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From: Ainderby QuernhowTo: Forresters Arms, Kilburn16.1 miles25.9 km171m ascent121m descent
ThumbnailFrom Ainderby Quernhow, head south on a footpath giving pleasant relief from the road, and ignore 2 bridleways branching off to the left before curving round to rejoin the road, which we follow to Skipton on Swale. After the village we turn right on another bridleway, then left along the A167 for a short distance, then right again past a wooden lodge village to Carlton Miniot on the A61, where there's a couple of pubs and B & Bs, and Thirsk is not far away and has loads of accommodation possibilities. If you're continuing to Kilburn, follow the A61 for ages through the village to Thirsk railway station, then cross the bridge and take the footpath on the east side of the railway track to circumnavigate Thirsk racecourse to the north before entering Thirsk, where you can stock up on provisions. Now comes one of the most difficult sections of the walk, sadly caused by poor maintenance of footpaths in this area and in some cases intentional blocking of paths by farmers and landowners, which I've reported. If you're doing the entire 17 mile journey from Ainderby Quernhow to Kilburn, I recommend road walking for much of the route, as you'll find paths blocked by crops depending on the time of year. Anyway, leave Thirsk on the A170 road and continue along the road until you pass over the A19 road to Teesside. A good bridleway appears on the right, heading south east and developing into a delightful Green Lane past the impressive properties at Woodcock. Notice the faint stirrings in your calves and thighs, the tiny increase in your heart rate and your slightly faster breathing - all these symptoms are caused by the lovely things called contours on your map, which are slowly starting to reappear around here. Eventually you will emerge onto a road, which you can follow south to Bagby. Right, here's where it gets tricky. On the bend at Bagby you will see a sign Kilburn 3.5 miles - if you're tired and don't fancy tackling paths blocked by crops, piles of tree cuttings or thick hedges, I recommend you follow the road all the way to Kilburn. However, if you want to press on, take the bridleway due south to Thirkleby, which is easy to follow. Follow the route carefully, turning right down the hill to Thirkleby Beck, the following the bridleways to Little Thirkleby to rejoin the road. Ignore the first footpath on the left, which in theory could be your route, but you'll probably find it blocked somewhere. Take the bridleway Thwaites Lane, following it around Old Oak Cottages, then the difficulties start. A tempting bridleway is shown on the map, heading almost directly to Kilburn, but I found it blocked, intentionally, by crops. Rather than damage crops by asserting my right to use it, I trespassed around the edge of fields and eventually joined another bridleway near West Park Farm to the north. I've subsequently changed the route in this area, which involves a little more road walking towards Kilburn. In Kilburn, the Forresters Arms awaits, along with a choice of helpful smiling Ellies behind the bar. There's a couple of other B and Bs in the village, and the famous mouse man furniture factory. I would always spend the night here, but if you want to shorten your day tomorrow (and you're super fit or mad) you can arrange a lift back from Sutton Bank and tackle the White Horse climb this evening, before getting another lift back up tomorrow morning.
Bus LogoThirsk: Bagby: Thirkleby: KilburnBeer LogoBagby Inn, Bagby: Forresters Arms, Kilburn
Train LogoThirskBed LogoBagby Inn, Bagby: Forresters Arms, Kilburn
Car LogoAinderby Quernhow: Skipton on Swale: Carlton Miniot: Thirsk: Bagby: Thirkleby: KilburnTent Logo
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