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The public footpath into Hagg Wood from its northern edge
The public footpath into Hagg Wood from its northern edge

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Route No. 818 - Friday 11 September 2020
Intake Lane, Hagg Farm, Hagg Wood,
Hagg Lane, The Intakes circuit - 5km
Dunnington, York . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 290 York


Intake Lane where there is road side parking next to the children's play ground
Intake Lane where there is road side parking next to the children's play ground

Walking along Intake Lane towards Hagg Farm
Walking along Intake Lane towards Hagg Farm

Horses next to the road near Hagg Farm
Horses next to the road near Hagg Farm

There is a bridleway going straight on at the bend but that is not our route. We continued along the narrow road round the bend to our right. There were two quite nervous horses in the field on our right so we just carried on past them and after about 100m from the first bend there was another bend in the road, this time to our left. Just round this second bend was Hagg Farm.

This morning my friend, Jim, and I drove to Dunnington on the eastern side of York just outside the A 64 York outer ring road. We parked on the road side at the start of Intake Lane at map ref SE 674 524 next to a children's play ground. From this parking spot we walked northeastwards along Intake Lane for about 800m to a sharp right hand bend in the road.

Turning right along Intake Lane towards Hagg Farm
Turning right along Intake Lane towards Hagg Farm

About to turn left along the access road to Hagg Farm
About to turn left along the access road to Hagg Farm

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The access road through Hagg Farm
The access road through Hagg Farm

Following the bridleway from Hagg Farm along the access road
Following the bridleway from Hagg Farm along the access road

The bridleway along the farm access road going northeast
The bridleway along the farm access road going northeast

Heading for the northern tip of Hagg Wood along the access road
Heading for the northern tip of Hagg Wood along the access road

About 600m from Hagg Farm the track came to the edge of Hagg Wood on our right. We continued for another 200m with the fields on our left and the wood on our right. Here we had reached the northern tip of Hagg Wood and we turned right following a bridleway along a farm track around the northern edge of the wood.

The public road had ended at the first bend and we had continued on a public bridleway along a farm access road. All the buildings next to the farm access road seemed to be houses or holiday cottages. From Hagg Farm we followed the bridleway along the farm access track heading north east.

Horse wearing full fly protection
Horse wearing full fly protection

Gate across the farm access road near Cowslip Farm
Gate across the farm access road near Cowslip Farm

Access road next to Hagg Wood near its northern tip
Access road next to Hagg Wood near its northern tip

About to turn right at the northern tip of Hagg Wood
About to turn right at the northern tip of Hagg Wood

Bridleway on a farm track at the northern edge of Hagg Wood
Bridleway on a farm track at the northern edge of Hagg Wood

Turning right on the public footpath into Hagg Wood
Turning right on the public footpath into Hagg Wood

Following the public footpath into Hagg Wood
Following the public footpath into Hagg Wood

We followed the footpath along a broad track through the wood for about 300m to a junction in the tracks. At the junction there was a park bench style seat where I had a drink and looked at a map that my friend Peter, who lives in Dunnington, had given me. There is a map of the woodland tracks on the web site of the Friends of Hagg Wood.

There were fields on our left and a deep drainage ditch on our right along the edge of the woodland. After about 400m along the northern edge of the wood we came to a bridge over the ditch on our left and a public footpath sign indicating a footpath over the bridge into Hagg Wood.

Bridleway on a farm track at the northern edge of Hagg Wood
Bridleway on a farm track at the northern edge of Hagg Wood

Public footpath entereing Hagg Wood
Public footpath entering Hagg Wood

Nearing the junction in the paths by the seat
Nearing the junction in the paths by the seat

Looking back along the public footpath from the seat by the junction in the paths
Looking back along the public footpath from the seat by the junction in the paths

From the seat we turned right along this path
From the seat we turned right along this path

Path heading for the entrance to Hagg Wood near Hgg Farm
Path heading for the entrance to Hagg Wood near Hagg Farm

Name board at the entrance to Hagg Wood close to Hagg Farm
Name board at the entrance to Hagg Wood close to Hagg Farm

Turning right onto a narrow path around the wood edge
Turning right onto a narrow path around the wood edge

From the information board we headed southeast into the wood for about 50m and then turned right along a narrow path following the edge of the wood. We walked along this path for about 600m, with the edge of the wood on our right as it wound its way out of the wood to rejoin the public footpath at map ref. SE 682 522.

