Thursday 3rd October 2002

Weather: Fair

Osmotherley - Over Silton - Nether Silton - Thimbleby

( 12 miles - Moderate )


Today's walk begins from the centre of the picturesque village of Osmotherley (GR 457 972)



Look opposite the market cross for a narrow alley signposted 'Cleveland Way' and follow the path away from the village
and between the fenced off fields to a small wood - descend the steps in the wood and cross the footbridge over the beck.


From the footbridge go straight up the field towards Whitehouse Farm, keeping to the left of the farm,
then follow the access track to a gate. Go through the gate and turn right, soon reaching a surfaced road.
Turn left up the road then almost immediately right along a lane...



...which leads down to the reservoirs in pretty Oak Dale.


Continue on along the track past the reservoirs, then climb the moor side over Jenny Brewster's Spring
- here we look back down to Oakdale with Osmotherley in the far distance.



On reaching the surfaced road at a sharp bend, bear right along a good track following the Cleveland Way sign
- the track becomes rougher as you gain height (above right, looking back).


The climb is well worth the effort - here is the view south-west from the top towards Nether Silton...


..and from a little further along, looking south towards Kepwick.



Continue along the excellent wide track for about a further 1 miles then look for a gate (above) to your right
- go through the gate and follow the path down the hillside with the stone wall on your left.


Continue down the steep but pleasant path and go through the gate near the bottom of the valley
- follow the track across the beck then it bears left towards Nab Farm (GR 476 921).


From near Nab Farm, here is the view looking back towards Kepwick Moor.


Follow the farm access road downhill until it reaches the junction (above) where you turn right and follow the road...


...soon reaching a seat with a fine view east towards Arden Great Moor.



Continue along the road (Bridge Beck Lane) and into the village of Nether Silton with its pretty cottages
- look out for the quoit pitch beneath a large oak tree.



In a field behind the chapel of All Saints stands a tall stone with a strange set of carved letters...

A D 1765

Apparently the monument was the idea of thw 18th century Squire Hicks (whose forbears dwelt here) to mark the site
of the old medieval manor house, each letter supposedly the initial of a word which reads:

'Here The Good Old Manor House Stood
The Back Beams Were Oak, The Great Walls Were Good
The Walls At The East Wing Are Hidden Here
A Thatched Cottage Like A Barn Was Here Erected Year
AD 1765
A Wide Porch Spans A Yard And Alcove'



Leave Nether Silton via the gate (above left) and walk beyond the houses, crossing a stile into a field
- continue ahead across three fields with the hedges to your right.
On reaching a surfaced road, go straight across through a gate, then continue ahead towards a church.


"In a secluded field below the ridge of Knipes Hill rests the time-worn church of St Mary. With its high
bell-cote containing one bell, higher chancel roof and the doorway with its original Norman zigzag mouldings,
the building has a wonderful relaxed atmosphere. The age-old benches and the elaborately-worked screen
are all carved from oak."
(The Walker's Guide to the Cleveland Hills - Tom Scott Burns)

Walk from the church across a field path in a westerly direction towards the village of Over Silton



Turn right near the Manor House and follow the road past the houses towards the forest.

"The village appears to huddle round the spacious manor house, old and new buildings blending in with the
tree-shrouded hills. The gallant gentleman Sir George Orby Wombwell, baronet, who inherited the manor and estate
from his father in 1846, served with the 17th Lancers during the Crimean campaigns of 1854-55. Sir George took part
in the charge of the light cavalry brigade at Balaclava on the 25th October 1854, when 600 British cavalry charged a
whole Russian army. His horse was shot from under him and he was taken prisoner, but he managed to escape on a
Russian horse and join his brigade, and charged again without sword or pistol. When he died in 1913 in his 81st year
he was the last surviving officer of that charge, and was buried in Coxwold churchyard."


Just where you enter the forest, look for a steep path on your left leading up through the trees
- the path follows the edge of the forest to begin with, from where there are excellent views south-west.



Continue along the track, then leave the forest at GR 454 947 by bearing left through a gate and along Sandpit Lane.


Where the track meets a surfaced road, turn right and follow the road into the pretty village of Thimbleby.

From Thimbleby, continue along the road for a further 1 miles back to Osmotherley.


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