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The farm access track from Myer's Green to Crag Hill Farm with the view up Nidderdale to the left
The farm access track from Myer's Green to Crag Hill Farm with the view up Nidderdale to the left

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Route No. 657 - Tuesday 21 February 2017
River Nidd, Spruisty Grange Farm,
Spruisty Hill Farm, Killinghall, Crag Lane,
Myer's Green, Crag Hill Farm, River Nidd circuit - 7km
Nidderdale . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 298 Nidderdale


The A61 road bridge over the River Nidd seen from the old Killinghall Bridge where we parked
The A61 road bridge over the River Nidd seen from the old Killinghall Bridge where we parked

Path to Killinghall from the old Killinghall Bridge
Path to Killinghall from the old Killinghall Bridge

Stone steps up to the next field
Stone steps up to the next field

About 110m from the river there is a stile on the left of the path leading to a public footpath heading south east across the field. We turned left over the stile and crossed the field to a high stone wall with stone steps and a handrail up to the next field higher up the slope. We followed the footpath around the edge of this large field where we passed a tractor flailing the hedge along the western boundary of the field.

This morning my friend, Jim, and I drove to the old Killinghall Bridge over the River Nidd at map ref. SE 287 596, about 1km south of Ripley village. We parked the car at the road side and set off southwards across the bridge towards Killinghall. The road ends just across the bridge but a surfaced footpath continues going up away from the river.

Start of the field path to Spruisty Grange Farm
Start of the field path to Spruisty Grange Farm

Tractor at work cutting the hedge
Tractor at work cutting the hedge

Muddy gateway onto an equally muddy lane
Muddy gateway onto an equally muddy lane

The sea of gloopy slurry that we had just walked though
The sea of gloopy slurry that we had just walked though

This slurry layer extended as far as we could see along the lane to our left and along the lane to our right beyond a junction about 50m ahead of us. There was nothing for it but to paddle through the slurry to the junction (map ref. SE 289 591). Here we turned off the lane onto a footpath across the fields.

At the end of the field the gateway became very muddy. We paddled through the gateway only to find that the farm access lane beyond the gateway was awash with a gloopy coating of about 10cm of muddy slurry.

The slurry was about 10cm deep
The slurry was about 10cm deep

Leaving the slurry filled lane at the junction to follow a path across the fields
Leaving the slurry filled lane at the junction to follow a path across the fields

Path across the fields to Spruisty Grange Farm
Path across the fields to Spruisty Grange Farm

Path across the fields to Spruisty Grange Farm
Path across the fields to Spruisty Grange Farm

Leaving Spruisty Grange Farm on the field path
Leaving Spruisty Grange Farm on the field path . . .

From the front of the farm we followed the path across the field to Spruisty Hall Farm. We continued along the path through the farm yard between buildings with cattle feeding on silage.

We continued along this path crossing the stiles at each field boundary until we reached Spruisty Grange Farm. We followed the path between the farm buildings to the farm access road in front of the farm (note: there is a new access track along the north western edge of the farm - don't use this track as it by-passes the footpath we used from the front of the farm)


Path across the fields to Spruisty Grange Farm

Entering Spruisty Grange Farm
Entering Spruisty Grange Farm

reaching Spruisty Hall Farm along the field path
. . . reaching Spruisty Hall Farm along the field path

Cattle feeding on silage at Spruisty Hall Farm
Cattle feeding on silage at Spruisty Hall Farm

The public footpath through Spruisty Hall Farm
The public footpath through Spruisty Hall Farm

Path along the side of Spruisty Hill Farm
Path along the side of Spruisty Hill Farm

Start of the path across the fields to Killinghall
Start of the path across the fields to Killinghall

Here we turned right to walk north westwards along the access road for about 150m to re-join the access road from Spruisty Hall Farm. Here we crossed the road and took the footpath opposite across the fields heading for Killinghall village.

From Spruisty Hall Farm we followed the farm access road southwards for a little over 100m to a bend in the road where we turned left off the road to follow a footpath across a field to Spruisty Hill Farm. The footpath passed along the side of the farm to the farm access road at map ref. SE 291 581.

Start of the field path to Spruisty Hill Farm
Start of the field path to Spruisty Hill Farm

Access road from Spruisty Hill Farm
Access road from Spruisty Hill Farm

Nearing the edge of Killinghall village
Nearing the edge of Killinghall village

Walking along Crofters Garden in Killinghall
Walking along Crofters Garden in Killinghall

Walking along the A61 in Killinghall
Walking along the A61 in Killinghall

Church Lane heading for the B6161
Church Lane heading for the B6161

We turned left here and walked along the lane past the from of a row of stone houses and the along a passageway next to a church yard. Church Lane led us to the B6161 where we turned left and walked along the B6161 for about 100m to Crag Lane on our right.