From the seat we turned right and followed the track heading northwest and then bending round to our left to head south west. This track brought us to an entrance to the wood with an information board including the map of the woodland tracks from the Friends of Hagg Wood.

Path heading for the entrance to Hagg Wood near Hagg Farm
Path heading for the entrance to Hagg Wood near Hagg Farm

Nearing the entrance to Hagg Wood close to Hagg Farm
Nearing the entrance to Hagg Wood close to Hagg Farm

Path away from the entrance into the wood
Path away from the entrance into the wood

Path around the edge of the wood
Path around the edge of the wood

Path around the edge of the wood
Path around the edge of the wood

Path around the edge of the wood
Path around the edge of the wood

Path leaving the wood to rejoin the public footpath heading south west along the edge of the field next to the wood
Path leaving the wood to rejoin the public footpath heading south west along the edge of the field next to the wood

Turning right out of the wood onto the public footpath
Turning right out of the wood onto the public footpath

Turning left on the public footpath in the corner of the field
Turning left on the public footpath in the corner of the field

After about 200m we came to the corner of the field. At the corner of the field we turned left to continue along the public footpath for another 130m to a right turn onto the road called Hagg Lane.

We emerged from the woodland path to the public footpath along the edge of the field next to the wood. As we came out of the wood we turned right and walked along the edge of the field along the public footpath.

Following the public footpath along the edge of the field
Following the public footpath along the edge of the field

Turning right from the public footpath onto Hagg Lane
Turning right from the public footpath onto Hagg Lane

Walking along Hagg Lane past West Cottages
Walking along Hagg Lane past West Cottages

Turning right off Hagg Lane onto a fenced path
Turning right off Hagg Lane onto a fenced path

Small pond next to the path
Small pond next to the path

Fenced path leading to the field corner
Fenced path leading to the field corner

Well worn path across a cultivated field
Well worn path across a cultivated field

From the corner of the field there was a well worn path across two narrow fields of crops and then across some pasture land to a farm access road. At this access road we turned left and walked along the access road away from the buildings.

We walked along Hagg Lane for about 250m and there we turned right off the road to follow a fenced public footpath. The path led us round a small pond and between the fields for 300m to the corner of a field.

Fenced path from Hagg Lane
Fenced path from Hagg Lane

Path around the small pond
Path around the small pond

Path from the field corner across a potato crop
Path from the field corner across a potato crop

Kissing gate into some pasture land
Kissing gate into some pasture land

Kissing gate from the pasture land onto a farm access road where we turned left
Kissing gate from the pasture land onto a farm access road where we turned left still following a public footpath

Turning right off the access road following the footpath
Turning right off the access road following the footpath

Fenced path towards the caravan site
Fenced path towards the caravan site

Access road out to Intake Lane
Access road out to Intake Lane

Public Footpath and Private Road signs next to Intake Lane
Public Footpath and Private Road signs next to Intake Lane

We continued on the public footpath along the caravan site access road out to Intake Lane. At the road we turned left and walked along Intake Lane for a few metres back to our parking spot at to the children's play ground and the end of our walk. The whole route had been about 5km and it had taken me around two & a half hours to walk.

After about 150m on the public footpath along the farm access road we turned right off the access road to follow the public footpath across a footbridge over a water course called 'Common Drain' on the OS Explorer map. Across the footbridge we followed the fenced path along the edge of some rough ground and then along the edge of a caravan site called 'Holly Tree Caravan Park'.

Footpath crossing the 'Common Drain'
Footpath crossing the 'Common Drain'

Holly Tree Caravan Park
Holly Tree Caravan Park

Access road out to Intake Lane
Access road out to Intake Lane

Turning left onto Intake Lane
Turning left onto Intake Lane

Returning to the parking spot on Intake Lane next to the children's play ground
Returning to the parking spot on Intake Lane next to the children's play ground

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