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Farndale Circular from Little Blakey

North York Moors Walk

Nat Park - North York Moors - North York Moors West

County/Area - North Yorkshire

Author - Andy Chaplin

Length - 12.0 miles / 19.5 km    Ascent - 1195 feet / 362 metres

Time - 7 hours 10 minutes    Grade - moderate

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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Farndale Circular from Little Blakey
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This is one of the simplest walks to follow in the North York Moors National Park but gives spectacular views of Farndale, Westerdale and Rosedale. Apart from the initial crossing of Farndale it is also relatively level - so the hard work all comes at the start and subsequently it is just a lengthy stroll across the moors.

From the car park at Little Blakey (grid ref SE683989), which is just past the Lion Inn, take the road opposite down to Church Houses. Turn right when you enter the village, then left around the Feversham Arms Inn and take the road opposite its rear door down towards the River Dove. Carry on uphill to Daleside Road, turn right at the top (on what appears to be another Daleside Road) then take the track off on the left opposite Monket House (grid ref SE660972).

Carry on uphill on the track for about 2 km until there are views over into Bransdale ahead of you. At the intersection of tracks turn right on the Westside Road track and follow it northwards past the disused quarry on your right. After 4.75 km you arrive at Bloworth Crossing with a Cleveland Way sign showing the CW routes off to the left and straight ahead.

Take the old Battersby to Rosedale Head railway line off on the right and follow it around the north of Farndale Head and the south of Westerdale Head. The walk back from Bloworth Crossing to the parking at Blakey is just over 9 km of easy walking with great views of both the Farndale and Westerdale valleys.

Other walks nearby

Walk 1921 Spaunton Moor from Chimney Bank easy/mod8.1 miles
Walk 2077 Glaisdale Moor circular moderate11.9 miles
Walk 1542 The Rudland Ridge from Ousegill Bridgemoderate10.1 miles
Walk 3187 Esklets and Rosedale Head from Westerdalemoderate11.0 miles
Walk 2029 Lastingham & Rosedale from Hutton-le-Holemoderate12.0 miles
Walk 1538 Baysdale Circularmoderate9.5 miles
Walk 1450 Little & Great Fryup Dalesmoderate8.3 miles
Walk 3398 Rollgate Bank & Aumery Park from Fadmoormoderate11.0 miles
Walk 3737 Commondale & Esk Valleyeasy/mod8.2 miles
Walk 1675 The Esk Valley & Egton High Moor moderate10.5 miles

Recommended Books & eBooks

The Cleveland Way Map Booklet

The Cleveland Way Map BookletMap booklet of the Cleveland Way National Trail, a 177km (110 mile) walk around the North York Moors National Park. This booklet is included with the Cicerone guidebook to the Cleveland Way and the Yorkshire Wolds Way, and shows the full route of the Cleveland Way on Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps.
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Trail and Fell Running in the Yorkshire Dales

Trail and Fell Running in the Yorkshire DalesGuidebook to 40 of the best trail and fell runs in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Ranging from 5 to 24 miles, the graded runs start from bases such as Ribblehead, Dent, Sedbergh, Malham and Grassington and take in the region's diverse delights, from castles and waterfalls to iconic mountains such as Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen Y Ghent.
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