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From the bridleway above Mowthorpe Farm looking over Thorn Park Farm to Raincliffe Woods and the start of Forge Valley
From the bridleway above Mowthorpe Farm looking over Thorn Park Farm to Raincliffe Woods and the start of Forge Valley

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Route No. 731 - Thursday 2 August 2018
Scalby, Keld Runnels Road, Mowthorpe Farm,
Sea Cut, Hay Lane circuit - 8km
Scarborough
North York Moors . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL27 North York Moors Eastern area


Our parking spot at the junction Of Hay Lane and Keld Runnels Road
Our parking spot at the junction Of Hay Lane and Keld Runnels Road

Setting off along Keld Runnels Road
Setting off along Keld Runnels Road

We set off just before 9.00am along the public bridleway that runs along the farm access road called Keld Runnels Road. The road climbed up to a sharp right hand bend and round the bend we continued to climb up to a sharp left hand bend. From the road here we could see across Scarborough to the castle on the headland between the north & south bays.

The heatwave continues so this morning my friend, Jim, and I set off from our homes in Easingwold at about 7.30am to take advantage of the cooler morning air. We drove to Hay Lane in Scalby on the north western edge of Scarborough and parked at the end of Keld Runnels Road at map ref. TA 001 902. Our parking spot was next to the North York Moors National Park boundary sign where there was room to park on the grass and off the entrance to Keld Runnels Road.

Following Keld Runnels Road up to Scalby Nabs
Following Keld Runnels Road up to Scalby Nabs

Looking across Scarborough to the castle on the headland between the north & south bays
Looking across Scarborough to the castle on the headland between the north & south bays

Road side properties at Scalby Nabs
Road side properties at Scalby Nabs

Keld Runnels Road heading up a little side valley
Keld Runnels Road heading up a little side valley

Keld Runnels Road heading down towards Keld Runnels Farm
Keld Runnels Road heading down towards Keld Runnels Farm

The road turned left round the head of this little valley and headed down hill to round a right hand bend and pass Keld Runnels Farm on the right hand side of the road. To this point the road had been surfaced and an occasional car had passed us but as we continued along Keld Runnels Road it was just a farm track between the fields.

We continued along the access road past a series of properties along the road side at Scalby Nabs. Beyond these properties the road turned right contouring round a little side valley with Swanbeck Farm in the bottom below the road.

Road side properties at Scalby Nabs
Road side properties at Scalby Nabs

Horsed by the access road above Swanbeck Farm
Horsed by the access road above Swanbeck Farm

Passing Keld Runnels Farm
Passing Keld Runnels Farm

The metelled access road ended at the farm and became a farm cart track between the fields
The metalled access road ended at the farm and became a farm cart track between the fields

Horses by the track
Horses by the track

A meadow brown butterfly, one of many we saw today
A meadow brown butterfly, one of many we saw today

Calf suckling near the grassy track across the field
Calf suckling near the grassy track across the field

From the field gate our bridleway climbed up the hill side to a grassy track following the contour around the valley side to another gate at the end of the field. Through this gate we entered some scrubland with tall rough grass, gorse bushes and tall bracken.

After about 500m from the farm, the track between the hedges came to an end at a gate into a large field stretching up the hill side to some woodland at the top. There was a herd of cattle that I took to be a beef suckler herd. I could not see any bull with them but many of the cows had a young calf with them.

Keld Runnels Road continued as a cart track between the fields
Keld Runnels Road continued as a cart track between the fields

The track between the hedges ended at this field gate
The track between the hedges ended at this field gate

Grassy track heading to the gate into rough scrub land
Grassy track heading to the gate into rough scrub land

Looking back from the scrubland over the gate to the coast
Looking back from the scrubland over the gate to the coast

Heading through the tall rough grass to the gorse bushes
Heading through the tall rough grass to the gorse bushes

Gate from the scrub land into the wood
Gate from the scrub land into the wood

Once we were through the gate there was a clear wide track through the woodland. After about 200m we came to a gate out of the woodland and into some fields.

We followed the overgrown route across this field of scrub through the gorse bushes and bracken to a gate at the edge of the woodland.

Overgrown path through the bracken to the wood
Overgrown path through the bracken to the wood

A clear track through the woodland
A clear track through the woodland

Track through the wood to the fields beyond
Track through the wood to the fields beyond

The footpath continued along the field edge by the woodland
The footpath continued along the field edge by the woodland

At the gate we could see down the steep hill side to the track below that is our route beside the Sea Cut and beyond was the large farmstead of Thorn Park Farm in the flat land below Raincliffe Woods.

