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Imposing stone gate posts on Whitwell Road (byway) at Bank Wood above Welburn in the Howardian Hills
Imposing stone gate posts on Whitwell Road (byway) at Bank Wood above Welburn in the Howardian Hills

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Route No. 680 - Thursday 20 July 2017
Whitwell Grange, Whitwell-on-the-Hill,
Tout Hill, Whitwell Road, Welburn, circuit
6km - Howardian Hills . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 300 Howardian Hills & Malton


The Carlisle Memorial Collumn at the southern end of The Stray at map ref. SE 714 671
The Carlisle Memorial Column at the southern end of "The Stray" at map ref. SE 714 671

Gilded beacon feature at the top of the monument column
Gilded beacon feature at the top of the monument column

Nearing Whitwell Grange along the road
Nearing Whitwell Grange along the road

At the base of the column there is a fulsome inscription that reads,"He to whom this monument was raised AD 1869 In private life was loved by all who knew him By his public conduct won the respect of his country and left the bright example of a true patriot and earnest Christian". From the monument we walked along the road southwards for about 450m to Whitwell Grange.

This morning my friend, Jim, and I drove out to the tall Carlisle Memorial Column at the southern end of "The Stray", the long straight drive through the grounds surrounding Castle Howard in the Howardian Hills. At the foot of the monument there is a small earthen car park area at map ref. SE 714 671, where we parked. The monument is a memorial to George William Frederick Howard, the 7th Earl of Carlisle.

The road from the monument to Whitwell Grange
The road from the monument to Whitwell Grange

Public footpath along a farm access track at Whitwell Grange on the north side of the farm
Public footpath along a farm access track at
Whitwell Grange on the north side of the farm

Looking back across the fields near Whitwell Grange to the Carlisle Memorial Column
Looking back across the fields near Whitwell Grange to the Carlisle Memorial Column

Following the footpath along the track from Whitwell Grange
Following the footpath along the track from Whitwell Grange

Path along the field edge towards Whitwell-on-the-Hill
Path along the field edge towards Whitwell-on-the-Hill

About 250m from the farm buildings we turned right to follow a public footpath heading southwards along the edge of the fields. From the path there was a pleasant view across the farm land to the south west.

At Whitwell Grange we turned left off the road to follow a public footpath heading eastwards along a farm access track on the north side of the farm.

Turning right towards Whitwell-on-the-Hill
Turning right towards Whitwell-on-the-Hill

Path along the field edge towards Whitwell-on-the-Hill
Path along the field edge towards Whitwell-on-the-Hill

From the path there was a pleasant view across the farm land to the south west
From the path there was a pleasant view across the farm land to the south west

Footpath across the fields to Whitwell-on-the-Hill
Footpath across the fields to Whitwell-on-the-Hill

Path into the garden of s property in Whitwell-on-the-Hill
Path into the garden of s property in Whitwell-on-the-Hill

Double gates out to the road where we turned left
Double gates out to the road where we turned left

We went through the double gates to a road in the village, next to the entrance to Whitwell Hall Hotel. At the road we turned left and followed the road for about 250m to the main street through the village, called Tout Hill.

We continue along the footpath across the fields to the edge of Whitwell-on-the-Hill. Here we passed through a wooden gate from the fields to walk down the drive of a stone built property.

Footpath across the fields to Whitwell-on-the-Hill
Footpath across the fields to Whitwell-on-the-Hill

Gravel drive out to the road in Whitwell-on-the-Hill
Gravel drive out to the road in Whitwell-on-the-Hill

The road from Whitwell Hall Hotel to Tout Hill
The road from Whitwell Hall Hotel to Tout Hill

The rain had stopped & Jim took off his anorak before we set off along Tout Hill out of the village
The rain had stopped & Jim took off his anorak before we set off along Tout Hill out of the village

Whitwell-on-the-Hill Parish Church of St John the Evangelist
Whitwell-on-the-Hill Parish Church of St John the Evangelist

Leaving Whitwell-on-the-Hill along Tout Hill
Leaving Whitwell-on-the-Hill along Tout Hill

Walking along Tout Hill towards the A64
Walking along Tout Hill towards the A64

Just before we reached the A64 we turned left off Tout Hill to follow an old byway between a pair of imposing stone gate posts. This byway is called Whitwell Road and is a track passing between the fields.

At the road junction we turned left and walked along Tout Hill past the village church on our right. We continued along Tout Hill for about 800m from the road junction, almost to the junction of Tout Hill with the A64 dual carriageway which by-passes the village.

The old parish pump built into the churchyard wall
The old parish pump built into the churchyard wall

A tiny snail crossing the wet road before it dries?
A tiny snail crossing the wet road (before it dries?)

