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Path by Pickering Beck as we neared Pickering Station on the NYMR
Path by Pickering Beck as we neared Pickering Station on the NYMR

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Route No. 721 - Thursday 17 May 2018
Pickering(car Park), A169, Love Lane,
Pickering Beck, NYMR Station circuit - 8km
Pickering, North York Moors . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL27 North York Moors Eastern area


Leaving the car park at the start of our walk
Leaving the car park at the start of our walk

Heading northwards along the A169 from the car park
Heading northwards along the A169 from the car park

Bearing left off the A169 on to Love Lane
Bearing left off the A169 on to Love Lane

We followed Love Lane through the housing estates
We followed Love Lane through the housing estates

From the car park we set off northwards along the A169. After about 500m, where the road is bending to our right, we kept straight on (ie forked left) along a pedestrian path, called Love Lane, through the housing estates. From the A169 we followed Love Lane for about 400m through increasingly recent housing developments before we reached the open country beyond the housing.

The weather forecast for today was good, a bit cooler but still quite bright & sunny. My friend, Jim, and I drove to Pickering on the southern edge of the North York Moors & home of the North York Moors Railway (NYMR). We parked in the long stay car park off the roundabout at the junction of the A169 & the A170 in Pickering. There are public toilets at the car park.

This part of the A169 is called High Back Side
This part of the A169 is called "High Back Side"

Unusual weather vane by the lane
Unusual weather vane by the lane

We followed Love Lane through the housing estates
We followed Love Lane through the housing estates

From the housing estates we followed the track across the fields
From the housing estates we followed the track across the fields

Following the Love Lane track across the fields
Following the Love Lane track across the fields

Path around the field along the top of the wooded bank
Path around the field along the top of the wooded bank

There were kissing gates like this at each field boundary
There were kissing gates like this at each field boundary

At the gate we turned right and followed the path round the edge of the fields next to the wood. We continued along this path at the field edge next to the wood for a little over 2km passing through a series of similar kissing gates at each field boundary until we reached map ref. SE 820 858. Here we kept straight on into the woodland.

We continued along the well worn path across the fields to the edge of some woodland. The woodland covers the steep bank down into the valley of Pickering Beck and where the path reached the woodland at the edge of the fields there was a kissing gate into the wood. This is one of several paths down the wooded bank into the valley but we did not go through the gate

At the gate we turned right along the path by the field edge
At the gate we turned right along the path by the field edge

Looking back across the fields towards Pickering
Looking back across the fields towards Pickering

A recently seeded field just before we entered the woodland
A recently seeded field just before we entered the woodland

Entering the woodland from the field path
Entering the woodland from the field path

Junction with a track coming from the A169 away to our right
Junction with a track coming from the A169 away to our right

Following the track diagonally down the steep bank
Following the track diagonally down the steep bank

We turned left to follow this track descending diagonally down the steep bank for about 250m to join a track in the valley bottom.

We followed the narrow path through the trees for about 100m to a junction with a wider track coming from the A169 away to our right.

Following the track diagonally down the steep bank
Following the track diagonally down the steep bank

Following the track diagonally down the steep bank
Following the track diagonally down the steep bank

At the bottom of the bank we turned right for a few metres along a track in the valley bottom
At the bottom of the bank we turned right for a few metres along a track in the valley bottom . . .

then we turned left on to a narrow path towards the bec
. . . then we turned left on to a narrow path towards the beck

We passed the footbridge & continued down the valley
We passed the footbridge & continued down the valley


A glimpse of the steam engine . . .

We did not cross the footbridge. We continued along the narrow footpath past the footbridge following the beck downstream though the woods. We heard a train approaching but there was no clear view of it through the trees.

At this track we turned right and then after just a few metres we turned left off the track to follow a narrow path that led us to a footbridge over Pickering Beck. Just beyond the beck there was the railway track of the NYMR.

Path through the wood towards Pickering Beck
Path through the wood towards Pickering Beck

We followed the path with the beck hidden on pur right
We followed the path with the beck hidden on our right

then the coaches just visible through the trees
. . . & then the coaches just visible through the trees

We continued along the track to a gate out into the fields in the valley bottom
We continued along the track to a gate out into the fields in the valley bottom

Gate from the woodland track out to the fields
Gate from the woodland track out to the fields

By the trees ahead we turned left to re-enter the woodland
By the trees ahead we turned left to re-enter the woodland

Path to the right from the kissing gate along the wood edge
Path to the right from the kissing gate along the wood edge

In the fields to our right there seemed to be some kind of flood prevention system with an overflow from the beck into a dammed flood water storage area in the field and a spillway to feed the flood water back into the beck at a controlled rate.

