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Views all around on country ramble; WINDLE BRIDGE CIRCULAR .

Byline: Bob Woodhouse

SUPERB all round views are a feature of this route through countryside along the north and south sides of the A171 between Nunthorpe and Guisborough.

Starting from the park-park ing area close to Windle Bridge Nursery, we walk in an easterly direction past the driveway leading to Scugdale Farm on the left and down the gentle slope towards brick-built properties on the right hand side of the roadway.

A bridleway on our left runs uphill on our left beside a hedge, right, and open [euro]eld, left, to reach Park Wood.

At the southern edge of the wood we turn left beside a stone wall and soon drop down a short ight of steps to cross Sandswath Beck.

Continuing ahead up the slope through an area of gorse bushes there are [euro]ne views of Roseberry Topping away to our left.

our route bends uphill to the right to reach a stile on our left and, after crossing a track, we continue over another stile and along the top edge of the [euro]eld.

Gorse bushes add a splash of colour as we make our way ahead to cross a stile before walking along the edge of the [euro]eld.

A stone wall lines the left side of the pathway as we catch sight of radio masts away across Wilton Moor on our right with an area of woodland below to our left.

After crossing a roadway of concrete slabs our route runs up the slope and across a gully.

We make our way over a stile and cross the roadway before bearing to the right across a [euro]eld towards the left hand edge of a line of evergreens.

After joining a trackway our route runs uphill to the top of the ridge before turning left down the grassy slope with a wall on our right hand side.

Continuing downhill over another stile we cross a track before climbing steps over the former railway embankment with the Cross Keys Inn close at hand on our right.

Great care is needed as we cross the A171 to reach a stile on the right of a driveway leading into woodland.

Walking ahead, we follow the left [euro]eld edge towards the buildings of Low Farm with the familiar contours of Roseberry Topping in the back-back ground.

After crossing a stile and planked footbridge we turn left along the former railway track and continue ahead for three quarters of a mile before crossing a stile on the left before Pinchinthorpe Station.

e pathway runs between fences and over a footbridge of wooden sleepers with a line of evergreens on the right hand side.

Passing a property on the right we reach a terrace of former railway cottages, right, and the junction with Blind Lane. At this point we turn left along the roadway and pass through two metal gates to reach the A171.

With great care we cross the dual carriageway and turn right along the minor route, called Middlesbrough Road, to reach our starting point at Windle Bridge.

Fact file LOCATION: Windle Bridge is on the west side of the (roundabout) junction of A173 and A171 on west side of Guisborough START: Parking area beside Middlesbrough Road at Windle Bridge DISTANCE: Five miles MAP: Ordnance Survey Explorer OL26 North York Moors Western Area GOING: Sections of minor roads, bridleways, footpaths and former railway lines. Moderate gradients. Great care needed crossing the A171 REFRESHMENTS: Windle Bridge Garden Centre tea room or Cross Keys Inn DOGS: Under proper control WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Not suitable

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Houses beside Middlesbrough Road near Woodhouse roundabout on A171

The view of Roseberry Topping from southern slopes of Wilton Moor
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Apr 10, 2015
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