Kirkdale and Hodge Beck

Kirkdale and Hodge Beck

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Distance: 3½ miles
Duration: 1½ hours
Level of walk: Medium View Walks Key

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Why you should do this walk…
If you and your pooch enjoy a walk through charming canopied woodland paths and a romp through the fields nearby, then this one is for you. It’s a slightly undulating walk to get the pulse moving, but is not too strenuous. In spring time this walk is full of bluebells, primroses and cowslips, a magical sight.

What else you need to know

How to get there – signposted from the A170 Scarborough to Helmsley road along Kirkdale Lane

Suggested map – OS Explorer OL 26 North York Moors Western

Car park – roadside parking at the end of the lane heading down to the St Gregory’s Minster, there is a sign requesting that the Minster car park is not used

Start – walk starts at St Gregory’s Minster

Length/time – just over 3½ miles, takes around 1½ to 1¾ hours to complete

Terrain/difficulty – MEDIUM with some uphill walking.  Clear well maintained paths most of the way. Walking boots recommended as might need to walk through some low level water in the ford.

Dog friendliness –   only one style and one field of sheep right at the end of the walk, also a small amount of road walking.

Food and drink – the Beadlam Grange Farmshop and Tea Rooms is a short drive away on the A170 between Helmsley and Kirkbymoorside.  Extreemly dog-friendly, your pooch can go in with you as the area is all stone floors.  It’s also very wheelchair and pushchair friendly.  At nearby Kirkbymoorside both The Kingshead pub and the George and Dragon Hotel and dog-friendly.  See Directories for details.

Public toilets – none on route, but are available at the café.

Other interesting info:

You can sometimes find fossils on the dry beck bed and in 1821 remains of pre-historic animals found in Kirkdale Cave.

The Walk

  1. Head along the short lane towards St Gregory’s Minster and keep ahead through a gate following a way-marker into a field by a wood on the left. Dogs can go off-lead in this field and have a good romp here. Cross Hodge Beck and continue through the field towards the trees on the right before passing through a gate to enter a wood – with the beck now below on the left.
  2. When the track veers slightly to the right, take a left on a path along the edge of a field with Thin Oaks Wood to the right. At the end of the field turn right into the wood along a path parallel to Hodge Beck. Continue slightly uphill along the grassy path until meeting a path descending from the right.
  3. Turn sharply right onto the path and continue to climb, while ignoring a grassy path to the right keep ahead uphill to a blue way-marker. Take the left path and shortly afterwards turn right through a gate, continuing ahead straight across a field from where there are good views of the Vale of Pickering to the right.
  4. At the end of the field follow the path round to the left, and then soon afterwards at a way-marker, turn right and head towards Low Hagg Farm – keeping it on the right. Continue to the end of the grassy path, and after putting your dog back on the lead, turn left onto Starfits Lane. After a short while, turn right at High Hagg Farm along another quiet lane passing by some holiday cottages, towards the woodlands in front.
  5. Continue downhill looking for a green and white footpath sign almost hidden by the tree line. Take this path, almost doubling back on yourself and head along a clear path through a wooded area.  Keep ahead for about a mile along Robin Hood’s Howl – the path can be muddy and overgrown. Take a left away from the main path, uphill to another path on the right leading on to a field. Continue ahead to a stile to enter another field from where splendid views of the Vale of Pickering can be appreciated.
  6. There may be sheep in the field, so be prepared to put your pooch on a lead again. Head towards a kissing gate with a way-marker by a junction of roads. Following the sign for Helmsley and Kirkdale, continue down the road passing through Hodge Beck again – via the ford or if too wet, the footbridge to the right. Keep ahead along the quiet road back to your car.

This walks is also available on the iFootpath website and iFootpath App –  Kirkdale and Hodge Beck



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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.

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