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Footbridge over the weir on Cod Beck at map ref. SE 427 826 next to the B1448
Footbridge over the weir on Cod Beck at map ref. SE 427 826 next to the B1448

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Route No. 727 - Sunday 1 July 2018
Millgate car park, Cod Beck, Whitelass Beck,
Stockton Road, Upsall Lane, Hag Lane,
Stoneybrough Lane circuit - 6km
Thirsk . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 302 Northallerton & Thirsk


Mill Bridge carrying the A61 over Cod Beck next to Millgate car park
Mill Bridge carrying the A61 over Cod Beck next to Millgate car park

Millgate car park empty early on Sunday morning
Millgate car park empty early on Sunday morning
& it's free on Sundays too

Path through Millgate picnic site next to the car park
Path through Millgate picnic site next to the car park

Following the path by Cod Beck
Following the path by Cod Beck

The north-eastern boundary of the car park is formed by Cod Beck. We made our way to the path along side the beck and followed the path through the Millgate picnic area. At the end of the picnic site we turned left and followed the path next to the beck and out almost to the B1448, Norby Front Street, opposite St. Mary's Church.

The fine sunny weather continues. We have had unbroken sunshine since the beginning of May. This morning my friend, Jim, and I drove a few miles up the A19 to Thirsk for a short walk before the day became too hot. We parked at the Millgate car park off the A61 Millgate/Bridge Street at map ref. SE 429 822.

Path from Millgate car park by Cod Beck
Path from Millgate car park by Cod Beck

Turning left from the picnic site along the path by Cod
Turning left from the picnic site along the path by Cod Beck

Path heading towards Norby Front Street
Path heading towards Norby Front Street

St. Mary's, Thirsk Parish Church
St. Mary's, Thirsk Parish Church

Turning right to follow the path between the road & the beck
Turning right to follow the path between the road & the beck

After about 300m we came to a weir on Cod Beck. There was a pool below the weir where a black spaniel was diving in to retrieve a stick thrown by its owner. It was quite a pretty spot in the warm sunshine.

Just before we reached the B1448 we turned right along a footpath between the beck & the road, following the beck upstream. We continued along the path passing a children's playground on our right.

Following the path between the road & the beck
Following the path between the road & the beck

Crossing Cod Beck on the footbridge above the weir
Crossing Cod Beck on the footbridge above the weir

The path on the right hand side of Cod Beck
The path on the right hand side of Cod Beck

Seat on our left, between the track & Cod Beck
Seat on our left, between the track & Cod Beck . . .

Concrete plank bridge over a meander in Whitelass Beck
Concrete plank bridge over a meander in Whitelass Beck

At this seat we turned right along a path now following the course of a small watercourse called Whitelass Beck. We followed this path crossing the meanders of the beck on little concrete plank bridges, for a little over 300m out to the A61, Stockton Road.

We turned right at the weir to cross the footbridge over the weir and continued along the path now with Cod Beck to the left of the path. About 150m from the footbridge we came to a black painted seat on the left of the path.

The path on the right hand side of Cod Beck
The path on the right hand side of Cod Beck

we turned right opposite the seat
. . . we turned right opposite the seat

Kissing gate from the path out to Stockton Road, A61
Kissing gate from the path out to Stockton Road, A61

Ramp from the kissing gate up to Stockton Road, A61
Ramp from the kissing gate up to Stockton Road, A61

Across the A61 & down the overgrown bank to the track below
Across the A61 & down the overgrown bank to the track below

Narrow path off the end of the track
Narrow path off the end of the track

The Loose Horses quietly grazing
The 'Loose Horses' quietly grazing

There was a sign on the gate advising that the field contained 'Loose Horses'. We followed the path around the edge of the field and the two horse ignored us, or are they ponies? At the far end of the field we came to a stile on to a footbridge over Whitelass Beck.

We crossed the road and walked down the overgrown bank to a track in front of a boarded-up house. We tuned left and walked along the track which ended after just a few metres. At the end of the track we turned right along a narrow footpath through the trees. After about 100m we came to a gate into a field.

Near the end of the track at the bottom of the bank
Near the end of the track at the bottom of the bank

Stile at the gate into the field with '
	 Loose Horses
Stile at the gate into the field with 'Loose Horses'

Following the path around the edge of the horses field
Following the path around the edge of the horses' field

Footbridge over Whitelass Beck at the end of the horses field
Footbridge over Whitelass Beck at the end of the horses' field

From the bridge we kept left through the long grass
From the bridge we kept left through the long grass . . .

Footbridge over a small stream
Footbridge over a small stream

Path nearing Upsall Lane at South Kilvington
Path nearing Upsall Lane at South Kilvington

We continued along this path along the edge of the fields with the A19 dual carriageway across the field to our right. After about 850m the path brought us to a minor road, called Upsall Lane, on the edge of South Kilvington.

