Riding Mill Walk Three

Walk 3 – Six miles or three miles.

  1. Leave the Old Playground, crossing Church Lane, down the path and over the Packhorse Bridge keeping the church on your left.
  2. Continue to the main road, crossing by the Wellington Inn, head left and then follow the road to the Station which is the first road on the right.
  3. Cross the railway by the footbridge, then proceed under the bridge to the far end of the platform and enter the wood via a kissing gate.
  4. Follow the permissive path down to the river where it joins the public footpath and turn left heading upstream alongside the river.
  5. Continue to follow the path through the wood, crossing two small wooden bridges, eventually leaving the wood behind in favour of more open ground.
  6. The path heads slightly left now to a fence which marks the gravel pit boundary. Continue ahead again, keeping the fence to your left.
  7. After crossing a dilapidated dry stone wall, the path becomes a grassy track. Continue ahead ignoring gates and paths off to either side.
  8. As the track starts to climb it veers sharply off to the left. Ignore this and follow the footpath which climbs steeply directly ahead over the old railway tunnel. The path then descends steeply, first by steps and then a ladder stile. Once down the ladder there are another set of wooden steps on the right a few yards further on which take you back down to the river.
  9. Follow the path to the left along the river until it ascends on to the ridge which forms part of the flood defence.
    There is the option here to continue along the flood defence keeping the rugby ground to your left, joining a track which ends by the bridge at Corbridge enabling you to catch the bus or train back to Riding Mill which shortens the walk to 3 miles.
  10. Otherwise, when the path joins the flood defence, immediately take the path to the left which crosses the railway via two stiles.
  11. The path then climbs steeply up steps through the trees, crossing another stile and into a field. Head right across the field keeping the field boundary to your right and through a wicket gate which takes you on to the A695 at Farnley.
  12. Turn right along the pavement for about 1/4 mile passing houses on the opposite side of the road, then cross the main road to take the first road on the left signpost “Prospect Hill”.
  13. Follow the road uphill, then take the footpath on the left just after the first hairpin bend via a stile in the stone wall. The path continues half left up the field, skirting a wall to the right to cross the fence via a ladder stile, then continuing in the same general direction past a mature ash tree and on up to the stone wall at the top of the field.
  14. Cross another stone wall stile on to a track, turning right then immediately left back onto the Prospect Hill road.
  15. Continue up the hill to the cross-roads at the top and turn left following the road downhill to a T-junction. Turn left here continuing downhill to Riding Hills Farm on the right.
  16. Follow the footpath into the entrance of Riding Hills Farm, walking between the converted farm buildings, past the farmhouse keeping to the gravel drive and then turning immediately right, through a 5 bar gate and into a small field. Continuing straight ahead a stile takes you into a large field.
  17. Follow the path straight ahead and downhill along the field edge, keeping the fence to your left. Through a 5 bar gate, the path becomes a track between houses to emerge on to the road at Beauclerc.
  18. Turn left and follow the road down, keeping right at the junction to the main road. Continue down the main road to the Wellington Inn, crossing and retracing your steps back to the Old Playground via the Packhorse Bridge.

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