PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE REGULATIONS ON GROUP ACTIVITIES ARE CONSTANTLY CHANGING. THE WALK WILL GO AHEAD IF PERMITTED BUT COULD BE CANCELLED AT SHORT NOTICE
THE GROUP IS RESTRICTED TO 15 WALKERS AND WILL FOLLOW SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES.———- BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL BY FOLLOWING THE LINK IN ADDITIONAL NOTES BELOW
SORRY BUT PHONE BOOKINGS ARE NOT ACCEPTED
WE MUST ALSO TAKE A REGISTER OF ALL WALKERS FOR COVID TRACING IT WOULD HELP IF YOU PROVIDED A PHONE NUMBER WHEN BOOKING
It begins with a short road walk, soon turning left down the Yorks Water access road. The road drops to the go along the valley bottom , through woodland. At the end of the woods, go through a gate into a field where there's a stiff climb to a farm on the hillside. Cross in front o the barns to another gate, through field and into another woodland which drops down to John O'Gaunts reservoir. From here we skirt the reservoir
eventually climbing quite steeply up out of the valley at the head of he reservoir. At the top we turn right to walk along the side of East End Manor. Through 2 gates into a field which is crossed diagonally to a stile into another field where we follow the wall to a hamlet "Brown Bank"
At the barn at the end of the village, we go through a gate and drop down through a field to a gate at the bottom where we go mmediately left through another gate and up the bank through the field (another stiff climb). A stile in the corner takes you into another field, where there's a gate to access yet one more field which we cross to reach some houses and a minor road.
A short walk along the road,brings us to a stile into another field. (This is approximately half way and a good place for lunch). From here we cross another2 fields into a little lane, bringing us out onto the minor road accessing Stainburn.
From here, there is about half a mile of road / verge walking before entering another field via a stile. From here, we cross 2 more fields, the last one being rather boggy with a stream running through, which we cross with care. Then through a little gate across a stone bridge into another field. Again, we climb to a gate in the top corner.
We cross another minor road into another field for a strenuous walk up the hedgerow where we emerge at an old house "Norwood Top". From here, a stiff pull along the drive, eventually brings us out onto the B6451 at Norwood Edge. We cross the road into the plantation and follow the paths through trees back to the car park.
A varied walk with plenty of good views over a number of reservoirs, including Fewston. Some flat and downhill walking but also a few steep climbs. The going can be wet and muddy in places. I have done this walk in different seasons and have always encountered muddy places. I would suggest it probably suits strong walkers who are not fazed by difficult errain. Some would find this to be on the strenuous side I think.