Centenary Way – 11. Wharram Le Street to Settrington Beacon

Wharram Le Street to Settrington Beacon

The previous section of the walk brought us from Toisland Wold to Wharram Le Street. This short section of the walk from Wharram Le Street to Settrington Beacon climbs back into the Wolds. There are spectacular views about halfway into the walk down towards Bellmanear Farm and beyond, across Ryedale. If you have walked the Malton to North Grimston section of the Way, you might remember passing this farm.

After walking 3.7 miles it arrives at Settrington Beacon. The original Beacon was a Roman signal station which was built close to where the trees now hide a Yorkshire Water building. It was one of a chain of beacons stretching from Filey Brigg and Scarborough to York. These were designed to be an early warning system in the event of a Viking invasion. The beacon today is a large brazier on top of a tall pole, located a short distance west on top of Thorpe Bassett Wold. It is sometimes lit to mark special occasions. This is quite a popular spot due to the extensive views from the site.


Much of the Centenary Way is covered by the Ordnance Survey Map of Howardian Hills & Malton (Yorkshire Wolds North) The OS Explorer Map 300 is centred around Malton and contains parts of the Howardian Hills and The Yorkshire Wolds. With this map, you also get a code for use on your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet. The map is available in both the standard paper version and the weatherproof ‘Active’ version.

Walk Directions

From the crossroads in Wharram Le Street turn left and walk along the footpath by the side of the B1248. As you reach the end of the village the path crosses the road and heads up Broad Balk track. There is a fingerpost pointing the way. Take care crossing the road as it is quite busy and the traffic fast.

The track goes up the hillside, eventually meeting the B1253. The path continues over the road on the right-hand side of the hedge. When you reach some farm buildings the path crosses over to the left-hand side of the hedge. There is a seat here is you want to enjoy the views and have a rest.

Follow the path down to the field corner and turn left. Cross over a stile and turn left to follow the fence line. The path then dog-legs down to Whitestone Beck. After crossing the beck via the footbridge there is a short climb up to a farm track which leads to Wood House Farm.

Follow the path up to the farm and walk through the farmyard. Keep following the track in a northerly direction. The path then enters a woodland path which runs adjacent to the track. This eventually rejoins the track, turning left and then right to walk between fields on the left and a wood on the right. Pass the farm buildings at High Bellmanear and continue along the track until you reach the Water Tower at Settrington Beacon. The next section of the walk continues towards Abbey Plantation.

Picture Gallery – Wharram Le Street to Settrington Beacon

I’m very grateful to the guide “The Centenary Way” written by North Yorkshire County Council which was referenced whilst writing this post.

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Centenary Way Wharram Le Street to Settrington Beacon

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