East then south from Lockton to reach High Dalby House, then east through Dalby Forest to Givendale Head Farm. South west by way of Givendale Rigg to Stonygate Moor, then in the same direction along paths and tracks to the village of Thornton-le-Dale. North-east to Ellerburn, then continuing north, initially through Thornton Dale, all the way back to the starting point. A 15-mile walk in the North York Moors.

The best map to use on this walk is the Ordnance Survey map of the North York Moors Eastern Area, reference OS Explorer OL27, 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.

Staindale Lodge.

Overflow car park just north of Go Ape in Dalby Forest.

Elevated path leading to Seive Dale.

The track through Seive Dale.

One of many tracks through Dalby Forest.

Great cycling routes in Dalby Forest.

Givendale Head Farm.

Log stacks on Givendale Rigg.

An area of oilseed rape farmland enclosed by woodland in the south-east corner of Dalby Forest.

Looking north towards Thornton Dale.

Looking down towards High Paper Mill Farm in Ellerburn.

All Saints Church, Thornton-le-Dale.

Thornton Beck which flows through the village of Thorton-le-Dale.

Beck Isle Cottage, by the side of Thornton Beck, is one of the most photographed homes in the UK. Its image regularly appears on jigsaws and calendars.

Thornton Beck, Thornton-le-Dale.

The approach to Thornton Mill.

Thornton Mill.

Footpath alongside Thornton Beck leading to Ellerburn.

St Hilda’s Church, Ellerburn. The church dates as far back as 1050AD with some parts as old as 850AD.

The tiny village of Ellerburn, just outside Thornton-le-Dale.

How on earth is this rusty old corrugated iron barn still standing?

The track north through Thornton Dale to Low Dalby.

Low Dalby.

Dalby Forest Cycle Hub.

Tennis court at High Dalby House. A lovely variety of colours.