Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Stroll in the Rolling Hills; WALKS THIRLBY AND BOLTBY: 6 MILES

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Stroll in the Rolling Hills; WALKS THIRLBY AND BOLTBY: 6 MILES

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Byline: BOB WOODHOUSE

FOOTPATHS and bridleways link attractive village settings among rolling countryside to the west of North Yorkshire's Hambleton Hills.

Starting from Thirlbs y Village Hall we walk in a westerly direction to pass Sundial Cottage (on our right) and open fields to the left before the former Methodist Chapel dominates the roadside scene.

At the junction of routes we bear right along the roadway and just after the left hand bend another right turn takes us along the bridleway past Thirlby Grange, on the right.

Continuing ahead througs h a wooden field gate we walk between hedges to another set of gates where we turn right before the gates to reach another metal field gate on our left. We walk up the field to a metal gate on the left and then bear diagonally left to a wooden gate.

At this point we turn right up the track to a junction of routes where we turn right again with a wire fence running along our right hand. There are fine all round views as we continue down the slope past Cinque Cliff Grange on our right.

Walking ahead at the junction of routes between high hedges the roadway swings left (with a sign to Boltby 11/4 miles). After about 1/2 mile along the road we turn right along a footpath that crosses the field to the right hand corner.

Passing through a wooden field gate we continue beside the Gurof Beck and soon pass a wooden footbridge on our right before crossing a stile. There are views of Boltby ahead as we follow the next section through four gates to reach the public road through Boltby.

Turning right along the road we cross the bridge over Gurtof Beck to pass Merry Hall (on our right) and just past the village hall we bear right along the lane that runs past Town Pasture Farm on our right.

Continuing down the slope past Fernlea Farm we bear left to cross the ford, with its wooden footbridge.

There are three gates along the next section of stony track before we make our way up a steep slope above a gully on our right with more panoramic views. …

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