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Pocklington Lane End where we turned off the road near the start of our walk
Pocklington Lane End where we turned off the road near the start of our walk

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Route No. 653 - Thursday 12 January 2017
Leavening Brow, Mount Ferrant Farm,
Burythorpe, Pocklington Lane End circuit - 6.5km
Yorkshire Wolds . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 300 Howardian Hills & Malton


This is not the first walk I've done this year but my other walks repeated routes already described on this web site

Setting off from the Leavening Brow picnic area car park
Setting off from the Leavening Brow picnic area car park

Turning left from the car park entrance at the start of our walk
Turning left from the car park entrance at the start of our walk

Turning off the road to follow the bridleway along a farm track
Turning off the road to follow the bridleway along a farm track

The hill at the bottom of the slope from Leavening Brow is called rather grandly Mount Ferrant. At its western end there are the remains of the earthworks of a Norman Motte & Bailey castle, but there does not seem to be any public access to the site. We began to follow the farm track down the hillside. After a few metres it bent to our right and then after about 30m the track bent to our left heading straight down the hillside. On our right at this bend there was an old wooden field gate with a bridleway sign and here we turned right off the farm track and passed through the field gate to follow the bridleway.

This morning my friend, Jim, and I drove to the Leavening Brow Picnic Area car park at map ref. SE 794 632, about 700m east of the village of Leavening in the Yorkshire Wolds. From the car park entrance we turned left and walked along the road towards Leavening for about 120m to the road junction at Pocklington Lane End. Here we turned right off the road through a tubular steel field gate onto a public bridleway along a farm track. There was a fine view looking northwards over Burythorpe about 1.5km away.

Following the road to Pocklington Lane End
Following the road to Pocklington Lane End

Turning off the farm track to follow the bridleway across the fields
Turning off the farm track to follow the bridleway across the fields

View across the fields to Burythorpe
View across the fields to Burythorpe

The whole field was covered with irregular grassy mounds
The whole field was covered with irregular grassy mounds

We had dropped about 100m too far down the slope and came to the corner of the field at map ref. SE 796 635, avoiding a large boggy area. At the field corner there was a muddy farm track heading northeastwards alongside the fence.

The sloping field was covered with irregular grassy mounds, maybe some old mine workings? There was no clear path and we made our way heading northeastwards for about 300m across the slope.

We were a bit off course at this trackfrom the field corner
We were a bit off course at this track from the field corner

Following a farm track towards Mount Ferrant Farm
Following a farm track towards Mount Ferrant Farm

Following a farm track towards Mount Ferrant Farm
Following a farm track towards Mount Ferrant Farm

Following a line of trees to rejoin the bridleway
Following a line of trees to rejoin the bridleway

At this bend there was a line of trees across the field to our right. We were able to follow the line of trees to the edge of the field and rejoin the bridleway at this point.

After about 100m the muddy track joined another farm track coming from the next field on our right. We continued along this farm track towards Mount Ferrant Farm. About 100m before we reached the farm buildings the track bent to our left towards the farm.

Following a farm track towards Mount Ferrant Farm
Following a farm track towards Mount Ferrant Farm

Following a line of trees to rejoin the bridleway
Following a line of trees to rejoin the bridleway

The bridleway gate into the next field
The bridleway gate into the next field

The bridleway gate into the next field
The bridleway gate into the next field

Making our way through the next gate
Making our way through the next gate

Through this gate we cross the corner of a tiny field to another bridleway gate onto the farm access track. At the farm access track we turned right and followed the track past the farm buildings and join a minor public road just beyond the farm house.

At the edge of the field we went through a bridleway gate into another small field. We crossed this field and dropped down to the corner of the field to the next bridleway gate.

Crossing a small field to the next gate
Crossing a small field to the next gate

Last bridleway gate onto the farm access road
Last bridleway gate onto the farm access road

Following the farm access road past Mount Ferrant Farm
Following the farm access road past Mount Ferrant Farm

Following the farm access road past Mount Ferrant Farm
Following the farm access road past Mount Ferrant Farm

Following the public road away from Mount Ferrant Farm
Following the public road away from Mount Ferrant Farm

At the road junction we turned left and continued along the road towards Burythorpe.

We continued along the road, just a tiny lane really, for about 1.5km to the road junction at map ref. SE 809 646 west of the Manor House.

