Head of Farndale

  • A short walk at the head of Farndale
  • Great views down the full valley
  • Follow the old train track to Bloworth Crossing

One summer’s evening I was tempted by Bloworth Crossing and the high moors that surround it, so headed up to the head of Farndale for a walk of discovery! There was no time to mess around so I headed straight up to the old rail mining track that skirts the northern borders of all these fine dales. It was a beautiful evening with a low sun already casting long shadows as I headed for the crossing which marks, to me, the central point of the North York Moors. From Bloworth I took the marked path past the grouse butts and in to the ever darkening head of the valley. It was an eerie scene which certainly heightened the senses but it was a pleasure to be there and watch this typical North Yorkshire dale go to sleep.

Recommend: The path from Bloworth Crossing is difficult to follow, however keep the deep gorge below Middle Head to your east and soon the bridge will be spotted.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL26 North York Moors - West Buy Map
Start Point: NZ644003. Between Ash & Elm House at the end of Farndale is some parking and a path leading to the west of the prominant gill towards the ridge.
Height to Climb: 200 ms (656 feet)
Terrain: Good paths and tracks with the exception of the path leaving Blowith Crossing over the grouse moors back to Farndale. Once past the grouse butts keep the obvious gill to your left on an intermittant path till a bridge is spotted. The path is then obvious.
Eating & Drinking: Drive back down Farndale to the Faversham Arms at Church Houses or to the Lion on Blakey Ridge
Similar Walks Nearby: Farndale & High Blakey Moor
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