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North Yorkshire Walk
East Marton and the Drumlins

County/Area - North Yorkshire - Skipton

Author - Dave Melling

Length - 5.5 miles / 8.9 km    Ascent - 670 feet / 203 metres

Time - 3 hours 30 minutes    Grade - easy/mod

Start - OS grid reference SD908506
Lat 53.951414 // Long -2.141672
Postcode BD23 3LR (approx. location only)
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Walk Route Description

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A gentle stroll from the hamlet of East Marton along the canal side and up and over the rolling drumlins. This walk has a variety of interest along the way including the curious double arched over the canal bridge, the drumlins and the large farmsteads that seem to have been left behind by modern developments.

Start at the car park in front of the church of St. Peter in East Marton (grid ref. SD 908506). Although much of the church is Victorian the tower is a simple Norman construction with an unusual sundial dated 1714. The humps and bumps in the field to the south mark out the 15th century Manor House with lowest mound being mediaeval fishponds.

Walk through the gate in the south east corner of the churchyard, over the canal bridge and northwards along the towpath. Go under the double arched bridge carrying the A59 over the canal. Leave the towpath at the next bridge take and follow the 'Pennine Way' sign.

Walk northwards on the road and over the stile on the right marked 'Pennine Way'. Go left and follow the path as it goes round the wood, over stiles and across fields eventually reaching a lane. Turn right and walk along the road eventually reaching the crossroads at Bank Newton. Across the way is the impressive gable end of the 17th century Newton Hall. On the north east side of the building is an outhouse that once served as a mediaeval chantry or private chapel.

Go left along the road and when past the house and barn climb over the stile on the left. Walk across the field and over the stile in the wall to reach the road again. Turn left and walk forward to the next stile in the wall on the left. Enter the field, cross the stream and then head south west. These hills are known by geologists as drumlins. Drumlins were formed when glaciers deposited rock debris and then moulded the piles into theses oval hillocks characteristic of this part of the Yorkshire Dales. The strips of woodland and vegetables in this area are specifically grown for rearing game birds such as pheasant and partridge.

The path continues over the hills though gates and stiles to eventually reach a small gate giving access to the farmyard of Ingthorpe Grange. Follow the track round the barn and house. The house has an unusual church style window. Go through the gate and along the clear track to Mire House. Follow the track on the lane and turn left and enter West Marton village. At the crossroads take the road towards East Marton. Just after the old schoolhouse, pass through the kissing gate on the right. Cross the field heading for the gate in the face by a section of wall and over the next field to the lane that leads back to the church of St. Peter.



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