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Looking NW from the Centenary Way over the roofs of Hovingham to the top of Newgate Bank & Easterside Hill about 20km away
Looking NW from the Centenary Way over the roofs of Hovingham to the top of Newgate Bank & Easterside Hill about 20km away

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Route No. 714 - Thursday 5 April 2018
Coneysthorpe, Centenary Way, Slingsby Banks Wd,
Bridleway south to Road, Road to Coneysthorpe
8km circuit - Howardian Hills . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 300 Howardian Hills & Malton

Note: This route is an up-dated version of Route No. 27
originally walked on 26 December 2001


We parked at the village Hall for a donation of £1 in the honesty box by the door
We parked at the village Hall for a donation of £1 in the honesty box by the door

Anyone know what this plaque on the village hall represents?
Anyone know what this plaque on the village hall represents?

Put car park donations in the honesty box
Put car park donations in the honesty box

Setting off towards the church at the top of the street
Setting off towards the church at the top of the street

There is an honesty box next to the entrance to the village hall with a suggested donation of £1 for parking a car. Very reasonable. From the village Hall we walked northwards through the village to the church at the edge of the village.

This morning was a lovely fine sunny spring day and forecast to stay like that all day. My friend, Jim, and I drove to Coneysthorpe, a village on the Castle Howard Estate. We parked at the village Hall (map ref. SE 711 713).

Following the Centenary Way northwards from the church
Following the Centenary Way northwards from the church

The Centenary Way leaving Coneysthorpe along a muddy track
The Centenary Way leaving Coneysthorpe along a muddy track

Following the Centenary Way from Coneysthorpe
Following the Centenary Way from Coneysthorpe

Centenary Way track between the fields from Coneysthorpe
Centenary Way track between the fields from Coneysthorpe

We followed the Centenary Way along the farm track for about 1km to the bottom of a wooded bank at map ref. SE 710 725.

We followed the road around the side of the church and turned left off the road to continue northwards along a farm track. This is the route of the Centenary Way, it's a public bridleway at this point.

A little wooded rise on the Centenary Way
A little wooded rise on the Centenary Way

Heading north from Coneysthorpe along the Centenary Way
Heading north from Coneysthorpe along the Centenary Way

Reaching the bottom of the wooded hillside where we turned left
Reaching the bottom of the wooded hillside where we turned left

Turning right to climb the wooded hillside
Turning right to climb the wooded hillside

the path became muddier & muddier
. . . and the path became muddier & muddier

Following the Centenary Way path up towards the ridge
Following the Centenary Way path up towards the ridge

Just before the sign we turned right to continue along the Centenary Way climbing up the wooded hillside. It was a lovely day but it had been preceded by a good deal of cold wet weather and the whole route so far had been very wet with pools of standing water and areas of soft mud. We followed the muddy path up the hillside to the ridge and then turned left to follow the Centenary Way along the ridge.

Here, at the edge of the woodland, we turned left on to a track running around the bottom of the wooded bank. The way to the right was barred by a single strand of wire from which a "Private" sign was suspended. We walked along this track for about 30m and ahead of us there was a similar "Private" sign hanging from its strand of wire.


The path up the hillside started off muddy . . .

About half way up the hill the path started to dry out a bit
About half way up the hill the path started to dry out a bit

About to join the path along the ridge
About to join the path along the ridge

Turning left to follow the path along the ridge
Turning left to follow the path along the ridge

Centenary Way path along the ridge
Centenary Way path along the ridge

Passing from the woodland to the open grassland
Passing from the woodland to the open grassland

After about 400m we came out of the forestry into open grassland. We followed the path along the ridge across the grassland for about 400m to the avenue of trees at the road that comes up from Slingsby to Castle Howard.

From the ridge there was a good view north across the Vale of Pickering to the North York Moors. After about 150m along the ridge we entered the forestry still continuing along the ridge.

