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Heading for Skelton-on-Ure on the permissive path along a Newby Hall Estate access road
Heading for Skelton-on-Ure on the permissive path along a Newby Hall Estate access road

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Route No. 601 - Thursday 3 December 2015
Langthorpe, Dog Kennel Lane, Brampton Hall,
Skelton-on-Ure, Cottage Farm, Moor Lane circuit
8km - Boroughbridge . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 299 Ripon & Boroughbridge at 1:25000

Note: This walk, "The Dog Kennel Lane Circuit", is one of a series called "Ure Walks Through Time" published by the Boroughbridge Walkers Are Welcome Group. Details are available to download free from the Boroughbridge Walks web site
The image left is the way mark for the Newby Hall Estate permissive path which covers most of this walk


The A1(M) bridge over the River Ure at Boroughbridge seen from Dog Kennel Lane
The A1(M) bridge over the River Ure at Boroughbridge seen from Dog Kennel Lane

Skelton Road, Moor Lane/Dog Kennel Lane crossroads
Skelton Road, Moor Lane/Dog Kennel Lane crossroads

We parked at the point where the road to Skelton-on-Ure crosses under the A1(M) at map ref. SE 384 672. Under the A1(M) bridges there is room to park off the road on the hard standing where there are often a few cars parked. When we arrived there it was not raining and from this parking spot we walked along Skelton Road towards Skelton for a few metres.

The weather forecast for today was for dark gloomy skies and persistent rain for most of the day and it turned out to be horribly accurate. Unfortunately today is the only day that my friend, Jim, could get out together for a walk this week, so despite the forecast we drove to Langthorpe, Boroughbridge.

Looking back to our parking spot from Dog Kennel Lane
Looking back to our parking spot from Dog Kennel Lane

As we reached Dog Kennel Lane it started to rain & Jim put his coat on
As we reached Dog Kennel Lane it started to rain & Jim put his coat on

Passing the new farm house on Dog Kennel Lane
Passing the new farm house on Dog Kennel Lane

We turned left off Skelton Road and followed Dog Kennel Lane for about 500m past a farm on the left to a sharp left hand bend. About 70m beyond the bend there is a sign post on the right hand side of the lane indicating a footpath along the edge of the fields.

On the Skelton side of the A1(M) there is a crossroads with a lane from Cottage Farm on the right and a farm access lane called Dog Kennel Lane on the left. At this junction there is a large information board about the 'Dog Kennel Lane Circuit' at the start of Dog Kennel Lane.

Sharp left hand bend just before our turning to a field path
Sharp left hand bend just before our turning to a field path

Turning off Dog Kennel Lane to follow a path along the edge of the fields
Turning off Dog Kennel Lane to follow a path along the edge of the fields

Following the path along the edge of the fields
Following the path along the edge of the fields

Joining a farm access track where a power line crosses it
Joining a farm access track where a power line crosses it

Here there is a large oak tree on the right of the track and opposite the tree there is a stile to a footpath along the field edge to Brampton Plantation.

We followed this path for about 700m to a farm access track where an overhead power line crosses the track at map ref. SE 373 665. At the track we turned right and walked along the track for about 250m.

Continuing along the path at the edge of the fields
Continuing along the path at the edge of the fields

Following the farm access track to the oak tree ahead
Following the farm access track to the oak tree ahead

Crossing the stile opposite the oak tree to join the field path to Brampton Plantation
Crossing the stile opposite the oak tree to join the field path to Brampton Plantation

Path around Brampton Plantation
Path around Brampton Plantation

Unusual sheep by the path
Unusual sheep by the path

The metalled access road from Brampton Hall
The metalled access road from Brampton Hall

The access road passing through Mulwith Wood & Whin Cover
The access road passing through Mulwith Wood & Whin Cover

At the farm access road we turned right to follow the metalled road for about 2.3km to the entrance to the grounds of Newby Hall at map ref. SE 362 679.

We continued to follow the way marked path around the plantation to the farm access road at the entrance to the farm at Brampton Hall.

