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Looking back from Egton Lane to Glaisdale in the Esk Valley
Looking back from Egton Lane to Glaisdale in the Esk Valley

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Route No 637 - Thursday 8 September 2016
Glaisdale, Beggars Bridge, Limber Hill, Egton Lane,
Egton Mortuary Chapel, Westonby Farm,
Church Dale Farm, River Esk circuit - 6km
North York Moors . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL27 North York Moors Eastern area


Our parking spot by the railway viaduct next to the River Esk in Glaisdale
Our parking spot by the railway viaduct next to the River Esk in Glaisdale

Beggars Bridge over the River Esk
Beggars Bridge over the River Esk

There is a road bridge over the River here too and between the railway and the road bridge there is the historic 'Beggars Bridge', a lovely stone arch pack horse bridge over the River Esk. (This bridge was built in 1619 by Tom Ferris . . .)

This morning my friend, Jim, and I drove to Glaisdale in the River Esk valley in the North York Moors. We parked at map ref.NZ 784 054 where there is a parking area next to the railway viaduct where it crosses the River Esk to the south east of Glaisdale railway station.

Crossing the Beggars Bridge over the River Esk
Crossing the Beggars Bridge over the River Esk

Crossing the Beggars Bridge over the River Esk
Crossing the Beggars Bridge over the River Esk

The gate into Limber Hill Wood
The gate into Limber Hill Wood

Steep path up through Limber Hill Wood
Steep path up through Limber Hill Wood

Stile at the top edge of the Limber Hill wood
Stile at the top edge of the wood

We passed through the gate and followed a path up the very steep hillside to the top edge of the wood. From a stile at the edge of the wood we crossed a field to the road where it climbs up Limber Hill.

From our parking spot we crossed the Beggars Bridge. At the far side of the river, directly in line with the bridge there is a pedestrian gate into Limber Hill Wood.

Path up through the wood
Path up through the wood

Steep path up through Limber Hill Wood
Steep path up through Limber Hill Wood

Crossing the field from the wood to the road at Limber Hill
Crossing the field from the wood to the road at Limber Hill

Stile to the road at Limber Hill
Stile to the road at Limber Hill

The road climbing up Limber Hill
The road climbing up Limber Hill


The road junction with Broom House Lane

View from Egton Lane up Laverick Dale to Westonby Farm
View from Egton Lane up Laverick Dale to Westonby Farm

From this junction we continued along Egton Lane for about 1.2km to a track on the left hand side of the road at map ref. NZ 800 065.

At the road we turned right to walk up the steep hill to a hair-pin bend at Limber Hill Farm. We continued along the road past the farm to the junction with Broom House Lane at map ref.NZ 790 059.

A few sheep at Limber Hill Farm
A few sheep at Limber Hill Farm

We continued along Egton Lane
We continued along Egton Lane

Egton Lane nearing our turning to the mortuary chapel
Egton Lane nearing our turning to the mortuary chapel

Our turning off Egton Lane onto the track to Egton Mortuary Chapel
Our turning off Egton Lane onto the track to Egton Mortuary Chapel


The access track to the Egton Mortuary Chapel

The Egton Mortuary Chapel
The Egton Mortuary Chapel

We had a look at the outside of the chapel (the doors are locked) and read some of the old gravestone inscriptions before returning to the access track.

At map ref.NZ 800 065 we turned left off the road and walked along the track for about 100m to the Egton Mortuary Chapel (on the site of the original St. Hilda's Church . . .) and the surrounding cemetery.

The entrance to the Egton Mortuary Chapel
The entrance to the Egton Mortuary Chapel

Leaving the Egton Mortuary Chapel
Leaving the Egton Mortuary Chapel

Entering the overgrown path around the outside of the cemetery wall
Entering the overgrown path around the outside of the cemetery wall

Overgrown path around the outside of the cemetery wall
Overgrown path around the outside of the cemetery wall

The gate to the top of an overgrown little valley
The gate to the top of an overgrown little valley

Path by the fence down into the valley
Path by the fence down into the valley

We followed the path beside a fence on our right hand side. The path led us down the steep hillside to the bank of a small stream (I believe it's called Cold Keld Beck). At the stream we turned left to follow the stream downstream for about 50m to a wooden footbridge over the stream.

From the gate to the chapel we followed the narrow, overgrown path around the outside of the wall on the northern side of the cemetery. Near the north west corner of the cemetery we followed the path through a little gate to the top of an overgrown little valley.

The path turned right here away from the cemetery
The path turned right here away from the cemetery

Path by the fence down into the valley
Path by the fence down into the valley

Path downstream along the bank of the beck
Path downstream along the bank of the beck

Footbridge over Cold Keld Beck
Footbridge over Cold Keld Beck

Path climbing up from the footbridge
Path climbing up from the footbridge

Path around the valley side through the bracken
Path around the valley side through the bracken

The path climbed up the hillside staying a little way away from the wall/fence on the left. After about 200m we came to a field gate at map ref. NZ 796 068, at the top of the area of bracken and scrub land in the little valley.

