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Roseberry Topping seen from the field path west of Low Farm
Roseberry Topping seen from the field path west of Low Farm

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Route No. 793 - Thursday 7 November 2019
Disused railway path, Field path via Low farm,
return via railway path, 4.5km circuit
Pinchinthorpe,
Guisborough Branch Walkway Nature Reserve . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL26 North York Moors Western area


Today the gloomy, wet weather continued with serious flooding expected in West & South Yorkshire. There seemed to be a glimmer of hope for us to dodge the rain in the northeast corner of North Yorkshire. We drove north up the A19 and turned off it eastwards with the Cleveland Hills on our right heading towards the little town of Guisborough. Just before we reached Guisborough at the tiny hamlet of Pinchinthorpe we parked at the visitor centre car park off the A173, map ref. NZ 584 153, at the Guisborough Branch Walkway Nature Reserve (I like a snappy title!).

For more information about the nature reserve see the following web sites:-

Guisborough Forest and Walkway - from North York Moors National Park

pdf Flyer - from Cleveland County Council

pdf Information Leaflet - from Friends of Guisborough Forest & Walkway

Leaving the car park up the ramp to the visitor centre
Leaving the car park up the ramp to the visitor centre

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Path from the car park up to the visitor centre
Path from the car park up to the visitor centre

The Codhill Kibble
The Codhill Kibble

Next to the visitor centre there is a large riveted iron bucket, used as a plant container, called the "Codhill kibble". The information board by the kibble explains that a kibble is a large bucket used in the early mining industry to haul anything & everything, even people, up and down mine shafts. From the kibble we continued along the railway path under the A173 road bridge.

From the nature reserve car park we walked up the ramp to the visitor centre building. It seems to be an old railway building next to the bed of the disused railway line. After a quick look at the visitor centre we set off heading westwards along the old railway path.

The visitor centre next to the old railway path
The visitor centre next to the old railway path

Heading west from the visitor centre on the old railway path
Heading west from the visitor centre on the old railway path

About to pass under the A173 road bridge over the railway
About to pass under the A173 road bridge over the railway

Leaving Pinchinthorpe along the old railway path
Leaving Pinchinthorpe along the old railway path

From the road bridge we walked about 700m along the railway path to a turning on our left opposite a seat with a view across the fields towards Roseberry Topping.

We passed a tall boarded fence on our left and continued along the gravel path between pretty tall hedges full of autumn colour.

Autumn colour by the old railway path
Autumn colour by the old railway path

our turning off the old railway path to a public footpath along a farm track
our turning off the old railway path to a public footpath along a farm track

Roseberry Topping about 2.5km away to the south
Roseberry Topping about 2.5km away to the south

Nearing our turning off the farm track
Nearing our turning off the farm track

From the stile we walked along the edge of the field with the wood on our left. It was clear that there had been cattle in this field within the last few weeks and the land was cut up by their hooves and the hollows filled with rain water. Indeed the first 30m was flooded to a depth of over 10 to 15cm.

We turned left here along a public footpath following a farm track between the fields. After about 150m along this track we came to the corner of some woodland on our right hand side. We turned right here to continue along the public footpath over a wooden stile.

Public footpath along a farm track between the fields
Public footpath along a farm track between the fields

Crossing the stile where the public footpath turns right
Crossing the stile where the public footpath turns right

From the stile the path along the edge of the field was water-logged
From the stile the path along the edge of the field was water-logged

At the end of the wood we crossed the field to the gate opposite
At the end of the wood we crossed the field to the gate opposite

Gate into the next field where the track became much dryer
Gate into the next field where the track became much dryer

Now the public footpath was following a firm farm track raised above the level of the field. After about 450m from the steel gate we came to a wooden stile by a steel gate across the track that led us on to another public footpath along a farm road leading towards Low Farm.

After about 250m we came to the end of the wood and the route of the path continued across the field to a steel gate opposite about another 250m away. Once we passed through this gate and continued across the next field the going underfoot became better.

The gate ahead led on to a farm track along the field edge
The gate ahead led on to a farm track along the field edge

Firm farm track raised a little above the field level
Firm farm track raised a little above the field level

Stile onto the farm access track near Low Farm
Stile onto the farm access road near Low Farm

We turned right to walk along the farm track for about 20m
We turned right to walk along the farm road for about 20m . . .

We walked along the field edge with the hedge on our left hand side. To our right on the far side of the field was Low Farm. From the farm we could hear the barking of dogs and the mooing of cattle.

We turned right along the farm road but only walked about 20m along this road before we turned left off the road over another stile to follow a public footpath along the edge of the field.

we turned left over the stile to a path at the field edge
. . . then we turned left over the stile to a path at the field edge

Path along the field edge with Low farm across the field on our right
Path along the field edge with Low farm across the field on our right

At the end of the field we turned right still following the field edge
At the end of the field we turned right still following the field edge


Crossing the stile to the next field heading for the railway path

After about 350m we came to the end of the field and crossed a wooden stile that led us on to the path on the disused railway. Here we turned right to walk along the railway path.

We continued along the edge of the field for about 300m to the fence at the end of the field. We did not cross this stile. Instead we turned right and continued along the field edge with the fence on our left.

Following the field edge towards the railway path
Following the field edge towards the railway path

Continuing along the field edge towards the railway path
Continuing along the field edge towards the railway path

Stile from the field path on to the old railway path
Stile from the field path on to the old railway path

Back on the old railway path
Back on the old railway path


Autumn leaves along the old railway path

Heading back along the old railway path
Heading back along the old railway path

After about 1.2km we came to the seat on our left and the farm track on our right where we had turned off the railway path on our way out.

It was a very pretty route with the autumn colours in the hedges and trees along the way. Throughout the walk we had good views of Roseberry Topping across the fields.

Sheep grazing next to the old railway path
Sheep grazing next to the old railway path

Another view of Roseberry Topping from the old railway path
Another view of Roseberry Topping from the old railway path

More autumn colour along the old railway path
More autumn colour along the old railway path

This seat is where we turned off the railway path onto a farm track between the fields on the outward leg of our walk
This seat is where we turned off the railway path onto a farm track between the fields on the outward leg of our walk

Crossing back under the A173 road bridge
Crossing back under the A173 road bridge

The visitor centre by the old railway path
The visitor centre by the old railway path

We had been quite lucky and had managed to miss all the rain but the TV news this evening showed a good deal of flooding in West & South Yorkshire.

From here we retraced our steps back to the visitor centre and the car park at the end of our walk. The whole route had been about 4.5km and it had taken us about two hours to walk it.

Heading back towards the visitor centre & car park
Heading back towards the visitor centre & car park

Ramp down to the car park from the visitor centre
Ramp down to the car park from the visitor centre

Back in the car park at the end of our walk
Back in the car park at the end of our walk

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