Great Ouseburn Upper Dunsforth Lower Dunsforth Round

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Great Ouseburn is a lovely village in the Harrogate District of North Yorkshire. It takes its name along with Little Ouseburn from the River Ouse which starts as Ouse Gill Beck in the garden of the old Great Ouseburn Workhouse. Ouse Gill Beck flows for 4 miles before joining the River Ure. The nearby Aldwalk Bridge is a toll bridge, costing 40p, crosses the River Ure then a little nearer towards York at Cuddy Shaw Reach near Linton on Ouse the river changes its name to the River Ouse. Going the other way about 1.5 miles from Lower Dunsforth the River Swale joins the River Ure. Great Ousburn many years ago had three pubs The Bay Horse, The Three Horseshoes and The Crown Inn now only the latter has survived which has changed hands a few times of late. It is said that the new owners are transforming it back into its former glory with good food using local produce. There is also a post office come local shop. Upper Dunsforth is a very quiet well kept village with no pub or shop but does have a nature reserve the Upper Dunsforth Carr which has limited road side parking. Lower Dunsforth is another quiet well kept village with a pub The Angler Country Inn and Restaurant. At the back of The Angler there is the Lower Dunsforth residential park where only a field away is the River Ure.

We park at the side of the road in Great Ouseburn and walk through the village past the post office shop and the pub. Just past the pub we turn right at the T-Junction, sign posted Upper Dunsforth, and walk to the village hall here we turn right and follow the footpath sign taking us over the cricket club and football field. There is also a play park for the children. At the far side of the field we go through a gap in the hedge taking us through a corn field, subject to time of year. We carry on through a few fields before reaching Upper Dunsforth. Half way through the village at the brow of the hill we turn right onto a path at the side of a house. Then go over a stile into a field we go over two fields bearing to the right at the corner of the second field we go over a stile and walk a short way then go straight ahead, where the track turns right, into a field here we see two deer, a bird of prey and a hare a fantastic sight. We walk diagonally to the left to a bridge in the hedge. Immediately after the bridge we turn right to the end of the field then we turn left and in the next field where the hedge line bends to the right we turn left following a path through a corn field, again subject to time of year and turn right onto a track.

We follow the track then we go through a gate and follow the sheep track straight ahead to a bridge over a beck then turn right to meet the River Ure. We turn left and follow the river for approx 1.75 miles passing a footpath on the left until we come to a field where we can see the residential park at Lower Dunsford on the left. Here we turn left up the far side of the field and follow the hedge line and then walk through the residential park taking us to the pub in Lower Dunsforth. At the pub, The Angler, we turn right and follow the road until we come to a Y-Junction here we take the left fork at Mary Lane and after a short way we take the footpath over a stile on the left near the sign, Tom Lane. We go over two fields then in the next field we go slightly left to a bridge hidden by over growth. We go over the bridge then diagonally right over the field then in the next field turn left along the hedge to the road. We turn right at the road which takes us into Upper Dunsforth. We walk through the village until the road takes a sharp right and we go up the footpath opposite, into the field we come down, back to the cricket and football field in Great Ouseburn and make our way back to our parked car.


This is a nice easy flat walk.


Approx 6.5 miles using OS map 299.


Great Ouseburn in the Harrogate District of North Yorkshire.


From York take the A59 towards Knaresborough and take the B6265 Green Hammerton turn off on the right. After about 2.5miles take the turning on the right for Little Ouseburn go through the village and at the t-junction turn left and go over the bridge. Great Ouseburn is the next village.

Toilets and Refreshments

There are no public toilets the nearest ones are at Boroughbridge.
For refreshments in Great Ouseburn there is a shop and post office combined and The Crown Inn. In Lower Dunsforth there is The Angler country inn and restaurant which is closed on Wednesday lunch times.

2 responses to “Great Ouseburn Upper Dunsforth Lower Dunsforth Round”

  1. Tony Elgie says:

    Just have done a round walk from Kirk Deighton based on your Wetherby to Spofforth walk. The walk was much enhanced by being able to watch your video first so that I could look out for the pitfalls ….. many thanks from both myself and all three dogs

    Will be looking at the Great Ouseburn walk next. I like a walk of around 1hr 15mins to 1hr 30 mins so will extract what I need

    Keep on writing


    Tony Elgie

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