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Steps down from the Terrington Hall school playing fields to a ripening field of oil seed rape
Steps down from the Terrington Hall school playing fields to a ripening field of oil seed rape

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Route No. 678 - Thursday 6 July 2017
Terrington, Cotril Farm, Rose Cottage Farm,
Howthorpe Farm, Centenary Way circuit - 6km
Howardian Hills . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 300 Howardian Hills & Malton


Setting off along the route of the Ebor Way & the Centenary Way down the grassy track between the buildings
Setting off along the route of the Ebor Way & the Centenary Way down the grassy track between the buildings

All Saints' Church, Terrington where we parked
All Saints' Church, Terrington where we parked

Starting to cross the Terrington Hall School playing fields
Starting to cross the Terrington Hall School playing fields

This grassy track was our route. After about 100m the path led us out into a gravel area in the grounds of the Terrington Hall School. There was some construction work in progress with wire steel framed barriers to the working area. We crossed the gravel area to a finger post marking a right turn in the Ebor & Centenary Ways. Here we kept straight on along a public footpath across the terraced plateaus of the school playing fields.

This morning my friend, Jim, and I drove to the village of Terrington in the Howardian Hills. We parked next to the churchyard wall (map ref. SE 671 707) where a few other cars were already parked. The road where we parked is one way and just beyond our parking spot the road bends to the left. There is an access road straight ahead that leads into the Terrington Hall private school. Also straight ahead but to the left of the school access road there is a grassy track that is the route of both the Ebor Way and the Centenary Way.

The route of the Centenary Way & Ebor Way northwards
The route of the Centenary Way & Ebor Way northwards

Crossing the Terrington Hall School playing fields
Crossing the Terrington Hall School playing fields

Path from the school playing fields crossing a field of oil seed rape
Path from the school playing fields crossing a field of oil seed rape

Leaving the school playing fields for the field path north
Leaving the school playing fields for the field path north

Joining the access track to Cotril Farm
Joining the access track to Cotril Farm

Track through the yard at Cotril Farm
Track through the yard at Cotril Farm

We walked along the farm access track past Cotril Farm where we said "Good Morning" to the farmer on his quad bike accompanied by his dog, (an alsation/husky?). About 150m beyond the farm we came to the junction with New Road.

At the edge of the playing fields we came to a staircase down a steep bank to a field of oil seed rape below. We descended the stairs and continued along the footpath through the tall plants with their seed pods already set. We continued along the edge of the next field to a farm access track where we turned left.

The field path was a bit overgrown
The field path was a bit overgrown

Heading for Cotril Farm
Heading for Cotril Farm

Bull weather vane (plus perching swallow) at Cotril Farm
Bull weather vane (plus perching swallow) at Cotril Farm

Turning right to follow the track towards Rose Cottage Farm
Turning right to follow the track towards Rose Cottage Farm

Track towards Rose Cottage Farm
Track towards Rose Cottage Farm

Turning off the track on to a path in the field
Turning off the track on to a path in the field

Path in the field parallel to the farm track
Path in the field parallel to the farm track

The bridleway within the field was very overgrown, to be expected at this time of year I suppose. We followed the bridleway to a point about 100m north of the farm where the bridleway rejoined the farm access track.

At the junction with New Road we turned right to follow a public bridleway along the farm access track leading to Rose Cottage Farm. About 150m before we reached the farm the bridleway turns left off the access road to continue parallel to the access road but inside the field.

Blue damsel fly on the side of the track
Blue damsel fly on the side of the track

Path in the field parallel to the farm track
Path in the field parallel to the farm track

Path in the field parallel to the farm track
Path in the field parallel to the farm track

Rejoining the farm track just north of Rose Cottage Farm
Rejoining the farm track just north of Rose Cottage Farm

Turning right to follow the fence away from the farm track
Turning right to follow the fence away from the farm track

We continued along the grassy track by the hedge
We continued along the grassy track by the hedge

Through the gate we continued along a track along the edge of the next field for about 70m to a point near the corner of Swinsey Carr wood.

Where we rejoined the farm access track the wooden fence on the right of the track curved away from the track climbing up the slope across the field. Our footpath followed the fence to a gate in the corner of the field.

