This short walk from Osmotherley has excellent views over the village. It climbs a little to the edge of the moors before returning via some attractive woodland. An extension to Cod Beck Reservoir is easy to do.
Aside from a fleeting moment of fame due to the village having a pub with the name ‘Queen Catherine’ Osmotherley is best known as the walking centre for North York Moors. Three long distance paths pass through or very near this lovely village (Cleveland Way, Lyke Wake Walk and the Coast to Coast). Perched nearly 500 foot on the North York Moors eastern escarpment and ease of access to the higher moors all help make it an ideal base for a walking holiday. Despite this the village has retained much of its character and feels like a walkers residence. The good thing is that you do not have to be walking one of the long distance trails to enjoy a short walk from Osmotherley.
The walk starts by heading past Middlestye Bank woods and its pretty stream before climbing to a main bridleway lane. At this point the views are excellent over the village. Turn left and follow the lane in to some woodland and then left again past a youth hostel to the dam wall of Cod Beck Reservoir. The return to the village takes you in from the north completing a short but enjoyable walk.
Visit the wooded dell first and then get the climb out of the way early in the walk. Once on Green Lane just enjoy the views.
Whilst on Green Lane carry on in to the woods. From here take the second track on your left which leads directly to the dam at Cod Beck Reservoir. You can then make a late decision if you want to walk round the reservoir, it is just over a mile more.
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