After a few hundred metres the path joined a track along the valley bottom and soon we emerged from the woodland into the open fields in the valley bottom. After about 150m across the field the path turned left to re-enter to woods and then turned right to take us along the bottom edge of the woods next to the fields.

One of many clumps of water aven just coming into flower
One of many clumps of water aven just coming into flower

Kissing gate back into the wood
Kissing gate back into the wood

Flood water storage facility in the field below the wood
Flood water storage facility in the field below the wood

Continuing along the track through the woodland
Continuing along the track through the woodland

Woodland track heading SE towards the road, beck & railway
Woodland track heading SE towards the road, beck & railway

The access road where we spotted a tea shop
The access road where we spotted a tea shop

A very helpful lady took our order for coffees & bacon sandwiches (not strictly on the menu but she was happy to provide them anyway). So many cafes stop serving bacon sandwiches around midday and it's so frustrating when we try to get one after our walks. Anyway we enjoyed a very pleasant break in this sunny garden.

We followed the path through the woodland for several hundred metres until the path came out of the woods at an access road where there was a sign for a tea shop on the right of the path. We decided to investigate and the tea shop turned out to be a very pleasant garden with a series of pergolas round it. Each pergola sheltered a table and chairs and we selected one for our break.

Woodland track heading SE towards the road, beck & railway
Woodland track heading SE towards the road, beck & railway

Garden where we had a break for coffee & bacon sandwich
Garden where we had a break for coffee & bacon sandwich

Leaving the tea shop after our break
Leaving the tea shop after our break


Following the access road out to the road, beck & railway

just beyond the cottages we crossed the railway
. . . just beyond the cottages we crossed the railway . . .


Following the access track between the fields

Just beyond the cottages we crossed the railway track and then turned left along a stony access track between the fields. We followed this track for about 600m past some farm building to a right hand bend in the track. At the bend there was a field gate straight ahead down a short slope.

After our break we followed the access road out to the public road at map ref. SE 802 852. About 150m to our right along the road there was a level crossing over the NYMR. We kept straight ahead, across the road to a public footpath over a footbridge across Pickering Beck and in front of a row of stone built cottages.

Crossing the road to the footbridge over the beck
Crossing the road to the footbridge over the beck . . .

then turned left along this stony access track
. . & then turned left along this stony access track

Continuing along the access track between the fields
Continuing along the access track between the fields

Bearing left off the access track to follow the path across the field to Pickering Beck
Bearing left off the access track to follow the path across the field to Pickering Beck

Some rolling stock of the NYMR on the line beyond the beck
Some rolling stock of the NYMR on the line beyond the beck

Stone flag path next to Pickering Beck
Stone flag path next to Pickering Beck

Leaving the car park on the path to the station
Leaving the car park on the path to the station

We continued along the access road to the entrance to the NYMR station car park. We walked though the car park following the signs to Pickering Station. We walked along the station platform and crossed the tracks on the footbridge. We walked along the opposite station platform to the station entrance/exit and walked out into Park Street.

We left the track to go through this gate and followed a path across the field to the side of Pickering Beck. There was a stone step stile here which we crossed and joined a stone flag path directly along side the beck. We continued along the path beside the beck until it joined the access road past the local Scout HQ.

Stile from the field path to a stone flag path by the beck
Stile from the field path to a stone flag path by the beck

Access road into the NYMR car park by the station
Access road into the NYMR car park by the station

The platform at Pickering Station
The platform at Pickering Station

The railway tracks leaving Pickering Station, seen from the footbridge over the tracks
The railway tracks leaving Pickering Station, seen from the footbridge over the tracks

Leaving the station & turning right into Park Street
Leaving the station & turning right into Park Street

We crossed the road at the large roundabout and returned to the car park and the end of our walk. The whole route had been about 8.5km and including our break in the tea shop garden it had taken us around three and a half hours to walk on this very pleasant spring day.

We turned right and walked along Park Street for about 100m where we turned left into Market Place. We walked along Market Place to its junction with Hungate (A170).

Walking along Market Place head back to our car park
Walking along Market Place head back to our car park

The top of Market Place as we made our way back to our car park and the end of the walk
The top of Market Place as we made our way back to our car park and the end of the walk

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