This walk takes about 3 hours including half an hour of stops. It goes over the old coal and ironstone mines of the late 19th Century and also passes through the Moors Centre which has a free exhibition on the Land of Iron. There is an outline of an old bell-pit at Clitherbecks, in front of the farmhouse. This is one of a series of circular routes from Stations shortly to be promoted on boards at Stations along the Esk Valley Line.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) Take the track from the Station to the main road - please close the gate - turn left.
(1) At the Duke of Wellington Pub turn right past a shop, cafe and up the hill past a row of houses. 300m after the houses there is an entrance on your right down some steps into the Moors Centre. Take in the Exhibition and there is a cafe here too. Head through the playground towards the river and cross over via the footbridge. Cross the Esk Valley Railway line (be careful as there are no barriers!)
Join the road turning left to Duck Bridge. Cross the river here and keep straight towards Houlsyke & Lealholm. After 250m turn left on a road under the railway and follow the track a further 250m.
(3) Take the sharp turn to the right before the farm and join the path to the left shortly after. Straight up this track over Oakley Side and continue, crossing two roads. One goes along Oakley Walls to Lealholm and the other heads up to Danby Beacon. Keep north/north-west walking between the old coal mines up to Clitherbecks Farm.
(4) Take the signed track down a field to the south of the farm and cross the beck on the right (no bridge, just a jump) and up a steep side to below the farm buildings, follow the wall along the contour and to your left, you should a circular mound, grown over - this is the remnant of an old bell-pit, the old way of mining.
(5) After the farm turn left down a field to a gate and up the other side - here there are various tracks that all lead to Danby. The lower one follows 6ft high stone-built walls which provide wind protection for crops that still grown here. The track comes out above Danby and depending on which one you chose now, you'll end up somewhere in the village. Walk down the hill to the Duke of Wellington and the station is now 200m on your left.(D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 420ft - Danby Station
1 : mi 0.68 - alt. 479ft - Moors Centre, Danby
2 : mi 1.56 - alt. 404ft - Duck Bridge (Ford)
3 : mi 2.05 - alt. 515ft - Sharp turn
4 : mi 3.66 - alt. 689ft - Track across to Clitherbeck's Farm
5 : mi 3.86 - alt. 676ft - Bell-pit outline
D/A : mi 5.25 - alt. 423ft - Danby Station
Good walking boots as some parts are wet and boggy. There is little shelter on this walk so take a good coat if it is not warm summer's day!
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