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The ford & footbridge across Robert Beck at Lime Kilns Farm
The ford & footbridge across Robert Beck at Lime Kilns Farm

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Route No. 646 - Thursday 3 November 2016
Burton Leonard, South Stainley, Ripon Rowel Route,
Brearton, Knaresborough Round Route, Green Lane,
Rigg Moor Lane, Limekiln Lane, Scarah Lane circuit
12km - Boroughbridge . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 299 Ripon & Boroughbridge


The start of our walk at the lay-by on Scarah Lane at Burton Leonard
The start of our walk at the lay-by on Scarah Lane at Burton Leonard

Start of the footpath from the edge of the lay-by
Start of the footpath from the edge of the lay-by

Woodland path down the hillside
Woodland path down the hillside

We turned left around this green and drove along a narrow lane called Scarah Lane. About 200m along this lane, at map ref. SE 325 636. there is a small lay-by with room for about half a dozen vehicles parked square to the lane. This is where we parked and at the northern end of the lay-by is a public footpath into the fields. We followed the path along the edge of the field and down the hillside through a little wooded valley.

This morning my friend, Jim, and I drove out to Burton Leonard, a village about 8km south west of Boroughbridge. From Boroughbridge we approached Burton Leonard via Minskip, Staveley & Copgrove. At the road junction in the centre of Burton Leonard we turned left and there was a village green with a large tree in the centre on our left.

Footpath heading for the top edge of the wood
Footpath heading for the top edge of the wood

About to emerge from the wood to the fields
About to emerge from the wood to the fields

Farm track from the wood along the field edge
Farm track from the wood along the field edge

Farm track with 'Permissive Path' sign
Farm track with 'Permissive Path' sign

There is a finger post here showing a 'Permissive Path' along the farm track at the edge of the field. According to my OS Explorer map the public right of way runs parallel to the farm track but about 30m out into the field, so the use of the farm track seems to be a good idea. The down side is that the right of way is falling into disuse and could be lost. I think ideally the right of way needs to be diverted onto the farm track.

At the bottom of the slope we came out of the wood and turned left onto a track along the edge of the field. We followed this track to the corner of the field and then turned right to continue along the farm track around the edge of the field. About 120m from the field corner we came to a bridge over a small stream on our left. We turned left here and crossed the bridge.

Following the permissive path up to a low ridge
Following the permissive path up to a low ridge

Looking back along the permissive path from the low ridge
Looking back along the permissive path from the low ridge

Following the farm track towards South Stainley
Following the farm track towards South Stainley

Turning onto the Ripon Rowel route along the lane
Turning onto the Ripon Rowel route along the lane

Part of a disused quarry face next to the lane
Part of a disused quarry face next to the lane

Here we turned left to join the route of the Ripon Rowel Walk along the lane. After about 500m along the lane we came to the drive to Stainley Hall where the lane turned right over a bridge across Stainley Beck. We continued along the lane towards a wooded bank ahead.

Anyway we continued along the farm track up the hill to a low ridge and followed the track along the field edges to St. Wilfrid's church at South Stainley (map ref. SE 306 631). The path led us past the church to a gate onto a lane at South Stainley.

St. Wilfrid's church at South Stainley
St. Wilfrid's church at South Stainley

Following the Ripon Rowel route along the lane
Following the Ripon Rowel route along the lane

Turning to cross the bridge over Stainley Beck
Turning to cross the bridge over Stainley Beck

Following the lane towards a wooded bank with Stainley Hall over the fields to our left
Following the lane towards a wooded bank with Stainley Hall over the fields to our left

One of several red kites over the wooded bank
One of several red kites over the wooded bank

Continuing along the lane towards the Rakes Lane junction
Continuing along the lane towards the Rakes Lane junction

Continuing along the lane towards Brearton
Continuing along the lane towards Brearton

We continued along the lane to its junction with Rakes Lane at map ref. SE 316 621. The Ripon Rowel Walk turned right here to continue along Rakes Lane, but we kept straight on for a little over 1km to the road (Brearton Lane) at map ref. SE 315 611.

On our left we had the good fortune to see several red kites circling just above the tree tops along the wooded bank. As usual I struggled to get a decent photo of them.

Following the lane up the wooded bank
Following the lane up the wooded bank

Rakes Lane on our left but we kept straight on
Rakes Lane on our left but we kept straight on

Turning onto Brearton Lane at Brearton Gate
Turning onto Brearton Lane at Brearton Gate

Turning off Brearton Lane onto the field path opposite the access road to the West & South Susacres 0">
Turning off Brearton Lane onto the field path opposite the access road to the West & South Susacres Farms

The field path passing to the north of Brearton
The field path passing to the north of Brearton

One of several similar stiles along the field path
One of several similar stiles along the field path

Opposite this access track is a stile, overgrown with spiky hawthorn, and a field gate. We passed through the gate and negotiated the very muddy gateway before following the public footpath along the field edge for about 500m to join a tarmac lane at map ref. SE 320 611.

