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Railway, Thorgill Walk, North York Moors

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Thorgill Walk, North York Moors

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Walk Details
This circular walk takes you back in time, to a time when this landscape was alive with mining. Taken from Julia’s television series of Railway Walks, we’re following the now disused Rosedale Railway.

We’re starting at The Lion Inn car park on Blakey Ridge (grid reference SE 679 997). It’s a great pub at the highest point of the North York Moors National Park – and the food and drink served here are just what you need when you return from your walk!

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Crossing over the road we’re looking for the public footpath sign which we follow, down a rough path through the heather and onto the former railway line.

As a circular walk you can go either way from here – but our walk takes us in a southerly direction, down past Little Blakey. About 3km on from Little Blakey we take a left turn downwards. It’s quite steep downwards towards Thorgill so watch your step.

Once we’re down in the valley – it’s time to head on up the other side, past Thorgill Farm and Low Bell End before we turn northwards and back up and around more remnants of the mining past of this land. We keep following the path, eventually coming back round southwards again and back to where we started … and that promise of The Lion Inn.

trainNearest Train (or tube) Station(s):
Danby, Middlesbrough

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Make sure to take a map and compass, and know how to use them before going into our National Parks #BeAdventureSmart

Tips for New Walkers: click here to download (PDF).

Remember to prepare properly before heading out on any type of walk or outdoor activity. Tell people where you are going and what time you are expected back. As Wainwright says "There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing".