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: 4 miles
milesDuration: 2 hours
Level of walk: EasyView Walks Key

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Why you should do this walk…

A 4 mile circular walk from the village of Westow in North Yorkshire. This walk is for you 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.

Dog friendly?…

The terrain if fairly easy, mostly on flat, green paths through fields and 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. You will need to negotiate some footbridges, gates and kissing gates but there are no stiles on route. There is plenty of off-lead time available for dogs on the paths through the fields. The vast majority of the fields are arable, but you will pass through one field which is likely to be holding a few cattle. There are a few sections of road walking along quiet country lanes

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This walk is available on the iFootpath App or to print the Westow and the River Derwent please visit iFootpath 

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24 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.

  18. Laura Larkin  - 03/09/2017 - 4:06 pm

    Did this walk today. All the work has been completed and duckboards over the boggy section look new and in good repair. A lovely walk, did pass one field with cows in but they didn’t bother us. Good for dogs like mine that are too big to be lifted over stiles!

  19. DogWalksYorkshire  - 29/10/2017 - 11:15 am

    Karen: Just to update everyone, the pub in Westow doesn’t allow dogs or muddy boots anymore a little disappointed today as we planned to have lunch. Just so fellow walkers know…

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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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