North York Moors CAM


Thursday 21st June 2001

Weather: Mainly cloudy and cool

Today's Walk: Helmsley - Beck Dale - Carlton - Ash Dale

( 11 miles )



Today's walk begins at north-western end of the pretty market town of Helmsley ( Grid Ref: 610 840 )

We set off past the little cottage and footbridge ( above right ) walking alongside the beck . . .



 The track takes us past a woodyard and sawmill into the forested area of Beck Dale and Collier Hag Wood



Due to the Foot & Mouth Epidemic, there are still severe restrictions as to where we are allowed to walk
but it's just nice to get out into the countryside again and see familiar shapes and colours


After emerging from the forest and following a narrow road, we arrive at this weird 'sculpture' ( Grid Ref: 593 904 )
- originally there were two of these objects made of aluminium but one has all but disappeared.

I am led to understand they were commissioned in 1977 by the Yorkshire Arts Association and fashioned
by York sculptor, Austin Wright, in order to 'frame and enhance the view' !!!

Personally, I prefer to walk towards the seat and small tree to the left of the photo . . .


. . . and 'enhance' it myself - Cringle Moor, Cold Moor and Hasty Bank can be seen about 8 miles north-west


From here we turn right and walk along the ridge above Clark Bank . . .


. . . and soon find a seat where we enjoyed a packed lunch . . .


. . . and stunning views over Howl Wood Farm towards Pockley Rigg


Just past the seat we turn south along another quiet country road for about a mile . . .


. . . leading us into the tiny hamlet of Carlton ( Grid Ref: 610 866 )



All is peace and quiet here . . .



. . . so if you need to use the phone just whisper!



We retrace our steps back along the road for about 100 yards then turn left along Keld Lane and down into more forest
where we turn left again and follow a quite muddy track along Ash Dale - aptly named as we are surrounded by ash trees


About 1 miles further on, through a break in the hedgeback, we get a glimpse across towards the
houses on the eastern outskirts of Helmsley



On rejoining the road from Carlton, we turn right and follow it into Helmsley, passing wild roses and pretty cottages . . .



. . . before making our way back through the town centre, past All Saints' Church and back to the starting point


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