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The East Coast Main Line Railway Bridges over the River Ouse
The East Coast Main Line Railway Bridges over the River Ouse

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Route No. 709 - Thursday 15 March 2018
Skelton(lay-by), Sustrans cycle route 65,
Overton, River Ouse circuit - 6km
York . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 290 York


Walking along the A19 from the lay-by to our turning at Rawcliffe Landing
Walking along the A19 from the lay-by to our turning at Rawcliffe Landing

Our turning off the A19 at Rawcliffe Landing
Our turning off the A19 at Rawcliffe Landing

From the lay-by we headed south along the A19 for about 150m to a turning on our right called Rawcliffe Landing. We followed this narrow road past a row of cottages to the start of an alleyway leading down to the River Ouse. The Sustrans Cycle Route 65 joins the narrow road and goes along the alleyway to the river.

The dreary wet weather continued today but despite the weather my friend, Jim, and I decided to do a short local walk this afternoon just to get outside in the fresh air. We drove down the A19 to Skelton just north of the York outer ring road and parked in a long lay-by at map ref. SE 571 554.

Alleyway from Rawcliffe Landing to the River Ouse
Alleyway from Rawcliffe Landing to the River Ouse

Following the cycleway path along the bank of the River Ouse
Following the cycleway path along the bank of the River Ouse

Passing the river flow gauging station
Passing the river flow gauging station

Cycleway through a strip of woodland
Cycleway through a strip of woodland

We followed the cycleway away from the river through a strip of woodland by a small stream called Hurns Gutter. After about 750m we came to a lane that goes from Skelton to Overton.

We followed the cycleway along the river bank and past a river flow gauging station. About 150m before we reached the railway bridge carrying the East Coast main line over the River Ouse, we turned right.

Seat made from recycled machinery
Seat made from recycled machinery

Cycleway bridge over a stream called Hurns Gutter
Cycleway bridge over a stream called Hurns Gutter

Nearing our turning on to the lane from Skelton towards Overton
Nearing our turning on to the lane from Skelton towards Overton

One of numerous trains we saw on the east coast main line
One of numerous trains we saw on the east coast main line

There's a short cut from this bend down to the River Ouse
There's a short cut from this bend down to the River Ouse

From the railway bridge we continued along the lane for about 900m to the hamlet of Overton.

At the lane we turned left and walked along it towards Overton. After about 250m we passed under the east coast mainline railway bridge.

Passing under the railway bridge heading for Overton
Passing under the railway bridge heading for Overton

Arriving at Overton
Arriving at Overton

Entering Overton with the remains of the old ston cross in a garden ahead on our left
Entering Overton with the remains of the old stone cross in a garden ahead on our left

We turned left at the bend ahead to go down to the River Ouse
We turned left at the bend ahead to go down to the River Ouse

At the bend we turned left off the lane to follow a narrow muddy path between the field hedge and the boundary of a house & farm on the left of the path. The farm dog was very vocal as we passed by.

As we entered the hamlet there was the plinth and broken shaft of an old stone road side cross in the front garden of one of the cottages on our left. We continued through Overton for about 450m to a row of cottages on our right and a sharp right hand bend in the lane.

Narrow muddy path by the hedge down to the River Ouse
Narrow muddy path by the hedge down to the River Ouse

Kissing gate on the path from Overton down to the River Ouse
Kissing gate on the path from Overton down to the River Ouse

Nearing the river on the path from Overton
Nearing the river on the path from Overton

This wet stile was very awkward to cross
This wet stile was very awkward to cross

The houses of Nether Poppleton across the River Ouse
The houses of Nether Poppleton across the River Ouse

We continued along the river bank path for another 500m with the houses of Nether Poppleton on the opposite bank. There were numerous private jetties at the river end of the gardens opposite at one of then an impressive river cruiser was moored.

We followed this path down the slope to the river bank. At the river bank we turned left to follow the path along the river bank heading downstream. After about 1km along the river bank we could see the houses of Nether Poppleton on the opposite bank of the river.

We tuned left on to the river bank path
We tuned left on to the river bank path

This stile was very tight to squeeze through
This stile was very tight to squeeze through

The houses of Nether Poppleton across the River Ouse
The houses of Nether Poppleton across the River Ouse

An impressive river cruiser moored at the bottom of the garden
An impressive river cruiser moored at the bottom of the garden

Train approaching the bridge over the River Ouse
Train approaching the bridge over the River Ouse

looking back to the older stone arch bridge
. . . and looking back to the older stone arch bridge
Both bridges are in use

From here we retraced our outward route along the river bank and back to the A19 lay-by where our walk ended. The whole walk was 6km and it had taken us a little over two hours to walk. The light rain & drizzle has persisted from early this morning as showed no sign of stopping as we drove to a nearby garden centre for a coffee before heading back home.

As we left Nether Poppleton behind we could see the east coast mainline railway bridge over the River Ouse ahead of us. It's a busy line with both local trains, the inter-city express services and some very long freight trains. We followed the river bank path under the two railway bridges and after another 150m we rejoined our outward route at the surfaced cycleway.

Nearing the steel railway bridge over the River Ouse
Nearing the steel railway bridge over the River Ouse . . .

About to rejoin our outward route at the cycleway
About to rejoin our outward route at the cycleway

Turning away from the river towards Rawcliff Landing and the lay-by at the end of our walk
Turning away from the river towards Rawcliffe Landing and the lay-by at the end of our walk

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