Our track joined the road on a bend at Brearton Gate and we turned left to walk along the grass verge of the road for about 150m. On the left here is the farm access track to the West & South Susacres Farms.

There were a number of horses in paddocks along the field path
There were a number of horses in paddocks along the field path


Stile from the field path onto a bend in the lane from Brearton

The wooded hillside above Warren Farm
The wooded hillside above Warren Farm

Following the lane towards Warren Farm
Following the lane towards Warren Farm

Beehives in a sheltered spot for the winter
Beehives in a sheltered spot for the winter

We saw this rider again as she completed a circular ride
We saw this rider again as she completed a circular ride

There was another red kite perched on this branch but it took off as soon as we came into sight and circled across to the wooded hillside on our left. They fly so quickly without any apparent effort. We continued past the entrance to Warren Farm where the lane became a track across the fields.

We followed the lane passing just to the north of the village of Brearton and after about 250m, at the next junction, we joined the route of the Knaresborough Round walk. We continued along the lane and after about 1km we came to a large ash tree with a sturdy branch over the road.

Following the lane towards Warren Farm
Following the lane towards Warren Farm

Cattle feeding in a field next to the lane
Cattle feeding in a field next to the lane

Approaching the entrance to Warren Farm
Approaching the entrance to Warren Farm

Sign where the lane becomes a grassy track at the entrance to Warren Farm
Sign where the lane becomes a grassy track at the entrance to Warren Farm

Autumn colours in the woods above Warren Farm
Autumn colours in the woods above Warren Farm

Red Kites

Looking back towards Warren Farm
Looking back towards Warren Farm

We followed the route of the Knaresborough Round along the bridleway across the field for about 500m from the entrance to Warren Farm. Here we passed through a field gate and at once we turned left, leaving the route of the Knaresborough Round, to follow a bridleway along a track, called Green Lane, up the wooded bank.

Red Kites over Walkingham Wood above Warren Farm

Now there were numerous red kites circling over the wooded hillside to our left. We stood and watched this flying display and I still struggled to get a good photo of these magnificent birds.

Red Kites

Red Kites

Our left turn onto Green Lane through this gate
Our left turn onto Green Lane through this gate

Green Lane climbing up the wooded bank
Green Lane climbing up the wooded bank

Green Lane climbing up the wooded bank
Green Lane climbing up the wooded bank

Rider galloping along Green Lane to complete a circular ride
Rider galloping along Green Lane to complete a circular ride

Turning off Green Lane along the little valley of Robert Beck
Turning off Green Lane along the little valley of Robert Beck

This access road turned to our left heading for Stubbings Barn but we kept straight on for another 300m. Here, just before Robert Beck, we turned left still following a bridleway along an access track with Robert Beck meandering on our right below the track.

At the top of the bank we continued along the track where we were passed by a horse rider coming towards us having a good gallop on the wide grassy track. At map ref. SE 339 625 the grassy track became a concrete access road.

Green Lane, a grassy track above the wood
Green Lane, a grassy track above the wood

Green Lane becomes a concrete access road here
Green Lane becomes a concrete access road here

Bridleway along a track following the Robert Beck valley
Bridleway along a track following the Robert Beck valley

Bridleway along a track following the Robert Beck valley
Bridleway along a track following the Robert Beck valley

Our right turn down the access track to Lime Kilns Farm
Our right turn down the access track to Lime Kilns Farm

Ford across Robert Beck at Lime Kilns Farm
Ford across Robert Beck at Lime Kilns Farm

Just before we reached the farm there was a ford across Robert Beck with a footbridge alongside the ford. We crossed the footbridge and continued along Limekiln Lane up the hill away from the farm.

After about 1.5km along this track, at map ref. SE 323 625, we turned right rejoining the route of the Ripon Rowel Walk along the access track to Lime Kilns Farm.

The access track to Lime Kilns Farm
The access track to Lime Kilns Farm

Joining Limekiln Lane at Lime Kilns Farm
Joining Limekiln Lane at Lime Kilns Farm

Following Limekiln Lane up the hill from Lime Kilns Farm
Following Limekiln Lane up the hill from Lime Kilns Farm

Following Limekiln Lane
Following Limekiln Lane

Returning along Scarah Lane
Returning along Scarah Lane

After about 250m we were back at our car in the little lay-by and the end of our walk. The whole route had been about 12km. It is easy walking and it took us about four and a half hours including watching the red kites and as usual far too many photos.

At the top of the hill we had a final glimpse of another red kite as it flew across the lane and disappeared across the fields to our right. About 100m further on at map ref. SE 325 633, we turned left off Limekiln Lane to walk along Scarah Lane.

Turning off Limekiln Lane onto Scarah Lane
Turning off Limekiln Lane onto Scarah Lane

Returning to the lay-by along Scarah Lane
Returning to the lay-by along Scarah Lane

Back at the lay-by on Scarah Lane at the end of our walk
Back at the lay-by on Scarah Lane at the end of our walk

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