Forge Valley

Forge Valley

Route: Forge Valley and Raincliffe Woods

Area: North Yorkshire

Date of walk: 16th May 2017

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 3.1 miles

Ascent: 400 feet

Weather: Mostly cloudy

As we drove along Forge Valley we couldn’t fail to notice the huge swathes of wild garlic growing on the banks by the roadside, and we decided to feature these in a walk. We parked at the Green Gate car park on the edge of Raincliffe Woods and followed the nature trail which leads along Forge Valley and into Forge Valley Woods

Before long we were greeted by the sight – and scent – of countless wild garlic. We followed the trail through the woods, admiring the amazing display as we did so, and then arrived at the valley road. We had various options here and chose to walk back up the valley along the road, since the display here was especially impressive

We were soon back at Green Gate and from here set off and the track known as Middle Road. We didn’t have time to walk its full length to Throxenby Mere, and so about half way along we climbed up to join Lady Mildred’s Ride, a track named after the daughter of the first Earl of Londesborough. This took us back through the woodland at a higher level

We descended down a narrow path to rejoin Middle Road and from there retraced our steps back to the start. A pleasant stroll in the woods at any time of year, but made special today by the wild garlic

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