Nearing the end of the woodland
Nearing the end of the woodland

Nearing the road at the far side of the grassland
Nearing the road at the far side of the grassland

Crossing the road to continue along the Centenary Way on the track opposite
Crossing the road to continue along the Centenary Way on the track opposite

Continuing along the Centenary Way from the road
Continuing along the Centenary Way from the road

Following the path through The Firth Wood
Following the path through The Firth Wood

About 1km from the road we came to the edge of The Firth Wood. We followed the Centenary Way path into the wood along the ridge and after about 150m we came to a junction in the paths at map ref. SE 693 733. Just before we reached the junction there was a tall Scots Pine which makes a good land mark for this important turning.

We crossed the road and continued on our way along the route of the Centenary Way. There was woodland on our left and open farm land to our right with a fine view over the roof tops of Hovingham to the top of Newgate Bank with Easterside hill next to it on the skyline at the edge of the North York Moors.

Entering The Firth Wood along the Centenary Way
Entering The Firth Wood along the Centenary Way

Tall Scots Pine just before our left turn
Tall Scots Pine just before our left turn

Turning left off the Centenary Way just past the tall Scots Pine
Turning left off the Centenary Way just past the tall Scots Pine

Broken finger post where we turned left
Broken finger post where we turned left

Just a samle of the muddy conditions
Just a sample of the muddy conditions

After about 300m we came out of the woodland into open grassland. We followed the bridleway along a farm track across the grassland and up to the edge of more woodland.

The Centenary Way continues along the ridge but we turned left off the Centenary Way to follow the very muddy path down the steep slope of Slingsby Banks Wood.

Following the path down a steep muddy bank
Following the path down a steep muddy bank

Lower down the slope the mud was worse
Lower down the slope the mud was worse

Much better conditions when the path left the wood to cross some grassland
Much better conditions when the path left the wood to cross some grassland

Following the path back into the woodland
Following the path back into the woodland

We continued along the forest access track
We continued along the forest access track

Following the fotest track towards the road
Following the forest track towards the road

We followed the forestry access track out to the road at map ref. SE 695 717. At the road we turned left and walked along the road towards Coneysthorpe.

We continued along the bridleway which follows a forestry access track through the woodland where there were numerous stacks of substantial logs along the way.

The forest access track was a bit muddy too
The forest access track was a bit muddy too

Concitions were better when the track had a stony surface
Conditions were better when the track had a stony surface

The spring weather was perfect for a walk through the woods
The spring weather was perfect for a walk through the woods

We turned onto the road from the forest track heading for Coneysthorpe
We turned onto the road from the forest track heading for Coneysthorpe

Not much traffic but sme of it was a bit fast for comfort
Not much traffic but some of it was a bit fast for comfort

Approaching the crossroads near Coneysthorpe
Approaching the crossroads near Coneysthorpe

We followed the road for about 1.5km to the crossroads at map ref. SE 707 713. From the crossroads there was a view to our right across the Great Lake to Castle Howard House.

There was not too much traffic on the road that goes from Malton to Terrington, but what there was travelled quite fast.

Heading back to Coneysthorpe in the spring sunshine
Heading back to Coneysthorpe in the spring sunshine

Castle Howard seen across the lake from the crossroads
Castle Howard seen across the lake from the crossroads

We kept straight on at the crossroads near Coneysthorpe
We kept straight on at the crossroads near Coneysthorpe

Heading back to Coneysthorpe
Heading back to Coneysthorpe

Turning left to the village street
Turning left to the village street

We returned to the village hall and the end of our walk. The whole route had been 8km and it had taken us a little under three hours to walk. A very pleasant route despite the mud.

At the crossroads we continued straight ahead back to Coneysthorpe village. We turned left off the road and up the village street by the village green.

Returning to Coneysthorpe
Returning to Coneysthorpe

Following the village street back to the village hall
Following the village street back to the village hall

Nearing the car park at the village hall & the end of our walk
Nearing the car park at the village hall & the end of our walk

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