Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Sample Views near Ampleforth; Sproxton and Ampleforth Distance: 5 1/2 Miles

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Sample Views near Ampleforth; Sproxton and Ampleforth Distance: 5 1/2 Miles

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Byline: Bob Woodhouse reports

ROLLING slopes to the south of Helmsley offer fine views across the Vale of York as we follow quiet routes and roadways between the villages of Sproxton and Ampleforth.

From Sproxton village hall at the east end of the village, we continue in an easterly direction away from the village and soon pass Sproxton Hall on the left.

When the track divides, we bear to the right and on the route that runs through woodland, which soon bends to the right.

At the end of the woods, we follow the Ebor Way to the right, with another area of woodland on our right hand side, as we follow the field edge down to a gate.

Continuing ahead, we reach a wooden field gate with sign posts and walk ahead towards Golden Square.

Passing through a gate, we make our way around the field edge and continue to the right (with views of Newton Grange ahead), before bearing left to a gate before Grange Wood.

We walk around the bottom edge of the wood, keeping to the left through the woodland on a wide track that leads to a metal field gate.

Heading up the slope to a gate on the right of buildings at Golden Square Farm, we walk ahead to another gate beside the B1257 road. We cross with care to follow the road opposite that states "Ampleforth 2 miles" and continue up the slope to the end of Sproxton Woodlands.

At this point we turn left along the track, with woodland on our left and a hedgerow on our right.

When we reach the junction with Stockings Lane, we cross with care to follow the track on the left of Grange Whin Farm.

We pass through a metal field gate and continue down the long slope, with buildings of Ampleforth College below on our left.

At the junction with the public road, we turn right to catch sight of Ampleforth College buildings on lower ground on our left, before turning right on the footpath that runs uphill through woodland to the junction with Beacon Lane.

Turning right along the roadway, we soon reach a junction where we turn left to Beacon House.

Just past the house, we turn right over a stile and continue along the field edge to follow round to the left, where we cross a stile on our right hand side. …

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