Looking back down to Rose Cottage Farm
Looking back down to Rose Cottage Farm

Poppies amongst the oats beside the path
Poppies amongst the oats beside the path

Path turning right along the ridge  near the corner of Swinsey Carr
Path turning right along the ridge near the corner of Swinsey Carr

Path down the ridge towards Wath Beck
Path down the ridge towards Wath Beck

Footbridge across Wath Beck
Footbridge across Wath Beck

The strip of land about 20m wide next to the beck was quite boggy. We crossed the boggy strip along a cattle track and then walked along the dry land where the field begins to climb up away from the beck. At the fence at the end of the field we recrossed the boggy strip back to a stile where the path crosses the fence.

Next to the corner of Swinsey Carr wood we turned right to follow the footpath along a grassy track down the ridge of a tongue of land for about 500m to a footbridge across Wath Beck. Across the footbridge the path turned left and follows the edge of the field next to the beck. This part of the path was obstructed by overhanging branches of the trees by the beck.

Looking down the ridge towards Wath Beck
Looking down the ridge towards Wath Beck

Crossing field on the dry slope above the marsh on our left
Crossing field on the dry slope above the marsh on our left

Crossing the stile to climb up the hillside to Howthorpe Farm
Crossing the stile to climb up the hillside to Howthorpe Farm

Climbing up the hillside to Howthorpe Farm
Climbing up the hillside to Howthorpe Farm

Making our way up to Howthorpe Farm
Making our way up to Howthorpe Farm

Leaving Howthorpe Farm southwards on the Centenary Way
Leaving Howthorpe Farm southwards on the Centenary Way

At the farm access road we turned right away from the farm yard and now we were following the route of the Centenary Way.

We crossed the stile and headed up the hillside where there was a feint track leading to Howthorpe Farm. We skirted around the outside of the farm house garden to the farm access road at the entrance to the farm yard.

Tiny flowers of scarlet pimpernel at the edge of the path
Tiny flowers of scarlet pimpernel at the edge of the path

The farm house at Howthorpe Farm
The farm house at Howthorpe Farm

Cranesbill (wild geranium) by the track
Cranesbill (wild geranium) by the track

The rolling Howardian Hills looking south west from the Centenary Way
The rolling Howardian Hills looking south west from the Centenary Way

We took the left hand fork in the track at the top of the hill
We took the left hand fork in the track at the top of the hill

Turning off the track on to the field path
Turning off the track on to the field path

About 250m from the fork in the track at the top of the hill we turned right off the track to continue along the Centenary Way along the edge of a field of wheat with the fence on our right. Over the fence there was a large herd of beef cattle grazing quietly.

We followed the track climbing gently along a ridge to the top of the hill and there the track forks. Here we took the right hand fork still following the route of the Centenary Way as we dropped down a fairly steep slope.

Following the track down the hillside from the fork
Following the track down the hillside from the fork

Following the field path down to Wath Beck
Following the field path down to Wath Beck

Cattle grazing in the field to the right of our path
Cattle grazing in the field to the right of our path

Following the field path down to Wath Beck
Following the field path down to Wath Beck

Path passed a line of oak trees
Path passed a line of oak trees

Following the Centenary Way along the edge of a potato field
Following the Centenary Way along the edge of a potato field

The path was along the edge of a vast field of potatoes still with the hedge on our right. We were continuing to follow the route of the Centenary Way. At map ref. SE 674 709 the path turned right around the corner of a field close to the edge of Terrington.

After about 150 the path crossed to the other side of the fence and continued down the hillside to Wath Beck where it crossed back with the fence now on our right again. We followed the farm track across the beck and continued in a south westerly direction

The path crossed to the opposite side of the fence
The path crossed to the opposite side of the fence

Path crossed back to the other side of the fence
Path crossed back to the other side of the fence

The path bent right around the edge of the field
The path bent right around the edge of the field

Steps from the field path to the grounds of Terrington Hall School
Steps from the field path to the grounds of Terrington Hall School

Wall between the school buildings & the playing fields
Wall between the school buildings & the playing fields

Grassy path from the school grounds up to the village church
Grassy path from the school grounds up to the village church

It was the same post we had passed near the start of our walk. At the finger post we turned left and retraced our steps along the grassy path back to the village church in Terrington and the end of our walk. The whole route had been 6km and it had take me about two and a half hours to walk.

We followed the path along the edge of the field to some steps next to the corner of the field that led us back into the grounds of Terrington Hall School. After about 120m along the outside of the boundary wall to the school buildings we came to the finger post.

Grassy path from the school grounds up to the village church
Grassy path from the school grounds up to the village church

Vetch by the field path as we followed the Centenary Way
Vetch by the field path as we followed the Centenary Way

All Saints' Church, Terrington at the end of our walk
All Saints' Church, Terrington at the end of our walk

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