Lockton to Dalby Forest Visitors Centre
Lockton is a very small, pretty North Yorkshire village just off the A169 to Whitby road. There are only a small number of houses and farms and the road near the end of the village goes on to Levisham another very pretty little village. The church in Lockton is called St Giles’ and is a beautiful example of an ancient country church which has real charm and a beautiful stained glass window. There is also a Youth Hostel if you need a bunk bed for the night. At Dalby Forest there is 8,000acres of woodland to explore, with lots of way marked paths and cycle routes, horse and cart rides and the Go Ape if you are feeling very energetic. There are also plenty of picnic and barbeque tables as well as a restaurant and gift shop.
We park near the church in Lockton and walk towards and cross over the A169. We then go down the hill and turn left into the wood and follow the footpath through Green Dale to Low Pasture Farm where we turn right then left down hill to Low Staindale (a farm). At Low Staindale we turn right almost going back on ourselves and go into Stain Dale following Staindale Beck on our left (look out for the deer). When we get to Staindale Lodge we take the path to the left and then at the track we go straight ahead through a gate and follow this path to Dalby Forest Visitors Centre. From here we walk on the forest drive to High Dalby House and take the Bridleway on the left and follow it over a small bridge and then up the hill to the gates of Staindale Lodge. Here we turn right over the stile, down the hill a short way then over another stile on the left and go down the hill, through a gate and follow the path up hill until we come back to the A169 and into Lockton.
Mostly easy going with a steep decline into Green Dale and at Staindale Lodge gates and steep inclines from High Dalby House and last stertch back to Lockton.
6.75miles using map OS OL27.
Lockton – North Yorkshire
From York take the A64 towards Scarborough and then take the A169 to Pickering At Pickering roundabout go straight over staying on the A169 towards Whitby. Lockton is 5.5miles on the left.
Toilets and Refreshments
There are no toilets or refreshments in Lockton. Toilets, restaurant and picnic/barbeque areas in Dalby Forest Visitors Centre.