Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Stroll from Hart to Hart; Hart and Monk Hesleden Distance: 6 Miles Walks

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Stroll from Hart to Hart; Hart and Monk Hesleden Distance: 6 Miles Walks

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Byline: Bob Woodhouse reports

COASTAL views, woodland trails and a former railway route feature on this scenic stroll on the north side of Hart village.

Starting from the White Hart Inn at the centre of Hart village, we walk in a westerly direction along Front Street before turning to the right into Butts Lane.

When the roadways split, we bear left and soon pass Burn Close on our left.

Continuing up the slope, we follow the right-hand bend as far as the end of the hedge, where we walk ahead towards Thorpe Bulmer Farm.

Just before the farm buildings, we bear left on the bridleway and head up the slope past a clump of trees on our left.

Our route runs between hedges and down a slope, with woodland on our right, before running up an incline to a junction of routes, where we turn right towards Nesbitt Hall.

We walk ahead past a bungalow and down the slope, with a hedge on our right, and follow the pathway into the woodland.

A left hand bend runs downhill and over Crimdon Beck before heading up the slope and to the right to reach a stile into a churchyard.

Continuing ahead between wooden fences, we soon reach Monk Hesleden. Here we turn right along a lane between hedges and our route soon bends to the right and then we pass a white painted house (and terrace) on our right.

Fifty yards ahead, at the end of the row of evergreens, we turn left to join the former Hart and Haswell railway line. Turning right along the walkway, we soon pass a pond on our left before making our way along a sunken section with trees on both sides.

Our route then runs high above wooden valleys before we walk along another cutting, with stretches of water and pools on our right. Along the next stretch we pass under two bridges before reaching the buildings of Hart Station.

A right hand turn away from the walkway takes us into Ocean Road and we then follow Hartville Road across the A1086.

Houses run along the left hand side of the lane as we walk ahead to pass the white walls of Nelson Farm on our right.

Passing through a metal field gate, we continue ahead to cross open fields, with three more field gates before we turn left along a wide trackway. Our route soon bends gently to the right and runs uphill to pass North Hart Farm on our left. …

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