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View across Nidderdale from the track dropping down towards Summerbridge near the end of our walk
View across Nidderdale from the track dropping down towards Summerbridge near the end of our walk

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Route No. 635 - Saturday 6 August 2016
Dacre Banks, River Nidd, Hartwith,
Summerbridge circuit - 9km
Nidderdale . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL26 North York Moors Western area


Setting off from the car park opposite the Royal Oak pub in Dacre Banks
Setting off from the car park opposite the Royal Oak pub in Dacre Banks

Following Oak Lane from the car park
Following Oak Lane from the car park

Following the path across the fields towards the river
Following the path across the fields towards the river

It was a fine, warm, sunny day and forecast to stay like that all day. From the car park entrance we turned right and followed Oak Lane, a rough little road for about 30m, then turned left along a track between the houses. The track led us to the fields between the village and the River Nidd and we followed a public footpath across the fields to the river bank.

Once every month my wife & I meet a small group of friends for a walk in the hills. Today we met them in Dacre Banks, a village in Nidderdale set back about 250 m west of the River Nidd. We met a public car park at map ref. SE 196 619. It's tucked away down a narrow side street in front of the Royal Oak pub. Our friend Geoff was leading this walk and afterwards we are all going to Geoff & Lynn's house for one of Geoff's renown barbecues.

Turning off Oak Lane along a track between the buildings
Turning off Oak Lane along a track between the buildings

Path across the fields to the River Nidd
Path across the fields to the River Nidd

Crossing the stile on to the river bank path
Crossing the stile on to the river bank path

Following the path along the western bank of the River Nidd
Following the path along the western bank of the River Nidd

A glimpse of the River Nidd through the trees
A glimpse of the River Nidd through the trees

Path along the bank of the River Nidd
Path along the bank of the River Nidd

After almost 2km along the river bank we came to some stepping stones across the river at map ref. SE 201 602. But today our route continued along the river bank without crossing the stepping stones (they did look a bit precarious anyway!)

We crossed a stile from the last field to a narrow path along the edge of the river bank. We turned right to head southwards following the river. It was a pleasant route along the river bank but a bit awkward under foot in places.

Following the path along the western bank of the River Nidd
Following the path along the western bank of the River Nidd

Path along the bank of the River Nidd
Path along the bank of the River Nidd

Disused railway in the field next to the river
Disused railway in the field next to the river

Stepping stones across the River Nidd at map ref. SE 201 602
Stepping stones across the River Nidd at map ref. SE 201 602

Nearing Darley Beck on the river side path
Nearing Darley Beck on the river side path

Crossing the track leading to Darley on our right
Crossing the track leading to Darley on our right

Beyond the gardens there was a footbridge over a small stream
Beyond the gardens there was a footbridge over a small stream

We continued on the river bank path along the bottom of some very nice gardens and then after a few more fields we came to a high footbridge over the River Nidd at map ref. SE 211 597.

A few hundred metres beyond the stepping stones we crossed a footbridge over Darley Beck. We continued for another few hundred metres and crossed a track that led off to our right into Darley village.

Footbridge over Darley Beck
Footbridge over Darley Beck

The path crosses the bottom of some well maintained gardens
The path crosses the bottom of some well maintained gardens

River bank path nearing the footbridge
River bank path nearing the footbridge

Footbridge over the River Nidd at map ref. SE 211 597
Footbridge over the River Nidd at map ref. SE 211 597

River Nidd seen from the footbridge
River Nidd seen from the footbridge

Path by-passing White Oak farm
Path by-passing White Oak farm


Dairy cattle at Birchfield Family Dairies

About 300m beyond the edge of the woodland we came to Birchfield Family Dairies on our right. We stopped here at the cafe & ice cream parlour for a coffee and an ice cream. Very refreshing it was too with a lovely view across Nidderdale from the picnic tables outside to cafe.

We crossed the river on the footbridge and followed a public footpath across the fields, past White Oak farm and along a track climbing up the valley side through some woodland.

Path away from the river towards White Oak farm
Path away from the river towards White Oak farm

Track through woodland heading towards the ice cream shop
Track through woodland heading towards the ice cream shop

Heading for the ice cream shop - it was a hot day
Heading for the ice cream shop - it was a hot day

The cafe & ice cream shop at Birchfield Family Dairies
The cafe & ice cream shop at Birchfield Family Dairies

Looking across Nidderdale from the farm access track
Looking across Nidderdale from the farm access track

Following the farm access track up to the B6165
Following the farm access track up to the B6165

Following the B6165 for about 200m
Following the B6165 for about 200m

Farm machinery at Parsons Stoop Farm
Farm machinery at Parsons Stoop Farm

We passed Parsons Stoop Farm and continued past the machinery behind the farm and along a path at the field edge still climbing up towards the village of Hartwith.

