Osmotherley and the Cleveland Way

Osmotherley and the Cleveland Way

Osmotherley and the Cleveland Way

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Osmotherley and the Cleveland Way

Distance: 7 miles
Duration: 3 hours
Level of walk: Medium View Walks Key

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humidity: 70%
wind: 2m/s E
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Why you should do this walk…

A 6.5 mile circular walk from the village of Osmotherley in the Hambleton Hills in North Yorkshire, at the western edge of the North York Moors. The expansive views and peace and quiet are great for you, while your pooch will love the extensive off-lead freedom and a couple of opportunities for a paddle along the way.

Dog friendly?…

Most of the paths are well defined and easy to follow, with a couple of invigorating climbs. The terrain is medium, mostly along easily followed paths through fields and across moors. Much of the route is along the well-marked Cleveland Way. You will need to negotiate some steps, kissing gates, squeeze gaps and stiles. There is plenty of safe off-lead walking for well-behaved dogs, with two chances for a paddle. However, most dogs will need help getting over one of the stiles.

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  1. dogwalksyorkshire.com on Facebook  - 23/05/2012 - 10:02 pm
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    We need some lovely volunteers to check out the pubs in Osmotherley to see if they are dog-friendly as we didn’t have time when we were there – any takers? It’s a great little walk. 🙂

    • Alastair Cameron  - 02/03/2013 - 5:32 pm
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      We did this walk today and our springer loved it. Directions very good and terrain nicely varied. We had a drink outside the Three Tuns, which looked like it had an interesting lunch menu, and the sign said dogs welcome.

      • corina  - 04/03/2013 - 8:18 pm
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        Will add the Three Tuns to the list – thanks for the information. It is a lovely area, we were really impressed with the scenery and lack of dog-barriers. Many thanks for your comments and look forward to hearing what you think of the other walks 🙂

    • P Lerner  - 04/04/2013 - 4:26 pm
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      I did this walk today with my two sons, aged 11 and 12. Despite a few grumblings at the thought of doing it, we all thoroughly enjoyed it. Plenty of different terrains and challenges to keep the boys interested and allowing time for rests and a bit of tree climbing, the walk took us just less than 3 hours.

      All of the three pubs in Osmotherley are dog friendly. The Queen Catherine and the Three Tuns unfortunately had just stopped serving food when we finished but the Golden Lion was very welcoming.

      The directions were superb so all in all a great day out, thanks!

      • corina  - 04/04/2013 - 9:38 pm
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        Sounds like you all had a great day! Thanks for the pub information and let us know if you do any more walks from the site and what you think of them. Thanks for your comments 🙂

  2. Alastair Cameron  - 20/04/2013 - 9:26 pm
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    Did this walk again today. Thoroughly enjoyable in the sum – hope this wasn’t summer. Got the timing right to have a light lunch outside the Three Tuns – interestingand very tasty, and good value. They also have a dog friendly garden behind the pub.

    • corina  - 21/04/2013 - 3:08 pm
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      Yes we hope that this weekend isn’t summer too! Thanks for the info about the Three Tuns. Keep us posted about your next walk, it’s great to get feedback.

  3. Natalie, Ian and Callie Dog  - 30/06/2013 - 10:06 am
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    We completed this walk on a glorious Sunday afternoon. As relatively inexperienced walkers we found the simple and straight-forward directions very easy to follow.
    We were surprised at how quiet this walk was, we spent pretty much the whole walk without seeing a soul until arriving at the sheep wash. We have never been so happy to see an ice cream van in our lives!
    Callie Dog was most pleased with the amount of time she got to spend off the lead.
    The walk was easy throughout, although the steps at the very end were a bit taxing after a couple of hours walking in the heat.
    We enjoyed a picnic in the shade upon returning to Osmotherly and finished the day with a cool refreshing pint in the Queen Catherine. A thoroughly great day had by all and a walk we intend to do over and over again!

    • corina  - 03/07/2013 - 6:18 pm
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      Sounds like you and Callie had a lovely day. We’ve had lots of good feedback on this walk, with visitors saying that it’s got most of what you and your pooch need to call it a great walk. We love the scenery and Izzy really love the variety of terrain, it keeps her bright terrier brain entertained throughout. After your review, I could just go for a refreshing pint at the Queen Catherine. Many thanks for the feedback and please let us know what you think of the other walks too.

