By Katherine Robinson
Walking the footpaths around Bugthorpe
One of the things I love about living in Bugthorpe, is being able to go for a nice walk straight from my front door. There is a good network of footpaths, so there’s always a route of the right length. I’m a relative newcomer to the village so I didn’t grow up with the fields and woods as my playground. I bought OS Explorer Maps 294 and 300, and have got to know the public rights of way over the last few years. I’ll be doing an occasional series of walks for the Bugthorpe Village website which I hope might inspire some residents to try something different, or help visitors to the area.
If you are driving to Bugthorpe to start a walk, there are plenty of places to park while keeping gates and passing places clear. Visitors may like to know, you can get a hot drink and something to eat from the village shop (see the Post Office website for opening times).
There may be livestock in some of the fields so please keep dogs under control, and remember cows with calves can be particularly dangerous. Please check the Ramblers website advice if you are not aware of the risks:
The map below shows the footpaths in the area I hope to cover during the series. I will use it to help describe the routes but it is not a substitute for having an OS map if you aren’t familiar with the area. Apart from being less accurate, it doesn’t contain lots of interesting information like locations of tumuli, or useful information like contours! However, I have updated it relative to my OS map, where I’ve noticed that some paths have changed route and some field boundaries have been removed.
For a printable pdf of a higher resolution map, click here.
Click here for the first of an occasional series of walks around Bugthorpe. If you are a resident who would like some inspiration to do something different, or a visitor to the village, here’s a route that gives you good views up to the edge of the Wolds and across the Vale of York, without a steep climb. If low cloud obscures the view, then at this time of year you can still enjoy the autumn colours, the hedgerow fruits and, of course, the fresh air!
Click here for the second in our series of walks around Bugthorpe. This is longer and harder than Route 1 but it takes you up to the edge of the Wolds. With a walk up there you can get a different perspective on things, literally and metaphorically. The route is two loops so you can do a shorter version if you prefer.
Click here for the fifth in our series of walks. Here is a circuit around Kirby Underdale. You can walk to Kirby from Bugthorpe, or drive to the village hall car park where the route description starts. The walk isn't particularly long but it gives you lots of different views of the hill and vales as you walk through Painsthorpe, Uncleby and Hanging Grimston.
Click here for the sixth in our series of walk. The walk is described from Kirby Underdale but you can walk to Kirby Underdale from Bugthorpe for a longer walk. The climb to the South Wold Dale open access area is rewarded with wonderful views and you can enjoy the freedom of not having to stick to a footpath.