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Looking across Stain Dale/Thornton Dale as we began the climb out of the valley up to the Fox & Rabbit on the A169

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Route No. 708 - Thursday 22 February 2018
Lockton, Staindale, Low Dalby Visitor Centre,
Fox & Rabbit pub/farm, Westfield Lane circuit - 8km
North York Moors . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL27 North York Moors Eastern area



Looking down the valley of Levisham Beck from our parking spot on the edge of Lockton

Setting off past Lockton cemetery to the A169 junction
Setting off past Lockton cemetery to the A169 junction

Track across the field from the A169
Track across the field from the A169

We crossed the main road to the field gate opposite and entered the field. There is a footpath along the field edge but that is not our route today. Our path, not well defined on the ground at this point, our path crosses the field diagonally to the point where the overhead power line crosses the hedge at the southern boundary of the field. About halfway across the field a track starts to develop and is in a cutting by the time it reaches the field gate at the hedge.

The weather forecast for today promised a fine dry day with some good sunny spells. My friend, Jim, and I drove to Lockton on the edge of the North York Moors off the A169 about 9km north of Pickering. We parked opposite the cemetery on the edge of the village at map ref. SE 846 899. We set off from our parking spot up the road, past the cemetery to the junction with the main Pickering to Whitby road, the A169.

Waiting to cross the A169 at the junction
Waiting to cross the A169 at the junction

Track in a shallow cutting as we neared the edge of the field
Track in a shallow cutting as we neared the edge of the field

Well defined farm track leaving the field
Well defined farm track leaving the field

Wooded track heading down into Staindale
Wooded track heading down into Staindale

Wooded track heading down into Staindale
Wooded track heading down into Staindale

From the gateway into the field we followed the path climbing up the slope on our right to a stile at the top edge of the field.

We passed through the gate and continued along a wooded track descending into Staindale. We followed this very pleasant wooded track for about 650m to the field just before Staindale Lodge.

Wooded track heading down into Staindale
Wooded track heading down into Staindale

The track in Staindale nearing Staindale Lodge
The track in Staindale nearing Staindale Lodge

Starting to climb up the grassy bank in the field just before Staindale Lodge
Starting to climb up the grassy bank in the field just before Staindale Lodge

Stile onto the driveway at the top of the field
Stile onto the driveway at the top of the field

Following the track down into Staindale
Following the track down into Staindale

On the left hand side of the gates there is a stile onto the road. We crossed the stile which brought us to the end of the public road. A track continued down the hillside from the end of the public road and we followed the track through the woodland and across some open grassland to the bottom of the valley.

We climbed over the stile, it's quite high on the field side, onto the tarmac drive that leads down to Staindale Lodge. At the driveway we turned right to go up the hill away from Staindale Lodge. After about 150m we came to some iron gates where the driveway meets the public road.

Stile to the road at the end of the driveway
Stile to the road at the end of the driveway

Reaching the open grassland from the track in the woods
Reaching the open grassland from the track in the woods

We followed the track around this double bend to cross the bridge over the beck
We followed the track around this double bend to cross the bridge over the beck

Bridge over the beck
Bridge over the beck

Joining the forest drive from the track
Joining the forest drive from the track

We walked along the road past High Dalby House for about 1km to the Visitor Centre near Low Dalby. The cafe at the visitor centre was open so we stopped for a coffee and a bacon roll, a very nice break.

Down stream Stain Dale becomes Thornton Dale and Staindale Beck becomes Dalby Beck. In the valley bottom the track made a double bend and crossed a bridge over the beck. We continued along the track over the beck and up to the road (part of the Dalby Forest Drive).

Track from the beck up to the forest drive
Track from the beck up to the forest drive

Following the forest drive towards the visitor centre
Following the forest drive towards the visitor centre

Looking back to the visitor centre after our break
Looking back to the visitor centre after our break

Green Man sculpture as we left the visitor centre
'Green Man' sculpture as we left the visitor centre

 The road by-passing Low Dalby
The road by-passing Low Dalby

Joining the woodland track from the muddy path
Joining the woodland track from the muddy path

At the track we turned right to follow the track back up the valley. It's February so the track was quite muddy and a bit awkward to negotiate in places.

