Osmotherly to Cod Beck Reserviour Round
Osmotherley, an attractive village, is situated in the North York Moors National Park between the Cleveland Hills to the north and the Hambleton Hills to the south, and is the perfect place to stay and explore the surrounding Moors. Osmotherley is the start of the Lyke Wake Walk to Ravenscar covering 42miles over the Moors and also nearby is the Cleveland Way part of the Coast to Coast Walk. If you require a good pair of walking boots there is the Walking Shop, which is very reasonable. There is also a post office come newsagents on the left up the hill where you can pick up leaflets for about 10 different walks in this area. Until recently the farming village of Osmotherley held cattle and sheep sales in the Market Place. It is said, that smugglers visited Osmotherley as they crossed the moors with contraband from the coast.
Cod Beck Reservoir, north of Osmotherley, is named after Cod Beck which is the small river that feeds the reservoir and then goes through Thirsk to join the River Swale at Topcliffe. Cod Beck Reservoir is open to the public, so please take care in abiding by the country side rules. Nearby Mount Grace Priory, is well worth a visit being one of nine of the best preserved Carthusian Priorites founded in this country.
We park in the village centre and walk down the road towards Thimbleby and take the left fork towards Hawnby. After a few hundred yards we take the footpath on the left between the trees and the beck and follow this path past the waterfall until we reach a crossroads of paths we turn right towards the farm and then bare left over a little bridge with a white gate. We go straight ahead until we come to a crossroads of paths we turn right here and head up hill to Green Lane (track), turn right and then left at Rocky Plain, going slightly up hill we reach High Lane (track). Turning left here we head straight on until we reach a valley with a beck, ford and bridge then turn left to Cod Beck Reservoir. At the reservoir we take the path on the left up to the dam. We go over the dam and then left onto the road and follow the road back to Osmotherley.
Fairly easy walk with only a few moderate inclines and declines.
Approx 5.25miles using map OS OL26
Osmotherley – North Yorkshire Moors.
Take the A19 Thirsk to Middlesbrough and take the Osmotherley turn off. Go under the A19 turn left then right.
Toilets and Refreshments
There are public toilets in the village on the right just past the Three Tuns pub. For refreshments there are three pubs, a bistro, tea shop, and a fish and chip shop.