A circular walk from Cawthorne Roman Camp

The North York Moors walk starts from at the Cawthorne Roman Camp site just north of Cawthorne. The circular route takes in sections of the Tabular Hills Walk and Cropton forest walks, the Seven valley and Cropton Banks. On completion of the route there is a circuit of the Roman camps with a panorama which includes a good deal of the walk you have just completed.

Technical sheet
No. 293220
A Cropton walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 05/08/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 6h30[?]
Distance Distance : 19.58km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 315m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 309m
Highest point Highest point : 278m
Lowest point Lowest point : 71m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : North York Moors
Location Location : Cropton
Starting point Starting point : N 54.29622° / W 0.79926°
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(D/A) The walk starts at the (free) North Yorkshire Moors parking at the Cawthorne Roman Camps site just north of Cawthorne (grid ref. SE783895) where there is plenty of room to park amongst the trees. The walk is a circuit taking in part of the Tabular Hills Walk, the Cropton forest walks, the Seven valley and Cropton Banks. At the end there is also the circuit of the camps and the panorama where you can see a good deal of the walk you have just done.

Come out of the parking area back along the entrance track, turn right on the road and the right again on the road to Keldy Banks which forms part of the Tabular Hills walk. Turn off opposite Keldy Banks on the path signed as the THW and follow the path through the trees and past Ellerton Lodge. Follow the path to the right of the house at High Cawthorne then take the track straight ahead - rather than the road to Thornsby House.

(1) Keep heading north on the path which becomes a track - at which point you stop following the THW and now follow part of the Moor To Sea cycle network. The track becomes Middle Head Road and just past High Farm you take the Rutmore Road track on your left. The track through Cropton forest is signed as MTSCN past High Muffles to Muffles Rigg at grid ref. SE766936. At this point carry straight on taking the path through the trees. The going is more difficult here and although it may look like you can cross just one forest track and then take the second one in order to angle down from 762935 to Spiers Bank House the track does not exist and you would remain on Spiers Bank - too far from the Seven.

(2) Having got onto the track alongside the river Seven go past Spiers Bank House and come out on Moor Bank Lane. Go right over the Hartoft bridge then take the path over the stile on your left alongside the beck. Cross the river Seven on the stepping stones and continue up the moor side until you meet the track where you go left past High Askew and come onto Askew Rigg Lane.

(3) Follow the road to Lower Askew, turn left over the Seven and on to Cropton Bridge. Turn right up to Cropton on the road. There is no path until the THW joins just below the old castle hill. Stay on the THW route as it turns off the road and cuts up a path towards St Gregory's church and then along High Lane back to the Cawthorne parking(D/A).

If you then follow the signed walk around the camps not only can you see the Roman earthworks but you will come to the viewpoint at the north west corner of the site where you can see most of the walk that you have just completed.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 177m - North Yorkshire Moors parking
1 : km 3.35 - alt. 182m - Keep heading north
2 : km 8.62 - alt. 141m - Take the track alongside the river Seven
3 : km 12.93 - alt. 83m - Follow the road
D/A : km 19.57 - alt. 177m

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Opinions and comments


Global average : 4/5
Number of opinions : 2
Description quality : 4/5
Routemap quality : 3.5/5
Walk interest : 4.5/5

on Mon 03 Feb 2020 16:32:20 CET

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 28/01/20
Description quality : Good
Easiness to follow the route : Good
Walk interest : Good

An enjoyable mixed landscape walk pretty much as described but do note that the Spiers Bank on the OS map and the Spiers Bank as signposted on the ground by the Forestry Commission didn't seem to us, to correspond - maybe something to do with the holiday lodges that have now appeared or maybe we just weren't paying sufficient attention (!) but suggest use a compass to help find your way or like us you'll be having a longer walk than intended. Also, sadly the stepping stones section of the route referred to in the description remains unavailable due to storm damage.

on Mon 15 Apr 2019 09:21:14 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 15/04/19
Description quality : Good
Easiness to follow the route : Average
Walk interest : Very good

The route needs a bit of consideration as none of the road names actually exist on the ground, and so it is not always clear which route to follow

We had to detour at the stream as at present ( mid march 2019) one of the stepping stones over the stream was missing and the stream was running quite high because of recent rains. The roman campsite was a plus - never knew it was there, with tremendous view over the countryside

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