Egton Bridge - Glaisdale Circular

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Our walk takes us from the village of Egton Bridge along the banks of the River Esk, then over the ridge to reach Limber Hill Farm, where fine views down the Esk Valley can be seen.

Dropping down to Glaisdale we reach Beggar's Bridge, an old pack-horse bridge crossing the Esk. The bridge was built in 1619 by Thomas Ferris after years previous he was unable to meet his beloved Agnes due to floodwater, before he left to earn his fortune at sea. When he returned a wealthy man he married Agnes and built the bridge to prevent other couples from being parted.

From here we climb up into East Arnecliffe Wood, where the ancient pannier ponies' pathways can be followed back to Egton Bridge. The paving was put in on steeper slopes to prevent erosion, but some sections run for miles across the moors. Moorland coal was moved using these ponies as late as the 1870s. This section is following the Coast to Coast long-distance path through some beautiful deciduous woodland.

Our final crossing of the river via the stepping-stones makes for an interesting experience, but should be avoided by using the road alternative when the river is in flood.

England - North England - Yorkshire - North York Moors

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Ancient Monument, Birds, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Pub, Public Transport, River, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland

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