Following the public road away from Mount Ferrant Farm
Following the public road away from Mount Ferrant Farm

Approaching the road junction near the Manor House
Approaching the road junction near the Manor House

Following the road from the junction towards Burythorpe
Following the road from the junction towards Burythorpe

Following the road to Burythorpe
Following the road to Burythorpe

The road passed down a steep wooded bank
The road passed down a steep wooded bank

Nearing Burythorpe along the road
Nearing Burythorpe along the road

From the wooded bank we continued along the road for another kilometer past the Burythorpe village sign to the 'T'-junction at the main street in the village at map ref. SE 791 649.

About 1km along this road we came to a steep wooded bank with a view towards Burythorpe where we could see All Saints Church on the hill top above the village.

Following the road to Burythorpe
Following the road to Burythorpe

All Saints Church on the hill top at Burythorpe
All Saints Church on the hill top at Burythorpe

The Burythorpe village sign by the entrance to Manor Farm
The Burythorpe village sign by the entrance to Manor Farm

'T'-junction at the main street in Burythorpe with the lane opposite that leads to All Saints Church
'T'-junction at the main street in Burythorpe with the lane opposite that leads to All Saints Church

The main street in Burythorpe
The main street in Burythorpe

The first snowdrops I've noticed this year
The first snowdrops I've noticed this year

At this bend we turned left off the main street and walked along a lane heading southwards out of the village. The surfaced lane soon ended and became a farm track across the fields.

Here we turned left and walked along the main street through the village for about 300m where the main street bends sharply to the right.

Weather vane in Burythorpe
Weather vane in Burythorpe

We turned left here off the main street
We turned left here off the main street

Following the lane southwards out of Burythorpe
Following the lane southwards out of Burythorpe

The lane out of Burythorpe across the fields
The lane out of Burythorpe across the fields

A harrow parked by the track
A harrow parked by the track

Track along the edge of the fields
Track along the edge of the fields

Then we turned left to continue straight ahead on a track along the edge of the fields. At the end of the second field the gate led us onto a fenced track that became muddier and muddier as it climbed up the hillside.

After about 400m along the farm track we passed a disc harrow beside the path and just beyond it the main farm track began to bend to the right. Our track turned right off the main farm track.

The lane out of Burythorpe across the fields
The lane out of Burythorpe across the fields

Our turning right off the track, then left to keep straight on
Our turning right off the track, then left to keep straight on

Gate from the field to a fenced track
Gate from the field to a fenced track

Muddy track climbing up the hillside
Muddy track climbing up the hillside

This first muddy drop is about 1.5m
This first muddy drop is about 1.5m
I should have asked Jim to stand in the hole for scale

Derelict caravan on its roof in a rut
Derelict caravan on its roof in a rut

The only thing I could think of were wheels of the kind I've seen on huge forestry machines. Anyway we climbed laboriously through the mud and as we neared the top we came to a derelict caravan on its roof in a large water filled rut. How on earth it got there I have no idea.

The water-filled ruts became deeper and deeper. It was difficult to imagine what kind of vehicle was capable of causing the deep undulating ruts where an ordinary off road vehicle would certainly have grounded and even some farm tractors would have had problems. The photos don't show the scale of it.

We continued along the track up the hillside
We continued along the track up the hillside

More muddy ruts
More muddy ruts

View from the hillside as we climbed towards the road
View from the hillside as we climbed towards the road

Nearing the top of the climb to the road
Nearing the top of the climb to the road

From there it was only about 50m up to the road at Pocklington Lane End. At the road we turned left and followed the road back to the car park entrance on the right.

We continued along the track climbing up past the gateway where we had turned off towards Mount Ferrant Farm at the start of our walk.

Joining the road at Pocklington Lane End
Joining the road at Pocklington Lane End

Returning to the Leavening Brow Picnic Area car park
Returning to the Leavening Brow Picnic Area car park

Entering a little conservation area next to the car park
Entering a little conservation area next to the car park

Bright orange fungus on a rotting tree stump
Bright orange fungus on a rotting tree stump

We made our way back to the car park and the end of our walk. The whole route had been 6.5km and it had taken me almost three hours to walk (my old knees are playing up again!)

We walked through the car park to the Leavening Brow picnic site where there are a few picnic tables, a seat to admire the view and the beacon brasier on its pole. The Leavening village web site says that beacon was lit to celebrate the jubilee of VJ day.

Entering the picnic area from the conservation site
Entering the picnic area from the conservation site

The beacon and seat at the picnic area
The beacon and seat at the picnic area

Returning to the car park from the Levening Brow picnic area at the end of our walk
Returning to the car park from the Leavening Brow picnic area at the end of our walk

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