Tockwith and the River Nidd

Tockwith and the River Nidd

Tockwith and the River Nidd

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Tockwith and the River Nidd
Distance: 5 miles
Duration: 1¾ hours
Level of walk: EasyView Walks Key

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If you want a fairly gentle walk along quiet country lanes, and by the riverside where your pooch has plenty of opportunities to be off the lead and have a good run by the river.

What else you need to know

How to get there – From the B1224 York to Wetherby road, follow the signs for Tockwith from Marston Moor or Bilton. From the A59 York to Harrogate road, follow the signs for Tockwith from Moor Monkton and Cattal. By No. 412/413 bus from York to Wetherby and Harrogate operated by Eddie Brown and Connexionsbuses.

Suggested map OS Explorer Active 289 Leeds, Harrogate, Wetherby & Pontefract

Car park – street parking in Tockwith

Start – the road junction in Tockwith near the two pubs.

Length/time – 5 miles, takes about 1¾ hours

Terrain/difficulty  – EASY, flat walking with a few stiles to negotiate

Dog friendliness – three stiles to negotiate at start, but apart from that the walk should allow plenty of off lead time.

Food and drink – The Dawnay Arms at nearby Newton on Ouse is dog-friendly – see Directories for information. There are two pubs and shop in Tockwith village, the pubs allow dogs in the beer gardens and the Spotted Ox’s beer garden is enclosed.

Public toilets – available at the pubs for customers only.

Other interesting info: 

The Battle of Marsden Moor was fought in Long Marston / Bilton / Tockwith / Wilstrop on 2nd July 1644.  The road between Tockwith and Long Marsden runs across the centre of the battlefield as it did in 1644.  A monument is situated half way along the road commemorating the battle.

The Walk

  1. Start at the junction of Link Lane and Marston Road in Tockwith by two pubs; The Boot and Shoe and the Spotted Ox. Set off down the main street towards Cattle and Cowthorpe, keeping the Spotted Ox to your right.
  2. The road bears right and becomes Fleet Lane, continue along the grass verge and where the road bends to the left, follow a Public Bridleway sign on the right and join Ness Lane.  The lane is a quiet and wide access road, on which well-behaved dogs may be let off the lead – do watch out for occasional farm traffic though!
  3. Continue straight ahead, following the lane as it bears left, ignoring other paths to the left and right until reaching a gate with a cattle grid. Beyond this point the lane is private, so turn left down a rugged track – even though it isn’t signposted. Keep following the hedge lined rugged track as it curves left and right, eventually heading towards the river.
  4. Leave the track just before a gate and sign advising no public access and take a grassy path towards a way-marked gate ahead. Pass through the gate and continue straight ahead along a narrow grassy path towards the River Nidd. Climb a stile to the left marked by a blue way-marker and continue along the built-up flood defence embankment, with the river to the right. There may be cows in the field here, so be prepared to put Pooch on the lead for a short while.
  5. Cross a double stile and continue along the embankment, passing through a kissing gate and another way-marked stile next to a metal gate.  Keep ahead along the embankment enjoying the peace and tranquillity as the river loops round to the left and then to the right. Your dog will love romping along this section, Izzy definitely did!
  6. Pass through a lonely kissing gate below on the left, and keep ahead across a field with the tree line to your left. Heading towards the hedge and trees, as the path bears left look out for a little kissing gate buried in the Hawthorne hedge to your left. Pass through into a field, and continue diagonally right towards a way-marked kissing gate by a metal gate in the corner.
  7. Pass through onto grassy lane bordered on each side by Hawthorne hedges and trees.  At a track by a public footpath sign and entrance to a farm, turn left and head along the track until reaching the junction with Ness Lane.  Turn right and head along the lane back to Fleet Lane and Tockwith village.


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  1. Wilsonsde  - 03/06/2012 - 10:44 pm

    Did this walk a couple of weeks ago, nice sunny day the start of the walk is on a tarmac side road only farm vehicles and some local residents use it (we saw one tractor) the rest of the walk is on easy going footpaths next to the river really pleasent the only problem we came across was the last field where we came across some Bulls which were not to happy to see a 5 month old Lab Puppy on a flexi and to be honest she was not to happy to see them so we had to take a diversion through a Hawthorne bush and then re-joined the main path further on but apart from that A GREAT WALK!!!!!

    • corina  - 04/06/2012 - 3:40 pm

      Yes we love this walk too!! We’ve done it about three or four times now and have come across cattle in the fields twice, and you’ve just got to be sensible and get out of their way – as you did. It’s a very tranquil walk, that not many people do. Look forward to hearing more of your feedback and hope the pup keeps enjoying the walks.

  2. Bob  - 05/06/2012 - 7:10 pm

    The addition of electric fences on one section has made it a little tricky. Had to lift my dog over two stiles as she couldn’t get through.

    Very nice peaceful walk though, best not done with a push chair next time though!

    • corina  - 05/06/2012 - 7:42 pm

      Yes it’s the only drawback I think, but it’s clearly signposted on the walk. Thanks for comment.

  3. Nick Hilton  - 20/09/2017 - 10:38 am

    Very clear instructions and a nice walk, as it’s level the scenery is fairly unchanging but very pleasant, easy to do and a quiet route – only passed two people in the two hours it took and nice to have the option of a drink or food on your return (I parked outside the pub on the street!)

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Walking on mostly flat terrain, little walking up hill and few styles or dry stone walls to negotiate. Distance from 1 to 5 miles.

Some walking up steep hills over rugged terrain, negotiating dry stone walls. Distance from 3 to 6 miles.

A lot of walking up steep hills over rugged terrain, and some scrambling up rocks. Distance from 6 miles upwards.

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