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This is a circular tour starting just north of Stape at the junction of Brown Howe Road and Keys Beck Road, where there is limited parking on the road.
The tour starts along Brown Howe Road and very soon Mauley Cross is encountered. It continues along this flat forestry track for a mile and half or so before a footpath off to the left is taken; this is immediately before the spot where there is a gate across the road.
This footpath is followed until another forestry track is met. A footpath going northwards lead to Wardle Green ruins which are about 100 yards or so from the forestry track. Unfortunately, there is not really that much to see at them.
At a T-junction a footpath off to the left is taken and at another junction the left-hand fork is taken. This stretch at this time of year is extremely muddy and very slow going. Fortunately, it is only about a quarter of a mile before the terrain improves.
The footpath goes through forest and eventually emerges back on Brown Howe Road.
The highlight of the tour is Mauley Cross. There are good views across the moors to the north at some sections.
I forgot to stop gpx recording when I had finished so the track shows this; in addition, there was a shower, so I intended going back, but then the sun came out so I continued. The length of the tour thus should be about 5 miles.
October 19, 2020
- Michael Tilley
This is a circular tour based on Thorner, which can be reached by the 7 bus that goes between Leeds and Harrogate; there is ample on-road parking in this attractive village. The village also boasts three public houses: The Mexborough Arms, The Fox and The Beehive; the bus stops opposite the Fox, where I started the tour by walking down Main Street.
At the bottom of Main Street, I took Westfield Lane at the start of which is a ford.
Past Carr Farm, the path goes across fields before emerging through a hedge where there is a clear track going left or right. I went across the fields which was not the right thing to do. The track should be followed left round the field and will eventually come out at Birkby Grange. If the track to the right is taken, this should come out on Carr Lane, which will save some hiking.
On Carr Lane the road/bridleway through the pillars leading to Eltofts Farm is taken. Opposite Eltofts House is a footpath which is taken leading down to Kidhurst Wood.
The stretch through the wood is very pleasant and there is a small lake in the wood with private fishing. Just past the lake there is a gate that leads on to the footpath back towards Thorner.
Chapel Walk, a pretty little alley way with hedging both sides, off Carr Lane, leads back to the centre of the village.
There are eight stiles along the way. At this time of the year, some of the paths are very muddy.
October 15, 2020