South from Church Houses to Low Mill by way of Bitchagreen, then further south to Lowna via Cross Farm and Park Farm. North to Low Mill by way of Ewecote Farm and Rawson Syke, then further north back to Church Houses via the Farndale ‘daffodil walk’. A 10-mile walk in the North York Moors.
Recommended Ordnance Survey Map
The best map to use on this walk is the Ordnance Survey map of the North York Moors Western Area, reference OS Explorer OL26, scale 1:25,000. It clearly displays footpaths, rights of way, open access land and vegetation on the ground, making it ideal for walking, running and hiking. The map can be purchased from Amazon in either a standard, paper version or a weatherproof, laminated version, as shown below.
Low Mill, Farndale.
Taking it easy and enjoying the nice weather at Cross Farm.
Ewes brought in for lambing at Park Farm.
The view north-east across the Farndale valley with Blakey Ridge on the horizon.
Lynn and Angy enjoying the tranquillity of the North York Moors.
Woodend Plantation near Lowna.
I love this sign:
FARNDALE NATURE RESERVE
IT IS FORBIDDEN TO PLUCK OR INJURE THE DAFFODILS
Peaceful woodland near Lowna at the southern end of Farndale.
Lowna Burial Ground
This historic site is a burial ground of the Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers. It was established in 1675 when the Quakers were being fiercely persecuted.
Because they rejected the authority of the church, they were denied churchyard burial. Instead they created burial grounds on private sites like this one. Between 1675 and 1854, 114 Quakers were laid to rest at Lowna.
Lovely tree archway on Thunder Head Hill.
The view west across the Farndale valley with Rudland Rigg on the horizon.
Church of St Mary, Church Houses.