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Cod Beck seen from the footbridge at Sowerby
Cod Beck seen from the footbridge at Sowerby

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Route No. 654 - Tuesday 17 January 2017
Thirsk (Mill Bridge car park), Cemetery Road,
Westfield Lane, Thirsk Station, Old Red House pub,
Green Lane, Sowerby, Cod Beck circuit - 7km
Thirsk, Vale of Mowbray . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 302 Northallerton & Thirsk


A few days ago some friends called see us and told us about a pleasant easy walk they had done recently at Thirsk. Today my wife and I wanted a short easy route to walk this morning so we followed our friends route. It was just right.

The Pay&Display car park by Mill Bridge where we started our walk
The Pay&Display car park by Mill Bridge where we started our walk

Footpath beside Cod Beck at the edge of the car park
Footpath beside Cod Beck at the edge of the car park

Cod Beck swollen by the recent rain
Cod Beck swollen by the recent rain

From the car park we followed the footpath upstream next to Cod Beck, through a small picnic area and along Marage Road to St Mary's Church on Kirkgate.

This morning my wife & I drove to the little market town of Thirsk just off the A19. We parked at the main 'Pay & Display' car park next to Cod Beck at Mill Bridge (map ref. SE 429 822).

Following the footpath by Cod Beck
Following the footpath by Cod Beck

Approaching St. Mary's Church
Approaching St. Mary's Church

Turning right off Kirkgate onto Cemetery Road following the boundary of the churchyard
Turning right off Kirkgate onto Cemetery Road following the boundary of the churchyard

Walking along Cemetery Road
Walking along Cemetery Road

Cemetery Road leading to the junction with Newsham Road
Cemetery Road leading to the junction with Newsham Road

At the road junction we turned right and walked along Newsham Road for a few metres then turned left off Newsham Road to follow a grassy track called Westfield Lane along the edge of the fields.

At the church we turned left along Kirkgate and then turned right off Kirkgate into Cemetery Road. We followed Cemetery Road around the churchyard and then out to its junction with Newsham Road.

Looking back along Cemetery Road to St. Mary's Church
Looking back along Cemetery Road to St. Mary's Church

Newsham Road at the junction with Cemetery Road
Newsham Road at the junction with Cemetery Road

Turning off Newsham Road onto Westfield Lane, a grassy track
Turning off Newsham Road onto Westfield Lane, a grassy track

Walking along Westfield Lane
Walking along Westfield Lane

Gate to the Racecourse just off Westfield Lane
Gate to the Racecourse just off Westfield Lane

From the racecourse we continued along the track for another 700m to the east coast main railway line near Thirsk Station.

After about 800m we came to a bend in the track at the small wood at the western end of Thirsk Racecourse.

Westfield Lane near the racecourse
Westfield Lane near the racecourse

Westfield Lane from the wood at the end of the racecourse
Westfield Lane from the wood at the end of the racecourse

Footpath by the east coast main line railway at Thirsk Station
Footpath by the east coast main line railway at Thirsk Station

Path through the thicket by the railway at Thirsk Station
Path through the thicket by the railway at Thirsk Station

About to cross the railway on the footbridge at Thirsk Station
About to cross the railway on the footbridge at Thirsk Station

Once over the railway we crossed the A61 to the Old Red House pub. We turned right through the pub car park to a kissing gate on a public footpath into the fields.

We followed the footpath alongside the railway through a thicket to the station yard. We crossed the station yard to the footbridge over the railway. The footbridge led us out to the A61 where we turned left and walked along the road over the railway bridge.

Path down to the station yard & car park at Thirsh Station
Path down to the station yard & car park at Thirsk Station

The A61 road bridge over the railway at Thirsk Station
The A61 road bridge over the railway at Thirsk Station

Public footpath across the Old Red House pub car park to a kissing gate into the fields
Public footpath across the Old Red House pub car park to a kissing gate into the fields

Gate from the pub car park to the fields
Gate from the pub car park to the fields

Footpath across the fields from the pub car park
Footpath across the fields from the pub car park

Crossing a farm track along a disused railway bed
Crossing a farm track along a disused railway bed

After about 700m from the pub car park we came to Green Lane where we turned left to follow Green Lane towards Sowerby.

