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Crossing the watercourse that flows from Smith Hill Howl, north of Ampleforth, to Mill Lane, south of Ampleforth
Crossing the watercourse that flows from Smith Hill Howl, north of Ampleforth, to Mill Lane, south of Ampleforth

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Route No. 661 - Thursday 23 March 2017
Byland Abbey to Ampleforth College
(linear route) & return by bus - 8km
Hambleton Hills . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL26 North York Moors Western area


The lay-by about 350m south of Byland Abbey where we started our walk
The lay-by about 350m south of Byland Abbey where we started our walk

Heading towards Byland Abbey along the road
Heading towards Byland Abbey along the road

Byland Abbey
Byland Abbey

We continued past the abbey towards the village of Wass. About 600m beyond the abbey the road makes a sharp left hand turn (at map ref. SE 554 790) into the village.

This morning my friend Jim and I drove to a lay-by at map ref. SE 546 785, off the Coxwold to Wass road about 350m south of Byland Abbey. From our parking spot we walked along the road to Byland Abbey.

Byland Abbey
Byland Abbey

The road to Wass from Byland Abbey
The road to Wass from Byland Abbey

Where the road bends sharp left into Wass, we kept straight on along to track towards the village sewage works
Where the road bends sharp left into Wass, we kept straight on along to track towards the village sewage works

By the sewage works entrance we turned left into the field
By the sewage works entrance we turned left into the field

Following the path across the fields to the road
Following the path across the fields to the road

Looking back across the fields to Byland Abbey
Looking back across the fields to Byland Abbey

We followed the path across the fields for about 300m to rejoin the road. At the road we turned right and walked along the road for about 250m to a stile over the hedge on our left.

At the left hand bend into Wass village, we kept straight on following a footpath along the access track to the village sewage works. At the gate to the sewage works we turned left off the track, through a steel gate and into the fields.

Following the path across the fields to the road
Following the path across the fields to the road

Kissing gate to rejoin the road east of Wass
Kissing gate to rejoin the road east of Wass

Following the road away from Wass
Following the road away from Wass

Leaving the road for a footpath across a large sheep pasture
Leaving the road for a footpath across a large sheep pasture

Following the footpath across a large sheep pasture
Following the footpath across a large sheep pasture

Footbridge over a stream below Carr House
Footbridge over a stream below Carr House

About 150m to our left was Carr House and straight ahead about 170m away there was a stile in the fence at the far side of the field. As we approached the stile we could see that it led onto the access road to Carr House and there was another stile on the other side of the road where the public footpath continued across the fields. There was a fine view southwards over the southern edge of the Howardian Hills.

Here we crossed the stile and left the road for a footpath across a large sheep pasture. From the stile there was a clear narrow path. It could just have been a sheep track but it turned out to be the public footpath. We followed it across the large sheep pasture and then across a smaller one to a wooden footbridge across Burtis Beck at map ref. SE 565 788. Once across the bridge the route of the path was not so well defined.

Following the footpath across a large sheep pasture
Following the footpath across a large sheep pasture

Pair of stiles taking the path across the Carr House access road
Pair of stiles taking the path across the Carr House access road

Southern edge of the Howardian Hills seen from the path near Carr House
Southern edge of the Howardian Hills seen from the path near Carr House

Path along the top edge of the fields next to the woods
Path along the top edge of the fields next to the woods

Plank bridge into the next field
. . . a plank bridge into the next field

We continued along the route of the path still following the contour of the hillside. Then we dropped down to the south eastern corner of the field next to the road at map ref. SE 571 785. We crossed the stile in the corner of the field to the top of the bank at the side of the road.

We continued along the footpath now around the edge of the woods at the top edge of the fields. At map ref. SE 570 786 we came to a stile in the corner of a large field. We crossed the stile and a little ramp over a small watercourse into the corner of the next field.

Stile in the corner of the field
Stile in the corner of the field leading to . . .

Looking back up the hillside from the stile at the road
Looking back up the hillside from the stile at the road

Stile in the corner of the field onto Carr Lane
Stile in the corner of the field onto Carr Lane

Walking up Carr Lane towards Ampleforth
Walking up Carr Lane towards Ampleforth

Our turning off the road in Ampleforth
Our turning off the road in Ampleforth

We walked up the drive with a small watercourse on our right and the front of the cottage on our left. At the end of the drive there was a narrow path around the right hand side of a small single storey outbuilding to the back garden of the cottage.

