South-east from Osmotherley on the Cleveland Way to Square Corner, then south across Black Hambleton to the northern tip of Boltby Forest. North-west along paths, tracks and minor roads to Over Silton, passing the villages of Kepwick and Nether Silton on the way. North-east through Thimbleby Plantation to Big Wood, and finally north-west back to the starting point. A 14-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.
The view north-west from Square Corner over Oak Dale and Osmotherley.
The Cleveland Way, heading south over Black Hambleton.
Looking down towards Kepwick and Kepwick Hall.
Bridalway across Clarke Scars, a mile or so east of Kepwick.
Bridalway near Gallow Hill, east of Kepwick.
Looking north towards Kepwick Moor and Black Hambleton.
Bridalway near Black Hill, south-east of Kepwick.
Beautiful farmland north-east of Kepwick.
Farmland near Nether Silton.
Church of St Mary’s, Over Silton
The ancient Church of St Mary’s dates from the 12th century and is situated in the rural parish of Over Silton, eight miles from Northallerton. Lying half a mile from the village of Over Silton, in a secluded hollow, St Mary’s has been extended over the centuries, though not modernised. With no electricity, on darker days services are still held by candle light. The church is always open to the public. There is never a bad time to visit and appreciate all it has to offer, spring is particularly lovely when the wild daffodils are in full bloom.
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