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Crossing the field from the muddy gateway to the path along the top of the bank next to the second large tree from the right of the photo
Crossing the field from the muddy gateway to the path along the top of the bank next to the second large tree from the right of the photo

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Route No. 607 - Thursday 18 February 2016
Wensley, Harmby, Middleham Bridge,
River Ure circuit - 9km
Wensleydale . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL30 Yorkshire Dales Northern & Central areas


Pen Hill seen from our parking spot at the start of the walk
Pen Hill seen from our parking spot at the start of the walk

Crossing the R. Ure along the A684 over Wensley Bridge
Crossing the R. Ure along the A684 over Wensley Bridge

We parked off the A684 at the south end of Wensley Bridge over the River Ure. From our parking spot we set off along the A684 across Wensley Bridge and then turned right along Low Lane in front of the Holy Trinity parish church.

The weather today was fine and bright, the kind of crisp winter's day that's perfect for a good walk. My friend, Jim, & I drove out to the village of Wensley about 2km west of Leyburn.

Holy Trinity church in Wensley seen from Wensley Bridge
Holy Trinity church in Wensley seen from Wensley Bridge

Walking through Wensley along Low Lane past the parish church
Walking through Wensley along Low Lane past the parish church

Turning off the narrow access road to a path across the fields
Turning off the narrow access road to a path across the fields

At the gate the left hand gate post is worth a look. It was made by Italian Prisoners of War in the 1940's and they have marked to top of the post with the inscription 'POW Italian'.

After about 200m we turned left off Low Lane to follow a narrow access road up the slope for about 100m and then round a right hand bend . After another 100m we turned right off this narrow access road to go through a gate to a public footpath across the fields.


Starting to climb up the narrow access road from Low Lane


Wartime concrete gatepost inscribed POW - Italian

Looking back across Wensleydale to Pen Hill
Looking back across Wensleydale to Pen Hill

Path across the fields below Leyburn
Path across the fields below Leyburn

Hay meadow in the Old Glebe Field Nature Reserve
Hay meadow in the Old Glebe Field Nature Reserve

Approaching Low Wood Lane on the path across the fields
Approaching Low Wood Lane on the path across the fields

It's called Leyburn Old Glebe Nature Reserve and it is managed by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust From the Old Glebe field we continued on across the fields to cross a walled sunken track called Low Wood Lane at map ref. SE 109 897.

We followed the footpath across the fields through numerous stone squeeze stiles and across a nature reserve hay meadow that is managed by traditional methods to conserve the wild meadow flowers.

Gate into the Old Glebe Field Nature Reserve
Gate into the Old Glebe Field Nature Reserve

Another stone squeeze stile along the way<
Another stone squeeze stile along the way

Dropping down on to Low Field Lane
Dropping down on to Low Field Lane

Climbing out of Low Field Lane to continue across the fields to the A6108
Climbing out of Low Field Lane to continue across the fields to the A6108

Another stone squeeze stile
Another stone squeeze stile

Gate on to the A6108
Gate on to the A6108

After about 100m we turned left off the main road to follow a tarmac access road heading east for about 600m to Craken House.

From Low Wood Lane we continued along the footpath for about 600m to the A 6108 at map ref. SE 115 898. At the main road we turned right and walked along the narrow grass verge of this busy route.

Heading across the fields to the A6108
Heading across the fields to the A6108

We walked about 100m along the A6108
We walked about 100m along the A6108

Turning off the A6108 to follow the access road to Craken House
Turning off the A6108 to follow the access road to Craken House

Turning left opposite Craken House to follow Mill Lane up past Walk Mill
Turning left opposite Craken House to follow Mill Lane

Our turning off Mill Lane
Our turning off Mill Lane

Path from the fields in to Harmby village
Path from the fields in to Harmby village

From this gate we followed a public footpath across the fields with lovely views across Wensleydale for about 500m to the edge of the village of Harmby. The final stretch of the path led us via an access road to join the main street in the village at map ref. SE 127 896.

Here we turned left to follow a public footpath along a stony access track called Mill Lane for about 250m past Walk Mill. At map ref. SE 121 898 we turned right along another access track for about 100m to a gate into the fields.

Following Mill Lane up past Walk Mill
Following Mill Lane up past Walk Mill

Start of the path across the fields to Harmby
Start of the path across the fields to Harmby

Approaching the main street in Harmby
Approaching the main street in Harmby

Lovely old ash tree by the field path on the way to Harmby
Lovely old ash tree by the field path on the way to Harmby

Leaving Harmby along a lane past the Methodist chapel
Leaving Harmby along a lane past the Methodist chapel

Turning off the farm access road on to a path across the fields
Turning off the farm access road on to a path across the fields

After about 300m along this farm access road we turned left off the access road through a stone stile in the wall to follow a public footpath heading south west across the fields.

