Sunday 15 July 2018 : Ampleforth

Distance
14 Miles
Difficulty
Moderate
Start Time
9:45
Location
Ampleforth Map of meeting point
Leader
Vicky O'Neill
Contact
Email: vickyo_neill@yahoo.com Telephone: 07845191606

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Meeting Point: Car park at Ampleforth Abbey (P1)

Public Transport: No suitable transport available.

Parking: Free parking at the visitor car park. Some on street parking also available on the road in front of the Abbey.

Description: This is a 14 mile circular walk on the Howardian Hills. Starting from the grounds of the beautiful Ampleforth Abbey, home to Benedictine monks since 1802, we head a short distance uphill, emerging onto a road. We soon climb over a stile and follow the edge of woodland gently downhill until we come to a track which takes us through Pry Rigg Plantation, eventually coming out into open fields and to stunning views over the Abbey and the surrounding countryside. The path takes us into Ampleforth village where we follow the road uphill until we reach the stile leading into open fields, where we will stop for a lunch break.

We head along tracks for the next 3 miles before climbing uphill again to eventually enter Yearsley Moor. We follow the track downhill, around the lakes and then a flat walk to Gilling East, which has a miniature railway in the grounds of the village hall. It's then a final 2 miles across fields and back to the Abbey grounds, where we can reward ourselves with delicious cakes in the tea room.

This is a varied walk on paths and tracks through farmland, woodland and on some roads, which can be busy. We pass through fields containing livestock and their young. Some of the paths are rather overgrown, particularly on approach to some of the stiles & you may want to consider wearing long trousers.