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Bell End Farm - Rosedale

North York Moors, England

Hutton-Le-Hole - Ana Cross - Lastingham - Spaunton walking and hiking route

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Walk Instructions

Start Point

1. From the main car park at northern end of the village of Hutton-le-Hole (Grid Ref. 705 902) turn right along the road signposted to Lastingham/Rosedale Abbey and soon look for a footpath sign on your left where the road bends round to the right.

2. Follow the path in the direction of the signpost to a gate. Go through the gate and follow the wide, grassy path along the hillside, with Hutton. Beech down to the left in the valley bottom. The track begins to gently climb the moor until it reaches the surfaced access road to Spaunton Lodge at Grid Ref. 706 914.

3. Turn left along the road for a few hundred yards until you reach a private access sign (GR 706 918). To the right is a footpath sign which you follow, heading almost due north across the moor on Hutton Ridge.

4. After about ½ a mile, look for a small pile of stones on the right of the track, and follow a narrower footpath through the heather. (Don’t worry if you miss this path as both tracks eventually meet up near the same spot).

5. You eventually reach a wide track near some grouse butts and a large stone cairn at Grid Ref. 705 931. Turn right along this track, soon crossing Loskey Beck -continue ahead.

6. Just before the track crosses the next stream, follow a narrow path on the left, down towards an old dry stone walled sheepfold. Continue left of the sheepfold, then the path goes down to the stream - go across and up the other side of the small valley. The path is a bit indistinct at first but improves as you gain height and becomes a nice, wide grassy track. Eventually you reach the minor Rosedale-Hutton-le-Hole road at Grid Ref. 781 940.

7.Turn left and walk along the grass verge beside the road for the next ¾ of a mile.

8. Just before the road begins to descend Chimney Bank, look for a metal gate to the right and a wide sandy-coloured track heading south-east onto Spaunton Moor - follow this track for about the next ¾ of a mile before leaving it near a pond via a narrow path on the right up to Ana Cross (Grid Ref. 724 938).

9. From Ana Cross, continue south following the narrow path through the heather until you reach a much wider track. Continue south along this track as it crosses Spaunton Moor and Lastingham Ridge, before descending pleasantly towards the village of Lastingham.

10. At Grid Ref.729 909 you reach a junction of tracks near the Lastingham Millennium Stone and a seat with a lovely view. Continue straight on through a wooden gate and down the track into the village. (The picturesque village of Lastingham is famous for its three Holy Wells dedicated to St Cedd, St Chad and St Ovin, and for the Norman crypt beneath St Mary’s Church).

11. Continue down the road passing the red telephone kiosk and post box, then where the road begins to bend left, leave it on the right to cross a stone bridge and head towards a row of pretty cottages. After passing the last cottage, continue straight on up a path leading to a wood. Go through the gate into the wood before emerging at the top onto a surfaced road near a three way road sign.

12. Follow the sign’s direction to Spaunton and walk along the road through the village to the far end. Just after the road bears right., look for a footpath on the left near a farm gate (Grid 723 899).

13. Go through the gate, walk to the right of the farm buildings, then follow the track along. It turns sharp left, then right at a field corner, then goes straight ahead alongside a dry-stone wall.

14. At the far end follow the signposts before entering a leafy lane. Go down the lane, then through a gate and down across a field, bearing right and downhill then left between trees before emerging near a pretty stream at the southern end of the village of Hutton-le-Hole.

15. Turn right and follow the side of the road through the village and back to the starting point at the car park.

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Disclaimer: This route was correct at time of writing. However, alterations can happen if development or boundary changes occur, and there is no guarantee of permanent access. These walks have been published for use by site visitors on the understanding that neither HPB Management Limited nor any other person connected with Holiday Property Bond is responsible for the safety or wellbeing of those following the routes as described. It is walkers' own responsibility to be adequately prepared and equipped for the ‎level of walk and the weather conditions and to assess the safety and accessibility of the walk.

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