Fields near Silpho

Silpho

Route: Silpho and Hackness

Area: North Yorkshire

Date of walk: 6th May 2021

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 6.2 miles

Ascent: 900 feet

Weather: A mixed day of cloud and sunny intervals, with a few sleet and hail showers

It’s been six years since we last followed this route, but we have fond memories of it and decided to retrace our steps. As on previous occasions we started from Derwent View Hackness, but anyone not staying at the cottage could start just as conveniently from the nearby village hall car park

After walking out of the village and passing by Mill Farm we left the road to climb up to the edge of Walker Flat Wood. The path enters into the wood and hugs the edge of it until emerging above Hackness Hall and St Peter’s Church. The view from here, looking into Low Dale beyond the hall and the church, is one of my favourites

We then descended to the valley road and climbed up through Thirlsey Wood. Primrose, bluebell, wild garlic and wood anemone lined the path as we made our way up to the top of the hill. We emerged onto fields which took us past Thirlsey. Just before Thirlsey Cottage we joined an unsigned track which headed east towards Binkleys Farm. The weather closed in during this section, and there were several showers of sleet and hail which accompanied us intermittently for the rest of the walk

We continued across the tabular hilltop to Binkleys Farm, where we joined to lane leading to to half way point of the walk, Silpho. It’s possible to return to Hackness from here down the hill now known as the ‘Cote de Silpho’, so named as it’s part of the Tour de Yorkshire international cycle race. We declined this short cut and followed a path to Haggland Wood, descending into the lovely valley of Low Dales. Most of the return along Low Dales is along the valley lane, but this isn’t an issue. The lane is a dead end and only serves 2 or 3 houses, so there’s little or no traffic

The lane took us back into Hackness and when we arrived at the village road we turned right. After a short distance we turned off to follow a track back to the start. Anyone not staying at Derwent View would probably find it more convenient to stay on the road and walk back to the nearby village hall

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