Hawnby, Bilsdale West and Wetherhouse Moors

This North York Moors route explores the moors to the north of the village of Hawnby and mainly uses moorland tracks. The walk makes a circuit of Hawnby, Bilsdale West and Wetherhouse Moors and gives views into upper Ryedale, Bilsdale and Ladhill Gill.

Technical sheet
No. 293025
A Hawnby walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 22/09/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h50[?]
Distance Distance : 8.33mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1142ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1168ft
Highest point Highest point : 1250ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 453ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : North York Moors
Location Location : Hawnby
Starting point Starting point : N 54.31793° / W 1.17159°
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(D)There is plenty of off-road parking (grid ref. SE539916) and the start of the walk is very easy to follow when you realize that you are heading for Bilsdale Transmitter. What seems unlikely is that it is actually over 3 miles away. Anyway, take the left hand moors track and follow it northwards up Hawnby Moor. The views are mainly behind you - of Hawnby Hill and Easterside Hill - so keep looking back as you continue walking north.

(1)Keep left where a track bears off right (grid ref. SE541930) towards Sike House and carry on past Low Thwaites. Shortly after this the bridleway takes to a ditch on your right, which you must take to get through the next gate, but rejoins the track again shortly afterwards. Carry on to the transmitter (grid ref. SE553961), which gives TV and radio signals to North Yorkshire, Teeside and County Durham. Then take the access road back down to Stingamires. There are now good views down into Bilsdale as you pass Stingamires.

(2)Take the path off right at grid ref. SE563957 past Coniser to Stone House and then Fangdale Beck. In the village you can carry straight on over the beck then turn right on the road to Malkin Bower. There is a path signposted off on the right (grid ref. SE569944) that follows the wall up on your right to the site of old quarries and you pick up the track coming up from Malking Bower as it makes its way up to open country again.

(3)Go through the gate at the top, turn left on a moors track then take the middle of three tracks over the moor. The best defined track is the one on left - and it is no problem if you take this - but after 250 metres when you reach a gate follow the wall off to the right and you will pick up the "middle" track that heads south west down Shaw Side.

(4)Carry straight on at the junction with bridleways/tracks going to Hazleshaw House on your right or Wethercote Farm on your left, and just past Bumper Castle the track swaps from the left of a wall to the right when it goes through a gate. It becomes less clearly defined when you leave the open country shortly afterwards but for some time now you should have been able to see the place where you are parked off to your right - so you can see where you are heading.

(5)When you get to a small field on your right surrounded by a disintegrating stone wall and a track leading off uphill on the left to Crow Nest you need to head down to the Ladhill Beck. The path was not well defined here when I walked it so you may have to search for the footbridge over the beck. If it is a bit of a struggle to find the path don't worry, just head up hill and there is a new gate back into open country on the other side of the beck at grid ref SE545917 from where the path back to the parking at Sunley Slack is easy to follow.(A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 719ft - Moor Gate
1 : mi 0.88 - alt. 892ft - Keep left where track bears right
2 : mi 4.11 - alt. 636ft - Take righthand path
3 : mi 5.8 - alt. 866ft - Turn left on a moor's track
4 : mi 6.77 - alt. 919ft - Carry straight on at junction
5 : mi 7.83 - alt. 577ft - Head downhill to Ladhill Beck
D/A : mi 8.33 - alt. 719ft - Moor Gate

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Opinions and comments


Global average : 4/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 3/5
Routemap quality : 5/5
Walk interest : 4/5

on Sun 17 Jun 2018 20:01:34 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 17/06/18
Description quality : Average
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

A nice walk, never steep on ascent apart from a small section from Fangdale Beck up to the disused quarries. Point to note:- when walking to Low Mill and also from Low Mill towards Fangdale Beck there are sections which were heavily nettle infested (Mid June). My youngest son was in shorts and had to have a piggy back over these sections.

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