Path leading to the farm at Brampton Hall
Path leading to the farm at Brampton Hall

Looking back to Brampton Plantation
Looking back to Brampton Plantation

Inquisitive horses by the access road
Inquisitive horses by the access road

Bend in the access road approaching Skelton-on-Ure
Bend in the access road approaching Skelton-on-Ure

The elaborate entrance to the Newby Hall Estate on the edge of Skelton-on-Ure
The elaborate entrance to the Newby Hall Estate on the edge of Skelton-on-Ure

Following the road into Skelton-on-Ure
Following the road into Skelton-on-Ure

Woodland path to the church
Woodland path to the church

We followed the woodland path towards the church for about 150m until there was a good view of the church for a photo and then retraced our steps to the road.

From there we continued along the road towards Skelton-on-Ure for about 200m to the entrance to the Church of 'Christ the Consoler' on the left hand side of the road.

Sign by the path to the church
Sign by the path to the church

The Church of Christ the Consoler
The Church of Christ the Consoler

Cattle in their barn seen from the village street in Skelton
Cattle in their barn seen from the village street in Skelton

Passing the farm on the village street in Skelton
Passing the farm on the village street in Skelton

Path down the side of the Black Lion pub
Path down the side of the Black Lion pub

At the back of the pub we turned right to enter a small field of residential caravans and then turned left to head out to the hedge at the back of the caravan site where, with the help of shouted instructions from the residents, we found a rather wonky stile to the path across the fields beyond the caravan site.

We continued into Skelton Village past a farm on the right hand side of the village street to the Black Lion pub. We turned right to follow a public footpath along the side of the pub to the 'Beer Garden' (all a bit dismal in the pouring rain!)

Turning off the village street at the Black Lion pub
Turning off the village street at the Black Lion pub

Wonky stile out of the caravan site
Wonky stile out of the caravan site

Permissive path along the edge of the field
Permissive path along the edge of the field

Nearing a minor road at the end of the field
Nearing a minor road at the end of the field

Permissive path along a track by the field edge
Permissive path along a track by the field edge

Following the permissive path around a field corner
Following the permissive path around a field corner

This seems to me to be a much better route for both walkers and the farmer and we followed it out to the road. We crossed the road to a track next to the hedge opposite and continued along the Newby Hall Estate permissive path to the lane near Cottage Farm.

There is a public footpath crossing this long field to a minor road at the far end but there is no sign of a path on the ground through the crop of turnips. However the signs for the Newby Hall estate permissive path are there and indicate a path following the hedge around the edge of the field.

Crossing the road to a track next to the hedge opposite
Crossing the road to a track next to the hedge opposite

Permissive path along the field edge
Permissive path along the field edge

Skelton Windmill away to our left from the field path
Skelton Windmill away to our left from the field path

The field path heading for Moor Lane near Cottage Farm (note the permissive path way mark)
The field path heading for Moor Lane near Cottage Farm (note the permissive path way mark)

Turning right on to Moor Lane near Cottage Farm
Turning right on to Moor Lane near Cottage Farm

A matrix sign gantry on the A1(M) seen from Moor Lane
A matrix sign gantry on the A1(M) seen from Moor Lane

The whole route had been 8km and it had taken us two and three quarter hours to trudge in the rain. Don't let this gloomy review put you off. I'm sure it would be a very pleasant walk through the countryside on a warm sunny day!

At the lane we turned right and followed the lane past Cottage Farm, along side the A1(M) down to the junction with Skelton Road and back to our parking spot under the A1(M) bridge at the end of our walk.

Heading for Cottage Farm along Moor Lane
Heading for Cottage Farm along Moor Lane

Approaching Skelton Road along Moor Lane from Cottage Farm
Approaching Skelton Road along Moor Lane from Cottage Farm

Our parking spot on the hard standing under the A1(M) bridges on Skelton Road
Our parking spot on the hard standing under the A1(M) bridges on Skelton Road

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