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Looking back across a little valley to the edge of Oak Cliff Wood on the hill top

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Route No. 696 - Thursday 9 November 2017
Onhams Lane, Crambe, Rider Lane Farm
Riders Lane, Oak Cliff Wood circuit - 7km
Howardian Hills . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 300 Howardian Hills & Malton


Setting off from our parking spot at the crossroads of Onhams Lane & Shepherdfields Lane
Setting off from our parking spot at the crossroads of Onhams Lane & Shepherdfields Lane

Heading towards the A64 along Onhams Lane
Heading towards the A64 along Onhams Lane

Walking along Onhams Lane from the crossroads
Walking along Onhams Lane from the crossroads

By this time the weather had improved a lot, the cloud had lifted and the rain had stopped. It all seemed set for a good day out in the south east corner of the Howardian Hills AONB that ends just a few hundred metres on the far side of the River Derwent. From our parking spot at the crossroads we walked along Onhams Lane towards the A64 for about 300m.

This morning began in a rather gloomy mood with low cloud & drizzle, but the forecast was for it to brighten up into quite a pleasant day. My friend, Jim, and I drove out to the crossroads of Onhams Lane & Shepherdfields Lane at map ref. SE 729 657 between the A64 at Whitwell Hill and the River Derwent at Kirkham Priory. We had a late start this morning and arrived at our parking spot at about 10.30am.

Whitwell-on-the-Hill seen across the A64 from Onhams Lane
Whitwell-on-the-Hill seen across the A64 from Onhams Lane

Turning left off Onhams Lane on to a field path
Turning left off Onhams Lane on to a field path

Following the path across the fields towards the village of Crambe
Following the path across the fields towards the village of Crambe

Footpath along the field edge heading towards Crambe
Footpath along the field edge heading towards Crambe

Was it something I said?
Was it something I said?

Gate into the last field before Crambe
Gate into the last field before Crambe

We followed the footpath dropping down across the middle of a field to the gate at the end of the public road (map ref. SE 730 649) at the western edge of the tiny village of Crambe.

Here we turned left off the Onhams Lane to follow a public footpath along the edge of the field. We continued along the path at the edge of the fields above a little valley.

Footpath along the field edge heading towards Crambe
Footpath along the field edge heading towards Crambe

Footpath along the field edge heading towards Crambe
Footpath along the field edge heading towards Crambe

Crossing the field to the road at the edge of Crambe
Crossing the field to the road at the edge of Crambe

The rolling countryside of the Howardian Hills as we approached the village of Crambe
The rolling countryside of the Howardian Hills as we approached the village of Crambe

Old by-way climbing up from Crambe
Old by-way climbing up from Crambe

Old by-way climbing up from Crambe
Old by-way climbing up from Crambe

After about 600m we turned left off the track at map ref. SE 727 643 and followed a public footpath along the edge of the field at the top of Crambe Bank.

At the gate at the edge of Crambe we turned right to follow a track, an old by-way, climbing up away from Crambe.

Old by-way climbing up from Crambe
Old by-way climbing up from Crambe

Top of the gentle climb from Crambe
Top of the gentle climb from Crambe

Just over the top of the little climbe up from Crambe is our turning off the old by-way on to a field path
Just over the top of the little climb up from Crambe is our turning off the old by-way on to a field path

Path along the field edge at the top of Crambe Bank
Path along the field edge at the top of Crambe Bank

Heading straight down Crambe Bank
Heading straight down Crambe Bank

Footpath along the edge of the field to the railway crossing
Footpath along the edge of the field to the railway crossing

There is a feint path down the bank but it's not easy to spot in the grass. We passed through the little gate and continued along the footpath following the edge of the field to the side of the Scarborough to York railway line.

After about 300m we came to a way-mark post at the corner of a small block of woodland on our left at map ref. SE 739 642. The way-mark post indicates a right turn in the footpath to head straight down Crambe Bank for about 200m to a pedestrian gate in the hedge at the bottom of the field.

