued to bend slowly round to the right and after about 150m we came to a field gate at the edge of the parkland surrounding Braithwaite Hall. We followed the bridleway through the gate and along the edge of the fields.

The embankment of Hubber Lane along the field edge
The embankment of Hubber Lane along the field edge

Hubber Lane path between the hedges
Hubber Lane path between the hedges

Footpath from Owster Hill Farm joins Hubber Lane on the right
Footpath from Owster Hill Farm joins Hubber Lane on the right


Sign at Mill Farm marking Hubber Lane

Passing Mill Farm at Azerley along Hubber Lane
Passing Mill Farm at Azerley along Hubber Lane

Following the road across Kex Beck
Following the road across Kex Beck

Just around the bend at map ref. SE 258 743, there is a house on the left hand side of the road. Here we turned left to follow a public footpath in front of the house and into some managed parkland/garden.

As we approached Mill Farm on the edge of Azerley the track became a surfaced access road. We continued along the road and down a slope to cross Kex Beck where in times of flood the road crosses a ford. We followed the road up from this ford and round a left hand bend.

Water demarkers approaching Kex Beck
Water depth markers approaching Kex Beck

Turning left off the road on to the path in front of a house
Turning left off the road on to the path in front of a house

Entering the parkland/gardens at Azerley
Entering the parkland/gardens at Azerley

Path through the parkland/gardens at Azerley
Path through the parkland/gardens at Azerley

Path through the parkland/gardens at Azerley
Path through the parkland/gardens at Azerley

We continued along the path to the edge of the gardens at a stile by a curly wrought iron gate.

The path led us around the end of the lake, but despite being close to the lake we only caught one brief glimpse of it through the trees.

Lovely old horse chestnut tree above the path
Lovely old horse chestnut tree above the path

Path through the parkland/gardens at Azerley
Path through the parkland/gardens at Azerley

Crossing the stile by the curly wrought iron gate at the edge of the gardens around Azerley
Crossing the stile by the curly wrought iron gate at the edge of the gardens around Azerley

Heading for the stile in the far corner of the field
Heading for the stile in the far corner of the field

Stile at the far corner of the field
Stile at the far corner of the field

Stile into the stubble field
Stile into the stubble field

There was a herd of young cattle grazing at the far side of the field but they took no notice of us. We crossed the stile and continued along a path through the grass of a large field. Then the path led us across stubble field to the corner of a small wood at map ref. SE 248 744.

We crossed the stile and just over the stile there is a public footpath following the field boundary to the right. But our path (not signed) continues straight ahead across the field heading westwards with a fence on our right to a stile in the corner of the field.

Some of the young cattle grazing at the far side of the field
Some of the young cattle grazing at the far side of the field

Public footpath across the long grass
Public footpath across the long grass

Public footpath across the stubble field
Public footpath across the stubble field

Following the path along the edge of some woodland
Following the path along the edge of some woodland

Path around the field edges heading for Lawnwith
Path around the field edges heading for Lawnwith

Stile at the corner of Lawnwith Wood
Stile at the corner of Lawnwith Wood

We crossed the stile and continued diagonally across the field to a gate and stile in the far right hand corner. There were a few free range hens (Rhode Island red crossed with white leghorn) by the gate where we crossed the stile.

We followed the path along the field edges past the wood and around two more fields to a stile in a field corner. Over the stile we could see the buildings of the houses at Lawnwith across the next field.

Path around the field edges heading for Lawnwith
Path around the field edges heading for Lawnwith

Path around the field edges heading for Lawnwith
Path around the field edges heading for Lawnwith


Free range hens at Lawnwith

Approaching the access road to Lawnwith along the field path around Lawnwith Wood
Approaching the access road to Lawnwith along the field path around Lawnwith Wood

Gate on to the access road at Lawnwith
Gate on to the access road at Lawnwith

The access road through Lawnwith
The access road through Lawnwith

The track leaving Lawnwith
The track leaving Lawnwith

We passed through the gate and followed the track across the fields for about 250m to a bridge over Kex Beck.

We continued around the field edge next to some woodland for about 150m. Here we came to the access road to the houses at Lawnwith. We turned left to follow the road through the houses to a field gate at map ref. SE 243 742.

Joining the access road at Lawnwith
Joining the access road at Lawnwith

Weather vane on one of the houses at Lawnwith
Weather vane on one of the houses at Lawnwith

Track across the fields from Lawnwith
Track across the fields from Lawnwith

Bridge over Kex Beck below Lawnwith
Bridge over Kex Beck below Lawnwith

Kirkby Malzeard sewage works to the left of the path
Kirkby Malzeard sewage works to the left of the path

Path across the field heading for Braithwaite Hall
Path across the field heading for Braithwaite Hall

Route marker post capped by a road cone
Route marker post capped by a road cone

The reflective ring around the cone was visible from the gate. The large flock of Swaledale sheep in the field moved slowly away from us to our left and we continued to the gate at the top of the field. As we approached the gate we could see High Stroden Barn on the hill top ahead.

About 150m beyond the beck the track turned left to the Kirkby Malzeard sewage works and on the bend we kept straight on to a field gate. We went through the gate and followed a path across a large field. A long way ahead there was a marker post by the path with a road cone on top of it.

Path across the field heading for Braithwaite Hall
Path across the field heading for Braithwaite Hall

Flock of Swaledale sheep moved slowly away from us
Flock of Swaledale sheep moved slowly away from us

Gate into woodland below High Stroden Barn
Gate into woodland below High Stroden Barn

Path through the woodland approaching Braithwaite Hall
Path through the woodland approaching Braithwaite Hall

Entering the parkland/gardens at Braithwaite Hall
Entering the parkland/gardens at Braithwaite Hall

This is a lovely old building and a series of outbuildings. The hall overlooks a very pretty ornamental lake.

Once through the gate we followed the path to the left through some woodland for about 150m to the parkland surrounding Braithwaite Hall.

Braithwaite Hall, a lovely building
Braithwaite Hall, a lovely building

The ornamental lake in front of Braithwaite Hall
The ornamental lake in front of Braithwaite Hall

Bridleway along the access road from Braithwaite Hall
Bridleway along the access road from Braithwaite Hall

Gate & cattle grid at the start of Nap Cote Lane
Gate & cattle grid at the start of Nap Cote Lane

We passed through the gate and retraced our steps along the drive from Braithwaite Hall back to our parking spot on the edge of Galphay at the end of our walk. It had been a very short walk of only 6km, with plenty of interest along the way, that took us about 2 hours to walk.

We continued along the gravel drive past the hall and up the slope to the cattle grid and gate at map ref. SE 249 734. This is the cattle grid at the start of Nap Cote Lane that we had passed on the outward leg of our walk.

Lamb of God - Christian emblem by the roadside
"Lamb of God" - Christian emblem by the roadside

Retracing our steps along Nap Cote Lane back to Galphay
Retracing our steps along Nap Cote Lane back to Galphay

Returning to our parking spot at the end of our walk
Returning to our parking spot at the end of our walk

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