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Step out in woodland nature reserve; ? GERRICK CIRCULAR, 5 miles.

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.

Open moorland spreads across ground to our left with enclosed fields and the buildings of Stubdale Farm on our right. At the junction of routes we pass through a wooden field gate on our right and walk ahead, with a line of trees on our right, to a wooden gate. Our pathway runs down a slope and crosses stone slabs over the beck before reaching Stubdale Farm where we pass between sheds and continue ahead through a metal field gate to reach a stile on our left.

Walking down the slope, with a fence on our right, there are two more stiles before we pass a pond and gorse bushes. Our route then runs down a steep slope and uphill to cross two stiles before reaching Osborne House on our left. A stile on our left takes us into a field and we cross to pass through a field gate, left, before joining Gerrick Lane. Turning left, a derelict building is prominent on our left and we continue ahead to return to the start point.

Fact file LOCATION : Gerrick Lane layby is on the north side of the A171, 1.5 miles east of Freeborough Road.

START : Layby on north side of A171. MAP : Ordnance Survey Explorer OL26 North York Moors Western Area.

DISTANCE : Five miles. GOING : Well-marked lanes, bridleways and footpaths with many stiles and gates. Several moderate/steep gradients. Very muddy in places.

DOGS : Under proper control. WHEELCHAIR ACCESS : Not suitable.

Sunday walks RAMBLERS CLEVELAND GROUP Danby station 2pm. Details on 01642 474864. MAKE FRIENDS WALKING GROUP Ripon - meet in Market Place (postcode HG4) noon. Nine miles. Details Ann 01642 316562 or Liz 07739 777399.

MIDDLESBROUGH & DISTRICT RAMBLING CLUB Runswick Bay, five to seven miles, or 7.5 to 10 miles. Details on 01642 764961.

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| Woodland north of Gerrick, left, Low Farm, top, a memorial seat, above left, and derelict building, inset top right, on the circular route, right
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 6, 2016
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