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Arriving at Oulston Road after coming up the hill from Thornton Lane
Arriving at Oulston Road after coming up the hill from Thornton Lane

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Route No. 605 - Thursday 7 January 2016
Road walk from Husthwaite to
Easingwold via Thornton Hill - 8km
(linear route) - Howardian Hills . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 299 Ripon & Boroughbridge


Starting from the green next to St. Nicholas, parish church, in Husthwaite
Starting from the green next to St. Nicholas, parish church, in Husthwaite

Setting off along High Street from the church in Husthwaite
Setting off along High Street from the church in Husthwaite

Turning left from Kays Bank on to Malton Street
Turning left from Kay's Bank on to Malton Street

She dropped us off at the little green next to the parish church of St. Nicholas in the middle of the village. From the church we followed the road, called High Street (Low Street goes the opposite way from the church). High Street heads eastwards and after about 300m we came to a 'T'-junction with Kay's Bank. Here we turned right to walk up Kay's Bank for almost 400m to another 'T'-junction. To the right is a road called Gibbet Hill, but we turned left to walk along the road called Malton Street.

For the past two months most days have been overcast, gloomy and wet! The weather forecast for today promised a fine spell for a few hours in the middle of the day, but everywhere off the roads is sloppy mud. My friend, Jim, and I decided that we would do a local walk along some quiet lanes avoiding the muddy farmland so this morning my wife drove my friend, Jim, and me to Husthwaite, a village just a few kilometers north of Easingwold.

Walking up Kays Bank in Husthwaite
Walking up Kay's Bank in Husthwaite

Following Malton Street eastwards from Husthwaite
Following Malton Street eastwards from Husthwaite

Passing The Old Lodge on Malton Street
Passing The Old Lodge on Malton Street

She was very friendly and when Jim mentioned that he was wearing alpaca wool socks it turned out that she could supply them so Jim vowed to use this local supplier from now on.

There was some light rain as we set off and this continued with no sign of the weather clearing up. The sky was the low leaden grey that we have grown used to. After about 350m we came to a field where a lady was feeding a small group of alpacas.

Weather vane at The Old Lodge on Malton Street
Weather vane at The Old Lodge on Malton Street


Alpacas at 'Beacon Alpacas' on Malton Street

The roadside ditches had overflowed on to Malton Street
The roadside ditches had overflowed on to Malton Street

Heading towards High House along Thornton
Heading towards High House along Thornton Lane

There was still no sign of the weather improving as we continued along Thornton Lane down a dip in the road heading towards High House on the right. The dip was full of water and we squelched our way past it along the sodden grass verge.

The rain was getting heavier now and there was a muddy stream running along one edge of the road. We followed Malton Street for about 1.3km to a crossroads with Thornton Lane. At the crossroads we turned right to walk southwards along Thornton Lane.

Turning right off Malton Street on to Thornton Lane
Turning right off Malton Street on to Thornton Lane

Squelching past the flooded dip just before High House
Squelching past the flooded dip just before High House

On a clear day there's a good view from this part of Thornto Lane!
On a clear day there's a good view from this part of Thornton Lane!

Passing High House farm near the top of Thornton Hill
Passing High House farm near the top of Thornton Hill

We dropped down around a couple of bends in the road towards Thornton Hill Farm on the left.

From High House we continued over Thornton Hill.

Dropping down round the bend towards Thornton Hill Farm
Dropping down round the bend towards Thornton Hill Farm

Another view point from Thornton Lane when the weather is clear
Another view point from Thornton Lane when the weather is clear

Passing Thornton Hill Farm
Passing Thornton Hill Farm

Another flooded dip in the road
Another flooded dip in the road . . .

Approaching Peep O'Day Farm along Thornton Lane
Approaching Peep O'Day Farm along Thornton Lane

I say 'river' but normally the River Kyle is little more than a glorified ditch with a very small stream in the bottom. Today the channel was full of brown muddy water racing by at high speed.

As we continued southwards from Thornton Hill farm there were other smaller dips in the road also full of water for us to negotiate. At the access track to Peep O'Day Farm we stopped for a few moments to look at the torrent of muddy water racing along the River Kyle.

Heading south from Thornton Hill Farm along Thornton Lane
Heading south from Thornton Hill Farm along Thornton Lane

another flooded dip in the road
. . . and another flooded dip in the road

River Kyle flowing under Thornton Lane joined by a roadside ditch
River Kyle flowing under Thornton La joined by a roadside ditch

Passing the turning to North Moor Lane
Passing the turning to North Moor Lane

Heading along Oulston Rd to the phone mast on Mallison Hill
Heading along Oulston Rd to the phone mast on Mallison Hill

At the Oulston Road we turned right and walked along Oulston Road over Mallison Hill where there is a phone mast between two power lines.

We continued along Thornton Lane in the now heavy rain past the turning on the right (leading to North Moor Road) and up the hill to Oulston Road at map ref. SE 535 711.

The junction with Oulston Road
The junction with Oulston Road

Dropping down along Oulston Rd into Easingwold
Dropping down along Oulston Rd into Easingwold

The junction of Oulston Rd with Crayke Rd.
The junction of Oulston Rd with Crayke Rd.

Heading along Uppleby
Heading along Uppleby

At the start of Little Lane we took refuge from the rain in a little cafe where we had a coffee and a tasty hot beef sandwich for our lunch. The whole walk had been about 8km and it had taken us about 2 hours to walk (with no stops) on this dismal wet day - so much for the promising weather forecast!

We were on the edge of Easingwold now and we followed the road down to the crossroads where we turned right to walk along the pleasant lime tree lined street called Uppleby. At the end of Uppleby the road bends round to the left and becomes Spring Street. We followed Spring Street down into the market place and crossed to Little Lane at the south west corner of the market place.

Heading along Uppleby
Heading along Uppleby

The warm, dry cafe at the end of our walk
The warm, dry cafe at the end of our walk

Heading down Spring Street to the Market Place in Easingwold and the end of our wet walk
Heading down Spring Street to the Market Place in Easingwold and the end of our wet walk

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