Westow and the River Derwent

Westow and the River Derwent

Westow and the River Derwent

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Westow and the River Derwent

Distance: 4¼ miles
milesDuration: 1¾ hours
Level of walk: Easy

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Why you should do this walk…

If you’re looking for a gentle and quiet wander through arable fields, with plenty of wide open spaces and a lovely riverside section. The walk offers great views of the beautiful Wolds through unspoilt countryside not frequently visited by the masses!  This is a very pretty circular walk.

What else you need to know

How to get there – turn off the A64 York to Scarborough road at Whitwell-on-the-Hill, and follow the road downhill to the railway level crossing, past Kirkham Priory and on to the next village, Westow.

Suggested map OS Explorer Howardian Hills and Malton 300

Car park – road side in the village of Westow

Start – main road in Westow in front of the Blacksmith’s Arms

Length/time – 4¼ miles, takes around 1¾ hours

Terrain/difficulty – EASY, mostly on flat, green paths through fields, by the riverside or on quiet local roads. The Jeffry Bog plantation can be a bit muddy, but there are duckboards to assist in the worst areas.

Dog friendliness – no stiles and plenty of off-lead time available on the paths through the fields. No sheep were seen, with one clearly marked field holding a few cattle.

Food and drink – The Blacksmiths Arms in Westow welcomed Izzy, alternatively the Stone Trough Inn just five minutes away down the road near Kirkham, is very dog friendly.

Public toilets – for patrons of the village pub.

Other interesting info:

The Yorkshire Wolds are the most northerly chalk hills in Britain and give you spectacular views of the Vale of  Pickering and even the city of York on clear days.

The Walk

  1. Start on the main road in Westow by the Blacksmiths Arms. Keeping the pub to the right, head towards the sign for the road back to Kirkham and York. At the junction, take this road for a short distance before turning right at the end of the stone wall onto a track heading across the field. There isn’t a waymarker, but a well weathered road sign advising ‘Unsuitable for Motors’ marks where the track joins the road.
  2. Take the track along the edge of the field, keeping a hedge to the left with the outskirts of the village and the Wolds to the right. After a while the track becomes enclosed by small trees on either side before coming out at a road junction. Cross the road and head along the quiet road opposite, following the sign for Firby, before turning right at a waymarked bridleway sign for the River Derwent (½ mile). Keeping ahead past houses, the road turns into a farm track and continues between two fields.  Head towards the tree line, and once past it, turn immediately left along the edge of a field keeping the trees to the left. Where the path bears right, look out for an opening in the trees leading down to a waymarked gate.
  3. Pass through the gate into a field and keep ahead towards the river Derwent with the railway line beyond it. The path bears right and continues alongside the river, which is now to the left. On entering the next field an old waymarker on a fence post points the way. Keep following the path through the fields by the river, occasionally passing through a waymarked gate. As the name suggests, Jeffry Bog can be muddy underfoot but there are duckboards to help in the worst areas and the real pleasure comes from being so close to the river at this point.
  4. Cross a footbridge into another field and keep to the path at its lower end by the river. After crossing another footbridge, head towards a wire and post fence, where to the left there is waymarker sign pointing right. Head away from the river now up the bank, keeping the fence to the left, looking for a waymarked kissing gate in the top right hand corner of the field. Pass through the gate and continue along an enclosed farm track to a road.
  5. Cross the road and following a public bridleway sign, head up the lane for Church Farm Kennels. Where the lane bears left, follow a waymarker through a kissing gate into a field. Ignore the farm gate in front and head along the hedge line, keeping it to the left, and passing a waymarker head for a kissing gate ahead leading to a small enclosed area and another kissing gate.
  6. Pass through the gates and follow the path around the church, keeping it to the right. Head away from the church along a quiet road with fields and views of the area all around. The road turns left through 90 degrees and heads back towards the village. On the right look for a public bridleway sign and follow a path slightly uphill between two fields. Approaching the village, the path becomes a quiet residential road. There is a dog waste bin here. Continue along the road, turn left at the end, and head back into Westow village.

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20 Comments

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    • corina  - 08/05/2012 - 8:12 pm

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  4. corina  - 06/05/2012 - 4:43 pm

    Did this walk recently and it was very peaceful and quiet. Lovely day.

  5. Kurtis Passley  - 09/05/2012 - 6:57 am

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  6. Janette  - 05/06/2012 - 8:44 pm

    Walked this today the 5th of June 2012. A lovely walk and Jeffreys Bog was not to bad. Our Patterjack enjoyed it,. Thanks for the site.

    • corina  - 05/06/2012 - 9:12 pm

      Thanks really glad you liked it – Izzy loved this one too.

  7. Helen  - 11/08/2012 - 6:16 pm

    walked today 11th Aug 2012. Directions accurate. At point 4 however, the fence should be kept to the right not left as the cattle scared the hell out of me and my pup, the cattle really came close and even tried to play with my pup 1 year old lab. Long grass scratched my legs ( shorts not a good idea ). At 3.30 Pub is Westow was closed so went to stone trough instead. All told a lovely walk.

    • corina  - 11/08/2012 - 9:16 pm

      Thanks for your message and information with check the direction. We absolutely love this walk and the Stone Trough too.

