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The "Band Room" & Toilets at the car park in Low Mill seen from the Daleside Road

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Route No. 604 - Thursday 31 December 2015
Low Mill, West Gill, Rudland Rigg,
Monket House, Dale Side Road circuit - 9km
Farndale, North York Moors . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL26 North York Moors Western area


From the car park at Low Mill we set off along the Daleside Road
From the car park at Low Mill we set off along the Daleside Road

Our turning off the Daleside Road to Horn End
Our turning off the Daleside Road to Horn End

As forecast the weather was brightening and remained dry with a few sunny spells until after we had driven home at the end of our walk. From the car park entrance we turned right to walk along the road for about 400m to map ref. SE 669 954.

This morning my friend, Jim, and I drove out to the village of Low Mill in Farndale in the North York Moors. We parked in the car park at map ref. SE 672 952 at the start of the famous "daffodil walk". There are some public toilets at the car park and the well known music venue at the corrugated iron building called the "Band Room".

Following the farm access track to Horn End
Following the farm access track to Horn End

Nearing Horn End farm along the access track
Nearing Horn End farm along the access track

Following the track towards High Barn
Following the track towards High Barn

We ignored the turning and kept straight on following the bridleway along a farm track. About 600m from Horn End farm we came to the ruins of High Barn next to the track.

Here we turned left off the road to follow a bridleway along the farm access track to Horn End farm. Here the farm access road continues round to the right to Horn End Cottages.

Continuing up the valley of West Gill
Continuing up the valley of West Gill

The ruins of High Barn by the track
The ruins of High Barn by the track

Gate across the track just beyond High Barn
Gate across the track just beyond High Barn

Muddy track approaching the footbridge
Muddy track approaching the footbridge

Instead we kept the stone wall on out right and followed a muddy path down to West Gill Beck. We crossed a footbridge over the beck and followed the path climbing up the far bank into the field.

About 100m beyond High Barn the track passed through a field gate into a neck of rough grassland with another gate into the next field ahead. We did not go through this second gate.

Ignore the steel gate & follow the wall down to West Gill Beck
Ignore the steel gate & follow the wall down to West Gill Beck

Footbridge over West Gill Beck
Footbridge over West Gill Beck


Following the track coming up from Scarth Nick farm
Following the track coming up from Scarth Nick farm

About 300m from the footbridge our track formed a 'T'-junction with a track coming up from Scarth Nick farm. At this track we turned right and continued to climb up the hillside along this track. After about 100m we came to a gate in the stone intake wall and followed the track through the gate.

There was no discernible path here but we could see a waymarked gate in the stone wall to our left part way up the field. We made our way around a marshy area full of cotton grass reeds to reach the gate. Through the gate there was a farm track that we followed climbing up the hillside.

Waymarked gate in the stone wall part way up the field
Waymarked gate in the stone wall part way up the field

Gate to the open moor with old ironstone workings above
Gate to the open moor with old ironstone workings above

Following the path along the edge of the old ironstone workings
Following the path along the edge of the old ironstone workings


Path along the edge of the old ironstone workings

There were spoil heaps below to our right and the huge area of excavated hillside up to our left.

Once through the gate, the path took us along the bottom of an extensive area of old iron stone workings.


Path along the edge of the old ironstone workings

Looking back to Farndale along the valley of West Gill
Looking back to Farndale along the valley of West Gill

Path across the moor above West Gill Head
Path across the moor above West Gill Head

Heading up to the old coach road on Rudland Rigg
Heading up to the old coach road on Rudland Rigg

Following the old coach road along Rudland Rigg
Following the old coach road along Rudland Rigg

At Rudland Rigg we turned right to walk along the old coach road for about 700m to a crossroads. At the crossroads we turned right following the track initially heading eastwards.

After about 500m we left the workings behind and continued along the path across the open moorland above West Gill. After about 700m from the gate at the start of the ironstone workings we joined the old coach road (Waingate) on Rudland Rigg at map ref. SE 644 968.

Climbing by a line of grouse butts towards the old coach road
Climbing by a line of grouse butts towards the old coach road

Jim already at the old coach road waiting for me to catch up
Jim already at the old coach road waiting for me to catch up

Following the old coach road Turning right off the old coach road to head across the moor and back down into Farndalealong Rudland Rigg
Following the old coach road (Waingate) along Rudland Rigg

Turning right off the old coach road to head across the moor and back down into Farndale
Turning right off the old coach road to head across the moor and back down into Farndale


Heading across the moor away from the old coach road

Hikers sheltering in a grouse shooting butt for their lunch
Hikers sheltering in a grouse shooting butt for their lunch

Beyond this gate the rough concrete road gets much steeper
Beyond this gate the rough concrete road gets much steeper

This was a steep descent along a rough concrete track (Legally I think that it is a "By-way Open to All Traffic", a BOAT).

The track began dropping down back into Farndale and after about 2km we reached the road at Monket House.

Heading across the moor towards Farndale
Heading across the moor towards Farndale

Dropping down into Farndale to Monket House
Dropping down into Farndale to Monket House

Turning on to the road at Monket House
Turning on to the road at Monket House

View across Farndale from the track down to the road at Monket House
View across Farndale from the track down to the road at Monket House

Road from Monket House to the turning for Church Houses
Road from Monket House to the turning for Church Houses

We continued straight ahead along the Daleside Road with lovely views across Farndale as we continued down the valley.

At the road we turned right to walk along the road past Monket House to the road junction where there is a turning down to Church Houses.

Road down to Chirch Houses on the left
Road down to Church Houses on the left

Heading for the seat beside the Daleside Road
Heading for the seat beside the Daleside Road

Following the Daleside Road back to Low Mill
Following the Daleside Road back to Low Mill

Refreshed, we set off for the last 1.8km along the road and back into Low Mill and the car park at the end of our walk.

About 200m from the junction there is a seat at the side of the road with a fine view across the valley and we stopped there for a drink.

Following the Daleside Road back to Low Mill
Following the Daleside Road back to Low Mill

Returning to Low Mill at the end of our walk
Returning to Low Mill at the end of our walk

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