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Stile out of Murk Side Wood to the fields
Stile out of Murk Side Wood to the fields

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Route No. 674 - Thursday 1 June 2017
Beck Hole, Hollin Garth, Green End,
Rail Trail, Murk Esk circuit - 5km
North York Moors . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL27 North York Moors Eastern area


The road through Beck Hole
The road through Beck Hole

The 'Quoits' pitches in Beck Hole
The 'Quoits' pitches in Beck Hole

The climb around the hairpin bend out of Beck Hole
The climb around the hairpin bend out of Beck Hole

On our right there was the village quoits pitch and a few seats for spectators. There's a league competition for village & pub teams. We climbed up the steep hillside out of the village, round a hairpin bend and across the bridge over the North York Moors Railway at map ref. NZ 821 023.

This morning my wife & I drove to the village of Beck Hole about 1.5km north east of Goathland and parked on the roadside at map ref. NZ 821 022. It was a fine bright morning with more cloud around than the last few days but still a good day for a walk. We set off along the road through the village.

Setting off along the road through Beck Hole
Setting off along the road through Beck Hole

Sheep grazing on the road side
Sheep grazing on the road side

A new cottage being added to the row between the road and the railway
A new cottage being added to the row between the road and the railway

The road to Hollin Farm
The road to Hollin Farm

Start of the path from Hollin Farm to Liberty Hall farm
Start of the path from Hollin Farm to Liberty Hall farm

Walking through Liberty Hall farm
Walking through Liberty Hall farm

We followed the path through the farm yard and out to the farm access track. We turned left to walk down the access track to Green End. At the bottom of the access track we turned right along a public bridleway past Green End Farm (for sale at present - June 2017).

We continued along the road for about 600m from the railway bridge to Hollin Garth farm on the left hand side of the road. Here we turned left off the road to follow a public footpath across the fields to Liberty Hall farm.

Hollin Farm seen from the road
Hollin Farm seen from the road

Nearing Liberty Hall farm across the fields
Nearing Liberty Hall farm across the fields

Heading for Green End Farm from Liberty Hall
Heading for Green End Farm from Liberty Hall

Turning off the access track at Green end to follow the bridleway through Green End Farm
Turning off the access track at Green end to follow the bridleway through Green End Farm

Bridleway leaving Green End Farm
Bridleway leaving Green End Farm

Finger post where the way forks
Finger post where the way forks

Gate into the woods at the railway viaduct over the Murk Esk
Gate into the woods at the railway viaduct over the Murk Esk

If fact this was the boundary fence of the North York Moors Railway line. I was hoping to see a steam engine go by but no such luck. We turned right and continued along the railway boundary for about 60m into the corner of the field. Here there was a gate into the woodland above the Murk Esk. It's not a very nice sounding name for this pretty beck. Once in the woodland the path turned left and led us under an arch of the railway viaduct that crossed the beck.

We followed the footpath for about 200m from the farm to a finger post by the hedge on our left. Here the path forked with the right hand fork heading for Grosmont and the left hand fork heading for the hamlet of Esk Valley next to the railway in the valley bottom. We took the left hand fork following the hedge quite steeply down the hillside. After about 300m we came to a wooden fence with a tall hedge behind it.

Following the bridleway from Green End farm
Following the bridleway from Green End farm

Following the bridleway towards the hamlet of Esk Valley
Following the bridleway towards the hamlet of Esk Valley

Passing under the railway viaduct by the Murk Esk
Passing under the railway viaduct by the Murk Esk

Looking back to the railway viaduct over the Murk Esk almost hidden by the trees
Looking back to the railway viaduct over the Murk Esk almost hidden by the trees

Bridleway from the railway viaduct to the Murk Esk bridge
Bridleway from the railway viaduct to the Murk Esk bridge

The mounting block was a convenient height for us to sit for a drink on the warm sunny day. As we sat there a train came up from Grosmont hauled by a diesel engine, not as exciting as a steam engine but better than nothing. There wasn't much warning of the train's arrival but I managed a quick snap of it passing along the line.

We dropped down under the railway and continued across the field with a bend in the Murk Esk about 100m to the north of our route. After about 200m we came to a gate at a wooden bridge over the beck. Just before the bridge there is a mounting block for horse riders to dismount and lead their horses over the wooden bridge to remount at a similar block on the far side.

Hurried snap of the train hauled by a diesel engine
Hurried snap of the train hauled by a diesel engine

The bridleway bridge across the Murk Esk to the Rail Trail
The bridleway bridge across the Murk Esk to the Rail Trail

Crossing the bridge over the Murk Esk to the Rail Trail
Crossing the bridge over the Murk Esk to the Rail Trail

Following the Rail Trail through a cutting
Following the Rail Trail through a cutting

After about 500m we turned right off the rail trail to follow a public footpath across the fields. There was livestock in these fields, ewes with young lambs and a beef herd with calves and a large charolais bull. It's probably not a good route to take a dog. (This field path can be omitted easily by simply staying on the rail trail back to Beck Hole)

We continued across the relatively new bridge which was opened on 26 May 2015 and joined the path along the bed of the old railway on the far side of the river. It's part of the "Rail Trail". At the rail trail we turned left heading southwards along the old railway bed.

