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Thinking outside Broxa... Reasty Hill Top and Broxa Distance: 7 miles Walks.

Byline: Bob Woodhouse reports

WITH woodland tracks and field paths radiating in all directions, the car park at Reasty Hill Top is a popular starting point for routes into Harwood Dale and Whisperdales.

From the parking area, we follow the bridleway that runs in a southerly direction into woodland and, at the junction of routes, we walk directly ahead across Silpho Moor.

Our pathway soon runs downhill into open fields as we reach the narrow valley of Whisperdales.

Passing through a metal field gate, we continue ahead with Whisperdales Beck on our left at first and then crossing under our route to run alongside on the right hand side.

When we reach a line of hedgerows on both sides, we bear to the right on the lower pathway - with the beck about 25 yards away on our right hand side.

Passing through a wooden field gate, our pathway crosses the beck and rises gently before levelling out to pass through another gate.

We continue and head through a metal field gate and then cross two footbridges to pass close to the buildings of Lowdales Farm.

At the junction with the public road, we turn left and follow the roadway for a few hundreds yards before turning right along sunken land on the right hand side.

The stony lane rises steeply and passes through woodland before running between high hedges to a metal barrier (for vehicles).

Bearing right along the track, we pass Broxa Farm on our left hand side and, as we reach the junction of routes, the village of Broxa is close at hand on our left.

At this point, we turn right along the roadway - with open views across the valley of Lang Dale on our left.

Further along the roadway there are high hedges on both sides and, as we reach woodland, our route becomes a sandy track.

Walking quietly along this stretch you may catch sight of deer among nearby trees and, as the track bends gently to the right, there is a low boundary stone in the verge on our right.

Climbing gently through the woodland, our route bends left and then right before we reach a straight stretch across Oak Rigg.

After another right hand bend, there are views across Harwood Dale away to our left and, as the track bends around the northern edge of Broxa Forest, there is a line of silver birch trees on our left hand side.

There are views across Reasty Road - below on our left - across Harwood Dale to another area of woodland as we walk directly ahead to return to our starting point at the car park.

Fact File

LOCATION: Reasty Hill Top is 6 miles north-west of Scarborough via Hay Lane (at Scalby) and Swang Road

START: Parking area at Reasty Hill top

DISTANCE: 7 miles

GOING: Forest track and field paths. Moderate gradients

REFRESHMENTS: Venues in Harwood Dale, Langdale End or Staintondale

MAP: Ordnance Survey Explorer OL27 North York Moors Eastern Area

DOGS: Under proper control

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Not suitable

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GLORIOUS COUNTRYSIDE STROLL: A track through Broxa Forest (top) and Lowdales Farm near Broxa
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 24, 2008
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