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Looking down Rosedale from Hanging Stone Lane
Looking down Rosedale from Hanging Stone Lane

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Route No. 651 - Thursday 1 December 2016
Thorgill, Craven Garth Farm, Clough House,
Horseway Green, Hanging Stone Lane,
Bell End Green, River Seven, Thorgill Bridge,
Low Thorgill Farm circuit - 7km
Rosedale, North York Moors . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL26 North York Moors Western area


Entering Thorgill along the Daleside Road at the start of our walk
Entering Thorgill along the Daleside Road at the start of our walk

Our parking spot on the grass verge off the Daleside road
Our parking spot on the grass verge off the Daleside road

Following the Daleside Road through Thorgill
Following the Daleside Road through Thorgill

The Daleside Road heading NW from Thorgill
The Daleside Road heading NW from Thorgill

Our parking spot was about 150m before the access road to Low Thorgill Farm at map ref. SE 711 965. The grass verge here is wide enough to park clear of the road and allow farm vehicles and machinery to pass. From our parking spot we walked along the Daleside Road through Thorgill and continued along the track for about 1.4km to map ref. SE 699 973.

This morning my neighbour, Jim, and I drove out to Rosedale in the North York Moors. It was a fine bright winter's morning and from Rosedale Chimney Bank we drove along the Daleside Road up the south-western side of the valley almost to the hamlet of Thorgill and parked on the grass verge.

Passing the access road to Low Thorgill Farm
Passing the access road to Low Thorgill Farm

Gate across the Daleside Road at Medd's Farm entrance
Gate across the Daleside Road at Medd's Farm entrance

The Daleside Road heading NW from Thorgill
The Daleside Road heading NW from Thorgill

Finger post at our turning off the Daleside Road
Finger post at our turning off the Daleside Road

Our turning off the Daleside Road through a muddy gateway
Our turning off the Daleside Road through a muddy gateway

Footbridge over the River Seven leaving the mud behind
Footbridge over the River Seven leaving the mud behind

Looking north to the kilns by the old ironstone railway
Looking north to the kilns by the old ironstone railway

At first I thought they were weasel tracks but on closer examination they turned out to be rat tracks. We crossed the footbridge onto much firmer ground. Just across the bridge the path turned left to climb up the bank next to an oak tree with lovely scrunchy leaves on the path. At the top of the bank we followed the path along the edge of the fields with the fence on our left. There was a lovely view up the valley with the calcining kilns next to the old ironstone railway above us to our left.

Here we turned right off the track to follow a public footpath down the edge of the field to the River Seven. As we turned off the track the field gate way was quite muddy and as we continued down the field we soon realised that the whole field was very soft and waterlogged. As we approached the footbridge over the River Seven the ground had become a sloppy quagmire and we had no option but to plough our way through it. There was a smooth patch of mud with some animal tracks on it.

Quagmire at the footbridge over the River Seven
Quagmire at the footbridge over the River Seven

Scrunchy leaves on the path up the bank
Scrunchy leaves on the path up the bank

Field path heading up to Craven Garth Farm
Field path heading up to Craven Garth Farm

Looking back across Rosedale from the path near Craven Garth Farm
Looking back across Rosedale from the path near Craven Garth Farm

Entering Craven Garth Farm
Entering Craven Garth Farm

Passing holiday cottages at Craven Garth Farm
Passing holiday cottages at Craven Garth Farm

The turning to Clough House
The turning to Clough House

Here, at a farm access road on our left, we turned left to follow the farm access road up the valley side for about 150m. We turned right here to follow this access track contouring around the hillside to Clough House.

We continued through Craven Garth Farm and along the access road past numerous holiday cottages to the Daleside Road running along the north-eastern side of the valley and turned right there to follow the Daleside Road for about 100m.

Cattle at Craven Garth Farm
Cattle at Craven Garth Farm

Our turning to the left off the NW Daleside Road
Our turning to the left off the NW Daleside Road

Following the access track to Clough House
Following the access track to Clough House

Following the access track to Clough House
Following the access track to Clough House

Track by-passing Clough House on our left
Track by-passing Clough House on our left

Entering the plantation next to Clough House
Entering the plantation next to Clough House

Track through the plantation
Track through the plantation

We followed the path bending round to our right and the path became a muddy forest access track as we rounded the bend at map ref. SE 711 981. We followed the public footpath along this track for about 700m to a minor road, called Horseway Green, at map ref. SE 717 978.

We passed in front of Clough House which seemed to be undergoing some restoration. Then just beyond Clough House we turned left following the public footpath up into the conifer plantation.

Turning left to the plantation just beyond Clough House
Turning left to the plantation just beyond Clough House

Track through the plantation
Track through the plantation

There were pheasant feeders at intervals along the track
There were pheasant feeders at intervals along the track

Going from the shady plantation to the sunshine at the road
Going from the shady plantation to the sunshine at the road

Reaching the road called Horseway Green
Reaching the road called Horseway Green

Looking across North Dale from Horseway Green
Looking across North Dale from Horseway Green

Our turning to the left off Horseway Green
Our turning to the left off Horseway Green

Turning right off a farm access track towards the little pool
Turning right off a farm access track towards the little pool

Then we turned right off the access track to follow a grassy track down past a recently renovated building on our left to a small reservoir also on our left. We continued along the grassy track with the little reservoir & its ducks below us to our left.

