West Ayton - Forge Valley Viewpoint Circular

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The walk starts by the lovely old bridge between East and West Ayton where the River Derwent passes beneath. From there it follows quiet country roads and tracks up towards Wykeham Forest.. There are wild flowers galore to be seen in the hedgerows. When I walked it, there were cowslips, primroses, bluebells and many others. I heard a skylark and saw many other birds and butterflies along the way. The forest is lush and later in the summer will be an excellent place for bilberry gathering. The viewpoint at the turning point of the walk is spectacular, although the photo doesn’t do it justice. From there can be seen, through a gap in the hills, a glimpse of Scarborough Castle and the sea. Below is Forge valley where the River Derwent turns away from the sea to flow towards York and the Ouse. The Ice Age caused this diversion. Look down to the left and Wrench Green, Hackness Church and Hall come into view. The walk from here follows the top of Forge Valley before joining Cockrah Road. Beautiful views of the Yorkshire Wolds can be enjoyed on the walk down. On approaching West Ayton it passes the Caravan and Motorhome Club site and after turning back down Mill Lane affords a view of the arch of the bridge where the walk began.

England - North England - Yorkshire - North York Moors


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Food Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Pub, Public Transport, Tea Shop, Wildlife, Woodland

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