The Grey Panthers
29 November 2023, - Sheepwash & Osmotherley

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6 .5 miles

Explorer Map OL26 - North York Moors (Western Area)

The walk starts from a car parking area (Sheepwash)to the North of Osmotherley. It can be surprisingly busy parking here, as the car park is close to the Cod Beck Reservoir, - a popular recreation spot. Do not be tempted to park on adjacent grass verges, as this is a hazard to traffic and can incur fines.
Osmotherley itself has nowadays become crowded as regards road traffic and parking in the village can be difficult.
The walk itself is easy to navigate, following clear tracks and footpaths all the way.
There is a modest amount of climbing (and descending), with Scarth Wood Moor involving an ascent of about 500ft.

A map of the route followed has been plotted on the Ordnance Survey mapping website, By selecting the ink below you will be taken to this map, - complete with distances and heights marked on the route.

OS Link

The route shown is on a standard map. To view the route on an Ordnance Survey map, select the icon in the lower right of the screen. If the route is displayed on a 1:50 OS map, zoom in to see the details on a 1:25 OS map.
There is also the option to view the route in a satellite image.

Park at the Sheepwash car park, North of Osmotherley (SE467 992).
Head beside the road in an Easterly direction, to then cross the footbridge over the Crabdale Back.
Walk up the High Lane track, past the plantation on your right and Pamperdale Moor on your left.
At SE472 977 take the track to Rock Plain Farm. Here turn left onto the Green Lane (track) that runs Southwards.
At SE464 970 take the footpath on your right (part of the Cleveland Way footpath) that takes you to Osmotherley.
In Osmotherley, head North up the road.
At SE457 976 take the track West (marked as being the Cleveland Way footpath).
Follow the track, then footpath past Chapel Wood Farm, to where the Cleveland Way footpath turns right (and the Coast to Coast path heads left).
Head uphill, past the TV / phone masts, to the gate onto Scarth Wood Moor.
Now head downhill over the moor, and when you come to a finger post indicating the Bridleway on your right then head downhill to return to the car park at Sheepwash.

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