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Looking across Wensleydale from the track through West Wood to the end of Pen Hill
Looking across Wensleydale from the track through West Wood to the end of Pen Hill

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Route No. 740 - Thursday 13 September 2018
Redmire Station, Well Lane, Bolton Hall,
Preston-under-Scar circuit - 9km
Wensleydale, Yorkshire Dales . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL30 Yorkshire Dales Northern & Central areas


Setting off from Redmire Station car Park along the stony access road past the Station House
Setting off from Redmire Station car Park along the stony access road past the Station House

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Maintenance train near Redmire Station
Maintenance train near Redmire Station

Turning left off the access road to cross the railway
Turning left off the access road to cross the railway

The field path heading for Redmire
The field path heading for Redmire

We continued along the lane past the Station House and about 100m from the car park we turned left off the lane following a public footpath through a gap in the wall to a few steps down to a pedestrian level crossing over the railway. On the far side of the railway we continued along the public footpath heading across the fields towards Redmire village. After about 150m across the fields we came to a gated squeeze stile through a wall to a stony lane between the buildings at the edge of Redmire.

This morning my friend, Jim, and I drove to Redmire in Wensleydale. We parked in the station car park at map ref. SE 047 915 next to the Wensleydale Railway. The weather forecast for this morning was good with showery rain developing around lunch time. We set off from the car park heading west along the stony lane that passes the station. Next to the station we passed the Station House which is owned by the 2nd Acomb Scout Group based in York. Other groups can book the accommodation and camp site here to explore this part of Wensleydale.

Approaching our turning off the access road
Approaching our turning off the access road

Stile from the level crossing to the field path<
Stile from the level crossing to the field path

The field path heading for Redmire
The field path heading for Redmire


Gated squeeze stile to a narrow lane in Redmire

Lane in Redmire leading to the village greens
Lane in Redmire leading to the village greens

Quoits courts on another green in Redmire
Quoits courts on another green in Redmire

Following the main street through Redmire
Following the main street through Redmire

We continued heading south along the village street past a couple of scarecrows which I assume were made for a village competition. At the bottom of the street there was a junction where the main road turned to our right, Mill Lane continued ahead and we turned left along Church Lane heading towards St. Mary's Church.

We continued along the track into the village and followed the road around a green where there were quoits pits laid out with covers over to keep the weather (& dogs) out. On another green there was a large tree which at first glance I thought was a sycamore but on closer inspection the leaves were too deeply indented and had much sharper points than a common sycamore. It is some kind of exotic maple but I don't know which one.

Impressive Maple Tree on a green in Redmire
Impressive Maple Tree on a green in Redmire

Spider 'Scarecrow' for the village competition
Spider 'Scarecrow' for the village competition

Little Miss Muffet scarecrow for the village competition
Little Miss Muffet scarecrow for the village competition

Turning left on to Church Lane at the junction at the south end of the village street
Turning left on to Church Lane at the junction at the south end of the village street

Leaving Redmire along Church Lane
Leaving Redmire along Church Lane

Following Well Lane away from Redmire
Following Well Lane away from Redmire

Turning off Well Lane at a sharp right hand bend
Turning off Well Lane at a sharp right hand bend

Keeping straight ahead at the bend there was a field gate. We passed though this gate following another public footpath past a barn and stack of black plastic silage bales and out along the edge of the field.

After about 100m along Church Lane we turned right off the road to follow a public footpath along a farm access road called Well Lane. After about 400m the lane turned sharp right.

Turning right off Chuch Lane to follow Well Lane
Turning right off Church Lane to follow Well Lane

Following Well Lane away from Redmire
Following Well Lane away from Redmire

Path to the field between a barn & a stack of silage bales
Path to the field between a barn & a stack of silage bales

Dilapidated stile next to the stream crossing at the end of the field
Dilapidated stile next to the stream crossing at the end of the field

We followed the path across six fields
We followed the path across six fields . . .

A field divided into paddocks by electric fences
A field divided into paddocks by electric fences

We continued along the clear footpath across the fields with a series of gated squeeze stiles through the boundary wall at the edge of each field. One of the fields was divided up by electric fences into horse paddocks. The field after the paddocks took us to the edge of some woodland called West Wood.