The footpath led us to a residential street called Crofters Garden. We turned left here and followed the street out to the A61 In Killinghall. We crossed the A61 and turned right to walk along the A61 for about 100m, past the Killinghall Methodist Church, to a narrow lane on our left called Church Lane.

Our turning to follow Church Lane from the A61
Our turning to follow Church Lane from the A61

Snowdrops & acconites by Church Lane
Snowdrops & aconites by Church Lane

Walking along the B6161 to the Crag Lane junction at the Primary School
Walking along the B6161 to the Crag Lane junction at the Primary School

Leaving Killinghall along Crag Lane
Leaving Killinghall along Crag Lane

Just beyond this house there is a field gate and a finger post by a stile on the left. Here we crossed the stile and followed a footpath heading north west across the field.

There is a primary school on the corner of Crag Lane. Here we turned right off the B6161 and walked along Crag Lane for about 300m, past a farm entrance on the left and past a bungalow and a 2-storey brick house.

Farm entrance off Crag Lane & the bungalow & house on the left
Farm entrance off Crag Lane & the bungalow & house on the left

Start of the field path just past the bungalow & house
Start of the field path just past the bungalow & house

Turning left over the stile to follow the hedge line
Turning left over the stile to follow the hedge line

Crossing the hedge line to continue to Myer's Green
Crossing the hedge line to continue to Myer's Green

At the end of the third field the path crosses the field boundary and continues along the other side of the hedge to a road at map ref. SE 272 583, at Myer's Green. At the road we turned right. The metalled road ends here and continues as a farm access track between the fields.

At the field boundary there was a field gate and a stile next to it. We crossed the stile and turned left to continue along the footpath following the field boundary across three fields.

Following the hedge line towards Myer's Green
Following the hedge line towards Myer's Green

The end of the metalled road at Myer's Green
The end of the metalled road at Myer's Green

The view up Nidderdale over the village of Hampsthwaite
The view up Nidderdale over the village of Hampsthwaite

The access track from Myer's Green to Crag Hill Farm
The access track from Myer's Green to Crag Hill Farm

Approaching Crag Hill Farm
Approaching Crag Hill Farm

Leaving Crag Hill Farm behind us
Leaving Crag Hill Farm behind us

We continued along the public road for about 400m to a public footpath on our left just before the farm at Maltkiln Hill. Here we turned left off the road and followed the path along the field edge down to the bank of the River Nidd.

We followed this access track heading towards Crag Hill Farm. On our left there was a lovely view up Nidderdale with the village of Hampsthwaite below us. From Myer's Green we followed the farm access track for almost 1km to Crag Hill Farm where the track joined a public road.

The access track from Myer's Green to Crag Hill Farm
The access track from Myer's Green to Crag Hill Farm

The lane at Crag Hill Farm
The lane at Crag Hill Farm

Lane heading for Maltkiln Hill farm
Lane heading for the farm at Maltkiln Hill

Start of the field path off the lane just before the farm at Maltkiln Hill
Start of the field path off the lane just before the farm at Maltkiln Hill

Path along the field edge to the River Nidd
Path along the field edge to the River Nidd

Path along the bank fo the River Nidd
Path along the bank of the River Nidd

Path by the River Nidd passing under the A61 road bridge
Path by the River Nidd passing under the A61 road bridge

We followed the path under the A61 and rejoined the path we had used at the start of our walk. At this path we turned left and walked back over the old Killinghall Bridge back to the car and the end of our walk. The whole route had been 7km and it had taken us about two and a half hours to walk It had been a pleasant sunny morning but as forecast the cloud was now building into another gloomy afternoon.

At the river bank there is a stile straight ahead but this is just for anglers to access the waters edge. We simply turned right and continued to follow the river along the edge of the field. After about 650m we came to the road bridge carrying the A61 over the River Nidd. The path continued along the river bank under the road bridge with the old Killinghall Bridge ahead of us.

Path along the bank fo the River Nidd
Path along the bank of the River Nidd

The River Nidd by the field path
The River Nidd by the field path

The old Killinghall Bridge seen from the river side path
The old Killinghall Bridge seen from the river side path

Crossing back over the old Killinghall Bridge to the car at the end of our walk
Crossing back over the old Killinghall Bridge to the car at the end of our walk

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