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Settrington Circular

Starting point  and OS Grid reference:

Settrington Village Hall car park (SE 833707) (small charge)

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OS Explorer 300 – Howardian Hills and Malton.

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Distance: 10 miles

Date of Walk: 18 February 2015

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Yorkshire Wolds walk, Settrington Circular sketch map

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Introduction: This walk from Settrington takes you on an easy ramble across undulating countryside on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds. It rises gently to Settrington Beacon on the ridge at Thorpe Bassett Wold, in the process providing far reaching retrospective views over the Vale of York. From Thorpe Bassett Wold, equally impressive views appear over the Vale of Pickering to the North York Moors and the Howardian Hills.

Settrington itself is a very pretty village with Settrington Beck running down its centre and a ford at its centre. It has a long history and was mentioned in the Domesday Book. As part of the Settrington Estate (which seems to own most of the land hereabouts judging from notices), the village was extensively redeveloped at the end of the 18th century but its centre has remained largely unchanged since.

The 13th century village church of All Saints is in a lovely picturesque setting, next to Settrington House and this walk route does a small diversion at the start to have a look.

The walk also passes through the village of North Grimston. This lacks some of the character of Settrington but on the plus side does have a pub, the Middleton Arms, which may be able to provide sustenance during your walk (check opening times).

There is also a handy bench for a picnic part way round.

The walk starts from the village hall car park at Settrington. Small charge. To get to Settrington, turn south off the A64 just to the east of Malton (signposted).

Start: Turn right out of the village hall car park (SE 833707). Cross the bridge over the beck and continue to the bend in the road where you turn right following the road sign for Settrington Church.

Beck through Settrington

All Saints Church at Settrington

After viewing the church, retrace your steps and turn left at the first road junction, following the Yorkshire Wolds cycle route.

At the next junction, turn left to follow the course of the beck. Cross it via the footbridge then bear left to the “main” road. Turn left here.

As the “main” road bends right just outside the village, turn left following the road sign for “Settrington House” and “Lutton 7 miles” (SE 838701).

Lake at Settrington

Walk up this road for half a mile, passing a lake and the entrance to Low Bellmanear Farm (ignoring the public footpath sign). As you near the top of the hill, turn right at the entrance to Wardale House, following the public footpath sign (SE 846703). There are good views south here.

Views from the track to Wardale House

Follow this track, more or less in a straight line, for a quarter of a mile and when it turns sharply left, turn off over a stile (SE 850702), following the yellow public footpath arrow.

View towards Settrington Beacon

The path curves left, roughly following the edge of the trees. When you get to the point where the edge of the trees turns left, head downhill to where there is distinct corner of the stream. Cross the stream to the left of a pond (SE 854705), following a yellow footpath arrow and head uphill, keeping to the left hand field boundary.

Go through a gateway at the top of the field and turn left. There is a distinct dome shape to this field and you need to keep between the small copse of trees and the left of the top of the dome. You soon come in sight of Wold House. Continue up the hill keeping well to the left of the house until you see an old building with a curved roof. Cross the stile next to this and turn right to follow the yellow arrow (SE 856707).

On reaching the drive to Wold House, turn left and follow it to the road. Cross the road and follow the footpath arrow opposite, bearing right at about 45° to the road.

As you get to the far edge of this field, you get good views over the Vale of Pickering to the North York Moors and Howardian Hills. Keep straight ahead to the left of the hedge at the next field.

View north over the Vale of Pickering

At the bottom of the field, keep to the right of a ruined building and turn right on the path through the trees. After less than 200 yards, exit the trees via a gate (SE 859703), then, bear right at about 45° following the bridleway arrow, along a broad, gradually descending track.

Looking north over the Vale of Pickering

You follow this track for just under a mile as it curves gradually right and ignoring any paths off to the left. You pass to the left of an old quarry and not far after this, come to a fingerpost. Bear right following the Wolds Way/Centenary Way fingerpost.

The path starts to climb gently to the trees. Just before the trees is a scenically placed bench, ideal for a sandwich stop with a view (SE 871713).

Go through the kissing gate into the trees and follow the clear path until it meets a broad track after 100 yards or so. Turn right here following the  Wolds Way/Centenary Way which is your guide for a while now, until just after Wood House Farm. Follow the track to the road, passing the trig. point (SE 867706) and at the road, go straight over, once again following the Wolds Way/Centenary Way sign with the addition of “Wharram le Street 3½ miles.

Trig point at Settrington Beacon

Stay on this broad track for two miles, passing eventually through the farmyard of Wood House Farm. From here, it becomes a tarmac drive. Follow the tarmac ignoring any turns off (The Wolds Way/Centenary Way leaves you at SE 857682, just after a cattle grid), until you reach the road (the B1248) at North Grimston. Turn right. Take care here as this is quite a busy road. Fortunately, you only follow the road for a quarter of a mile, round the ‘S’ bends and passing the pub.

View near North Grimston

Cross the stream and turn right along a clear drive by a walled garden following a fingerpost for Centenary Way.

Opposite the entrance to the old vicarage, fork off right over the stone step stile, following the yellow arrow. Head for the diagonally opposite corner of the field and go through a kissing gate and over a stile. Follow the left hand boundary in this next field.

At the entrance to Bellmanear farm, turn left and almost immediately right over a stile. The footpath is then to the right of the fence.

The path roughly follows the left hand side of the stream, although the stream meanders somewhat. Follow the path to Kirk Hill where you cross the stream via a small footbridge. Go through a kissing gate by the house and turn left along the drive.

At the road, the building which was the old Settrington station (now a private house) and the route of the line can be discerned. It closed in 1958. Turn right along the road, back to Settrington.

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