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Way mark post at the fork in the Middle Road at map ref. TA 002 887 near the end of the walk
Way mark post at the fork in the Middle Road at map ref. TA 002 887 near the end of the walk

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Route No. 602 - Wednesday 9 December 2015
Dog Bark Bend car park,
Raincliffe Woods circuit - 7km
Scarborough
North York Moors . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL27 North York Moors Eastern area


Dog Bark Bend car park at the start of the walk
Dog Bark Bend car park at the start of the walk

Dog Bark Bend Sign at the car park
Sign at the car park

With our backs to the road (called Low Road) we set off along the public bridleway along the track from the top left hand corner of the car park.

This morning my wife & I started our walk at the 'Dog Bark Bend' car park, map ref. TA 001 889 on the edge of Raincliffe Woods, about 5km due west from the harbour at Scarborough.

Bridleway from the top left hand corner of the car park
Bridleway from the top left hand corner of the car park

Heading SE from the car park to go round a fallen tree
Heading SE from the car park to go round a fallen tree . . .


. . . then heading SW to turn left at this tree . . .

This brought us to a tree to the left of the track that is larger than most in this part of the wood. At the tree we turned left to head directly up the slope for about 25m to a seat.

First the track took us about 150m southeast around a large fallen tree, then a similar distance heading south, then about 100m heading southwest.


. . . then heading south up the hillside . . .


. . . and climb up to this seat.

The track now heading east south east from the seat
The track now heading east south east from the seat

Heading east south east away from the seat
Heading east south east away from the seat

Still following the track climbing up the hillside
Still following the track climbing up the hillside

The track was now climbing straight up the steep hillside and after another 400m we reached the top of the climb at map ref. TA 007 882. Here we turned right to double back along a path around the top edge of the wood.

At the seat we turned left to follow a track now heading east southeast slowly climbing up the hillside. After about 500m the track begins to bend to the right and later becomes a sunken track.

The track begins to bend right becoming steeper
The track begins to bend right becoming steeper

The sunken track heading straight up the hillside
The sunken track heading straight up the hillside

We turned right at the top of the climb to double back along a path around the top edge of the wood
We turned right at the top of the climb to double back along a path around the top edge of the wood

Start of the path around the top edge of the wood
Start of the path around the top edge of the wood

Dry stone wall enclosure by the path
Dry stone wall enclosure by the path

Impressive beech trees by the path
Impressive beech trees by the path

We continued along this path around the edge of the woodland for about 2km to map ref. SE 990 876. Here the bridleway goes through a gate to continue across the fields.

We followed this path around the top edge of the wood with the open fields of Seamer Moor on our left and the wooded escarpment on our right. We passed a lovely group of old beech trees as we made our way along the edge of the wood.

Fields of Seamer Moor on the left & the wood on the right
Fields of Seamer Moor on the left & the wood on the right

Avoiding a boggy part of the path
Avoiding a boggy part of the path

Woodland & sunshine a lovely combination
The sun broke through the clouds to brighten the path

Ahead the bridleway goes through a gate to continue across the fields
Ahead the bridleway goes through a gate to continue across the fields

Following the path at the edge of the wood in the sunshine
Following the path at the edge of the wood in the sunshine

The gradient was mostly quite gentle
The gradient was mostly quite gentle . . .

The path widened and became easier underfoot
The path widened and became easier underfoot

Once over the mound there was a clear path heading diagonally down the hillside heading westwards. The downwards gradient was generally easy but there was one section of about 30m where there was a steep muddy slope that was a bit awkward to negotiate. After about 300m we came to a wide track heading northwards down the end of the hill.

We left the bridleway here and turned right to follow a footpath staying at the edge of the wood. After another 300m where the path drops down a small dip and wiggles right briefly, we turned off the path over a small mound onto a not very obvious path on the right.

Turning right as the path came out of a small dip
Turning right as the path came out of a small dip

In one place the gradient was steep and slippery
. . . but in one place was steep and slippery

Boardwalk over a muddy bit
Boardwalk over a muddy bit

Wide track heading down the end of the hill to Green Gate car park
Wide track heading down the end of the hill to Green Gate car park

Dropping down the end of the hill to Green Gate car park
Dropping down the end of the hill to Green Gate car park

Continuing our way along the Middle Road
Continuing our way along the Middle Road

Woven enclosure - don't know what it's for
Woven enclosure - don't know what it's for

An area of open access land in the wood
An area of open access land in the wood

At the fork the track straight ahead goes past the seat that we passed near the start of the walk, but we took the fork to the left that passes the large tree where we turned up to the seat near the start of the walk. From there we retraced our outward route back to the Dog Bark Bend car park and the end of the walk.

We turned right to follow this track down to 'Green Gate' car park at map ref. SE 984 875. We crossed the car park to the far right hand corner to a tubular steel gate and the wide track beyond. This track is called 'Middle Road' and we followed it back through the wood for about 1.7km to map ref. TA 002 887. Here there is a way mark post where the track forks.

Leaving the Green Gate car park along the Middle Road track
Leaving the Green Gate car park along the Middle Road track

Crossing a large clearing in the wood
Crossing a large clearing in the wood

Sculpture of 'The Green Man' spirit of the forest
Sculpture of 'The Green Man' spirit of the forest (no the right)

Fork in the track where we rejoined our outward route
Fork in the track where we rejoined our outward route

Returning to the Dog Bark Bend car park at the end of our walk
Returning to the Dog Bark Bend car park at the end of our walk

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