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Selby Abbey seen from the top of Brayton Barff
Selby Abbey seen from the top of Brayton Barff

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Route No. 704 - Thursday 25 January 2018
Brayton, Brayton Barff, Burton Bridge,
Selby Canal circuit - 8km
Selby . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 290 York


The car park by the Selby Canal at Brayton Bridge where we started our walk
The car park by the Selby Canal at Brayton Bridge where we started our walk

Brayton Bridge seen from the car park
Brayton Bridge seen from the car park

Following the road through Brayton village
Following the road through Brayton village

We parked in the canal side car park at Brayton Bridge, map ref. SE 610 303. From the car park entrance we turned right and walked along the footway beside the road into Brayton. Brayton is a pleasant leafy residential area.

The weather was fine and bright this morning and the forecast was good until mid afternoon. My friend, Jim, and I drove south along the A19 to Selby and continued along the A19 from Selby towards the village of Brayton.

Leaving the car park heading for Brayton
Leaving the car park heading for Brayton

Impressive tree stump on the road side verge
Impressive tree stump on the road side verge

The road through Brayton
The road through Brayton

Leaving Brayton along Barff Lane
Leaving Brayton along Barff Lane

Car park entrance at Brayton Barff
Car park entrance at Brayton Barff

Following the gravel path through the woodland
Following the gravel path through the woodland

From this car park we followed a gravel footpath through the woodland around the base of the hill heading towards Thorpe Willoughby. It's pretty woodland and there were numerous people exercising their dogs as we made our way along the path.

We continued along the road for about 2.5km from the Brayton Bridge car park to another car park at a wooded hill called Brayton Barff (map ref. SE 586 307). We turned left off the road into the car park.

Nearing Brayton Barff along Barff Lane
Nearing Brayton Barff along Barff Lane

Start of the gravel path to Thorpe Willoughby from the car park
Start of the gravel path to Thorpe Willoughby from the car park

Following the gravel path through the woodland
Following the gravel path through the woodland

Turning off the gravel path to begin the climb to the top of Brayton Barff
Turning off the gravel path to begin the climb to the top of Brayton Barff

The muddy path climbing up Brayton Barff
The muddy path climbing up Brayton Barff

Reaching the top of Brayton Barff
Reaching the top of Brayton Barff

Turning down from the path around the service reservoir
Turning down from the path around the service reservoir

We continued to the plateau on top of the hill that is occupied by Yorkshire Water's service reservoirs. We followed the muddy path around the eastern side of the service reservoir site and made our way down the steep slope on the south side of the hill to another permissive gravel path around the base of the hill.

About 300m from the car park we turned left off the gravel track to follow a muddy path climbing up the hillside. Near the top of the hill we could see over the trees with a fine view back to Selby and its impressive Abbey.

Selby Abbey seen from the path near the top of Brayton Barff
Selby Abbey seen from the path near the top of Brayton Barff

Path around the boundary fence of the service reservoir
Path around the boundary fence of the service reservoir

Path heading down the north side of Brayton Barff
Path heading down the north side of Brayton Barff

Heading down past a large oak tree to the path below on the nothern edge of Brayton Barff
Heading down past a large oak tree to the path below on the northern edge of Brayton Barff

Jim on the path waiting for me to catch up
Jim on the path waiting for me to catch up

Turning off the gravel path to join the public footpath
Turning off the gravel path to join the public footpath

Public footpath heading for the A63 footbridge
Public footpath heading for the A63 footbridge

There are numerous informal paths through the woods and I'm not certain that we used the actual official right of way. Anyway after about 100m we came to some way marks on timber posts and we followed the right of way to a footbridge over the A63 at map ref. SE 581 301.

At the path we turned right and continued around the gravel path for about 400m until a muddy public footpath joined the gravel path from our left. Here we turned left to double back on the public footpath below the gravel path. This turning was hard to spot.

Gravel path around the western side of Brayton Barff
Gravel path around the western side of Brayton Barff

Muddy path through the wood, probably the public footpath
Muddy path through the wood, probably the public footpath

Right hand fork in the path leading to the footbridge
Right hand fork in the path leading to the footbridge

Public footpath across the footbridge over the A63
Public footpath across the footbridge over the A63

Our path turning away from the A63
Our path turning away from the A63

Path running next to the minor road
Path running next to the minor road

Track from the minor road to Burton Bridge over the canal
Track from the minor road to Burton Bridge over the canal

We crossed the road and set off along a long straight track heading roughly southwards for about 800m past Burton Hall to Burton Bridge over the Selby Canal. Just before Burton Bridge we turned left over a stile on to the tow path next to the canal.

About 30m from the footbridge the public footpath turned right and from there we followed it for about 250m to the hedge at the side of a minor road. The path turned right here and we continued along the path beside the road for about 120m until the path emerged on to the road at map ref. SE 582 297.

Path heading down to a minor road
Path heading down to a minor road

Path emerging on to the minor road
Path emerging on to the minor road

Track from the minor road to Burton Bridge over the canal
Track from the minor road to Burton Bridge over the canal

Turning left off the track just before Burton Bridge to follow the tow path next to the Selby Canal
Turning left off the track just before Burton Bridge to follow the tow path next to the Selby Canal

Tow path next to Selby Canal
Tow path next to Selby Canal

Stile on the tow path!
Stile on the tow path!

Sculpture beside the tow path
'Bird Nest Sculpture' by Selby Canal depicts 2 birds & their nest

Here we came to the site of an old railway crossing of the canal. All that remains of the old railway bridge is a large brick abutment on the far side of the canal and a much smaller brick abutment next to the tow path.

We walked along the wide grassy path next to the canal for about 1.3km to the modern bridge carrying the A19 over the canal. We followed the tow path under the A19 and continued alongside the canal for another kilometer.

Looking back to Burton Bridge along the tow path
Looking back to Burton Bridge along the tow path

The A19 road bridge over the canal
The A19 road bridge over the canal

Continuing along the Selby Canal tow path
Continuing along the Selby Canal tow path

Approaching the massive brick abutments of the old railway bridge over the Selby Canal
Approaching the massive brick abutments of the old railway bridge over the Selby Canal

Last year's cygnets on the canal
Last year's cygnets on the canal

Following the tow path back to Brayton Bridge
Following the tow path back to Brayton Bridge

Then another 200m and we came back to Brayton Bridge. We followed the tow path under the bridge and back to the canal side car park at the end of our walk. The whole walk was a little over 8km and it had taken us about 3 hours to walk it.

There was a group of three young swans, last years cygnets, feeding on the canal near the site of the old railway bridge. About 200m further on we passed under the road bridge carrying the A63 over the canal.

The A63 road bridge over the Selby Canal
The A63 road bridge over the Selby Canal

An angler on one of the fishing platforms by the canal
An angler on one of the fishing platforms by the canal

Following the path under Brayton Bridge over the Selby Canal to the car park on the other side at the end of our walk
Following the path under Brayton Bridge over the Selby Canal to the car park on the other side at the end of our walk

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