Passing an old stone cottage along the Rail Trail
Passing an old stone cottage along the Rail Trail

Continuing our way along the Rail Trail
Continuing our way along the Rail Trail

Our turning to the right off the Rail trail through this and then sharp left across the field
Our turning to the right off the Rail trail through this and then sharp left across the field

Horse & pony in the next field
Horse & pony in the next field

Dropping down to the corner of the field
Dropping down to the corner of the field

Path through Murk Side Wood beside the Murk Esk
Path through Murk Side Wood beside the Murk Esk

We continued along the path through the woodland, called Murk Side Wood, along the western bank of the Murk Esk. We crossed a stile out of the wood and continued along the path through some gorse bushes still following the bank of the beck.

From the gate off the rail trail we turned sharp left and followed the path across the field. At the far corner of the field we dropped down to a stile into some woodland.

Making our way across the field to the far left hand corner
Making our way across the field to the far left hand corner

Stile from the corner of the field into Murk Side Wood
Stile from the corner of the field into Murk Side Wood

Leaving Murk Side Wood for the field path
Leaving Murk Side Wood for the field path

Path through the gorse bushes next to the Murk Esk
Path through the gorse bushes next to the Murk Esk

Path across the fields next to the Murk Esk
Path across the fields next to the Murk Esk

Cows & calves with a large Charolais bull in the field
Cows & calves with a large Charolais bull in the field

Climbing the steep bank on the far side of the footbridge
Climbing the steep bank on the far side of the footbridge

Across the bridge we had to climb up a steep rough bank next to a post & wire fence. At the top of the bank we continued along the fence for about 50m then the path turned sharp left still following the fence back down towards the beck.

After about 300m through the fields by the beck the path led us up a steep bank around the edge of more woodland and away from the beck. We followed the edge of the field around the woodland for about 100m and then turned left out of the field over a wooden footbridge across a small watercourse.

Climbing the bank around the edge of the wood
Climbing the bank around the edge of the wood

Turning left out of the field over a footbridge
Turning left out of the field over a footbridge

Very soon the path dropped back down the steep bank
Very soon the path dropped back down the steep bank

Following the fence down the bank to the bottom of the slope
Following the fence down the bank to the bottom of the slope

Following the path along the bottom of the slope
Following the path along the bottom of the slope

Stile out of the field into some woodland
Stile out of the field into some woodland

Track from the hillside towards a permissive path
Track from the hillside towards a permissive path

Just over the stile we crossed a footbridge and joined a footpath along a track coming down the hillside. At this track we turned left and walked along the track for about 70m to join a permissive path at map ref. NZ 819 026.

At the bottom of the slope we turned right still following the fence along the boundary between the rough grassy bank on our right and some woodland on our left. We continued along the bottom of the slope for almost 200m to a stile out of the field and into woodland.

Continuing to follow the fence along the bottom of the slope
Continuing to follow the fence along the bottom of the slope

Footbridge to a track down the hillside
Footbridge to a track down the hillside

Track from the hillside towards a permissive path
Track from the hillside towards a permissive path

Joining the permissive path next to the Murk Esk
Joining the permissive path next to the Murk Esk

Following the permissive path with the Murk Esk on our left
Following the permissive path with the Murk Esk on our left

Finger post at our left turn off the permissive path
Finger post at our left turn off the permissive path

From the bridge we climbed a few steps to a footpath along a track on the other side of the beck. We turned right and walked along this track heading back towards Beck Hole.

At this path we turned right and walked along the permissive path for about 120m. Here there is a finger post indicating a footpath to our left. We turned left here and dropped down to cross a bridge over the Murk Esk.

About 25m to our left turn off the permissive path
About 25m to our left turn off the permissive path

Our turning through the bushes down to the Murk Esk
Our turning through the bushes down to the Murk Esk

Steps up from the Murk Esk to join the path back to Beck Hole
Steps up from the Murk Esk to join the path back to Beck Hole

Path heading back to Beck Hole
Path heading back to Beck Hole

Gate out to the road in Beck Hole
Gate out to the road in Beck Hole

Just beyond this field we came to a wooden field gate that opened from our path onto the road in Beck Hole we turned right and walked the final 100m of our route back to the car. The whole route had been about 5km and it had taken us around three hours to walk it in the warm sunshine.

In a field on the right of our path there was a chestnut horse grazing and two other creatures about the same size as the horse. They has long shaggy coats and long necks and were of course llamas and not the more usual alpacas we see on our walks.

Horse & llamas in the field by the path
Horse & llamas in the field by the path

Heading back to the car in Beck Hole
Heading back to the car in Beck Hole

Road by to our parking spot in Beck Hole next to the bridge over Eller Beck just before it joins the Murk Esk
Road by to our parking spot in Beck Hole next to the bridge over Eller Beck just before it joins the Murk Esk

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