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15. A spring, summer, autumn winter walking in Kirkdale including St Gregory Minster

St Gregory Minster, Kirkdale

St Gregory Minster, Kirkdale, is a good starting point for a glorious spring circular walk initially northwards through Kirkdale along by Hedge Beck and on up to Sleightholme Dale. You can return via Robin Hood's Howl.

 

Late autumn colours in Kirkdale

 

Kirkdale woods are awash with wild flowers.

Kirkdale woods are awash with wild flowers.

 

Primroses.

Primroses in Kirkdale

 

Greater Stitchwort.

Greater Stitchwort in Kirkdale.

 

Violets - Common/Heath Dog Violet?

Violets - Common/Heath Dog Violet?

 

Hold Caldron Bridge?

The old mill building and bridge at Hold Cauldron Bridge over Hodge Beck, at the norther end of Kirkdale Woods.

 

Wild flowers in Kirkdale Woods.

Wood Anemone  Red Campion

Wood Anemone and Red Campion in Kirkdale.

 

 

Lesser Celandine

Lesser Celandine in Kirkdale.

 

The entrance to Kirkdale caves near St Gregory Minster.

The entrance to Kirkdale caves near St Gregory Minster. A section of these caves discovered by quarrymen in 1821 contained the remains of many ancient wild animals including bison, bear, giant deer, hippopotamus, mammoth, lion, rhinoceros and wolf from up to 100000 years ago.

 

Close up of the Kirkdale cave entrance, with ropes dangling down to aid entry.

Close up of the Kirkdale cave entrance, with ropes dangling down to aid entry. In prehistoric times the cave had been a hyena den.

 

Autumn walking through the woodland alongside Hodges Beck.

 

Lovely autumn colours in Kirkdale.

 

 

 

 

Eventually at the top of 'Kirkdale' you overlooking into Sleightholmedale.


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15b. A Summer/Winter Walk in Kirkdale, North Yorkshire

You can park on the side of Green Lane south-east of Sleightholme Dale Lodge (fantastic gardens) - in fact this is the road to Sleightholme Dale Lodge. You walk north-east back up Green Lane, turn right south and at Woolah turn left across the fields to Hagg Wood.

Kirkdale

The fields stretching south down to the A170 Helmsley road

 

Kirkdale

Then head south for Robin Hood's Howl.

 

 

Kirkdale

The footpath through the narrow wooded limestone valley of Robin Hood's Howl.

 

November in Robin Hood's Howl

 

Kirkdale

Looking south to the crossroads north of Howkeld House.

 

Kirkdale

Looking back to Robin Hood's Howl.

 

Kirkdale

At the cross-roads turn right to head for the Kirkdale Caves and St Gregory Minster.

 

Late autumn colours in Kirkdale

 

Kirkdale

St Gregory's Minster, Kirkdale

 

 

Winter, but no snow yet!

Kirkdale

To the left of St Gregory's Minster head north, keeping close, but always to the east of Hodge Beck.

 

Kirkdale

A rather dry river bed near the Minster, but evidence of the footbridge being swept away in the past!

 

Kirkdale

Eventually, from the track north, you come out just south of Sleightholme Dale Lodge (fantastic gardens), do a clockwise U turn up the road and swing round to the left back into Green Lane.

 

There is a lovely avenue of trees lining the road down into Sleightholmdale

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