At the village street we turned right and walked along the street for about 100m and then turned right off the road to follow a narrow lane down past the Methodist chapel on the corner. After about 150m we turned right off the lane to walk along a tarmac access road leading towards Throstle Nest Farm.

Access road to Throstle Nest Farm
Access road to Throstle Nest Farm

Field path heading down towards Middleham Bridge
Field path heading down towards Middleham Bridge

Field path heading down towards Middleham Bridge
Field path heading down towards Middleham Bridge

Nearing the R. Ure on the path to Middleham Bridge
Nearing the R. Ure on the path to Middleham Bridge

Field path along the north side of the R. Ure
Field path along the north side of the R. Ure

We headed in a south westerly direction across the field by the River Ure to a gate on to the A6180 at the Middleham Bridge over the River Ure. At the road we turned left and walked across the road bridge.

We followed this path across the fields for about 400m to map ref. SE 122 890 where we turned right to cross a bridge over a small stream called Mill Beck and then turned left to continue along the path.

The bridge over Mill Beck
The bridge over Mill Beck

Approaching the A6108 at Middleham Bridge
Approaching the A6108 at Middleham Bridge

Middleham Bridge on the A6108
Middleham Bridge on the A6108

Crossing Middleham Bridge on the A6108
Crossing Middleham Bridge on the A6108

Track heading west from the A6108
Track heading west from the A6108

R. Ure seen from the track along the south bank
R. Ure seen from the track along the south bank

Here we turned right off the road on to a farm access track on the crown of the bend. We followed this track eastwards for about 900m to map ref. SE 110 886.

The road over the bridge is busy and the bridge is narrow, only wide enough for one vehicle so we had to be quick and keep tight in to the edge! Once across the bridge we continued along the road for about 200m to a left hand bend in the road.

200m from Middleham Bridge we turned right to this track
200m from Middleham Bridge we turned right to this track

Following the track west on the south side of the R. Ure
Following the track west on the south side of the R. Ure

Nearing our right turn off the track
Nearing our right turn off the track

Waymark post on the left at our right turning off the track to cross the field to the river bank
Waymark post on the left at our right turning off the track to cross the field to the river bank

Start of the river bank path at a stone & earth stream crossing
Start of the river bank path at a stone & earth stream crossing

Near the start of the river bank path
Near the start of the river bank path

River bank path around The Wisings
River bank path around 'The Wisings'

Again the winter floods have left their mark with much erosion of the river bank on the outside of the bend. At the river bank we turned left and crossed over the stream on a stone & earth embankment. From here we followed a public footpath along the river bank. A large marshy field called The Wisings on the map was still partially flooded and there was a large flock of greylag geese both on the water and grazing around the flooded area. There were a few other water birds as well including an oystercatcher that I managed to photograph.

There's a way marker post in the bank on the left of the track indicating a public footpath across the field on the right. We turned off the track here to follow this path. There was still some standing water in the field from the winter floods and we had to paddle the first few metres. After about 100m we followed a small stream on our left until we reached the bank of the River Ure. The river makes a turn here flowing downstream to the north and approaching the bend from the west.

River Ure flowing round a right angle bend
River Ure flowing round a right angle bend

Part of a large flock of greylag geese on 'The Wisings'
Part of a large flock of greylag geese on 'The Wisings'

An oystercatcher on the river bank
An oystercatcher on the river bank

River bank path heading back to Wensley Bridge
River bank path heading back to Wensley Bridge

River bank path heading back to Wensley Bridge
River bank path heading back to Wensley Bridge

Path along the river bank near the end of our walk
Path along the river bank near the end of our walk

On our way home we stopped at a cafe in Leyburn for a coffee and a bacon sandwich to round off a love day out in the winter sunshine. The whole route had been about 9km and it had taken us a little over three hours to walk.

We continued along the river bank path from the point where we had joined it (map ref. SE 110 888) for about 2.3km back to the road at Wensley Bridge (map ref. SE 091 893) and the end of our walk.

One of the erroded areas of river bank after the winter floods
One of the eroded areas of river bank after the winter floods

Large sycamore tree across the River Ure
Large sycamore tree across the River Ure

Wensley Bridge over the River Ure at the end of our walk
Wensley Bridge over the River Ure at the end of our walk

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