Explorer Map OL27, - North York Moors (Eastern Area)
This is a "there-and-back" walk using, mostly, the Esk
Navigation is vrey straightforward, although there is one point near
the start of the walk where you need to pay attention to the map and
The ascents and descents are fairly gentle, although where the route
crosses the old railway track bed there are some faily steep steps
to climb and descend.
There are three stiles to cross on the field footpaths.
For a Memory Map overlay of the walk described, please select the above
(Overlay made with Version 5 of Memory Map)
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Start from the station at Sleights (NZ867 081). There is
limited parking in the street outside the station.
From the station, head up Lowdale Lane and cross over the Iburndale Beck.
Take the signposted footpath on your left along the edge of the cricket
Continue ahead where the footpath leaves the cricket ground and continue
up Echo Hill. Where the Echo Hill track turns right continue along the
track until you come to a field gate. Pass through the gate and climb
uphill at the edge of the field.
Turn left along the field footpath at the field boundary. The footpath
is marked by a waymark on the right, set in the hedge. If you don't pay
attention this waymark is easily overlooked!
Follow the clearly marked field footpath to Hagg House Farm.
At the farm, turn left and head downhill until you come to the railway
Cross over the railway line, turn right and follow the track to Ruswarp.
The track emerges outside Ruswarp where Oakley Bank meets Sneaton Lane
on the B1416. Cross the road to take the pavement on the opposite side
down into Ruswarp (CARE needed re. traffic).
Where Sneaton Lane meets Ruswarp's High Street, cross the River Esk on
the road bridge and continue up the High Street until you come the Esk
Valley Walk signposted on your right, - about 200 yards up the High Street.
The footpath is reached by a narrow alleyway which opens onto a paved
Follow the Esk Valley Walk, following directions on the finger posts where
other paths intersect, to Whitby.
The Esk Valley Walk emerges at Whitby's Caedmon College School, and then
at the A171 viaduct over the River Esk.
Take the footpath down from the viaduct into Whitby.
The footpath connects with the Marina car park.
From here head Northwards to the railway station, and to Whitby's pier
and other attractions.
Return by taking the footpath from the Marina car park that runs beside
the River Esk to Ruswarp.
From Ruswarp, retrace your steps to Sleights.