We turned right and crossed the footbridge and continued along the over grown path through the tall bracken. It was rough going underfoot through the bracken and scrub.

Path through the tall bracken
Path through the tall bracken

Path through the tall bracken
Path through the tall bracken

Stile at the field gate at the top edge of the overgrown little valley
Stile at the field gate at the top edge of the overgrown little valley

Skirting round a marshy patch in the field
Skirting round a marshy patch in the field

Stile from the cattle pasture to a recently ploughed field
Stile from the cattle pasture to a recently ploughed field

At the northern corner of this field we came to another stile by the field gate. Over this stile the next field had been ploughed very recently and we turned left to walk around the corner of the field to a track on our left at map ref. NZ 794 071.

We passed through the gate and walked along the edge of the field going around a marshy area. There was not much of a path to follow and we just aimed for the stile at the top of the field. We crossed this stile and turned right to walk along the edge of the next field.

Stile at the top of the field
Stile at the top of the field

Path around the field corner to an access track to the farm
Path around the field corner to an access track to the farm

Tractor trimming the hedges by the access track to Westonby Farm
Tractor trimming the hedges by the access track to Westonby Farm

Nearing Westonby Farm along the track
Nearing Westonby Farm along the track

Leaving Westonby Farm along the farm access track
Leaving Westonby Farm along the farm access track

Passing through a small wooded area
Passing through a small wooded area

About 100m from the farm we turned left off the farm access track to follow a path heading southwards along the edge of the fields.

There was a tractor here trimming the hedges. We turned left to follow the track for a little over 100m to Westonby Farm. We followed the farm access track away from the farm to the southwest.

Looking back to Westonby Farm along the farm access track
Looking back to Westonby Farm along the farm access track

Turning onto a field path to Church Dale Farm
Turning onto a field path to Church Dale Farm

Grassy path before dropping down to Church Dale Farm
Grassy path before dropping down to Church Dale Farm

The view across the valley before dropping down to Church Dale Farm
The view across the valley before dropping down to Church Dale Farm

Path through a small beech wood above Church Dale Farm
Path through a small beech wood above Church Dale Farm

Track from the beech wood down to Church Dale Farm
Track from the beech wood down to Church Dale Farm

The path led us through a small beech wood and we emerged from the wood along a grassy track above Church Dale Farm.

After several fields we came to a fine view point across Esk Dale where the path started to drop down into the valley.

Track from the beech wood down to Church Dale Farm
Track from the beech wood down to Church Dale Farm

The track approaching Church Dale Farm
The track approaching Church Dale Farm

Following the path into Church Dale Farm
Following the path into Church Dale Farm

Path around the farm buildings at Church Dale Farm
Path around the farm buildings at Church Dale Farm

Painted Lady butterfly on a concrete block at Church Dale Farm
Painted Lady butterfly on a concrete block at Church Dale Farm

Farm access road from Church Dale Farm down to the road
Farm access road from Church Dale Farm down to the road

After about 150m we came down to the road at map ref. NZ 786 062. At the road we turned left and walked along the road towards Glaisdale.

We followed the footpath signs through the farm buildings at Church Dale Farm to the farm access track heading south west from the farm.

Path around the farm buildings at Church Dale Farm
Path around the farm buildings at Church Dale Farm

The farm access road out of Church Dale Farm
The farm access road out of Church Dale Farm

Horses at Church Dale farm
Horses at Church Dale farm

The road back to Glaisdale
The road back to Glaisdale

Passing the road from 'The Grange'at a sharp left hand bend
Passing the road from 'The Grange' at a sharp left hand bend

The Beggars Bridge seen from the road at the end of our walk
The Beggars Bridge seen from the road at the end of our walk

From the junction we continued along the road for another 250m back to our parking spot by the Beggars Bridge and the end of our walk. The whole route had been about 6km and it had taken us around two and a half hours to walk including my usual physiography stops and a couple of drinks stops on the rather humid day.

After about 400m we came to a sharp left hand bend in the road where the access road to 'The Grange' joined the road from the right. We continued along the road that now followed the eastern bank of the River Esk for another 200m to the junction with the road coming down Limber Hill.


Glaisdale boundary near the end of our walk
Glaisdale boundary near the end of our walk

Returning to our parking spot over the beggars Bridge
Returning to our parking spot over the beggars Bridge

The River Esk next to the road as we made our way back to Glaisdale at the end of our walk
The River Esk next to the road as we made our way back to Glaisdale at the end of our walk

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