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Ampleforth Wass Newstead Ponds and Yearsley

Event Details

Restarting Events

We are restarting some events with the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Currenly walks in England can take place.  Walks in Scotland may take place with a maximum of 15 participants, but all participants (and walks) must stay within their own local authority area.  Walks in Wales will restart from the 26th of April, with a maximum of 30 participants.

General information

A 10 mile circular walk from just west of Ampleforth on the road to Wass. We follow footpaths through fields to Newstead ponds, from here taking a sharp right to join a very muddy farm track and then passing through the farm yard (last time a walker in the group fell in a slurry pit) so beware....

We take a long steady climb with fantastic views of Byland Abbey.

Reaching a refurbished house at the top of the hill you will notice the feature first floor bathroom in full view and perhaps will be lucky enough to see the owner bathing....

From here through woods to reach a lake for lunch.

More wooded trails greet us on route to Yearsley. We walk through the village and enter dense forest for some time with panoramic views of Ampleforth college and then descend to the fish ponds before a flat field or 2 before arriving in the village and our road walk back to the cars.

There is an option for a socially distance drink and cake afterwards either in the village pub or Ampleforth college tearooms.


Terrain / Difficulty

Moderate. Some tracks can be muddy.

Approximate Distance

10 miles

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