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Taylor‘s Nab on the edge of Low Blakey Moor
Taylor‘s Nab on the edge of Low Blakey Moor

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Route No. 787 - Thursday 19 September 2019
Low Moor, High Wold Ho, Bragg Fm, Daleside Rd,
Church Houses, High Mill, River Dove circuit - 6km
Farndale, North York Moors . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL26 North York Moors Western area


The car park exit at Low Mill in Farndale
The car park exit at Low Mill in Farndale

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Path from the car park down to the River Dove
Path from the car park down to the River Dove

Path along the field edge up the hillside
Path along the field edge up the hillside

Path up the hill side towards High Wold House
Path up the hill side towards High Wold House

From the gate we followed a path down the grassy slope to a footbridge over the River Dove. Just across the bridge the 'daffodil walk' turned sharp left alongside the river, but we kept straight on along a public footpath climbing straight up the hillside to the little farmstead at High Wold House. At High Wold House we passed through a pedestrian gate and turned left to bypass the farm buildings and the house and left the farmstead via a gate across a farm access track.

This morning the weather was just perfect for a good walk with clear blue sky, warm sunshine and a gentle breeze. Unfortunately we had been delayed a bit this morning but at around 10.00am my friend, Jim, and I drove out to the little village of Low Mill in Farndale, map ref. SE 673 952, to the 'daffodil walk' car park where there are some public toilets. From the north western corner of the car park next to the road we set off through a pedestrian gate on the right hand side of the road.

We kept straight on from the end of the footbridge
We kept straight on from the end of the footbridge

Through the trees at the field edge
Through the trees at the field edge

Gate at the farm buildings at High Wold House
Gate at the farm buildings at High Wold House

Path along the farm access track from High Wold House
Path along the farm access track from High Wold House

Stone slab paving flags along the farm access track
Stone slab paving flags along the farm access track

Footpath goes through the gate and turns sharp right
Footpath goes through the gate and turns sharp right

Turning the cut grass to dry
Turning the cut grass to dry

Gate to the field next to Cote Hill farm
Gate to the field next to Cote Hill farm

A final cut of grass for winter fodder had been taken from the fields here and there was a tractor at work turning the grass to dry out in the warm sunshine. Just below Cote Hill farm we passed through a field gate and continued along the footpath diagonally across the field bypassing the farm on our right. There were a few cows lying down in the field but they took no notice of us and we followed the path to a ladder stile over the wall on the far side of the field.

We followed the public footpath along the farm access track heading north west. There were places where the stone paving flags of the old pannier way were still visible. After about 300m the track had become a grassy path next to the hedge. We passed through a field gate into the next field and at once turned right to continue along the path next to the hedge on our right heading up towards Cote Hill farm.

At the gate the farm access track become a footpath by the hedge
At the gate the farm access track become a footpath by the hedge

Path by the hedge climbing up to Cote Hill farm
Path by the hedge climbing up to Cote Hill farm

Turner‘s Nab on Blakey Low Mooe east of Cote Hill farm
Turner‘s Nab on Blakey Low Moor east of Cote Hill farm

Looking across Farndale to Horn Ridge
Looking across Farndale to Horn Ridge

Ladder stile out of the field next to Cote Hill farm
Ladder stile out of the field next to Cote Hill farm

Wooden step stile over the fence heading for Bitchagreen
Wooden step stile over the fence heading for Bitchagreen

Stone step stile out of Bitchagreen
Stone step stile out of Bitchagreen

Path along the track through Bragg Farm
Path along the track through Bragg Farm

Ladder stile over the wall heading for Mackeridge Lane
Ladder stile over the wall heading for Mackeridge Lane

We came to another stone step stile onto a farm access track leading to Bragg Farm. We followed the path along this farm access track to Bragg Farm and continued past the farm along a path along the field edge with a hedge on our left to a ladder stile over the wall ahead. Immediately over the wall we turned right and followed the path with the wall now on our right. After about 80m we came to a field gate on to the road called Mackeridge Lane.

Over the ladder stile we crossed the next field with the boundary wall on our right to a wooden step stile over the fence at the far side of the field. We crossed the next field to a gate in to another small farmstead called Bitchagreen. We followed the path past Bitchagreen on our left to a stone step stile in the wall opposite. We continued along the public footpath diagonally across the next field.