After our break we continued along the track from the cafe up to the main road (B6165). At the road we turned left and walked along the busy road for about 200m where we turned right off the main road to follow a bridleway along a farm access track climbing up the eastern slopes of Hartwith Hill.

Turning left on to the B6165
Turning left on to the B6165

Turning off the B6165 towards Parsons Stoop Farm
Turning off the B6165 towards Parsons Stoop Farm

Path along the field edge climbing up towards Hartwith
Path along the field edge climbing up towards Hartwith

Looking down the Nidd valley from the path heading for Hartwith
Looking down the Nidd valley from the path heading for Hartwith

Field path heading for Hartwith
Field path heading for Hartwith

Walking along the road to Edge Nook Farm
Walking along the road to Edge Nook Farm

Following the bridleway along a track from Edge Nook Farm
Following the bridleway along a track from Edge Nook Farm

After about 300m, just beyond Edge Nook Farm we turned left off the road and walked along a bridleway down the side of the farm buildings. From the farm buildings the bridleway went along a walled track with fine views across Nidderdale to our left.

As we approached Hartwith village we could see the Church of St. Jude across the field on our right. We continued along the field path to Chapel Lane at map ref. SE 215 618, heading northwards out of the village.

St. June's church at Hartwith
St. June's church at Hartwith

Turning left off the road at Edge Nook Farm
Turning left off the road at Edge Nook Farm

Following the bridleway along a walled track
Following the bridleway along a walled track

Looking across Nidderdale from the walled track
Looking across Nidderdale from the walled track

Turning left to follow a track straight down the hillside
Turning left to follow a track straight down the hillside

Following the track straight down the hillside
Following the track straight down the hillside

After about 200m we turned right still following the bridleway but now heading diagonally down the hillside towards Summerbridge. We followed the path through some pretty woodland.

After about 650m along this walled track, called Summerbridge Lane, at map ref. SE 210 624 we turned left following the bridleway straight down the valley side with a lovely view across the valley.

Following the track straight down the hillside
Following the track straight down the hillside

Lovely pale blue harebells by the track
Lovely pale blue harebells by the track

Path through the woods heading diagonally down the hillside towards Summerbridge
Path through the woods heading diagonally down the hillside towards Summerbridge

Path through the woods towards Summerbridge
Path through the woods towards Summerbridge

Path across the fields to Summerbridge
Path across the fields to Summerbridge

Heading down the B6451 to Summer Bridge over the Nidd
Heading down the B6451 to Summer Bridge over the Nidd

At the road we turned left and walked down the road into Summerbridge to the main road, B6165. We crossed the main road and followed the B6451 down to the River Nidd and across the river on "Summer Bridge".

We followed the path through the woodland and out across some fields to the road, called Hartwith Bank, on the edge of Summerbridge.

Leaving the woods along the path to Summerbridge
Leaving the woods along the path to Summerbridge

Gate on to Hartwith Bank on the edge of Summerbridge
Gate on to Hartwith Bank on the edge of Summerbridge

Heading down to Summer Bridge over the River Nidd
Heading down to Summer Bridge over the River Nidd

Crossing Summer Bridge over the River Nidd
Crossing Summer Bridge over the River Nidd

Match in progress at Dacre Banks Cricket Club
Match in progress at Dacre Banks Cricket Club

The whole route had been 9km and it had taken us almost four hours to walk including our stop at the cafe and ice cream shop. We finished off a lovely day out with a barbecue at Geoff & Lynn's house and the sun just kept on shining on us. (for the last 5 years Geoff's famous annual barbecue has had very mixed weather)

We continued along the road past the Dacre Banks cricket field on our left where there was a match in progress. We followed the road into Dacre Banks past the village church. When we reached the little village green by the village hall we turned left along Oak Lane, past the Royal Oak pub to the public car park on our right and the end of our walk.

Returning to Dacre Banks
Returning to Dacre Banks . . .

Holy Trinity Church, Dacre, The Church in the Dale
. . . past Holy Trinity Church, Dacre, The Church in the Dale . . .

our turning to Oak Lane on the left
. . . to our turning to Oak Lane on the left

Back at the public car park off Oak Lane in Dacre Banks at the end of our walk
Back at the public car park off Oak Lane in Dacre Banks at the end of our walk

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