The Cropton Round

The Cropton Round

The Cropton Round

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The Cropton RoundDistance: 5 miles
Duration: 2 hours
Level of walk: Medium View Walks Key Check latest weather
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This walks is also available on the iFootpath website and App  – The Cropton Round

Why you should do this walk…
If you and your pooch like the shade of woodland trails and appreciate the opportunity to have a paddle then this quiet fairly easy walk in and out of woods and through fields is for you.

What else you need to know

How to get there – Cropton is signposted from the A170 Scarborough to Thirsk road, just west of Pickering.

Suggested map – OS Explorer OL27 North York Moors Eastern

Car park – street parking in Cropton village

Start – New Inn Public House, Cropton

Length/time – 5 miles, takes just under 2 hours

Terrain/difficulty – MEDIUM, mostly wooded, sheltered paths with some open areas. There is one steep climb at the end of the walk, otherwise fairly level.

Dog friendliness – there are no stiles and plenty of opportunities for being off the lead here, however dogs should be on the lead where sheep are grazing and through small ‘caravan park’ at the end of the walk.

Food and drink – the New Inn, by the roadside in Cropton is very dog-friendly, you can have your bar meal with pooch.  See Directories for details.

Public toilets – available inside the New Inn if you are a customer.

Other interesting info:

Beer has been brewed in Cropton since 1613, when it was illegal!  Brewing returned to the village in 1984, when Cropton Brewery was established.  Daily tours of the brewery are available and the lovely beers can be sampled at he New Inn.

The Walk

  1. From the New Inn, walk a short distance on the grass verge by the side of the road towards Pickering, to a Public Bridleway on your right by the entrance to the village. Head along the track – your dog may be let off the lead now, and continue straight ahead as it narrows with hedges on either side. Ignoring the footpaths available to your left and right, continue along Bull Ing Lane until reaching a junction of paths.
  2. Pass through the gate immediately in front, and bear right across a meadow heading towards the trees. At the end of the tree line, pass a way-marker on an old gate post and turn left along the edge of a field keeping the hedgerow to your left, while enjoying views of the moors to the right.  Continue through a gate into the wooded area and keep to the high path in line with the tops of the trees below. Keep ahead through a small dip, regaining height immediately with the Hawthorne hedge remaining on your left.  Pass through another gate and keep ahead, ignoring a downhill path to your right.
  3. At a fork in the path take either route, they soon re-join and keep straight ahead, following a blue way-marker arrow attached to a sawn off tree. Emerging from the wooded area to a view of the rolling hills, ignore a short path and gate to your right, and continue onwards keeping a wire fence to your left at the edge of a field.  The path bears right on to a track where there are panoramic views of the Vale of Pickering.
  4. Follow the track a short distance then leave the bridleway at a junction indicator, following a narrow path down towards the trees. Once in the wooded area, the path is clear and wide leading slightly downhill. Ignoring a path to the right, continue on to a signed junction of paths and turn right to follow another track, with a beck visible below on the left.
  5. The track leads into a field, keep following it heading for the left hand of two gaps in the trees ahead. Turn right uphill through a gate then immediately left, heading for a gate back towards the trees. Follow the path through the woodlands, keeping the beck on your left and ignoring the path joining steeply from the right. If your pooch fancies a paddle, there are ample opportunities for a quick dip.
  6. At a gate, pass to the right of it along a narrow overgrown path while keeping the field to the left. Ignoring a path to the right, pass through a rickety gate and continue a short distance towards another gate, which leads to a small meadow with a white cottage in front. Keep ahead to a stone trough and turn right up the track back towards another gate into the trees.
  7. Continue uphill and at a fork, take the left path which widens as it heads downhill through the trees to a way-marked gate. Pass through the gate to a narrower path to another gate by a junction of paths. Ignoring options to Appleton Le Moor and Sinnington, continue ahead towards Cropton, following Low Lane, a wide track uphill.
  8. Where the track bends to the right, keep left along the path and continue ahead. Just before a track from Cropton Mill joins from the left, take a right through a gate and continue on the steep path uphill towards the right hand end of the tree line. Look for some steps to a little kissing gate, almost hidden in the corner of the field by a Hawthorne tree.
  9. Pass through the gate and follow the obvious path across the fields, passing a campsite to your left. The path joins a lane back to the road at the New Inn where the walk ends and you and your dog will be welcome for well deserved refreshments.

This walks is also available on the iFootpath website and App  – The Cropton Round




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  1. Hannah  - 03/06/2013 - 12:23 am

    found this website a few days ago and the Cropton walk is the first we have tired. its a lovely route and my springer and I loved it! slightly unsure about section 8 about the cropton mill path, we found it a little bit unclear, but other than that the directions were perfect! thank you!

    • corina  - 03/06/2013 - 10:22 pm

      Thanks for the feedback will take a look at point 8 :). Really pleased you enjoyed the walk. Let us know how you get on with the other walks on

  2. Jen Finch  - 03/03/2015 - 5:07 pm

    We also found point 8 very confusing and added an hour to the walk retracing steps and looking for the kissing gate. We were put off the scent as we came across a gate that wasn’t mentioned and turned round to find another path that matched the description only to have to go back again after traipsing over fields.

    Also there was a field near the start that had bulls in it. (Not great for dogs) We found a detour and because of the usually precise descriptions were able to pick up the route easily.

  3. Amanda  - 30/05/2015 - 8:37 pm

    My friend and I did the walk today. What a beautiful day to take in the fantastic scenery. The directions were perfect and very clear. Enjoyed it so much we are taking our husbands tomorrow. The New Inn was a real bonus and very dog friendly. Recommend the Yorkshire Cider

  4. Emma Crabtree  - 09/06/2015 - 10:37 am

    Did this work at the weekend, a really lovely walk but the instructions from number 8 are a little woolly, although speaking to a local any of the paths lead to Cropton 🙂 It was a lovely walk on a Saturday afternoon

  5. Emma Crabtree  - 09/06/2015 - 10:37 am

    Did this work at the weekend, a really lovely walk but the instructions from number 8 are a little woolly, although speaking to a local any of the paths lead to Cropton 🙂 It was a lovely walk on a Saturday afternoon

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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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