Burton Leonard near the town of Ripon is a pleasant low level village set within a set of open fields. The walk is not one to travel miles to do but for those living nearby it should not be missed.
To the south of Ripon lies the estates of Mountgarret which includes some interesting walks. I chose to walk from the lovely village of Burton Leonard and include the smaller but still attractive South Stainsby. The walk starts by heading over some fields and through a narrow avenue of coniferous woodland. The signposts suggest this is a permissive path but it is public on the map so do not worry about it being closed!
The lanes from South Stainsby offer some excellent walking and as a result I was tempted to carry on past Low Rakes to Copgrove. If you have the time it is worth visiting Copgrove and the pretty copse that lies at its foot. The description though describes the shorter walk past the old quarry which is now a small nature reserve. It is a peaceful walk and varied enough to be interesting. Probably best done on a long, warm summer’s evening.
Have a look in St Michaels and All Saints Church and in particular the Devil’s Stone in the north east corner.
On the way to South Stainby there is some confusion in the fields as to the exact route of the path. I followed a farm track but was never convinced it was right.
Some of the most difficult navigation decisions, and those which concern visitors, lie through farmers fields. In addition they have a habit of being altered buy the land owner. Often these are signed but sometimes they are not. Just remember a public right of way cannot be permanently closed and any adjustment to its route must be sign posted. If you are faced with an angry landowner know your rights and explain pleasantly why you have gone wrong.
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