We continued along the route of the bridleway around the edge of the fields next to the woodland. After about 350m we came to a the end of the woodland and a gate to a track leading down the hillside to Mowthorpe Farm.

The footpath continued along the field edge by the woodland
The footpath continued along the field edge by the woodland

Gate at the end of the woodland to the footpath down to Mowbray Farm
Gate at the end of the woodland to the footpath down to Mowthorpe Farm

Path down the hill side to Mowbray Farm
Path down the hill side to Mowthorpe Farm

Approaching Mowbray Farm
Approaching Mowthorpe Farm

The track from Mowbray Farm past a farm pond
The track from Mowthorpe Farm past a farm pond

We were walking along a farm track following by the Sea Cut about 30m away to our right. We followed this track past a farm pond on our left and across the next field to a gateway in the hedge on our right. We crossed the stile on the left of the gate and found ourselves on the flood bank beside the Sea Cut.

From the gate the bridleway we had been following turns right but we continued straight ahead along a public footpath down a grassy track heading diagonally down the hill side to Mowthorpe Farm. At the farm we turned left past the farm buildings on our right to follow a public footpath.

Path down the hill side to Mowbray Farm
Path down the hill side to Mowthorpe Farm

Turning left around the farm buildings
Turning left around the farm buildings

Track from Mowbray Farm heading for the Sea Cut flood bank
Track from Mowthorpe Farm heading for the Sea Cut flood bank

Stile by the gate on to the flood bank by the Sea Cut
Stile by the gate on to the flood bank by the Sea Cut

Following the path along the flood bank by the Sea Cut
Following the path along the flood bank by the Sea Cut

This canal acts as an overflow to take the flood waters directly to the sea and avoid flooding on the flat land downstream as the River Derwent meanders its way south and west for many kilometers past Malton and Pocklington to eventually join the River Ouse near Barmby-on-the Marsh & Drax Power Station.

The Sea Cut is a canal that starts at the River Derwent about 750m west of Mowthorpe Farm and goes to the sea at Scalby Mills next to Scalby Ness at the northern end of Scarborough North Bay. The River Derwent is subject to flash floods from its catchment on the North York Moors.

Following the path along the flood bank by the Sea Cut
Following the path along the flood bank by the Sea Cut

The Sea Cut canal from the River Derwent and heading for the sea at Scalby Ness
The Sea Cut canal from the River Derwent and heading for the sea at Scalby Ness

Following the path through the woodland by the Sea Cut
Following the path through the woodland by the Sea Cut

Following the path through the woodland by the Sea Cut
Following the path through the woodland by the Sea Cut

The cool shade of the trees was welcome as the day was now much hotter. Across the Sea Cut there was a large Ash Tree where there had clearly been a rope swing out over the water and the bare soil around it exposed by very many children's feet.

After the long hot spell the ground was baked hard and quite lumpy to walk on but the scenery from the flood bank was lovely. We followed the path along the flood bank for about 1.5km to the start of woodland along the edge of the Sea Cut.

Following the path through the woodland by the Sea Cut
Following the path through the woodland by the Sea Cut

Following the path through the woodland by the Sea Cut
Following the path through the woodland by the Sea Cut

Ash tree across the Sea Cut where there was a rope swing out over the water
Ash tree across the Sea Cut where there was a rope swing out over the water

Landslip from the flood bank into the Sea Cut
Landslip from the flood bank into the Sea Cut

Stile from the flood bank path on to Hay Lane
Stile from the flood bank path on to Hay Lane

Walking along Hay Lane away from the Sea Cut
Walking along Hay Lane away from the Sea Cut

After about 1km we came back up to our parking spot at the junction of Hay Lane and Keld Runnels Road at the end of our walk. The whole route had been 8km and it had taken us about three hours to walk with many pauses for photos, drinks and just to look at the scenery.

We walked though the woodland by the Sea Cut for another 1.5km until we reached the road on the Scalby side of the Sea Cut at Hay Lane. At the road we turned left and walked along the footway on the right hand side of the road.

Hay Lane road bridge over the Sea Cut
Hay Lane road bridge over the Sea Cut

Walking along Hay Lane away from the Sea Cut
Walking along Hay Lane away from the Sea Cut

Walking along Hay Lane towards our parking spot
Walking along Hay Lane towards our parking spot

Returning to our parking spot at the junction of Keld Runnels Road and Hay Lane at the end of our walk
Returning to our parking spot at the junction of Keld Runnels Road and Hay Lane at the end of our walk

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