Once across the footbridge there was a well worn path ahead but our route took us round to our left through tall grass for a few metres to join a clear path along the edge of a potato field.

We joined this path along the field edge
. . . and joined this path along the field edge

Traffic on the A19 seen across the fields on our right
Traffic on the A19 seen across the fields on our right

Kissing gate to Upsall Lane at South Kilvington
Kissing gate to Upsall Lane at South Kilvington

Walking along Upsall Lane to the bridge under the A19
Walking along Upsall Lane to the bridge under the A19

Traffic on the A19
Traffic on the A19

Walking along Hag Lane
Walking along Hag Lane

We walked along Hag Lane between the fields for about 1.1km to a sharp left hand bend in the lane. At the bend we kept straight on following a public bridleway along a farm track at the field edge.

At Upsall Lane we turned right away from the village and followed the road under the A19 bridge. Just beyond the A19 bridge we turned right along Hag Lane.

Turning right off Upsall Lane to follow Hag Lane
Turning right off Upsall Lane to follow Hag Lane

Nearing Manor House Farm & Cottage along Hag Lane
Nearing Manor House Farm & Cottage along Hag Lane

Leaving Hag Lane to follow a bridleway on the farm track along the field edge
Leaving Hag Lane to follow a bridleway on the farm track along the field edge

At the hedge ahead we turned right into the next field
At the hedge ahead we turned right into the next field

At the field boundary ahead we turned right
At the field boundary ahead we turned right

The track was bending round to our left for about 650m to map ref. SE 437 831. Here we turned right and after another 130m we came to a concrete access road along the edge of the fields next to the A19.

After about 170m where the track again crosses Whitelass Beck we turned left through the hedge. We continued still following the bridleway along a wide mown path around the edge of the field.

We continued along the track bending round to our left
We continued along the track bending round to our left

After our right turn we followed the track towards the A19
After our right turn we followed the track towards the A19

We turned right on to the concrete access road next to the A19
We turned right on to the concrete access road next to the A19

Ramp up to the bridge over the A19
Ramp up to the bridge over the A19

Crossing over the A19
Crossing over the A19

Here we turned left and crossed the bridge over the A19. It was still fairly early on Sunday morning so there was not much traffic on this normally very busy road.

At this access road we turned right and followed the access road for about 200m climbing up a ramp to a bridge over the A19 dual carriageway.

Turning on to the bridge over the A19
Turning on to the bridge over the A19

Light Sunday morning traffic on the A19
Light Sunday morning traffic on the A19

Looking northeast from the A19 bridge to the Hambleton Hills above Boltby
Looking northeast from the A19 bridge to the Hambleton Hills above Boltby

Following Stoneybrough Lane towards Stockton Road
Following Stoneybrough Lane towards Stockton Road

Nearing the edge of the housing estate along the lane
Nearing the edge of the housing estate along the lane

Here the A61 is called Stockton Road. We crossed Stockton Road and turned left to walk along a footpath under the shady trees next to the road.

Across the bridge we joined Stoneybrough Lane which we followed for about 600m past Stoneybrough Farm and through a housing estate to the A61.

Passing Stoneybrough Farm along the lane
Passing Stoneybrough Farm along the lane

We crossed Stockton Road from the end of Stonebrough Lane
We crossed Stockton Road from the end of Stoneybrough Lane

Pleasant shady path along side Stockton Road
Pleasant shady path along side Stockton Road

Following Stockton Road towards Stammergate
Following Stockton Road towards Stammergate

Leaving Stammergate at the bend to follow the path to Cod Beck
Leaving Stammergate at the bend to follow the path to Cod Beck

Footbridge over Cod Beck
Footbridge over Cod Beck

We crossed the footbridge and followed the path through the Millgate picnic site and back into the Millgate Car Park and the end of our walk. The whole route was only 6km. It had taken us a little over two hours to walk and we drove to a nearby cafe for a coffee and bacon sandwich for our 'elevensies' to round off a very pleasant morning in the sunshine.

After about 450m we passed a petrol filling station at the junction of the A61 (called Long Street here) and a road called Stammergate. We turned right off the A61 and walked along Stammergate to a sharp left hand bend in the road. At the bend we kept straight on along a public footpath to a footbridge over Cod Beck.

Filling Station at the corner of Stammergate
Filling Station at the corner of Stammergate

Path from Stammergate to Cod Beck
Path from Stammergate to Cod Beck

Kissing gate back into Millgate car park
Kissing gate back into Millgate car park

Path through Millgate picnic site heading back to the car park & the end of our walk
Path through Millgate picnic site heading back to the car park & the end of our walk

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