Aldbrough St John - Scotch Corner - Barton - Aldbrough St John

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Aldbrough St John - Hartforth - Gilling West - Scotch Corner - Middleton Tyas - Barton - Newton Morrell - Aldbrough St John

The area covered by this walk lies in the northernmost part of North Yorkshire, around the fertile farming country between Scotch Corner and the River Tees. The fairly flat route along quiet roads and through fields intersects six villages and straddles both the A1(M) and the A66, two of the main arterial roads in the north-east of England. Almost a fifth of the walk is along roads without pavements but with very little traffic.

Although nearly 17 miles long, this is classified as a moderate walk simply because of its relative flatness, with the 'hilliest' part of the route between Waymarks 17 and 23 comprising the gentlest of inclines.

The walk can be broken down into four distinct sections: Aldbrough to the intersection with the A66, from the A66 to Scotch Corner, from Scotch Corner to the intersection with the A1(M) and the last section from the A1(M) back to Aldbrough.

Aldbrough to the A66 is an even mix of road- and field-walking, with the section between Waymarks 8 and 9 likely to be a little muddy after rain. The A66 to Scotch Corner section descends gently to the Hartforth Beck, followed by a long, delightful section of field-walking to Gilling West before the terrain rises just as sedately up to Scotch Corner. This part of the route is almost entirely through fields and along quiet lanes. The next section from Scotch Corner starts with pavement-walking to Middleton Tyas, then field-walking to the charming village of Barton. An equal mix of road- and field-walking then follows to intersect the A1(M). The final leg back to Aldbrough is mainly through fields with a short section along a quiet road to complete the walk.

England - North England - Yorkshire - Countryside


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