We continued along the footpath across the fields and over a farm track that goes along the bed of an old disused railway.

Footpath across the fields from the pub car park
Footpath across the fields from the pub car park

Footpath across the fields towards Green Lane
Footpath across the fields towards Green Lane

Footpath joining Green Lane
Footpath joining Green Lane

Following Green Lane towards Sowerby
Following Green Lane towards Sowerby

Following Green Lane towards Sowerby
Following Green Lane towards Sowerby

Crossing the B1448, Topcliffe Road, in Sowerby
Crossing the B1448, Topcliffe Road, in Sowerby

We crossed Topcliffe Road and continued along Green Lane East for about 300m to the 'T'-junction with Sowerby Road. We turned right to walk along Sowerby Road which becomes Front Street.

After about 800m along Green Lane we came to a residential street called Green Lane West at the edge of Sowerby. We walked along this street to the B1448, Topcliffe Road.

Green Lane West on the edge of Sowerby
Green Lane West on the edge of Sowerby

Walking along Green Lane East towards Sowerby Road
Walking along Green Lane East towards Sowerby Road

Nearing the junction of Green Lane East with Sowerby Road where we turned right
Nearing the junction of Green Lane East with Sowerby Road where we turned right

Walking along Sowerby Road/Front
Walking along Sowerby Road/Front Street

Turning left onto a public footpath just beyond the hall
Turning left onto a public footpath just beyond the hall

After a few metres at the end of the lane there was a kissing gate into a field where there were some young cattle grazing.

We continued to the Sowerby Parochial Hall on our left and just beyond the hall we turned left to follow a public footpath along the lane at the side of the parochial hall.

Nearing the Parochial Church Hall on our left
Nearing the Parochial Church Hall on our left

Kissing gate on the path into the fields
Kissing gate on the path into the fields

Young cattle grazing by the public footpath across the field to Cod Beck
Young cattle grazing by the public footpath across the field to Cod Beck

Footbridge over Cod Beck
Footbridge over Cod Beck

Path across the fields following the beck upstream
Path across the fields following the beck upstream

Following the path across the fields towards the A61
Following the path across the fields towards the A61

We came to the end of the fields and then a track passing a new apartment block on our left that backs onto Cod Beck. We continued past the apartment block to emerge onto the A61 at the road bridge over Cod Beck.

We followed the public footpath across the field to a footbridge over Cod Beck (map ref. SE 433 816). Once over the footbridge we followed the footpath to the left following the beck upstream.

Cod Beck seen from the footbridge
Cod Beck seen from the footbridge

Following the path across the fields towards the A61
Following the path across the fields towards the A61

Leaving the fields at the lane by the new appartment block
Leaving the fields at the lane by the new apartment block

Passing a new appartment block by Cod Beck as we approached the A61
Passing a new apartment block by Cod Beck as we approached the A61

The A61 road bridge over Cod Beck leading to Finkle Street
The A61 road bridge over Cod Beck leading to Finkle Street

The pub yard/beer garden at the Little3 pub
The pub yard/beer garden at the Little3 pub

Ducks dashing to be fed by Cod Beck
Ducks dashing to be fed by Cod Beck

We continued along the short residential street to Millgate. We crossed Millgate and entered the car park to return to our car and the end of our walk. It had been a pleasant flat easy walk of about 7km and we were back in time for an early lunch in the Market square before driving home. (There are coffee shops, pubs and fish&chips to choose from)

We turned left and crossed the road bridge to Finkle Street. We crossed Finkle street to the 'Little 3' pub. We turned right off Finkle Street through the archway to the Little 3 pub beer garden. We continued following a public footpath from Finkle Street through the pub beer garden to a residential street beside Cod Beck. There were numerous ducks about all hoping we had come to feed them.

Archway off Finkle Street to the beer garden at the Little 3 pub
Archway off Finkle Street to the beer garden at the Little 3 pub

Residential street by Cod Beck as we neared Millgate
Residential street by Cod Beck as we neared Millgate

The Pay & Display car park at the end of our walk
The Pay & Display car park at the end of our walk

Cod Beck at Mill Bridge on the edge of the car park at the end of our walk
Cod Beck at Mill Bridge on the edge of the car park at the end of our walk

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