by Maureen Robinson
On the outskirts of Whitby, set in the beautiful valley of the River Esk, lies the village of Ruswarp. Just two miles out of Whitby along the B1416 there’s easy access by public or private transport.
Park in Ruswarp, just below the prominent St Bartholomew’s Church on the B1410 (A169) as signed to Sleights and Pickering. There are public toilets on the right of this road. Your walk of four miles departs from the B140 road junction with the B1416 Whitby Road.
This ‘golden’ walk is enchanting, especially in June when the rhododendrons are in bloom at Golden Grove. It follows mainly quiet country lanes; a waterfall and extensive woodland, and a return route along a dismantled railway track which can be a haven for wildlife, in season. There are some fairly steep gradients, but these are of short duration and help provide far-reaching views.
Start. Just below Ruswarp’s church from the road junction. Proceed along the B1416, passing the Bridge Inn to your right as you continue over the railway line and Ruswarp Bridge spanning the tidal River Esk.
Immediately over the bridge turn sharp left. Notice the elevated garden at Esk View. Waterloo Cottage overlooks the river, and Shawn Riggs Caravan Park is indicated off right.
Ascending the lane, Glen Esk Caravan Park features just before a sign heads you in the direction of Golden Grove. Turn right up quite a steep hill, and remain on the lane passing Shawn Riggs Farm, and dropping down to the bridge spanning Rigg Mill Beck. Pause on the bridge to view the waterfall, and in June the rhododendrons to your right.
Then walk directly ahead past Beck Cottage. On your left is Manor Cottage and Manor House - a strikingly attractive residence.
Brisk walking to your left leads to Cockmill Hall which oozes character and charm, especially in summertime.
Climbing out of the valley, your pretty lane, sheltered and secluded, overlooks Cock Mill Wood to your left.
Reaching the hill-top pass a farm, and then open meadows and wood are revealed.
Cock Mill Wood continues, and passing a bungalow off right you reach public footpath signs. We paused here to identify bird calls and glimpse birds such as a couple of jays, chaffinch, bluetit, and a flock of long-tailed tits etc.
From this point turn left, descending what may prove to be a muddy stretch after rain, to meet Stainsacre Beck. Take the footbridge and continue along a narrow footpath on to a short section beside the beck.
Then go directly ahead up a broad, stony track. This swiftly joins a driveway past a sewage depot and leads into Rigg View.
At this road junction turn left up the embankment on to the dismantled railway. Hall Farm is seen to the right, and then Broomfields.
Larpool Hall is viewed just before the bridge is reached. Descending steps to the left, meet the road and maintain the same line of direction.
Rounding the bend, Crowdy Hall Farm commands far-reaching views, and Glenfield is observed dated 1998.
Dropping down to the hairpin bend your leafy descent is enjoyed to Cock Mill, near the bridge spanning the bubbling waters of the beck.
Passing your outward-going route to Golden Grove, retrace your steps to the road and turn right over Ruswarp Bridge.
The church, and your departure point are just ahead, and in the village you’ll find a shop near at hand.
Distance: 4 miles.
Refreshment: Try the village shop, or take a picnic.
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