Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Step out in Woodland Nature Reserve; ? GERRICK CIRCULAR, 5 Miles

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Step out in Woodland Nature Reserve; ? GERRICK CIRCULAR, 5 Miles

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Byline: Bob Woodhouse

AC I R C U L A R route around the hamlet of Gerrick, on the northern edge of the North York Moors, offers fine distant views and the delightful setting of a woodland nature reserve.

Starting from the layby on the north side of the A171 between Liverton Road and Freeborough Road, we walk in a northerly direction along the old roadway and follow the righthand bend towards Gerrick with views of Kiltonthorpe Tip away to our left.

Osbourne House is on our right before we reach a left hand bend where three farms comprise the hamlet of Gerrick. Low Farm is on lower ground to our right as we follow the left bend to pass High Farm on the left and Grange Farm on the right and continue up the slope to pass through a wooden field gate.

We catch sight of Freeborough Hill ahead and soon reach a metal field gate on our right and pass through to continue ahead beside a line of bushes, right. Passing through another gate, we walk diagonally left down the next field to a gate where we continue ahead.

Trees line our route on the right with an area of woodland below on the left. We soon reach a wooden gate and continue down the slope to cross a wooden footbridge over the beck. We make our way up the slope and bear right to a wooden field gate on the left and beyond a second gate a nature reserve covers ground on our right. A wire fence lines our right side and then a line of trees and after the next gate we continue ahead through woodland.

Our route slopes down to the right before veering left past a memorial seat to reach another wooden footbridge on our right. Continuing up the slope to reach the edge of Pinkney Bank Wood we turn left for a short distance before joining a pathway on our right, just past the wooden field gate.

A stream lines our left side and then open fields, right, with woodland on our left. At the end of the wood we turn to the right through a wooden gate and walk ahead to a wooden gate in the corner of the field. A hedge lines our righthand side as we make our way to a wooden field gate leading to Liverton Lane.

Our route runs ahead to cross a concrete ramp over a beck and we pass through three wooden gates along the next section of the stony track before Lane Head Farm is prominent on our left side. …

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