After our break we continued down the valley to the edge of Low Dalby and followed the road that by-passes the village. At map ref. SE 855 873 we turned left off the road to climb a short muddy path up to a track.

One of several large carved acorns in the visitor centre car park
One of several large carved acorns in the visitor centre car park

Turning off the road to climb the bank to a woodland track
Turning off the road to climb the bank to a woodland track

The visitor centre seen amongst the trees across the valley
The visitor centre seen amongst the trees across the valley

Following the woodland track back up the valley
Following the woodland track back up the valley

Following the woodland track back up the valley
Following the woodland track back up the valley

Continuing along the woodland track up the valley
Continuing along the woodland track up the valley

Heading across open grassland from the woodland track
Heading across open grassland from the woodland track

We continued along the track up the valley for another 250m to a gate into some open grassland. We followed the path across the grassland for about 250m to a path on our left that climbed straight up the hillside to a stile at the edge of the woodland (map ref. SE 851 885).

We followed the track through the woodland for about 750m to a well defined path on our left climbing steeply up the hillside. This used to be the route up out of the valley to the Fox & Rabbit on the A169, but the path has now been diverted.

Passing the turning to the old route up to the A169
Passing the turning to the old route up to the A169

Continuing along the woodland track up the valley
Continuing along the woodland track up the valley

Turning up the grassy bank to the edge of the woods
Turning up the grassy bank to the edge of the woods

Stile into the woods at the top of the grassy bank
Stile into the woods at the top of the grassy bank

Path straight up the wooded bank towards the A169
Path straight up the wooded bank towards the A169

Gate from the fields to the Fox & Rabbit Farm out buildings
Gate from the fields to the Fox & Rabbit Farm out buildings

Heading to the Fox & Rabbit pub
Heading to the Fox & Rabbit pub

The path was fenced and signed and we continued around the farm buildings to the buildings of the Fox & Rabbit pub. We followed the path between the pub buildings out to the A169.

We crossed the stile and continued along the path straight up the wooded hillside to the fields above the valley. We followed the path across the fields to the outbuildings of the Fox & Rabbit Farm.

Path straight up the wooded bank towards the A169
Path straight up the wooded bank towards the A169

Passing around the farm out buildings
Passing around the farm out buildings

Passing the Fox & Rabbit pub kitchens going to the A169
Passing the Fox & Rabbit pub kitchens going to the A169

Looking back across the A169 to the Fox & Rabbit pub
Looking back across the A169 to the Fox & Rabbit pub

Starting along the lane towards Farfields Farm
Starting along the lane towards Farfields Farm

Walking along Westfield Lane towards Lockton
Walking along Westfield Lane towards Lockton

We continued round the bend past Farfields farm and along Westfield Lane for about 1.5km to the edge of Lockton village.

We crossed the main road to a lane opposite and followed the lane for about 400m to a sharp right hand bend.

Sharp right hand bend in the lane just before Farfields farm
Sharp right hand bend in the lane just before Farfields Farm

The only traffic on Westfield Lane was farm machinery
The only traffic on Westfield Lane was farm machinery

The green on the main street in Lockton in front of the little cafe
The green on the main street in Lockton in front of the little cafe

Cafe on Hudgin Lane in Lockton
Cafe on Hudgin Lane in Lockton

Lockton Youth Hostel
Lockton Youth Hostel

We continued past the Youth Hostel back to our parking spot and the end of our walk. The whole route had been just over 8km and including our break at the Dalby Forest Visitor Centre it had taken us about three & a half hours to walk.

We walked along the lane called Hudgin Lane to the main street through the village where there is a small cafe, closed midweek in winter. In front of the cafe there is a pleasant green area. At the main street we turned right an followed the main street past the village church.

St. Giles Church on the main street in Lockton
St. Giles Church on the main street in Lockton

Following the road through Lockton back to our car
Following the road through Lockton back to our car

The end of our walk at our parking spot on the edge of Lockton near the cemetery
The end of our walk at our parking spot on the edge of Lockton near the cemetery

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