North York Moors Walks
Date: 29th October 2006
Distance: 5.5 miles
Ascent: 720 feet
Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Start Grid Ref: SE492866
A pleasant walk from the attractive village of Boltby on to the Hambleton escarpment visiting both Boltby Scar and Boltby Forest.
Route Summary: Boltby - Little Moor - Boltby Scar - Cleveland Way - Sneck Yate Bank - Low Paradise - Boltby
1. Looking back towards Boltby and Boltby Forest
2. Looking south to Whitestone Cliff
3. On the small grassy tumulus above Boltby Scar
4. Lisa on Boltby Scar
5. Looking back down to Boltby from Boltby Scar
6. The path through Boltby Forest
7. Holly near Low Paradise Farm
8. More holly
9. Looking up to Boltby Scar
10. A ladybird
Walk Detail: It was a really beautiful sunny late October morning as we set off from the lovely little village of Boltby. Initially we followed a series of very muddy paths along a lane then up over a moor and into the plantations below Boltby Scar.
There were a few moments of doubt regarding the correct route but we eventually got on to the right one which also happened to be the muddiest path I’d been on in a while. It was that clay like mud that seems to carry on accumulating on to your boots making it very difficult to get a foothold. Once we had passed that though we got on to the ridge to enjoy a lovely mile or two above Boltby Scar with a brief detour to visit the tumulus on the highest point.
The return was firstly through a lovely stretch of Boltby Forest just over the Sneck Yate road and then down past Lower Paradise Farm where we saw some colourful holly trees and some odd looking goats before finally following a nice contouring path with views back up towards Boltby Scar. Just before the final stretch of road Lisa spotted a ladybird, one of the few I've seen this year, so I stopped and took a couple of pictures.
While the scenery can hardly match that of the Dales or Lakes it was still a lovely little walk (minus the muddy bits!!) and there were some extensive views. It was so clear we could clearly make out Meugher, Great and Little Whernside, Buckden Pike and Pen Hill.