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Looking southeast over the Howardian Hills from the access road to Low Mowthorpe Farm
Looking southeast over the Howardian Hills from the access road to Low Mowthorpe Farm

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Route No. 747 - Tuesday 30 October 2018
Terrington, Mowthorpe Lane, Mowthorpe Dale,
Sleigh Lane, Ganthorpe, Broats Lane circuit - 7km
Howardian Hills . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 300 Howardian Hills & Malton


All Saints Church on Church Lane, Terrington
All Saints Church on Church Lane, Terrington

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Walking down Church Lane to the main road through Terrington
Walking down Church Lane to the main road through Terrington

Setting out along Mowthorpe Lane
Setting out along Mowthorpe Lane

We walked south down Church Lane to the main road through the village. We crossed the main road to Mowthorpe Lane opposite still following the route of the Centenary Way. We followed Mowthorpe Lane out of the village past the village hall with its large car park on our right. A few hundred metres beyond the village hall we passed the village cemetery on our right and continued along Mowthorpe Lane.

This morning my wife & I drove to Terrington, a village in the Howardian Hills north of Sheriff Hutton. We parked on the roadside in Church Lane next to the wall of the churchyard at map ref. SE 672 708. The weather was a bit gloomy with some light drizzle but, as forecast, it cleared throughout the morning to give some sunny spells. The route of the Centenary Way passes along Church Lane past our parking spot.

Crossing the main road to Mowthorpe Lane opposite
Crossing the main road to Mowthorpe Lane opposite

Passing the village hall on the right of Mowthorpe Lane
Passing the village hall on the right of Mowthorpe Lane

The cemetery on the right of Mowthorpe Lane about 300m beyond the village hall
The cemetery on the right of Mowthorpe Lane about 300m beyond the village hall

Mowthorpe Lane heading away from Terrington
Mowthorpe Lane heading away from Terrington

The farm access road to Low Mowthorpe Farm
The farm access road to Low Mowthorpe Farm

We followed the bridleway along the farm access road down into Mowthorpe Dale. As we approached Low Mowthorpe Farm there were farm buildings on the left of the track and the farm House ahead of us on the right. Just before we reached the farm house we turned right along a track by the side of the farm house that leads to the fishing ponds in Mowthorpe Dale.

About 1.4km from the main road in the village we came to the end of the surfaced public road. From here we continued following a bridleway along the farm access road heading towards Low Mowthorpe Farm. The road began to drop down towards Low Mowthorpe Farm with a lovely view, in spite of the gloomy weather, across the Howardian Hills south east towards Bulmer.

Reaching the end of the public road
Reaching the end of the public road

Dropping down past the farm buildings
Dropping down past the farm buildings

Turning right just before the farm house at Low Mowthorpe Farm
Turning right just before the farm house at Low Mowthorpe Farm

Weather vane on the farm buildings at Low Mowthorpe
Weather vane on the farm buildings at Low Mowthorpe

Centenary Way straight on, we turned left on the access road
Centenary Way straight on, we turned left on the access road

Path not clear at first but stays at the bottom of the slope
Path not clear at first but stays at the bottom of the slope

(Note: some time ago the public footpath was diverted away from the farm house on to its present route). At the start the path is not very clear on the ground but it stays at the bottom of the slope with the farm house above at the top of the slope. After about 150m We came to a pedestrian gate into some woodland.

We passed through a gate where day fishing tickets are for sale. About 50m beyond the gate the Centenary Way kept straight on along a grassy track, but we followed the surfaced track around a left hand bend down towards the fishing ponds. About 60m past the bend in the track we turned left off the track and went through a pedestrian gate to follow a public footpath heading up Mowthorpe Dale.

Gate where day fishing tickets are available
Gate where day fishing tickets are available

Turning left off the access road on to the path up Mowthorpe Dale
Turning left off the access road on to the path up Mowthorpe Dale

Following the fence to the gate to the wood in the corner
Following the fence to the gate to the wood in the corner

Gate from the field path into the wood
Gate from the field path into the wood

Bridge over a stream to the gate out of the wood
Bridge over a stream to the gate out of the wood

On our right there was more woodland. At the top of the slope there was a pedestrian gate through the fence on our left. Through the gate we continued along the edge of the field with woodland on our right.

We followed a narrow path through the woodland to a wide wooden bridge over a small stream with a wooden gate at it's end. Through this gate there was a muddy path climbing up the hillside ahead next to a wooden post & rail fence on our left and grassland beyond.

