Broxa Banks

Broxa

Route:  Broxa and Hackness

Area: North Yorkshire 

Date of walk: 23rd April 2021

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 6.3 miles

Ascent: 800 feet

Weather:  Sunshine and blue skies

We started today’s walk from Derwent View Hackness – for anyone not staying at the cottage, the start point is the car park at the nearby village hall. After walking out of the village past Mill Farm we joined a public footpath on the right and crossed over the River Derwent via the footbridge near Wrench Green

There wasn’t a cloud in the sky as we followed the path along the bank of the Derwent, keeping a lookout for kingfishers which nest hereabouts. The riverside path is straightforward most of the time, but there are a couple of sections where it has eroded and care needs to be taken, especially in wet weather 

The OS map suggests that the river may be crossed at “Thompson’s Steps (Stepping Stones)”, but this has not been possible for many years, and so it’s necessary to seek out an alternative path further to the west. This involves walking up Estell Lane into Troutsdale and joining a chalk path which climbs and then descends to Bridge Farm

After passing through the farm we joined the lane and crossed the River Derwent again via Langdale Bridge. From here there followed a steep climb up Broxa Banks. At the top of the hill we walked along the lane into Broxa and turned right at Broxa Farm to walk along the Rigg. The tabular nature of these hills only shows itself once the tops are reached and the surrounding countryside is quite flat and featureless – but lovely all the same

After passing through several fields the Rigg narrows, with Hackness Head Wood on one side and Chapman Banks Wood on the other. Just beyond the narrowest point it’s necessary to seek out a track which leads down into Hackness. From here it’s an easy descent back to the start

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