At the end of the field the path crossed a small stream and passed through a very dilapidated wooden gate, well no longer a gate really just a loosely connected heap of short planks that were quite awkward to manoeuvre to leave a gap to walk through. From the stile by the stream we followed the path across the next field to another gated squeeze stile in the wall a few metres to our left of the field gate.

each field had a gated squeeze stile at the boundary wall
. . . each field had a gated squeeze stile at the boundary wall

The last of the six fields leading to West Wood
The last of the six fields leading to West Wood

Iron kissing gate into West Wood
Iron kissing gate into West Wood

Path from the kissing gate to the track in West Wood
Path from the kissing gate to the track in West Wood

The track through West Wood heading towards Bolton Hall
The track through West Wood heading towards Bolton Hall

The track through West Wood heading towards Bolton Hall
The track through West Wood heading towards Bolton Hall

About 400m further on we came to a cross roads or maybe 'crosstracks'. The track to our right goes to Lords Bridge over the River Ure, the track straight on goes to Wensley village. Our track to the left goes up the side of Bolton Hall and continues up the hillside to the road that runs from Wensley village to Carperby via Redmire.

We entered the woodland through a tall kissing gate made from iron railings. It looked as though originally it was part of a high deer fence. Once in the woodland we followed a broad access track with the River Ure below us to our right. After about 1km along the track we came out of the woodland and continued along the track at the edge of grassland with the wood on the left of the track.

The track through West Wood heading towards Bolton Hall
The track through West Wood heading towards Bolton Hall

The track through West Wood heading towards Bolton Hall
The track through West Wood heading towards Bolton Hall

Track between the wood & grassland near Bolton Hall
Track between the wood & grassland near Bolton Hall

Turning left to pass along the side of Bolton Hall from the juction in the tracks
Turning left to pass along the side of Bolton Hall from the junction in the tracks

Bolton Hall to the right of the track
Bolton Hall to the right of the track

Following the access road away from Bolton Hall
Following the access road away from Bolton Hall

Steps up the edge of the garden of the right hand house
Steps up the edge of the garden of the right hand house

Path across the field to the Wensleydale Railway
Path across the field to the Wensleydale Railway

We followed a clear path across the field for about 120m to a gate leading down a short track to the Wensleydale railway. This is an unmanned pedestrian level crossing. There were no trains scheduled for today but still had a careful look before crossing the line. There had been a maintenance train on the track as we left Redmire Station car park.

When we had climbed up to the road we crossed the road to the drives to two houses opposite. The public footpath continues across the drive to the house on our right and up some stone steps at the edge of the garden and along a narrow path to a pedestrian gate into the fields.

Leaving Bolton Hall along the access road
Leaving Bolton Hall along the access road

Following the access road away from Bolton Hall
Following the access road away from Bolton Hall
The footpath continues between the 2 houses straight ahead

Path along the edge of the garden of the right hand house
Path along the edge of the garden of the right hand house

Short track down to the railway crossing
Short track down to the railway crossing

Pedestrian level crossing over the Wensleydale Railway
Pedestrian level crossing over the Wensleydale Railway

Path from the railway up to Preston-under-Scar
Path from the railway up to Preston-under-Scar

Making our way up to Preston-under-Scar
Making our way up to Preston-under-Scar

Passage along the side of a house to the street
Passage along the side of a house to the street

It took a few moments to spot the gated squeeze stile in the corner where a few of the gardens are set back a little from the rest. We followed the path from the gated stile along a narrow passage at the side of a house and then up the drive of the house to the main street in the village.

From the railway we followed the path up the hillside towards Preston-under-Scar. As we climbed up the hillside the path became less clear and as we approached the rear of the houses that front onto the village street there was no clear path.

Beyond the stile the path was not well defined
Beyond the stile the path was not well defined

Gated stile from the field to a path between the houses
Gated stile from the field to a path between the houses

Path up the edge of the drive from the passage to the street
Path up the edge of the drive from the passage to the street

At the street we turned left and followed the street through the village
At the street we turned left and followed the street through the village

We ignored Light Lane on the left & kept straight on
We ignored Light Lane on the left & kept straight on

Turning off the access road towards Preston Spring Wood
Turning off the access road towards Preston Spring Wood

Where the access track begins to drop down to some farm buildings we turned right off the track, through a kissing gate to a footpath around the hillside keeping above the farm track. After about 170m along the footpath we came to the edge of a Woodland Trust site called Preston Spring Wood.

