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Looking back over Osmotherley to the Vale of Mowbray from the slopes of Black Hambleton
Looking back over Osmotherley to the Vale of Mowbray from the slopes of Black Hambleton

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Route No. 630 - Thursday 14 July 2016
Square Corner(car park), Black Hambleton,
Cleveland Way, Arden Great Moor,
Dale Head farm(ruin) circuit - 10km
North York Moors . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL26 North York Moors Western area


Looking down Oak Dale towards Osmotherley from the car park at Square Corner
Looking down Oak Dale towards Osmotherley from the car park at Square Corner

Black Hambleton seen from the Square Corner car park
Black Hambleton seen from the Square Corner car park


Following the Cleveland Way up Black Hambleton
Following the Cleveland Way up Black Hambleton

From the car park we followed the route of the Cleveland Way heading southwards climbing up the hill called Black Hambleton. The route runs along a stony track called the Hambleton Drove Road that was originally used by cattle drovers bringing cattle from the north to markets at various towns further south. About a kilometer along the road to the north is a building called Chequers on the map. This was the Chequers Inn, used by the drovers bringing their cattle south.

It was bright and sunny this morning with a good forecast for the rest of the day. My friend, Jim, and I drove to a little car park at Square Corner, map ref. SE 480 959. It's about 3km by road from Osmotherley along a very scenic narrow road heading to Hawnby. We reached the car park just after 9am and started our walk at about 9.15.

One of many large patches of cotton grass
One of many large patches of cotton grass

The Cleveland Way following the route of the old Hambleton drove road up Black Hambleton
The Cleveland Way following the route of the
old Hambleton drove road up Black Hambleton

Bell heather comming into flower, a month before the Ling
Bell heather coming into flower, a month before the Ling

Continuing along the Cleveland Way climbing up Black Hambleton along the top edge of Silton Forest
Continuing along the Cleveland Way climbing up Black Hambleton along the top edge of Silton Forest

Part of a stack of timber about 100m long  below us
Part of a stack of timber about 100m long below us

The trig point on top of Black Hambleton
The trig point on top of Black Hambleton

A few metres beyond the cairn there was a track off to the left that lead us to the trig point on Black Hambleton at 399m. From the trig point we retraced our steps back to the Cleveland Way and continued heading roughly south east across the moor with good views all around us.

We followed the stony track climbing up Black Hambleton along the edge of Silton Forest. A large area of forest had been felled and below us we could see a huge stack of timber waiting to be transported away. At the top of the climb there was a large cairn to the left of the track.

Turning off the Cleveland Way to inspect the trig point
Turning off the Cleveland Way to inspect the trig point

View south from the Cleveland way on Black Hambleton
View south from the Cleveland way on Black Hambleton

Looking southwards along the Hambleton Drove Road from our turning northwards onto Arden Great Moor
Looking southwards along the Hambleton Drove Road from our turning northwards onto Arden Great Moor

Turning off the Cleveland Way onto Arden Great Moor
Turning off the Cleveland Way onto Arden Great Moor

After about 400m the track began to bend round to our right and we continued in an arc around the moor top above Locker Bank for about a kilometer to map ref. SE 501 934.

At map ref. SE 490 931 the track turns right heading south and the old drove road can be seen winding its way across the moor. At this point we turned left off the old drove road to follow a stony track heading northwards across Arden Great Moor.

Track across Arden Great Moor
Track across Arden Great Moor

Turning off the track around Arden Great Moor to drop down Locker Bank
Turning off the track around Arden Great Moor to drop down Locker Bank

Starting down Locker Bank
Starting down Locker Bank

Continuing on the track down towards Wheat Beck
Continuing on the track down towards Wheat Beck

The track continued down the hillside a few metres to the west of a dry stone wall. After another 700m, at map ref. SE 507 944, we turned left to follow a bridleway that came from a field gate on our right.

Here we turned left to follow another stony track down Locker Bank. After about 600m the track bent round to our right and after another 300m the track bent round to our left.

Following the track down Locker Bank
Following the track down Locker Bank

Continuing on the track down towards Wheat Beck
Continuing on the track down towards Wheat Beck

The path follows the wall down the hillside and at the gate it turns left to follow a bridleway towards the camera position
The path follows the wall down the hillside and at the gate it turns left to follow a bridleway towards the camera position

Following the bridleway across the moor
Following the bridleway across the moor

Beef cattle grazing  on the far side of Wheat Beck
Beef cattle grazing on the far side of Wheat Beck

There was a large herd of beef cattle grazing on the hillside opposite. After about 1km we came to a bridge across Bawderis Beck just before this beck joins Wheat Beck in the valley bottom.

We walked along the bridleway across the moor with a view of Arden Great Moor and Black Hambleton above us to our left. To our right we were looking across the valley of Wheat Beck.

Following the bridleway across the moor
Following the bridleway across the moor


Beef cattle grazing on the far side of Wheat Beck

Approaching the bridge over Bawderis Beck
Approaching the bridge over Bawderis Beck


Dale Head farm seen from Locker Bank. Our route comes up
the hill to the ruin on the right and follows the track to
the red outbuilding and out top left of the photo

The ruins of Dale Head farm
The ruins of Dale Head farm

At the ruins of the outbuildings the bridleway turns right and follows the grassy farm access track initially heading north west.

From the bridge we followed the bridleway across the fields climbing up the hillside to the ruins of Dale Head farm. The bridleway goes past the ruined farm house and up to the gable end of the ruined outbuildings.

Climbing up from the bridge over Bawderis Beck to Dale Head
Climbing up from the bridge over Bawderis Beck to Dale Head

Turning right at the gable end of the ruined outbuilding
Turning right at the gable end of the ruined outbuilding

Following the track out of Dale Head farm
Following the track out of Dale Head farm

Access track out of Dale Head farm
Access track out of Dale Head farm

The track from Dale Head farm out to the road
The track from Dale Head farm out to the road

Bumble bee on a thistle flower by the track
Bumble bee on a thistle flower by the track

We walked along the farm access track for about 1km to the road at map ref. SE 488 955.

As we left Dale Head farm we passed the remains of an old round lime kiln with the hearth & its lintel clearly visible.

Old lime kiln by the track leaving Dale Head farm
Old lime kiln by the track leaving Dale Head farm

The track from Dale Head farm out to the road
The track from Dale Head farm out to the road

Looking back along the track to Dale Head as we neared the road
Looking back along the track to Dale Head as we neared the road

Turning left at the end of the track to walk along the road  towards the Square Corner car park
Turning left at the end of the track to walk along the road towards the Square Corner car park

Following the road towards the car park
Following the road towards the car park

There were large areas of cotton grass beside  the road
There were large areas of cotton grass beside the road

Bird's foot trefoil on the roadside
Bird's foot trefoil on the roadside

The whole route had been a little over 10km and it had taken me almost three and a half hours to walk including numerous photo stops.

At the road we turned left and walked along the road for about 800m back to the Square Corner car park and the end of our walk.

Sheep walking ahead of us along the road
Sheep walking ahead of us along the road

At last the sheep turned off the road
At last the sheep turned off the road

Back at the Square Corner car park
Back at the Square Corner car park

Cyclist stopped to admire the view down Oak Dale from the car park
Cyclist stopped to admire the view down Oak Dale from the car park

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