Despite living near a big town we are lucky to have some beautiful countryside practically behind our garden fence, so this week we decided to stay near home for our walk. It was only a little walk we promised the kids!
We live near Tong and so based our walk on going over to Fulneck, and back around taking in Tong Village. You can see our route here on Viewranger. I have edited the route slightly as we did take a wrong turn!
The walk starts down a country lane and you do need to keep your wits about you walking down here. It is unfortunately used as a bit of a rat run cut through. There are however lovely views of the surrounding countryside and it wasn't long before the kids were talking to some Calf’s and then some horses a bit further along. We met the local riding school out on their hack as we made our way to the footpath, walking through the farm.
The footpath begins to narrow as you make your way downhill and becomes quite rocky and uneven. Great for mountain biking I should imagine and we met a few coming the other way. The footpath splits and we decided for a change to go left into Black Carr Woods. We’ve never been this way but nearly didn’t make it along here as it was so muddy. We decided to have a competition and see who was the cleanest on the way back. As usual my Daughter had decided on an eclectic mix of patterned legging and a cat dress as her walking attire! We also brought with us the kids new waterproofs ‘just in case’!
One of the biggest hill climbs on our walk is up Scholebrook Lane and the kids were a bit whingey coming up there, there is a treat at the top though!
With my hips problems I haven’t been able to come up this way for years (or even considered it!) and despite being a bit out of breath at the top I made it without too many aches. Woohoo! With my new exercises I’m feeling a little more positive about getting over the IT band problem I seem to have developed. My Physio is leaving bigger gaps between appointments with a view to me being better enough to be discharged, and a referral to a podiatrist is also hopefully going to improve things. The great thing about making it to the top of this hill is the treat soon in sight, yes you guessed it a PUB! We hadn’t actually planned to stop but little lady needed a loo break and that was excuse enough to have a quick half at The Bankhouse Inn. The views up here of the surrounding countryside are really picturesque.
From the pub we made our way through the Moravian village of Fulneck, we later found that we went a little wrong here so I’ve edited the route on the map! At least knowing the area we knew we could never get properly lost. Through lots of fields of buttercups and along Pudsey Beck we picked up the right path and made our way across Tong Lane into Strid Wood. Lots of lovely dark woodland or was the weather closing in?!
Our legs were beginning to ache a bit and our short walk was turning into a big walk! The kids, bless them, did really well and we were glad when the footpath brought us out into Tong Village. Not far from home now. If we do this walk again I’m stopping at The Greyhound Inn for lunch. They have a good selection of beers and great menu.
Turning down Keeper Lane and picking up the footpath we were on the home stretch. I wouldn’t suggest any of this walk for pushchairs as there are many narrow and ‘close to stream’ moments, however we did meet a family coming the other way ‘off roading’ with their pushchair!
Making our way across the field that would take us back on the footpath we started on and the heavens opened with a torrential downpour. The kids wearing their new waterproofs had hoods but me and Hubby had decided to wear little coats. We got a thorough soaking and laughed and screaming making our way across the fields to the next tree for shelter. I’m sure half of Pudsey will have heard us.
We arrived home later than we had planned, soaked and hungry with aching legs but happy to have had a great walk not far from home. I’m so proud of my little people and despite the odd ‘Are we nearly there yet’ they didn’t whinge, much. We walked just over 12k!
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What a difference a week makes! Snow last week and we were wrapping up with hats and gloves, to the hottest day of the year this weekend and us slapping on the sun cream. With a fantastic weekend forecast we were eager to enjoy the weather and get the walking boots on.
Warning! Due to the fabulous weather there may be some midriff pictures included in this blog post.
Our destination this time was Helmsley, walking to Rievaulx Abbey. We’ve never been to Helmsley but if you watched any of the Tour de Yorkshire footage you will have seen the wonderful countryside the bikes rode through. We weren’t disappointed as we entered the village and there was a collective ‘ooo’ as we drove to the carpark. The carpark is well signposted and there’s plenty of spaces, Helmsley visitor centre is located towards the back of the carpark and there are also toilets. The parking machine takes cards too which is great for us because we never have enough change!
A slightly longer walk this time, following for a lot of the way the ‘Cleveland Way’ footpath. What I like about the footpaths in this area are that they are all well signposted and even without a map printed off the internet, I’m sure we would have found our way. You can see our route here as we plotted our walk on the Viewranger app. My Daughter as usual had dressed herself for the walk and getting a little hot decided that she was now going to be a superhero.
Having walked so far up a wide track and along some fields, we were now on the edge of woodland. The path narrows and you head into the woodland and down some steps to an opening that looked, I thought, like something from a storybook. Maybe Winnie the pooh and friends or similar? There was a lot of talk about the Gruffalo on this walk but the kids have stopped believing that it exists.
Having made it down and up again both sets of steps the footpath leads you to the most spectacular wide open view at Griff Lodge. By this time we were rather hot as the promised temperatures didn’t disappoint, and it was here I was thinking that I don’t have enough suitable clothes for our walking adventures. Which is why I must apologise because the tummy did get an outing in the photos!
We continued down a footpath taking us deeper into the woodland and carpets of Bluebells soon started to greet us. Here we met a lovely Ranger from the North York Moors National Park who told us he’d just heard a Cuckoo in the nearby trees. Tales of the Gruffalo and some singing had drowned it out but we quietly tiptoed the next part of the walk and in the distance we could hear the bird. Sadly we didn’t see it but next time we know where to look.
The footpath ends at the bottom of the hill and from here until Rievaulx you have to walk along a minor road. The views are very pretty and although I was worried about the kids walking along the road it wasn’t too busy and there were enough gaps in the hedges for us to be safe.
We skirted around the Abbey walls, although you can pay an entrance fee if you want to get into the actual grounds but today we decided to admire the views from afar. A steep climb up and around the corner and we made our way along the permissive path to Rievaulx terrace.
We were soon back into the fields and the kids decided that one particular field looked like the land of Chocolate! We made our way through some farmland which led us back to Griff Lodge.
We had another picnic stop on the bench we had sat on earlier but this time four jets screamed across the sky. A spectacular view with added spectacular noise. Unfortunately I didn’t get the camera out quick enough so no photos of them! Now we were back on the footpath we had started on and followed our way back to the carpark, this time seeing in the distance Helmsley Castle. Easy to spot in the carpark if you look behind the trees! We had been looking in the wrong direction when we set off.
A little foot weary and very hot we made our way into the village for a well-deserved drink at The Black Swan. The food being brought outside looked amazing so next time I’ve decided we’re going for lunch!
We really enjoyed our walk, the kids did so well with the extra distance and the heat. We were impressed with the footpaths and signage and Helmsley looks such a lovely village that we are eager to visit again and do some more exploring.
All views are my own and I received no financial incentive for writing this blog post.
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