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The River Rye seen from the floodbank about 250m upstream of Haverfield House
The River Rye seen from the floodbank about 250m upstream of Haverfield House

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Route No. 796 - Thursday 5 December 2019
Butterwick, Boyton Lane, River Rye, Sleights Lane,
Slingsby Carr Cut, Green Lane circuit - 5km
Ryedale . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 300 Howardian Hills & Malton


Our parking spot off Green Lane on the edge of Butterwick village
Our parking spot off Green Lane on the edge of Butterwick village

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Setting off along Green Lane into Butterwick village
Setting off along Green Lane into Butterwick village

Giddy horse having fun in the field
Giddy horse having fun in the field

Opposite the church the road turned sharp left across the bridge over the River Rye. By the road near the bridge there were three frisky horses wearing waterproof coats. One of them rolled with its feet in the air and then jumped up and galloped around the other two seeming to feel that it was just good to be alive. We did not cross the bridge but instead we kept straight on along Boynton Lane heading eastwards out of the village.

The weather forecast for today expected a dry, cloudy-bright day for Ryedale near Malton and my friend Jim and I drove out to the tiny village of Butterwick on the River Rye. We parked on the wide grass verge at the side of Green Lane on the edge of the village at map ref. SE 728 774. From our parking spot we walked along Green Lane into Butterwick village.

Following Green Lane into Butterwick
Following Green Lane into Butterwick

Church of the Holy Epiphany, by the R. Rye at Butterwick bridge
Church of the Holy Epiphany, by the R. Rye at Butterwick bridge

Road bridge over the River Rye at Butterwick
Road bridge over the River Rye at Butterwick

Boynton Lane through Butterwick
Boynton Lane through Butterwick

We kept straight on past the entrance to Lower Butterwick fm
We kept straight on past the entrance to Lower Butterwick fm

Continuing along the farm track from Boynton
Continuing along the farm track from Boynton

Here there was a gate across the track where the River Rye had meandered back to be next to the track with only the river floodbank between the track and the river.

At the edge of the village Boynton Lane became an unsurfaced farm track along the edge of the fields. We followed this track for about 1.3km.

Boynton Lane leaving Butterwick
Boynton Lane leaving Butterwick

Continuing along the farm track from Boynton
Continuing along the farm track from Boynton

Track from Butterwick nearing the River Rye floodbank
Track from Butterwick nearing the River Rye floodbank

River Rye floodbank on the left where the track & the floodbank meet
River Rye floodbank on the left where the track & the floodbank meet

Gate to the River Rye floodbank
Gate to the River Rye floodbank

Walking along the floodbank next to the farm track
Walking along the floodbank next to the farm track

Back on the floodbank path
Back on the floodbank path

There was a pleasant view of the river where a field drainage channel passed under the floodbank in a culvert to join the river. From here the path crossed the floodbank and continued along the farm track with the floodbank now on the right.

We climbed up the floodbank to look at the river and then continued along the top of the floodbank until it joined the farm track. We walked along the farm track for about 50m through a gateway and then turned left to continue following a public footpath along the top of the river floodbank.

Looking upstream along the River Rye from the floodbank
Looking upstream along the River Rye from the floodbank

Back on the farm track, floodbank path left through the gateway
Back on the farm track, floodbank path left through the gateway

Following the path along the River Rye floodbank
Following the path along the River Rye floodbank

Following the farm track with the floodbank now on our right
Following the farm track with the floodbank now on our right

Our right turn onto a path over the floodbank by the fence
Our right turn onto a path over the floodbank by the fence

Following the path towards Sleights Lane
Following the path towards Sleights Lane

We walked along the edge of the field for about 400m to a farm access track called Sleights Lane. At this lane we turned right to follow a public Bridleway along the lane.

After about 50m where the track passed through another gateway we turned right to follow a public footpath crossing over the floodbank.

Over the floodbank there was a very delapidated stile
Over the floodbank there was a very dilapidated stile

The field path led us to Sleights Lane
The field path led us to Sleights Lane

We turned right to walk along Sleights Lane towards Sleights Farm
We turned right to walk along Sleights Lane towards Sleights Farm

Sleights Lane heading for Sleights Farm
Sleights Lane heading for Sleights Farm

Sleights Lane turns left to the farm, we kept straight on
Sleights Lane turns left to the farm, we kept straight on

After about 100m we came to a bridleway gate in the hedge ahead of us. We passed though the gate and checked the map before we continued.

After about 400m the access track turned left to Sleights Farm. From the bend in the access track we kept straight on along the route of the bridleway.

Sleights Farm seen from Sleights Lane
Sleights Farm seen from Sleights Lane

We continued on the route of the bridleway across the fields
We continued on the route of the bridleway across the fields

Bridleway gate through the hedge
Bridleway gate through the hedge


We walked along the uncultivated strip at the field edge

Path on top of the floodbank by Slingsby Carr Cut
Path on top of the floodbank by Slingsby Carr Cut

Jim waiting for me at the trees by the road
Jim waiting for me at the trees by the road

There was a footpath along the top of a floodbank next to the deep drainage channel. Here we turned left and walked along the path on top of the floodbank. After about 350m along the floodbank next to the Slingsby Carr Cut we came to a clump of trees in the corner of the field next to the road. We crossed a muddy ditch into the trees and followed a wide track out to the road.

On my OS Explorer map the bridleway goes directly across the field to a public road at the north west corner of the field. There was a crop growing in the field and no sign of the bridleway on the ground. However there was a wide uncultivated strip along the eastern edge of the field so we decided to walk along this uncultivated strip. After about 300m we came to a deep field drain called Slingsby Carr Cut.

Nearing the floodbank at Slingsby Carr Cut
Nearing the floodbank at Slingsby Carr Cut

Path on top of the floodbank by Slingsby Carr Cut
Path on top of the floodbank by Slingsby Carr Cut

Crossing the muddy ditch to the track to the road
Crossing the muddy ditch to the track to the road

We followed the track to the road, called Green Lane, where we turned right along the road
We followed the track to the road, called Green Lane, where we turned right along the road

Following Green Lane towards Butterwick
Following Green Lane towards Butterwick

We continued past the entrance to Fleet farm on our right before returning to our parking spot on the road side at the end of our walk, shortly before the village of Butterwick. The whole route had been about 5km and it had taken us about two hours to walk it.

The road is called Green Lane and we turned right to follow the road across the Slingsby Carr Cut. We continued along the road passing the entrance to Willow farm on our left, then past the entrance to Bellwood Farm also on our left.

Following Green Lane back to our parking spot
Following Green Lane back to our parking spot

Returning to our parking spot off Green Lane at the end of our walk
Returning to our parking spot off Green Lane at the end of our walk

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