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Walk 2665 - printer friendly version

Cawthorne Roman Camp Circular Walk

Author - Andy Chaplin

Length - 12.2 miles / 19.8 km

Ascent - 1200 feet / 364 metres

Grade - moderate

Start - OS grid reference SE783895
Lat 54.2951280 + Long -0.7984681
Postcode YO18 8QQ (approx. location only)

This walk starts at the (free) North Yorkshire Moors parking at the Cawthorne Roman Camps site just north of Cawthorne (grid ref. SE783895) where there is plenty of room to park amongst the trees. The walk is a circuit taking in part of the Tabular Hills Walk, the Cropton forest walks, the Seven valley and Cropton Banks. At the end there is also the circuit of the camps and the panorama where you can see a good deal of the walk you have just done.

Come out of the parking area back along the entrance track, turn right on the road and the right again on the road to Keldy Banks which forms part of the Tabular Hills walk. Turn off opposite Keldy Banks on the path signed as the THW and follow the path through the trees and past Ellerton Lodge. Follow the path to the right of the house at High Cawthorne then take the track straight ahead - rather than the road to Thornsby House.

Keep heading north on the path which becomes a track - at which point you stop following the THW and now follow part of the Moor To Sea cycle network. The track becomes Middle Head Road and just past High Farm you take the Rutmore Road track on your left. The track through Cropton forest is signed as MTSCN past High Muffles to Muffles Rigg at grid ref. SE766936. At this point carry straight on taking the path through the trees. The going is more difficult here and although it may look like you can cross just one forest track and then take the second one in order to angle down from 762935 to Spiers Bank House the track does not exist and you would remain on Spiers Bank - too far from the Seven.

Having got onto the track alongside the river Seven go past Spiers Bank House and come out on Moor Bank Lane. Go right over the Hartoft bridge then take the path over the stile on your left alongside the beck. Cross the river Seven on the stepping stones and continue up the moor side until you meet the track where you go left past High Askew and come onto Askew Rigg Lane.

Follow the road to Lower Askew, turn left over the Seven and on to Cropton Bridge. Turn right up to Cropton on the road. There is no path until the THW joins just below the old castle hill. Stay on the THW route as it turns off the road and cuts up a path towards St Gregory's church and then along High Lane back to the Cawthorne parking.

If you then follow the signed walk around the camps not only can you see the Roman earthworks but you will come to the viewpoint at the north west corner of the site where you can see most of the walk that you have just completed.

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