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Riccal Dale & Howl Dale from Beadlam

Woodland Walk + Attractive Village + Dales

North York Moors Walk

Nat Park - North York Moors - North York Moors West

County/Area - North Yorkshire

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 8.2 miles / 13.3 km    Ascent - 900 feet / 273 metres

Time - 5 hours 0 minutes    Grade - moderate

Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Riccal Dale & Howl Dale
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Starting from Beadlam, which lies four kilometres east of Helmsley along the A170, the walk explores Riccal Dale and Howl Dale. Seeing few walkers, the route crosses countryside, passes through woodland and visits the village of Pockley with its thatched cottages. A section of the walk lies within the boundaries of the North York Moors National Park.

The walk starts from a large layby (grid ref. SE649845) on the south side of the A170 as you approach Beadlam. After parking walk along the grass verge towards Beadlam. Just past the village sign cross the road to a bus stop and turn left up a tarmac path. The path leads into a road where you continue ahead to a T-junction. Turn left along High Lane and continue for 800 metres to a footpath fingerpost on the left. Turn left along the track, and at the end of the wood on your right, turn right. Reaching the end of the wood the path turns left and drops into Goodmans Dale. Exit the dale and follow the path across a field with a hedge on your left. Reaching a farm track at the end of the field turn right and continue to the 'main' road through Pockley village (grid ref. SE637860).

Turn left by the telephone box and passing thatched cottages to reach Low Farm o your left., Turn right here along a clear track. When the main track bends right keep ahead, the path arcs right and descends into wooded Riccal Dale. Bear right upstream to locate a footbridge (grid ref. SE627860). Cross the bridge and turn right up the dale following a good track. After two kilometres of pleasant walking, you reach a cross path (grid ref. SE623881). Turn right to join the Tabular Hills Walk. The path drops down to cross a footbridge over the river and then rises to Hasty Bank Farm. Follow track through farm to pass through a gate. Turn right after the gate to and head up the wooded dale side to reach a fingerpost (grid ref. SE628881). Turn left and follow the track to a road.

Cross the road to a gate and follow a bridleway along the right-hand edge of a field. The path cuts right down into Pinderdale Howl, a narrow wooded dale. Cross a stream and continue up the other side. Exiting the trees the path runs beside a hedge on your right and leads to a lane. Turn right, pass Low Farm on your right, and at the next junction head left (signed to Beadlam). At the next junction turn right towards Beadlam along Howldale Lane. Follow the lane for just over a kilometre to enter woodland. When the lane starts to rise out of the dale, fork left onto a track which leads down Howl Dale to the A170 in Beadlam. Turn right and follow the road towards Helmsley with the layby about 600 metres walk on the left.

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