West from the car park at Lowna, following a bridleway to the minor road at Grays. North-west along the road, then north-east on footpaths to Keysbeck. Continuing north along Daleside Road, before dropping down to High Mill, then following the course of the River Dove to Low Mill. South using a combination of paths, tracks and minor roads back to Lowna, and finally a quick walk up to the village of Gillamoor. An 11-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 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.
Sheep on Harland Farm, following us in the belief that we were about to feed them.
The view north-east over Farndale.
Enjoying the wonderful views of Farndale and the North York Moors.
Looking down to Holly Bush Farm in Farndale. Low Mill village is visible on the left at the end of the narrow road.
Looking north over Farndale.
Heading down to Daleside Road.
The path from Daleside Road to Church Houses.
The Daffy Caffy.
The Farndale daffodils.
The village of Low Mill.
Aubrieta on Daleside Road.
Looking north over farmland in Farndale.
Daffodils in Birch Hagg Plantation, by the side of the River Dove.
You have been warned.
Gillamoor’s ‘Surprise View’. A plaque nearby recites four lines of a poem by John Keble (1792–1866):
Thou, who hast given me eyes to see
And love this sight so fair,
Give me a heart to find out Thee,
And read Thee everywhere.
The Church of St Aidan, Gillamoor.
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