At this road we turned left and walked along the village street keeping straight ahead and ignoring the left turning down Light Lane. We continued past the end of the public road and along the farm access track that is the continuation of the road.

End of the public road where the farm access road begins
End of the public road where the farm access road begins

Footpath to Preston Spring Wood
Footpath to Preston Spring Wood

Footpath entering Preston Spring Wood owned by the Woodland Trust
Footpath entering Preston Spring Wood owned by the Woodland Trust

Path along the bottom edge of Preston Spring Wood
Path along the bottom edge of Preston Spring Wood

Path along the bottom edge of Preston Spring Wood
Path along the bottom edge of Preston Spring Wood

Gate to the road called Scarth Nick on Sissy Bank
Gate to the road called Scarth Nick on Sissy Bank

We followed the footpath at the bottom edge of the wood for about 700m to the road called Scarth Nick climbing Sissy Bank. At the road we turned left and walked down the road for about 300m to a road junction.

The boundaries of the Woodland Trust Preston Spring Wood site are marked by a broad orange line denoting open access land on the OS Explorer map.

Path along the bottom edge of Preston Spring Wood
Path along the bottom edge of Preston Spring Wood

Looking up Wensleydale to Adlebrough
Looking up Wensleydale to Adlebrough

Walking down Sissy Bank along Scarth Nick to the road junction
Walking down Sissy Bank along Scarth Nick to the road junction

We turned left at the road junction
We turned left at the road junction

After a few metres we kept left along a narrow lane
After a few metres we kept left along a narrow lane

Beyond the gate the lane was open to the fields on the left
Beyond the gate the lane was open to the fields on the left

On this part of the road we noticed a small group of cattle above us on the hillside. A cow in the group did not seem comfortable with our presence and we saw there was a very young calf with her. The cow followed us for about 300m until we had passed through the gate across the road at the end of the field just before Barney Beck. The road crossed Barney Beck and about 170m further on there was a finger post on the right hand side of the road indicating a public footpath climbing up the hillside.

At the junction we turned left and walked along the road for a few metres then kept left along a narrow lane around the hillside. At first there were dry stone walls on both side of the lane. After about 350m there was a gate across the road and beyond the gate the left hand side of the road was open to the field. After another 200m the right hand side of the road was open to the fields as well.

At the start the lane was between dry stone walls
At the start the lane was between dry stone walls

Continuing along the lane open to the fields on the left
Continuing along the lane open to the fields on the left

Looking back to a footpath finger post where the path crosses the lane
Looking back to a footpath finger post where the path crosses the lane

We turned left off the lane following the hedge down hill
We turned left off the lane following the hedge down hill

Usual gated stile on our way down the hillside
Usual gated stile on our way down the hillside

Path down the steep wooded bank to the access road
Path down the steep wooded bank to the access road

From the last field there is a path down a steep wooded bank to the track. At the track we turned left and walked back along the track past the Station House, belonging to the Scouts, to the Redmire Station car park and the end of our walk. The maintenance train was still on the line at the station. The whole walk had been a little over 9km and it had taken us almost four hours to walk including time for lots of photos and admiring the lovely views across and along Wensleydale.

The path continues from the left hand side of the road but is not well defined on the ground at the beginning. There are in fact a line of stakes marking the path with the side facing down towards Redmire painted white. The rest of the stakes is just grey and not very obvious. If you are facing up hill there is a clear line of white stakes, but facing down hill, as we were, it's easy to miss the stakes. We followed this path down to the stony track that passes Redmire Station.

Path down the hill in a deression marked by stakes
Path down the hill in a depression marked by stakes

Crossing the last field to the wooded access road
Crossing the last field to the wooded access road

Following the access road back to Redmire Station
Following the access road back to Redmire Station


Returning past Station House, a Scout camping centre, to the station car park

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