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Car park at the entrance to Wheldrake Wood
Car park at the entrance to Wheldrake Wood

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Route No. 751 - Thursday 29 November 2018
Circuit of Wheldrake Wood along the broad tracks
from the car park & around the edge of the wood
5km - York . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 290 York


Setting off from the car park at Wheldrake Wood
Setting off from the car park at Wheldrake Wood

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Turning right about 400m from the car park
Turning right about 400m from the car park

We set off walking from the car park on the broad track heading southwest along the centre of the wood. In addition to the wide forestry access tracks marked on the OS Explorer map there are numerous well walked narrow footpaths through the wood but I have not seen any map of them. After about 400m from the car park we turned right along a wide grassy track heading to the northwest boundary of the wood.

The weather forecast for today was awful with strong winds and heavy rain generally. We managed to find a sheltered short walk for this morning by driving to the public car park at Wheldrake Wood. This is an open access woodland owned & managed by the Forestry Commission. The car park is at the eastern end of the wood at map ref. SE 667 472, about 2.5km north of Wheldrake village, off a lane called Broad Highway that leaves North Lane next to the village school in Wheldrake.

Grassy track to the NW edge of the wood
Grassy track to the NW edge of the wood

Turning left to walk along the NW edge of the wood
Turning left to walk southwest along the edge of the wood

Track heading southwest along the edge of the wood
Track heading southwest along the edge of the wood

Track heading southwest along the edge of the wood
Track heading southwest along the edge of the wood

We turned left at this track and walked along the edge of the wood heading south west. Across the fields to our right we could see Blackwood Farm.

After about 250m along this track from our turning, we reached the track heading southwest along the edge of the wood.

Track heading southwest along the edge of the wood
Track heading southwest along the edge of the wood

Track heading southwest along the edge of the wood
Track heading southwest along the edge of the wood

Left hand fork goes to the middle of the wood, we kept right along the edge of the wood
Left hand fork goes to the middle of the wood, we kept right along the edge of the wood

Turning left at the NW corner of Wheldrake Wood
Turning left at the NW corner of Wheldrake Wood

Across the ditch on our right there was Langwith Great Wood, but there does not seem to be any public access to that wood. After another 250m we came to the corner of Wheldrake Wood and there we turned left to continue along the track around the perimeter of the wood.

After about 900m along this track, the track bent to our right with another broad track going to our left towards the middle of the wood but we kept to the right hand track along the edge of Wheldrake Wood.

The path along the western edge of Wheldrake Wood
The path along the western edge of Wheldrake Wood

Large white out building at Link Hall farm
Large white out building at Link Hall farm

Track along the western edge of the wood
Track along the western edge of the wood

Track along the western edge of the wood
Track along the western edge of the wood

We followed the track along the western edge of the wood to the southwest corner of the wood and there we turned left and continued walking along the path at the southern edge of the wood next to the Swallow Hall Golf Course.

Across the field to our right, as we walked along the western edge of the wood, there was Link Hall farm with a very large white outbuilding, possibly a grain store and grain dryer?

Track along the western edge of the wood
Track along the western edge of the wood

Turning left at the southwest corner of the wood
Turning left at the southwest corner of the wood

Track heading towards Swallow Hall with the golf course on our right
Track heading towards Swallow Hall with the golf course on our right

About to turn left along the side of Swallow Hall
About to turn left along the side of Swallow Hall

Heading northwards from Swallow Hall
Heading northwards from Swallow Hall

From the corner of the caravan site we kept straight on along the track for about 200m to the junction of five tracks at map ref. SE 656 466.

At the corner of the wood next to Swallow Hall we followed the track to our left round the edge of the wood alongside the Swallow Hall caravan & camping site.

Heading northwards from Swallow Hall
Heading northwards from Swallow Hall

Reaching the junction of five tracks
Reaching the junction of five tracks

Turning right at the junction of five tracks
Turning right at the junction of five tracks

Heading back towards the car park
Heading back towards the car park

Larch tree with orange needles ready to fall
Larch tree with orange needles ready to fall

The whole route had been about 4.6km and it had taken us about one & a half hours to walk it. Out of the wood the weather was quite blustery but in the wood it was calm and quiet and well sheltered from the short showers.

At this junction of five tracks we turned right and re-joined the track heading northeast through the centre of the wood. We continued along this track for about 1.25km back to the car park and the end of our walk.

Heading back towards the car park
Heading back towards the car park

Heading back towards the car park
Heading back towards the car park

Gateway to the car park just visible ahead
Gateway to the car park just visible ahead

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