Spaunton Moor, Hutton Ridge, Shooting House Hill.

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Path heading north over Hutton Ridge.

THIS ROUTE IS NOT A WALK, IT IS A NAVIGATIONAL EXERCISE HIKE. MAP AND COMPASS SKILLS REQUIRED.

Hike video: https://youtu.be/NHA_ppyM9pg

GET THE ROUTE HERE!

Start/finish: Car park, south of Rosedale Abbey, SE 7207 9458
OS Explorer Map: OL 26 & 27
Sat Nav: White Horse Farm Inn (YO18 8SE)

Public transport: Please see the following website for times for the 173 bus from Pickering to Rosedale Abbey: http://getdown.org.uk/bus/bus/173.shtml

Accurate distances and grid bearings can be downloaded on this 2 sided route card PDF (front.pdf and spaunton_moor.pdf): https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8yyjut6h1oysxno/AACIquF0OL0w5rtWiOvyGDWha?dl=0

This hike around Spaunton Moor in the North York Moors National Park, has three short grid bearings across sections of trackless open access land. The hike starts at a car park just south of Rosedale Abbey on Rosedale Chimney Bank, from here, a good track heads South East, working its way around Spaunton Moor down to Tranmire Plain. The path then turns South West crossing Tranmire Beck then up Tranmire Bank. It then passes North of Lastingham and makes its way west to Loskey Bridge, at which point a short grid bearing is taken heading exactly west over trackless open access land to Lodge Road on Hutton Ridge. The hike then heads north on Lodge Road up Hutton Ridge to a point where a second short grid bearing is taken to a trig point on Shooting House Hill. From the trig point a final short grid bearing is taken heading exactly north to a path, at which point we head east back to the car park on Rosedale Chimney Bank.

This hike crosses trackless open access land, hence, map and compass skills are required. You should also know your pace count. Recommended for intermediate hikers.

Rosedale valley is situated almost at the centre of the North York Moors National Park, in North Yorkshire, England. Rosedale is surrounded by moorland, to the South of which lies Spaunton Moor.

Rosedale Abbey is a village in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire. A priory of the same name was founded there in 1158, and once stood on the site. The priory was closed in 1535 at the time of the dissolution of the monasteries.

Ainhowe or Ana Cross is located roughly half a mile east of Rosedale Chimney Bank on Spaunton Moor. It has been a landmark in the North York Moors for centuries. The original cross is located in the crypt of Lastingham Church, about 2 miles south of the present cross. The current cross is over 3 metres in height, making it the tallest cross on the moors.

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Fig 1. Ana Cross.

The North York Moors incorporates one of the largest stretches of heather moorland in the United Kingdom. Comprising a moorland plateau, the North York moors is divided by many dales and valleys. The North York Moors has three types of landscape: green areas of pasture land, purple and brown heather moorland, and woodland. These three kinds of landscape are the result of different geology, each supporting its own wildlife. 

There are lapwing, curlew and redshank in the North Yorks Moors, and there are sandpipers along the streams. Grassier patches on the moors have wheatear and golden plover, and stony areas harbour ring ouzels.

Directions

(Images under waypoints tab on ViewRanger).

1. Attack point 2 is 1.3 km away; from the car park south of Rosedale Abbey (see image), cross the road and find a path heading south east. Follow the path passing a junction at Ana Cross on Tumulus, to a four way junction at attack point 2.

2. Attack point 3 is 2.9 km away; at the four way junction at attack point 2 (see image), continue straight ahead and follow the path all the way to an inconspicuous junction in the path with two smaller paths leading left and right at attack point 3. On the way you will pass a fork in the path not far from attack point 2, keep right and follow the main path all the way down to a point where you can see Tranmire plain/bank on your right. The inconspicuous junction at attack point 3 is near this area.

3. Attack point 4 is 450 m away; at the inconspicuous junction at attack point 3 (see image), take the path on the right downhill to Tranmire Beck at attack point 4.

4. Attack point 5 is 850 m away; cross Tranmire Beck (see image) and follow the path up and over Tranmire Bank towards Lastingham. Keep going west until you arrive a four way junction north of Lastingham at attack point 5.

5. Attack point 6 is 1.5 km away; at the junction north of Lastingham (see image), continue straight ahead or west crossing Hole Beck and passing Camomile Farm on your left, the path then bends south a little to a road near Mary Magdalene Well. Turn right on the road and follow it to a track that turns right and north west near High Cross Plain at attack point 6.

6. Attack point 7 is 950 m away; at the junction with a track at attack point 6 (see image) turn right and follow the track north west passed Bainwood Head farm on your left for 900 m to arrive at a road, car park and Loskey bridge at attack point 7.

7. Attack point 8 is 644 m away; from the southside of Loskey bridge (see image) at attack point 7, take a grid bearing of the path at attack point 8, which is exactly west or 270°, convert to a magnetic bearing and march on that bearing, counting your paces, over trackless open access land to meet a tarmac path called Lodge Road at attack point 8.

8. Attack point 9 is 2.1 km away; at Lodge Road at attack point 8 (see image), turn right and head north on the tarmac path over Hutton Ridge until the tarmac path meets a junction with a grass path heading north. Take the grass path North until you reach to small sharp bend in the path. Turn left with the sharp bend a little and arrive at a junction with a path heading north at attack point 9.

9. Attack point 10 is 1.5 km away; at the junction at attack point 9 (see image), take the path heading north continuing over Hutton Ridge to the spot where the yellow track runs out at attack point 10.

10. Attack point 11 is 400 m away; at the spot where the yellow track runs out at attack point 10 (see image), take a grid bearing of the trig point at attack point 11 which should be about 347°, convert to a magnetic bearing, and march on that bearing, counting your paces to the trig point at attack point 11.

11. Attack point 12 is 655 m away; at the trig point at attack point 11 (see image), take a grid bearing to the path at attack point 12, which is exactly north or 0°, convert to a magnetic bearing and march on that bearing, counting your paces to the path at attack point 12.

12. Attack point 13 is 2 km away; at the path at attack point 12 (see image), turn right and head East on the path, bending South East for 1.9 km to a fork in the path at attack point 13.

13. Attack point 14 is 650 m away; at the fork in the path at attack point 13 (see image), take the right most path, ignoring the skinny path for 650 m to the car park at attack point 14.