Exploring Dalby Forest

  • Low level walk through farm & forest
  • Attractive setting along Thornton Dale
  • Thornton-le-Dale is a pretty village

Sometimes a forest walk can become a mite tedious which is why they are generally loved more by cyclists than by walkers. The endless line of coniferous trees seduces the unwary walker in to a trance that may last for hours. The lack of views and things to see makes forestry walking best on a wet or windy day when the world outside can be shut out and the conifers can become a friend.

Therefore this walk from the pretty village of Thornton-le- Dale heads not in to the main portion of forestry but along Thornton Dale itself and thereby perfectly picking out a mix of river, village and woodland as well as offering a taste of coniferous forest. The farmland is attractive (there is even a popular campsite), the paper mill less so whilst the pretty hamlet of Low Dalby is worth the visit on its own.

Recommend: Do carry on to Scandale Lodge, a nice little dell to pause and reflect.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL27 North York Moors East Buy Map
Start Point: SE 834831. There is some roadside parking just to the north of the A170 and then head past the bowling green at Thornton Mill and taking the signposted track beside the river
Height to Climb: 129 ms (418 feet)
Terrain: Forestry tracks are always excellent to walk on and the paths near Thornton are also good.
Eating & Drinking: Warrington House is a good pub in the centre of Thornton le Dale and there is a tea shop half way round the walk at Low Dalby
Similar Walks Nearby: Steam Train from Pickering
Dales of Kirkbymoorside
Hole of Horcum
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