Centenary Way – 12. Settrington Beacon to Abbey Plantation via Wintringham

Settrington Beacon to Abbey Plantation

The previous section of the walk brought us to Settrington Beacon from Wharram Le Street. This section of the walk has plenty of variety. Along the way, you’ll pass through woodland plantations, arable farmland and the village of Wintringham. You’ll enjoy some spectacular views and an outdoor art space. The total distance walked is 5.3 miles, the only strenuous part of the walk is a short, steep climb out of Deepdale.

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.

Settrington Beacon to Wintringham

This section is very easy to navigate, as it’s nearly all on wide tracks which are well signposted. At Settrington Beacon pass through the gate next to the Yorkshire Water building and follow the track through Rowgate Plantation. After half a mile the track bends to the right. After another 300 yards, leave the main track and turn left down a path leading downhill. Leave the wood via a gate onto Rowgate Hill. Here is the first view of the day. There is a memorial seat here if you want to sit and enjoy the view before moving on.

The village you can see straight ahead is Wintringham and the wooded hill behind it one you’ll climb later. Follow the track downhill to the field corner and then turn right to continue following the track. The track passes Rowgate Farm and continues for about a mile. Leave the track onto a footpath on the right which leads towards Wintringham. Keep the hedge to your left for a couple of fields and then the path crosses another field diagonally to a metal gate. Once through the gate cross the stream and pass a pond area to arrive at the main street in Wintringham.

Wintringham to Deepdale

It seems strange that the path routes around the outside of Wintringham in a kind of dog-leg. You’d almost believe the village didn’t want the Way running along its main street. Anyway, at the road cross over, turn left and follow the footpath for about 300 yards to the end of the village. A sign here directs you to turn very sharp right onto Back Side (it’s really called that!). This is a wide track running between the fields and the rear of the village houses. Eventually, after passing a church on the right you come to a field boundary at a road corner.

Turn left here before the field boundary and follow the path as it begins its ascent up to Deepdale. When you enter the wood in front of you turn left onto a broad track that climbs gently through the woods. After about half a mile you encounter a fingerpost at a very strange angle. It’s then you realise that the path ahead is actually at this angle. This steep climb is quite short but treacherous underfoot, please take care. If you return this way it’s even worse going down, a walking pole is very useful here or as my wife found out crawling!

Deepdale to Abbey Plantation

As you reach the top of the wood your reward awaits. As you leave the wood and enter open countryside an impressive view across the Vale of Pickering opens up before you. There is also an art installation here as well. This is called Enclosure Rites which apparently was inspired by the many Bronze Age features found in the landscape around here.

The path continues straight on along an ancient earthwork heading slightly downhill to reach a surfaced bridleway. A Wolds Way sign here points both left and right. Right takes you past a caravan site before turning left down a track into Knapton Plantation. Turning left and then almost immediately right takes you straight down into Knapton Wood.

Whichever way you chose, turn right upon entering the wood onto an enclosed bridleway along the top side of the wood. The woodland path ends at a kissing gate. Immediately past this on the left is an area of chalk grassland. The Centenary Way continues straight along the path to the right of the fence line past Abbey Plantation. The next section of the walk goes from Abbey Plantation to Crowsdale Wood.

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 Settrington Beacon to Abbey Plantation

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