  8. Anne Grice  - 03/11/2012 - 5:13 pm

    Walked today 3/11/12 Lovely walk . Coco our 6 year old Lab had a super time in and out of the river. Jeffrey Bog was really wet today, walking boots are a must. No duck boards had to leave the river bank early and walk along the field edge. Good site hope to try more of the walks. Excellent tea coffee and Bakewll Tart at The Blacksmiths Arms open today at 4pm, very obliging staff.

  9. Lukardis  - 02/10/2013 - 10:44 pm

    I did this walk today Oct 2, 2013 with our 3 labs (Cassia and Pepo both 12 years and a bit and Auriga just over a year). It was. Description on how to find the path was easy, even for a foreigner like myself coming from Germany with my partner who was at a convention in York. Thank you for the great work done.

  10. Charlotte  - 27/05/2014 - 9:49 am

    Walked this route on the May bank holiday weekend. It was the first of 3 walks we tried that weekend. I had never used this site before and the easy to follow directions and lots of off lead action made me try more. Thank you so much for creating these Corina, they make dog walking in the countryside a pure pleasure.

    • corina  - 01/06/2014 - 2:52 pm

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment and we hope that you and your dog enjoy many more walks from the site. Have fun 🙂

  11. Kevin Pye  - 18/09/2014 - 6:00 pm

    Our second walk from these dog walks with our 2 great Danes , again really enjoyable seeing a few more people at the start of the walk, which was not ideal for us due to the size of our dogs, Jeffry bog was pleasant with good views of the river, be prepared for wet areas but still very accessible, when leaving the bog, walkers need to be aware of bullocks in the next field that want to follow you which is a touch disturbing and an electric fence either side of the 2 kissing gates near the river obviously for the cattle. The walk up the hill towards the village give stunning countryside views which is worth the look as you get towards the top of the hill. We finished off our walk with an excellent pub lunch in the Blacksmiths Arms sitting in late September sunshine. Once again fantastic easy to follow directions that are excellent

  12. Dawn Lilburn  - 25/05/2015 - 3:45 pm

    Unfortunately part of this walk is closed so we ended up doing half of it and having to back track again.
    Also we found the blacksmiths isn’t dog friendly.

  13. Sophie  - 30/08/2015 - 4:26 pm

    We tried to complete this walk today 30-8-15 however we were unable to do so as the walk is closed off from the start of point 3, due to erosion of the ground near Jeffrey bog. This work is due to continue until 01/10/15. There is no alternative route so you have to go back the same way as you came, and believe me if you don’t like cows and bulls this wont be straight forward. The field you enter at the bottom of point 2 is full of cows and has a bull within them.

  14. Sophie  - 30/08/2015 - 4:26 pm

    We tried to complete this walk today 30-8-15 however we were unable to do so as the walk is closed off from the start of point 3, due to erosion of the ground near Jeffrey bog. This work is due to continue until 01/10/15. There is no alternative route so you have to go back the same way as you came, and believe me if you don’t like cows and bulls this wont be straight forward. The field you enter at the bottom of point 2 is full of cows and has a bull within them.

  15. Mike Carr  - 22/10/2015 - 5:05 pm

    Did this on 20.10.15. This walk is as described…flat….wonderful scenery…and far from the maddening crowd, just what walkers want. There is a warning however. As you approach Jeffrey Bog the path does become very muddy and should be treated with respect being so close to the river. Upon reaching the duckboards the relative safety is short stretched. Besides being slippy when wet, the structure is now in immediate need of urgent repair. In parts the boards tend to slope down, towards the river and in one particular place planks were missing leaving a dangerous gaping hole. With the river on one side and bog on the other the location leaves a lot to be desired. A great pity really, muddy paths, cows, bulls and horses are all parts of ramblers accepted hazards but the dangerous duckboard pathway is a blot on this excellent walk.

  16. Mike Carr  - 22/10/2015 - 5:05 pm

    Did this on 20.10.15. This walk is as described…flat….wonderful scenery…and far from the maddening crowd, just what walkers want. There is a warning however. As you approach Jeffrey Bog the path does become very muddy and should be treated with respect being so close to the river. Upon reaching the duckboards the relative safety is short stretched. Besides being slippy when wet, the structure is now in immediate need of urgent repair. In parts the boards tend to slope down, towards the river and in one particular place planks were missing leaving a dangerous gaping hole. With the river on one side and bog on the other the location leaves a lot to be desired. A great pity really, muddy paths, cows, bulls and horses are all parts of ramblers accepted hazards but the dangerous duckboard pathway is a blot on this excellent walk.

  17. Helen  - 03/04/2016 - 6:40 pm

    We attempted this walk on 03/04/2016. The local council have taken note of the dangerous state of the path through Jeffrey Bog, which the previous reviewer noted above. Consequently, this section of the path is now CLOSED. The dates given on the notice were from at least 01/04/2016 to 30/09/2016, although presumably this will depend on whether any repairs are done to the bank. There is no suggested alternative route on the notice. We turned right where the path was closed, climbed up the hill, went through a gate and were back in the same field we left to get to the waymarked gate. We walked through 2 fields and got back on to the road to Westow. We weren’t sure if walking through the fields was really allowed, but we kept to the edges and as we could see the road was so near, we couldn’t face going all the way back the way we had come!
    Apart from this hiccup it was a lovely walk, but you would definitely have to check if there are alternate footpaths in the area which avoid Jeffrey Bog.

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