At the road we turned left and followed the road, Carr Lane, up a steep hill for about 350m. We continued along the road as it began to drop down into Ampleforth village. At the bottom of the slope there was a finger post indicating a public footpath off to the left of the road along the access drive to a cottage.

Dropping down the road into Ampleforth
Dropping down the road into Ampleforth

Passageway round the cottage outbuilding
Passageway round the cottage outbuilding

Leaving the cottage garden along the woodland path carpeted by wild garlic
Leaving the cottage garden along the woodland path carpeted by wild garlic

Following the path through the woodland
Following the path through the woodland

Crossing the stream to climb up the through the woodland
Crossing the stream to climb up the through the woodland

Path up through the woods from the stream
Path up through the woods from the stream

We continued climbing up the wooded bank on the far side of the stream. After about 150m we came to a woodland access track just as a quadbike passed by heading towards the village. We crossed the access track and continued to climb up the bank to a stile at the top edge of the wood.

This path led us through the cottage garden to a path out to some woodland carpeted with wild garlic. We followed the woodland path up the little valley with the small watercourse on our right for about 250m. Here we crossed a stile and the turned sharp right to follow the path down to cross the stream.

Stile where we turned sharp right down to the stream
Stile where we turned sharp right down to the stream

Path up through the woods from the stream
Path up through the woods from the stream

path crossing a woodland access track
Our path crossing a woodland access track

View from an access track above Ampleforth looking south west
View from an access track above Ampleforth looking south west

Multi-step stile into the field
Multi-step stile into the field

The path crossing another access track from Ampleforth
The path crossing another access track from Ampleforth . . .

Following the path along the bottom edge of the fields
Following the path along the bottom edge of the fields

After about 150m there was a multi step stile where the path crossed fence to continue along the edge of the fields but now inside the fields. From this stile we continued on the path following the bottom edge of the fields for about 1km to map ref. SE 591 790, to a stile in the corner of the field.

The stile led us onto another access track heading north/south with a public footpath along it. We crossed this track and continued along a footpath outside the fence around the field at the top of a bank above a small complex of buildings.

Following the path along the bottom edge of the fields
Following the path along the bottom edge of the fields

path climbing up to the next field
. . . & climbing up to the next field

Following the path along the bottom edge of the fields
Following the path along the bottom edge of the fields

Turning sharp right at this stile along a fenced path
Turning sharp right at this stile along a fenced path

The path climbed straight up the hillside
The path climbed straight up the hillside

The path heading for Windmill Farm
The path heading for Windmill Farm

It seemed to be some kind of park or garden with a small shed near the road. We continued along the path up the hillside & crossing a couple of fields to emerge onto the road at the side of Windmill Farm.

Here there was a stile into a fenced path where we turned left to follow the fenced path straight up the hillside. The land on our right was planted with numerous blossom trees.

The path heading for Windmill Farm
The path heading for Windmill Farm

Stile onto the road by Windmill Farm
Stile onto the road by Windmill Farm

Walking along the road to the junction by Beacon House
Walking along the road to the junction by Beacon House

The road junction by Beacon House
The road junction by Beacon House

Horses at Grange Whin Farm
Horses at Grange Whin Farm

Here we turned right and continued to walk along the road. After about 500m from the junction we came to Grange Whin Farm where there were a number of horses, all with their waterproof coats on, in the field next to the road.

We turned right at the road and walked along the road to the junction near Beacon House. At the junction we turned left and walked up the slope for about 100m to the next junction.


Turning right off Beacon Bank onto Stockings Lane

About to turn off Stockings Lane on to Bolton Bank
About to turn off Stockings Lane on to Bolton Bank

Starting along the track down Bolton Bank to Ampleforth College
Starting along the track down Bolton Bank to Ampleforth College

Bolton Bank track to Ampleforth College
Bolton Bank track to Ampleforth College

We walked under the old stone archway to the bus stop at map ref. SE 605 786. We waited there for about 15 minutes and caught the bus as planned to take us back to Byland Abbey (Bus service York to Helmsley 31X)From Byland Abbey it was just a short walk of a few hundred metres back to our car and the end of our outing.

Just past the farm we turned right off the road, called Stockings Lane, to follow a track called Bolton Bank, south west down the side of the farm. We followed this track down the bank to the road at Ampleforth College at the bottom of the slope where we turned right to walk along the road.

Bolton Bank track to Ampleforth College
Bolton Bank track to Ampleforth College

The bus stop at Ampleforth College near the old stone archway over the road
The bus stop at Ampleforth College near the old stone archway over the road

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