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Sheep climbing up the escarpment near the end of our walk
Sheep climbing up the escarpment near the end of our walk

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Route No. 701 - Thursday 7 December 2017
Oulston, Springview Farm, Thornton Lane,
Thornton Lodge Farm drive, River Kyle circuit - 7km
Howardian Hills . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 299 Ripon & Boroughbridge


The road into Oulston seen from ourp parking spot south of the village
The road into Oulston seen from our parking spot south of the village

Following the road into Oulston at the start of our walk
Following the road into Oulston at the start of our walk

It was quite a bright morning ahead of high winds and rain due later this afternoon. From our parking spot we walked along the road, up the hill, into Oulston village. After about 400m we turned right to the village green.

This morning my friend, Jim, and I had a short local walk. We drove to the village of Oulston and parked at map ref. SE 547 740 just south of Oulston village where it's possible to park on the grass verge next to the access lay-by in front of a small pumping station.

Following the road into Oulston at the start of our walk
Following the road into Oulston at the start of our walk

Our right turn to cross the village green in Oulston
Our right turn to cross the village green in Oulston

Leaving Oulston along the lane past Manor Farm
Leaving Oulston along the lane past Manor Farm

Horse in its winter coat at Springview Farm
Horse in its winter coat at Springview Farm

Heading for Thornton Lane from Springview Farm
Heading for Thornton Lane from Springview Farm

Today the Pennine Hills were lost in the haze. About 1.3km from the village green in Oulston we came to the junction with Thornton Lane at map ref. SE 534 744.

From the village green we followed a narrow lane heading in a westerly direction past Manor farm. There is a fine view south from the top of the escarpment as we made our way along the lane past Springview Farm.

Walking along the lane towards Springview Farm
Walking along the lane towards Springview Farm

Walking along the lane past Springview Farm
Walking along the lane past Springview Farm

Heading along the lane to the Thornton Lane junction
Heading along the lane to the Thornton Lane junction

Our left turn into Thornton Lane
Our left turn into Thornton Lane

Walking down Thornton Lane to the head of a little valley
Walking down Thornton Lane to the head of a little valley

Heading for Thornton Hill Farm along Thornton Lane
Heading for Thornton Hill Farm along Thornton Lane

From High House we followed the road to the edge of the escarpment and then down past Thornton Hill Farm on the left hand side of the road.

At the junction we turned left and walked along Thornton Lane. We followed the road down into the head of a little valley and then up to pass High House on the right hand side of the road.

Sheep at High House
Sheep at High House

Straw stack shored up by Thornton Lane
Straw stack shored up by Thornton Lane

Passing Thornton Hill Farm along Thornton Lane
Passing Thornton Hill Farm along Thornton Lane

Thornton Lane nearing our turn to Thornton Lodge Farm
Thornton Lane nearing our turn to Thornton Lodge Farm

Holiday challets at Thornton Lodge Farm
Holiday chalets at Thornton Lodge Farm

After about 850m the farm access road turns left towards the farm and the bridleway continues along the access road to the farm. At the bend we kept straight on following a public footpath along the edge of the fields.

From Thornton Hill Farm we continued along the road for another 1.2km to the start of the farm access road at map ref. SE 532 722, that leads to Thornton Lodge Farm. Here we turned left to walk along the farm access road following a public bridleway.

The bridleway off Thornton Lane to Thornton Lodge Farm
The bridleway off Thornton Lane to Thornton Lodge Farm

Bridleway along the access road to Thornton Lodge Farm
Bridleway along the access road to Thornton Lodge Farm

Where the access road turns left to the farm, we kept straight on along the Foss Walk footpath
Where the access road turns left to the farm, we kept straight on along the Foss Walk footpath


Way marker post on the Foss Walk footpath

Foss Walk route along the edge of the fields
Foss Walk route along the edge of the fields

We followed the footpath along the edge of two fields from the farm access road and then continued diagonally across a field where there were several horse training jumps set out.

In fact this footpath is part of the Foss Walk that starts in the centre of York and follows the River Foss up to Oulston Reservoir & Pond Head Farm before making its way down to finish in Easingwold.

Foss Walk route along the edge of the fields
Foss Walk route along the edge of the fields


Crossing a field with horse training jumps set up
Crossing a field with horse training jumps set up

Path from the field corner by the River Kyle, small stream
Path from the field corner by the River Kyle(small stream)

Foss Walk path around the field edge next to the R. Kyle
Foss Walk path around the field edge next to the R. Kyle

Foss Walk path around the field edge next to the R. Kyle
Foss Walk path around the field edge next to the R. Kyle

The path followed this watercourse along the edge of two large fields and then the watercourse turned away to our right where we crossed another field to some farm buildings called "Low Buildings".

From the corner of this field the footpath followed the course of the River Kyle. This is just a small stream really often hidden by the trees & bushes along its banks.

Foss Walk path around the field edge
Foss Walk path around the field edge

A glimpse of the River Kyle, just a small stream really
A glimpse of the River Kyle, just a small stream really

Heading across the field to the 'Low Buildings'
Heading across the field to the 'Low Buildings'

Heading across the field to the 'Low Buildings'
Heading across the field to the 'Low Buildings'

Following the Foss Walk route towards Oulston
Following the Foss Walk route towards Oulston

Crossing the field to the road at the end of our walk
Crossing the field to the road at the end of our walk

The Foss Way path continues across the field to come out onto the road about 100m further on. It has been a very pleasant walk of 7km that had taken us about two and a quarter hours to walk. From Oulston we drove about 2km to Coxwold for a coffee & our usual bacon sandwich for lunch before returning home to Easingwold.

From Low Buildings we crossed the field heading towards the road and crossed a little wooden footbridge across the River Kyle. As we neared the road there was a stile on our right on to the road next to our parking spot and we crossed this stile back to the car and the end of our walk.

Footbridge across the River Kyle near the road
Footbridge across the River Kyle near the road

Stile on to the road at the end of our walk
Stile on to the road at the end of our walk

Flock of sheep on the sky-line opposite our parking spot at the end of our walk
Flock of sheep on the sky-line opposite our parking spot at the end of our walk

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