At the top of the slope we went through the gate to this path
At the top of the slope we went through the gate to this path

At the end of the field we followed the path through this wide gap in the hedge
At the end of the field we followed the path through this wide gap in the hedge

Path through this rough grassland full of weeds
Path through this rough grassland full of weeds

We continued along the field edge and ignored this gate
We continued along the field edge and ignored this gate

About 150m after we had passed the house on our left we passed a gate to a footpath on our right. We ignored this path and continued along the footpath by the edge of the field for another 500m to a gate on to Sleigh Lane. The path up Mowthorpe Dale had been quite muddy and awkward in places but Sleigh Lane provided much easier going along this farm access track.

At the end of the field there was a wide gap in the hedge and we followed the path through this gap and across the next field where the grass was full of the tall dried tops of tall weeds. At the far end of this field we passed a stone built house above the field on our left. We continued along the footpath with the hedge & fence on our right.

Passing this isolated house above the path
Passing this isolated house above the path

Heading for Sleigh Lane at the top of the next field
Heading for Sleigh Lane at the top of the next field

Gate from the field path on to Sleigh Lane
Gate from the field path on to Sleigh Lane

Following Sleigh Lane to Ganthorpe
Following Sleigh Lane to Ganthorpe

We stopped for a drink at the road junction in Ganthorpe
We stopped for a drink at the road junction in Ganthorpe

The lane into Ganthorpe from the road junction
The lane into Ganthorpe from the road junction

From the Bulmer/Terrington road through Ganthorpe, we followed the lane northeast into Ganthorpe village. After about 100m at a finger post sign we turned left following a bridleway down a track leading generally northwards out of the village.

After about 300m we came to the road at Ganthorpe. At the road junction in Ganthorpe there is a low stone wall around a grassy bank where we sat for a drink.

Following Sleigh Lane to Ganthorpe
Following Sleigh Lane to Ganthorpe


Following the lane into Ganthorpe
Following the lane into Ganthorpe

We turned left off the lane in Ganthorpe to follow a public footpath down this access track
We turned left off the lane in Ganthorpe to follow a public footpath down this access track

Passing the first of several small ponds
Passing the first of several small ponds

Gate to the field from the wood by the ponds
Gate to the field from the wood by the ponds

At the northern corner of this woodland (map ref. SE 691 707) we turned left off the bridleway to follow a public footpath heading westwards along the edge of a field next to the woodland.

We followed the bridleway past several small, pretty ponds surrounded by trees. From these ponds we passed through a gate and continued along the edge of a field and along a wide track past the end of a block of woodland on our left.

Another pretty pond by the path
Another pretty pond by the path

Following the wide track along the end of a block of woodland
Following the wide track along the end of a block of woodland

Our left turn along the field edge by the side of the block of woodland
Our left turn along the field edge by the side of the block of woodland

Path along the field edge next to the woodland
Path along the field edge next to the woodland

Continuing across the next field from the corner of the wood
Continuing across the next field from the corner of the wood

Following the path towards Broats Lane
Following the path towards Broats Lane

There was a wide strip of un-ploughed land next to the hedge but it was so heavily overgrown that no-one could walk along it. Near the end of this field a clear path started along the field edge and this soon led us to a wide grassy lane called Broats Lane. We followed Broats Lane for about 250m to a road junction.

At the end of the woodland we passed a footpath on our left and continued along the path at the edge of a large ploughed field. There was a clear path trampled along the edge of the ploughed land.

Continuing along the field edge next to the wood
Continuing along the field edge next to the wood

Overgrown and rutted margin was too rough to walk on
Overgrown and rutted margin was too rough to walk on

Following Broats Lane to the road junction
Following Broats Lane to the road junction

Reaching the end of Broats Lane at the road junction
Reaching the end of Broats Lane at the road junction

Following the road back to Terrington
Following the road back to Terrington


In Terrington we turned right up Church Lane and back to our parking spot at the end of our walk. The whole route had been just a little over 7km and it had taken us about two and a half hours to walk. It had been a very pleasant morning's walk.

From the road junction we walked along the road back to Terrington. Along the way we passed a recently killed badger on the roadside and about 100m further on there were the remains of another badge clearly killed some time ago.

Following the road back to Terrington
Following the road back to Terrington

Following the road through Terrington
Following the road through Terrington

Turning right on to Church Lane in Terrington at the end of our walk
Our right turn on to Church Lane in Terrington at the end of our walk

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