Traffic on the A64 seen from our turning off Tout Hill
Traffic on the A64 seen from our turning off Tout Hill

Our turning off Tout Hill onto Whitwell Road, the track between the stone gate posts
Our turning off Tout Hill onto Whitwell Road, the track between the stone gate posts

Whitwell Road, track, leading straight to Bank Wood ahead
Whitwell Road, track, leading straight to Bank Wood ahead

Following Whitwell Road through Bank Wood
Following Whitwell Road through Bank Wood

Here the old byway turns left but we kept straight ahead along a public footpath down the hillside at the edge of a field heading towards Welburn with a view across the fields to Castle Howard.

We walked along this straight track for about 1km to the edge of a strip of woodland called bank wood. We continued along the track around a right hand bend into the wood. After about 125m the track emerged from the far side of the wood through another pair of substantial stone gate posts.

Napweed on the edge of the track, Whitwell Road
Knapweed on the edge of the track, Whitwell Road

Whitwell Road leaving Bank Wood above Welburn
Whitwell Road leaving Bank Wood above Welburn

Castle Howards seen from Whitwell Road above Welburn
Castle Howard seen from Whitwell Road above Welburn

The field path down to Welburn
The field path down to Welburn

The parish church of St John the Evangelist, Welburn
The parish church of St John the Evangelist, Welburn
The same name as the parish church in Whitwell-on-the-Hill

The village Hall where the toilets were open to the public
The village Hall where the toilets were open to the public

At the road junction we turned left and followed the main street through the village. On the left hand side of the main street, opposite the village pub, we came to a cafe & bakery where we stopped for a very nice coffee and bacon sandwich, before we continued along the village street.

We continued northwards to Church Lane and the parish church of St. John the Evangelist, on the edge of Welburn. We followed Church Lane past the church and past the village hall on the right where the toilet facilities are open to the public. We continued along Church Lane out to its junction with the main street through the village.

The field path joining Church Lane in front of the church
The field path joining Church Lane in front of the church

Church Lane leading down to the main street in Welburn
Church Lane leading down to the main street in Welburn

Heading west along the main street in Welburn
Heading west along the main street in Welburn

Continuing our way along the main street in Welburn after our short Cafe stop
Continuing our way along the main street in Welburn after our short Cafe stop

The road heading west out of Welburn
The road heading west out of Welburn

Overgrown path from the road up the bank to the wood
Overgrown path from the road up the bank to the wood

The horse chestnut trees in the wood were badly infected with the leaf miner pest. They are the tiny caterpillars of a moth that live between the faces of the leaves and eat the leaf contents leaving the outer skin of the leaves in tact. The woodland was less than 100m wide and we emerged at the edge of a wide field of barley.

We walked along the road out of the village to the edge of some woodland about 200m from the last houses. Here there is a public footpath off to the left up an overgrown grassy bank. There is a finger post sign but it's hidden under the branches of an overhanging tree. We followed the path up the bank into the woodland.

Just past the speed limit sign is our turn left up to the wood
Just past the speed limit sign is our turn left up to the wood

The horse chestnut trees were infected with the leaf miner pest
The horse chestnut trees were infected with the leaf miner pest

The path through the wood led us to this path across a field of barley
The path through the wood led us to this path across a field of barley

Kissing gate out of the barley field
Kissing gate out of the barley field

Walking around the large hollow in the field
Walking around the large hollow in the field

We continued around the hollow to another kissing gate out of the field on the opposite side of the hollow. We passed through this second kissing gate to a track where we turned right and walked just a few metres along the track out to the road at map ref. SE 713 677.

There was a narrow well walked path through the barley to a kissing gate at the far side of the field. We passed through the kissing gate and turned right to walk around a deep hollow in the centre of the field.

From the kissing gate we walked around a hollow in the field
From the kissing gate we walked around a hollow in the field

Kissing gate out of the field onto Whitfield Road track
Kissing gate out of the field onto Whitfield Road track

Ready to turn onto the road from the Whitfiels Road track
Ready to turn onto the road from the Whitfield Road track

Track from the road, through the trees to the fields
Track from the road, through the trees to the fields

Farm track back to the road from the fields
Farm track back to the road from the fields

Forestry machinery at work in the woods
Forestry machinery at work in the woods

After a while we came to an area of the woodland where there was some forestry machinery working so we cut back to the road side and followed the road side verge back to the monument and out parking spot at the end of the walk. It had been a pleasant little walk but with mixed weather. There had been some warm sunny spells and lots of light drizzly showers. The whole route was about 6km and it took us around two & a half hours to walk including our short stop at the cafe for a coffee & sandwich.

We crossed the road and walked a few metres along the road to a track on our right. We turned right along this track through the road side strip of woodland. At the edge of the woodland we turned left to walk along the edge of the field for about 200m then turned right along another farm track back through the woodland strip. Just before we reached the road, we turned right along a narrow path through the trees parallel to the road. I think this is a lot nicer than walking along the road side verge with fast traffic whizzing by.

Path along the field edge next to the trees
Path along the field edge next to the trees

Path through the wood parallel to the road
Path through the wood parallel to the road

Following the road side verge back to the monument
Following the road side verge back to the monument

Returning to the car park at the foot of the monument and the end of our walk
Returning to the car park at the foot of the monument and the end of our walk

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