Crathorne Hutton Rudby Round
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Crathorne is a nice village in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire close to the Cleveland Hills and has a very friendly pub, The Crathorne Arms, which is an award winning restaurant. The village is home to Baron Crathorne and the gardens of Crathorne Hall, an Edwardian stately home, are famous for games of croquet during the summer. The hall, which can be seen from the first footpath we take, is now a luxurious hotel owned by Hand Picked Hotels. There is a handsome large church on the outskirts of Crathorne surrounded by trees.
Hutton Rudby is another lovely village also in the Hambleton district and close to the Cleveland Hills. We view the hills in the distance many times on our walk. Hutton Rudby was originally two villages Hutton and Rudby, they became as one village by the building of the bridge over the River Leven. The river flows through Hutton Rudby and you can get fly fishing day tickets from the Spar shop. There is also a fruit shop, butcher, Post Office, bank, petrol station and three pubs The Bay Horse, The Kings Head and The Wheatsheaf Inn. In the centre of Hutton Rudby is the village green where events are held to raise money for charities. The oldest building is the All Saints Church of English gothic design with a 14th century nave and a 15th century tower. The village relies heavily on agriculture for its industry but in the 18th and 19th centuries the linen factory played a bigger part in the industry.
We park in the lane near the church and walk left up the road taking the footpath on the left we go over a field, watch out for birds of prey, with the River Leven on our left, through a gate, over a field and into a wooded area. Here we go down the hill, over a wooden bridge and back up the other side into a field. We walk keeping the fence on our right through the field then turn right, look out for a gap in the hedge with a sort of bridge, we go over this and head straight over the field towards the edge of Old Leven Wood, turn right then left then carry on straight ahead to a track go over this track and bear slightly right heading for the houses. At the houses we go over the double stile and beck and walk to the end turn right onto the road then take the next left, (through housing) into cul-de-sac, turn left, then right onto a footpath, then right onto the road which takes you to the monument on the main road of Hutton Rudby. At the monument we turn left passing the Post Office and The Kings Head and onto the village green (to the right is the Spar and butcher) we walk to the end and turn left between The Bay Horse and The Wheatsheaf Inn. There is plenty of parking in Hutton Rudby if you wish to do the walk from here or even just for a visit. When we come to the river and church (there is a church car park here so please keep this free on Sundays) we turn left taking the tarmac lane on the left. We walk along the lane then turn right and follow the road, now a concrete road, to the sewage works. Or you can walk along the edge of the river, which also meets with the sewage works. Look out for the dippers and grey wagtails. We said in the film we saw a yellow wagtail but we now know it was a grey wagtail. The path goes between the river and sewage works then following the edge of the field and then bearing to the right we go through a gap in the trees. We then go up a small hill through the trees and then at the top we turn left towards Blue Barn. We turn left onto the track going past Blue Barn and follow the track all the way until we come to the old corn mill here we turn right, then left, then over the bridge then bear to the left, then to the right back to the car.
Easy, flat walking with only one small gradient.
Approx 4.75miles. Using map OS OL26 North York MOORS Western area.
Crathorne, in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire
From York take the A19 towards Middlesbrough. Take the turn off for Crathorne on the left and going over the A19 to get to Crathorne on the right.
Toilets and Refreshments
There are no public toilets in Crathorne or Hutton Rudby. For refreshments there is a pub in Crathorne and in Hutton Rudby there are three pubs, a spar shop and a butcher, who sells good pies.