Pickering

Levisham

North Yorkshire

Route: Levisham to Pickering

Area: North Yorkshire

Date of walk: 23rd July 2016

Walkers: Andrew Gilly and Tom

Distance: 8.1 miles

Ascent: 800 feet

Weather: Cloudy but bright and very warm

We arrived at Pickering Station in good time to catch the 11am steam train owned and operated by North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) – a great resource for walkers as it enables a variety of linear walks to be made in the area between Pickering at the start of the line and Whitby at its end

After an enjoyable short ride we disembarked at Levisham Station and climbed up the valley to the nearby village of Levisham. It was a very warm day and we took early refreshments at the excellent Horseshoe Inn

We then walked through the village and descended an exceptionally steep, loose and poorly maintained path, overgrown with nettles and brambles, (and the subject of several complaints according to some fellow walkers), before arriving in the valley below Rowl Wood and joining the track known as Sleights Road

The remainder of the walk was through a mixture of woodland, quiet valleys and open farmland – lovely scenery every step of the way. We were never far from the route of the railway and enjoyed hearing and occasionally seeing the old trains roll by as they plied the route between Pickering and Whitby. The NYMR not only makes this route possible, but enhances it with its presence

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