  4. Mike and Jan from Otley  - 30/06/2013 - 10:29 am
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    Did this walk yesterday with grumbly old stiff dog and bundle of energy Springer. They and we enjoyed it enormously, your instructions and descriptions were spot on and really helpful. We took the fill 3 hours but that did include a pit stop for ice cream at the car park half way round. Loved the different terrains and spectacular views. Great walk, thank you.

    • corina  - 03/07/2013 - 6:14 pm
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      Thanks for the feedback. We think that this walk is stunning and not too difficult for older pooches as long as you take it steady. The ice cream sound ideal too. Let us know how you get on with any other walks you do.

  5. Lukardis  - 02/10/2013 - 10:47 pm
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    Did this walk yesterday with 2 of our labs Cassia (12 and a bit) and Auriga (just over a year). Well described pathway, beautiful scenery. If Germany were not so far – I’d come back

  6. Claire holland  - 16/03/2014 - 11:53 am
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    Did this walk on last day of a weeks holiday in danby. As with all other walks which we did from this site it was fantastic. Not getting any younger and found the directions spot on, even helped a young couple with their OS map to find the way back.

  7. Suzanne Collins  - 22/06/2014 - 9:17 am
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    Really descriptive route, did this walk yesterday with my 15 month dalmatian who loved it and slept rest of the day! We stopped in the Golden Lion who were welcoming but unfortunately we’d missed lunch. Can’t wait to try another of your walks and will definitely do this one again.

    • Caroline  - 21/08/2014 - 1:37 pm
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      How did your dog cope with the stiles. We have a rather large (heavy) dalmatian who would be difficult to lift!

      • Suzanne Collins  - 08/05/2015 - 2:26 pm
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        Hi Caroline, we have a Dally too and he can get over most gates anyway, but the stile I recall the most has a dog gate next to it, the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!

    • Caroline  - 21/08/2014 - 1:37 pm
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      How did your dog cope with the stiles. We have a rather large (heavy) dalmatian who would be difficult to lift!

  8. Peter Thompson  - 31/07/2014 - 7:25 pm
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    Just done the osmotherley walk with my wife her brother and his wife and our one year old and five year old black labs,and we all loved it.we had a problem on the narrow path near the communication station because the bracken and fern was head high and we could not get through so we turned right through a way marked gate across a field down to a tarmac road turned left up the road with the communication station to our left then straight across along a bridleway and came out at the scarth wood moor sign and carried on with the rest of the walk.we had our lunch just above codbeck reservoir,we had a steady walk and it took us four hours,it was a great walk and we really enjoyed it and back in time for a pint in the queen catherine.
    We are doing the hovingham and the howardian hills walk next thursday,thanks again for a great walk.
    Peter and the gang

  9. Alastair  - 02/11/2014 - 3:19 pm
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    We have done this walk 4 or 5 times in the last 18 months with our springer. Yesterday for a change we did it in the opposite direction to the instructions. With a low sun around midday walking the “normal” way we would have had the sun direct in our faces along the stretch from the reservoir, It was definitely more pleasant having it behind us. However the climb up near the beginning from the brdge up to the racehorse training gallop was stiffer than the climbs in the normal direction. We did see some different views which was good.L unch at the Three Tunasagain very good – the billl said we had “real chips” with our fishcakes and I would agree with their definition.

  10. Nigel & Alison Hornsby  - 08/04/2015 - 10:43 pm
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    My wife and I walked this route today with our 2 Labs (Lacey almost 3 & Ozzy 17mths)we all really enjoyed it. Its a lovely route and the directions are excellent. Although as we do normally get lost we did question direction 7 as we thought we’d missed the turn. We always get lost somewhere, directions or no directions.
    The dogs loved it, rolling in the grass, splashing around in the rivers and Lacey even managed to find two balls in the moors.
    We did think Ozzy was going to get stuck in the Stone stiles as he is a little thicker set that Lacey but we managed.
    We finished off the walk with a lovely Ice Cream from the Local Store, the dogs had Vanilla. Highly recommended Ice creams.
    Thanks for the top directions and finding a lovely walk. We managed it with a couple of stops and swims in just over 2.5 hours.

  11. Jacqueline Ayres  - 11/06/2017 - 4:32 pm
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    Our energetic one year old wirehaired dachshund enjoys (needs) good off lead adventures and this particular walk provided plenty of freedom for her to zip around. Husband and i were delighted with the beautiful views of the moors and Roseberry Topping. Great directions, thank you!

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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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