Way-mark post where the path turns down Crambe Bank
Way-mark post where the path turns down Crambe Bank

Gate in the hedge at the bottom of Crambe Bank
Gate in the hedge at the bottom of Crambe Bank

Stile to the pedestrian level crossing
Stile to the pedestrian level crossing

Crossing the York/Scarborough railway line - note: the two coach deisel units are supprisingly quiet!
Crossing the York/Scarborough railway line - note: the two coach diesel units are surprisingly quiet!

Path from the railway to Rider Lane Farm
Path from the railway to Rider Lane Farm

Heading for Riders Lane from Rider Lane Farm
Heading for Riders Lane from Rider Lane Farm

We continued along the footpath past the western side of the farm and along the farm access drive to the road, called Riders Lane.

We crossed the railway at the pedestrian level crossing and followed the footpath across the next field to Rider Lane Farm.

Path along the side of Rider Lane Farm
Path along the side of Rider Lane Farm

Looking back to Rider Lane Farm
Looking back to Rider Lane Farm

Walking along Riders Lane away from Rider Lane Farm
Walking along Riders Lane away from Rider Lane Farm

Howsham Hall seen across the river from Riders Lane
Howsham Hall seen across the river from Riders Lane

The level crossing at Howsham Gates
The level crossing at Howsham Gates

Here there was a sharp left hand bend in the road but we kept straight on following a public footpath along the farm access road leading to Oakcliffe Farm.

At the lane we turned left and walked along the road for about 450m to the Howsham Gates level crossing. From the level crossing we continued along Riders Lane for another 750m.

Following Riders Lane towards Howsham Gates
Following Riders Lane towards Howsham Gates

Following Riders Lane away from the level crossing
Following Riders Lane away from the level crossing

Our turning to our right off Riders Lane to follow the farm access road towards Oakcliffe Farm
Our turning to our right off Riders Lane to follow the farm access road towards Oakcliffe Farm

Farm access road leading towards Oakcliffe Farm
Farm access road leading towards Oakcliffe Farm

Looking back from the bank top to the hills around Crambe
Looking back from the bank top to the hills around Crambe

Here, at the top of the climb, we turned right and followed the path along the field edge next to the wood down the slope for about 100m to a gate into the wood on our left.

After about 300m the access road turned right to the farm but we kept straight on following the footpath straight up the steep hillside along the edge of the field to the corner of Oak Cliff Wood at map ref. SE 739 650.

Bend ahead goes to the farm, we kept straight ahead up the bank
Bend ahead goes to the farm, we kept straight ahead up the bank

Dropping down the field edge to the gate into the wood
Dropping down the field edge to the gate into the wood

Turning into Oak Cliff Wood from the field path
Turning into Oak Cliff Wood from the field path

Public footpath through Oak Cliff Wood
Public footpath through Oak Cliff Wood

Public footpath through Oak Cliff Wood
Public footpath through Oak Cliff Wood

We followed the edge of the field next to the wood & continued along the footpath next to the field hedge for the final 100m out to the road at map ref. SE 732 654.

We followed the footpath through the wood with the steep wooded bank dropping down on our right. After about 700m the path came out of the wood to the field edge.


Public footpath through Oak Cliff Wood

Path along the field edge next to the wood
Path along the field edge next to the wood

Gate onto the road from the path we followed through Oak Cliff Wood
Gate onto the road from the path we followed through Oak Cliff Wood

Following the road back towards the crossroads
Following the road back towards the crossroads

Red admiral butterfly feeding on ivy flowers  on the hedgerow
Red admiral butterfly feeding on ivy flowers on the hedgerow

We continued along the road back to our parking spot at the crossroads and the end of our walk. The whole walk had been about 7km and it had taken us a little over two hours to walk in the autumn sunshine.

At the road we turned right and walked along the road towards our parking spot at the crossroads. There was a patch of ivy in flower in the hedgerow on our right. The ivy flowers were covered in insects including bees, wasps, all kinds of flies and a lovely red admiral butterfly.

Following the road back towards the crossroads
Following the road back towards the crossroads

Approaching the crossroads at the end of our walk
Approaching the crossroads at the end of our walk

Returning to the crossroads of Onhams Lane & Shepherdfields Lane at the end of our walk
Returning to the crossroads of Onhams Lane & Shepherdfields Lane at the end of our walk

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