We turned right along this road for about 50m then turned left off the road at a finger post and a pedestrian gate to a public footpath down to a farm access track. We followed the farm access track to our left for about 60m to a gate across the track.

Dropping down to a farm access track from Horseway Green
Dropping down to a farm access track from Horseway Green

Following the grassy track past the little pool
Following the grassy track past the little pool

Following the grassy track past the dam at the little pool
Following the grassy track past the dam at the little pool

The grassy track leading down to Hanging Stone Lane
The grassy track leading down to Hanging Stone Lane

Crossing Hanging Stone Lane
Crossing Hanging Stone Lane

We continued across the road where the route was now a public bridleway. After two fields from the road we came to a track heading straight up the hillside from Northdale Beck.

We dropped down past the reservoir dam and through a gate across the track. We followed the public footpath across the fields gradually dropping down the hillside to cross a minor road called Hanging Stone Lane at map ref. SE 722 974.

The grassy track leading down to Hanging Stone Lane
The grassy track leading down to Hanging Stone Lane

Track from Hanging Stone Lane in North Dale
Track from Hanging Stone Lane in North Dale

Track climbing up through the woods to re-join Hanging Stone Lane
Track climbing up through the woods to re-join Hanging Stone Lane

Track through the woods to re-join Hanging Stone Lane
Track through the woods to re-join Hanging Stone Lane

Heading for Bell End along Hanging Stone Lane
Heading for Bell End along Hanging Stone Lane

Nearing Bell End along Hanging Stone Lane
Nearing Bell End along Hanging Stone Lane

At the road junction we turned left and walked along the road called Bell End Green for about 50m to a farm entrance on the right hand side of the road. Here we turned right through a field gate with a public footpath sign.

Here we turned right and followed this track up into some woodland where the track bent round to our right and climbed up to join Hanging Stone Lane at map ref. SE 722 971. Here we turned left to follow the road to a road junction at Bell End.

Gate onto Hanging Stone Lane
Gate onto Hanging Stone Lane

Heading for Bell End along Hanging Stone Lane
Heading for Bell End along Hanging Stone Lane

Turning left from Hanging Stone Lane into Bell End Green
Turning left from Hanging Stone Lane into Bell End Green

Turning right off Bell End Green to the public footpath through the gate with a footpath sign
Turning right off Bell End Green to the public footpath through the gate with a footpath sign

The gate with its footpath sign
The gate with its footpath sign

Gate to the path through some scrubland
Gate to the path through some scrubland

Path through the bracken to the top of the steep bank
Path through the bracken to the top of the steep bank

Here the path turned left and headed down the bank to the side of the River Seven next to footbridge over the river. Just before the footbridge the path doubled back along a short length of boardwalk next to the river. (Note: the detail of this is not shown on the OS Explorer map - I suppose it's a bit too fiddley at 1:25000)

We followed the public footpath down the edge of the field with the stone wall on our left. At the bottom of the field we passed though a pedestrian gate to a footpath through some scrubland on our right. After about 200m this path led us through some bracken to the top of a steep bank.

Following the footpath along the field edge
Following the footpath along the field edge


The path continued through the scrubland

Path down the steep bank to the River Seven
Path down the steep bank to the River Seven

Boardwalk heading upstream by the River Seven
Boardwalk heading upstream by the River Seven

Field path heading up the dale towards Thorgill
Field path heading up the dale towards Thorgill

Field path heading up the dale towards Thorgill
Field path heading up the dale towards Thorgill

The sign seemed to be permanent but there was no shooting, though the shooting stands were marked by posts across the field to the south-west of the public footpath. We continued along the path to join a farm track at map ref. SE 711 968.

We turned right to follow the boardwalk to a pedestrian gate into a riverside field. There was a similar gate through the next wall we came to and next to the gate was a prominent sign warning, "Shooting in Progress".

Warning sign by the gate, right of way endagered by shooting?
Warning sign by the gate, right of way endangered by shooting?

About to turn left onto a farm track
About to turn left onto a farm track

Following the farm track towards the footbridge over the River Seven
Following the farm track towards the footbridge over the River Seven

Farm track to the footbridge over the River Seven
Farm track to the footbridge over the River Seven


Entering Low Thorgill Farm

We continued through the farm buildings and out along the farm access road to join the Daleside Road at map ref. SE 710 965.

Here we turned left to follow the farm track for about 150m to a footbridge over the River Seven which we crossed and followed the path up to Low Thorgill Farm.

Crossing the footbridge over the River Seven
Crossing the footbridge over the River Seven

Following the track through Low Thorgill Farm
Following the track through Low Thorgill Farm

Looking back over Low Thorgill Farm along the farm access track
Looking back over Low Thorgill Farm along the farm access track

Heading up the farm access track to the Daleside Road
Heading up the farm access track to the Daleside Road

The whole route had been a little over 7km and it had taken me about three hours to walk the whole route including stops to take photographs and to admire the views.

At the road we turned left and walked along the road for about 150m back to our parking spot on the roadside verge and the end of our walk. It had been a perfect day to be out in the countryside with bright sunshine and amazing scenery in this lovely dale.

Heading up the farm access track to the Daleside Road
Heading up the farm access track to the Daleside Road

Heading back to our parking spot off the Daleside Road from Low Thorgill Farm
Heading back to our parking spot off the Daleside Road from Low Thorgill Farm

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