Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Spellbinding Views Are the Highlight

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Spellbinding Views Are the Highlight

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Byline: By Bob Woodhouse

The network of roads and tracks around Danby helps to recall earlier days when miners, priests and pedlars crossed the open North York Moorland during their daily round.

I can't help wondering whether they had time to take in some of the spellbinding views that are the highlight of this gentle stroll through parts of Danby Parish.

Starting from the Duke Of Wellington in the centre of Danby village, we head in a southerly direction down the public road past the village hall on the left and surgery on the right.

After crossing the railway bridge with Station Close at hand on our right, we follow the road up the hill into Ainthorpe.

Passing Waston Lane on the left, we turn left into Brook Lane and follow an old road past the Fox And Hounds Inn on the left.

A short distance up the hill, we bear right on the bridleway that passes properties on the right and then turns directly ahead towards Rowan Tree Farm.

There are fine views ahead as we continue along the tarmacadamed track between farm buildings and the route then veers to the right down a stoney track.

At the end of the wall, the track splits and we walk ahead down the slope to a wooden field gate and through to the public roadway at Tofts Lane. We turn left up the roadway and then right at the T-junction.

There are clear views of Danby church in the near distance before we pass Wandel's Lane on the right and continue down the slope. Our route crosses a stream and, at the junction of routes, we turn right on the Esk Valley Walk.

Following the bottom field edge, we pass through four field gates before bearing diagonally left across a field and through a gap next to the gate.

The next stretch of our route passes through two more gaps and a wooden field gate before we reach a line of trees with the beck on our left.

We keep to the right of the field to pass through a wooden field gate and continue ahead until the pathway divides.

At this point, we bear right with the beck below on our left and then walk directly ahead to yet another gate before the beck.

Turning right towards a wicket gate with the beck on the right, we then head up the slope to another wicket gate and follow the path as it leads up to the public road. …

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