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Heading towards the Rising Sun Farm along the route of the 'Aldwark Ramble' from Aldwark Grange
Heading towards the Rising Sun Farm along the route of the 'Aldwark Ramble' from Aldwark Grange

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Route No. 614 - Monday 28 March 2016
Boroughbridge Walking Festival
'Aldwark Ramble' - 6km
Aldwark . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 299 Ripon & Boroughbridge

Aldwalk Ramble leaflet(pdf) from 'Ure Walks Through Time'


St. Stephen's Church Aldwark at the start of the walk
St. Stephen's Church Aldwark at the start of the walk

Setting off along the main street through Aldwark
Setting off along the main street through Aldwark

Following the main street through Aldwark
Following the main street through Aldwark

After an interesting introduction about the history of the church (it was dry inside the church), we set off along the village street past the Aldwark Community Library (a converted red telephone box), to the Aldwark Arms on the left hand side of the road at the start of a right hand bend.

This Easter weekend has been the Boroughbridge Walking Festival and this morning my wife & I joined one of the events called 'The Aldwark Ramble' from the church of St. Stephen in Aldwark village. The church was designed by Edward Buckton Lamb. In spite of the awful weather forecast for winds and heavy rain from 'Storm Katie' a dozen people assembled at the church at the start of the walk.

The Aldwark Village Community Library
The Aldwark Village Community Library

Turning on to Rice Lane in front of the Aldwark Arms
Turning on to Rice Lane in front of the Aldwark Arms

Leaving Aldwark along Rice Lane
Leaving Aldwark along Rice Lane

Continuing northwards along Rice Lane
Continuing northwards along Rice Lane

Our guide explaining about local agriculture
Our guide explaining about local agriculture

At the junction we turned right to follow a clear wide track called Haddocks Lane for about 400m to another junction in the track a few hundred metres before Haddocks Farm (this is a huge establishment supplying produce to Morrison's Supermarkets).

At the bend we kept straight on leaving the road to follow an old green road called Rice Lane with the River Ure out of sight a few hundred metres to our left. We followed this pleasant lane between the fields for about 2km to a junction in the track at map ref. SE 455 651.

Heading northwards along Rice Lane
Heading northwards along Rice Lane

Sheep feeding on turnips at a junction in the track
Sheep feeding on turnips at a junction in the track

Walking along Haddocks Lane away from Rice Lane
Walking along Haddocks Lane away from Rice Lane

Turning off Haddocks Lane to walk along the side of Haddocks Plantation
Turning off Haddocks Lane to walk along the side of Haddocks Plantation

Looking along Haddocks Lane to Haddocks Farm
Looking along Haddocks Lane to Haddocks Farm

Turning into Haddocks Plantation towards Aldwark Grange
Turning into Haddocks Plantation towards Aldwark Grange

Walking towards Rising Sun Farm from Aldwark Grange
Walking towards Rising Sun Farm from Aldwark Grange

The path goes along the side of the house at Aldwark Grange and then after about 100m turns left. The path then follows the edge of the field, quite wet in places around to Rising Sun Farm.

At this junction we turned right to follow a track along the eastern boundary of Haddocks Plantation. After about 150m we turned right to walk along a track through Haddocks Plantation to Aldwark Grange.

The track next to Haddocks Plantation
The track next to Haddocks Plantation

Looking back to Aldwark Grange
Looking back to Aldwark Grange

Following the track to Rising Sun Farm
Following the track to Rising Sun Farm

A new shed under construction at Rising Sun Farm
A new shed under construction at Rising Sun Farm

Trailers for hire at Rising Sun Farm
Trailers for hire at Rising Sun Farm

About 200m from the farm entrance along Straight Lane we came to a large fishing lake on the left. It's one of three lakes in the Rising Sun Carp Fishery.

The path goes through the yard with numerous new agricultural trailers, part of a trailer hire business. The path leads through the farm buildings and holiday cottages to the access lane to the farm called Straight Lane.

Walking through the farm buildings at Rising Sun Farm
Walking through the farm buildings at Rising Sun Farm

Carp fishing lake at Rising Sun Farm
Carp fishing lake at Rising Sun Farm

Following Straight Lane away from the fishing lake
Following Straight Lane away from the fishing lake

Heading for Aldwark along Straight Lane
Heading for Aldwark along Straight Lane

About half the party of walkers stopped off at the Aldwark Arms but we had to carry on past the phone box library to the church and the end of the walk. The whole route had been 6km and it had taken about 2 hours to walk. We headed for home to prepare for eight family members arriving, plus ourselves, for a late lunch.

From the lake we continued along Straight Lane for about 1.3km past the entrance to Lodge Farm and out to the road at map ref. SE 470 639. At the road we turned right and walked along the road and into Aldwark village once more. We continued along the road round a left hand bend with the Aldwark Arms opposite.

Following Straight Lane
Following Straight Lane

Walking along the road into Aldwark
Walking along the road into Aldwark

Heading back to the church along the main street in Aldwark
Heading back to the church along the main street in Aldwark

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