31 Jul 13

A ramble around Osmotherley

On the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors nestled in the Hambleton Hills is Osmotherley. A small town that is part of the Cleveland Way walk, its a popular town for cyclists and walkers.

I ventured out there last weekend to take in a walk from Jack Keighley’s book ‘Walks on the North York Moors’ and despite my edition being from 1993 it was still easy to follow the footpaths around. The Osmotherley walk takes in a surprising amount of different Yorkshire landscapes; from shady woodland and purple heather moors to hilly craggy climbs.

The Moors is also a great place to go butterfly spotting since there’s a varied range of habitats that attract different types of butterfly. During our walk I spotted tortoiseshell, gatekeeper, large white and lots of other smaller butterflies that just wouldn’t sit still for photos.

The five and a half mile walk took us about 4 hours to complete starting at the village, across the moors over to the Sheepwash at Cod Beck and then down the valley back into the village. The hardest part of this walk was actually right at the end with a steep decent towards cod beck’s tributary and steeply back up the other side. I would recommend wearing comfortable boots if you were to tackle this walk due to the often rocky footpaths on the way.

At journey’s end there are three pubs around the village green – The Golden Lion, The Three Tuns and The Queen Catherine. I’ve been in all three of these and still can’t decide which is my favourite, they’re all good for different reasons!

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