Field gate into Bitchagreen
Field gate into Bitchagreen

Stone step stile on to the access track to Bragg Farm
Stone step stile on to the access track to Bragg Farm

Track leaving Bragg Farm
Track leaving Bragg Farm

Path along the field edge heading for Mackeridge Lane
Path along the field edge heading for Mackeridge Lane

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

Enjoying the view over the wall from Mackeridge Lane
Enjoying the view over the wall from Mackeridge Lane

Entering the village of Church Houses
Entering the village of Church Houses

The road through Church Houses
The road through Church Houses

We continued along the road into the village of Church Houses and passed the new Farndale Village Hall opened last Spring. A little way beyond the village hall we came to the Feversham Arms Inn on our left where we stopped for some lunch.

At the road we turned left and walked down the road towards Church Houses. The road dropped down quite steeply passing the Old School, now a private house, on the right at a bend in the road.

The Old School at Church Houses, now a private house
The Old School at Church Houses, now a private house

The new Farndale Community Hall at Church Houses
The new Farndale Community Hall at Church Houses

Reaching the pub in Church Houses
Reaching the pub in Church Houses

Leaving the pub in Church Houses after our lunch break
Leaving the pub in Church Houses after our lunch break

Mill Lane from Church Houses
Mill Lane from Church Houses

The Daffodil Walk route next to High Mill
The Daffodil Walk route next to High Mill

and across pastures by the River Dove
. . . and across pastures by the River Dove

The Daffodil Walk back into woodland by the River Dove
The Daffodil Walk back into woodland by the River Dove

The public footpath followed the River Dove down the valley partly through woodland and partly through pasture land. It is a very pretty route and in the spring time it has the added bonus of a fine display of wild daffodils (aka the lentern lily) along the river banks.

After our lunch break we turned left out of the pub along a narrow lane called Mill Lane, heading towards the 'Daffy Cafe' and High Mill. The Daffy Cafe was open and would have been a good alternative lunch stop. Just beyond the now disused High Mill we passed through a gate to follow the route of the daffodil walk back to Low Mill.

High Mill at the end of the lane on the right
High Mill at the end of the lane on the right

Daffodil Walk along a gravel path through woods
Daffodil Walk along a gravel path through woods . . .

Daffodil Walk across pastures above the River Dove
Daffodil Walk across pastures above the River Dove

The Daffodil Walk back into woodland by the River Dove
The Daffodil Walk back into woodland by the River Dove

A steady stream of cattle crossing from the river ahead of us
A steady stream of cattle crossing from the river ahead of us

Following the cattle along the Daffodil Walk route
Following the cattle along the Daffodil Walk route

A couple of hundred metres farther on we could see the cause of the fuss. There was a fence across the end of the woodland and the cattle had nowhere to go. Jim and I were blocking their retreat! We stepped off the path and stood quietly next to a large tree on the river bank. One large cow noticed that the way was clear and led the way back past us and our tree and the whole herd including a fine looking limousin bull all galloped passed us back the way they had all come from the river.

At one point we had passed through a gate into some woodland and were dropping down a slope to a small clearing when we notice some cattle coming up from the river and crossing the clearing ahead of us. At first we though the had just had a drink from the river, but more and more cattle came up from the river and trotted across the clearing. We realised that this large herd of cattle had come from the pasture on the opposite side of the river and had forded the river into the woodland. Anyway we continued along the gravel path and could hear a commotion of bellowing cattle crashing through the undergrowth and scrub ahead.

The herd of cattle stopped at this gate
The herd of cattle stopped at this gate

We stood back on the river bank and the cattle made a dash for freedom past us back the way they had come
We stood back on the river bank and the cattle made a dash for freedom past us back the way they had come

We continued along the Daffodil Walk by the river
We continued along the Daffodil Walk by the river

The River Dove in the dappled sunlight beneath the trees
The River Dove in the dappled sunlight beneath the trees

Crossing the River Dove
Crossing the River Dove

We crossed the river on the footbridge and followed the path up the slope to the road and back into the car park at the end of our walk. The whole route had been just under 6km and including our lunch break in Church Houses it had taken us around three hours to walk.

Jim and I continued along the public footpath along the daffodil walk route towards Low Mill. We followed the gravel path along the river bank with the river on our left and pasture land on our right until we reached the footbridge over the River Dove on our left at Low Mill.

We continued along the Daffodil Walk by the river
We continued along the Daffodil Walk by the river

Approaching the footbridge over the River Dove
Approaching the footbridge over the River Dove

Path back up to the car park
Path back up to the car park


The car park at the end of our walk. The blue corrugated iron building is the renown concert venue called “The Band Room”

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