Kirklevington - Crathorne - Middleton-on-Leven - Kirklevington

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A pleasant, fairly level walk in the rich farming country straddling the Cleveland North Yorkshire county boundary. The terrain consists mainly of fields and lanes both surfaced and unsurfaced. The mainly flat landscape is interrupted only by two forays into and out of the valley of the River Leven, a tributary of the River Tees, plus a brief trip through the small but steep-sided Fanny Bell's Gill. The final crossing of the River Leven involves crossing a ford.

The part of the route from Kirklevington to Crathorne is flat field- and lanes- walking. In the charming village of Crathorne the route passes the lovely old All Saints Church before descending to cross for the first time the River Leven. A long walk then follows along a virtually traffic-free, surfaced lane, after which the route once again takes to the flat fields with a brief visit in and out of a steep wooded gill. Field-walking again follows to the village of Middleton-on-Leven, where the route descends once again into the River Leven Valley. Riverside walking, some of which is undulating, then follows as the route navigates two very scenic deciduous woods to emerge and pass under the imposing A19 flyover that crosses the River Leven Valley. In order to leave the valley the boots must be removed and the river waded at a fairly shallow designated crossing point. A steep ascent from the river through fields then follows before the final flat section of lane- and field-walking returns you to Kirklevington.

England - North England - Teesside - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Pub, River, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland

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