Forge Valley

Forge Valley

North Yorkshire

Route: Forge Valley to Hackness

Area: North Yorkshire

Date of walk: 3rd November 2016

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 5.4 miles

Weather: Dull and insipid, some weak sun towards the end

Gilly dropped me off in the village of West Ayton, just before a path which leads out of the village and past Ayton Castle. After passing the castle I walked downhill to join another path on the bank of the River Derwent – the river would be my constant companion until the end of the walk

Before long I entered into Forge Valley Woods, a National Nature Reserve. A wooden boardwalk follows the riverside, and along it are various viewing platforms and seats. Most of the autumn foliage had fallen by now but it was still a lovely section of the walk

At the end of the woods there’s a choice of paths, one higher and the other lower and closer to the Derwent. Whichever one is chosen there is some boggy ground to negotiate and walking boots are bound to become clogged with thick mud at any time of year. I took the lower path along the valley today, eventually arriving at the quiet village of Wrench Green

When I arrived at the footbridge I decided to make a quick ‘there and back’ diversion along the riverbank to photograph the attractive old stone barns opposite the cottages in Hackness. After returning to the bridge I walked through Hackness to Derwent View, which marked the end of the walk for me – anyone not staying at the cottage could park elsewhere in the village

It’s a shame that the skies were overcast and dull most of the time and that this is reflected in the photos that follow…

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