Big walks, brand new accommodation and blissful scenery at Bransdale...
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Difficulty Level3 Three
This weekend in the North York Moors National Park is a real leg stretcher for those looking for a couple of big walking days.
We’ve managed to bag exclusive use of the newly converted Bransdale Mill which the National Trust has converted into a great bunkhouse at Fadmoor, one of the loveliest spots in the National Park.
As part of the weekend’s hiking the lucky group of just 12 people get to walk through ‘the lost dale’ of Bransdale, which is remote, tranquil and retains a time-stood-still feel to it.
Add into the mix, sections of the National Park’s long distance Cleveland Way, the wonderful market town of Helmsley and Rievaulx Abbey and you’ve got the makings of a great weekend’s yomping.
In a nutshell:
- Mill about with relish in the old mill that has open fires, flagstone floors and wooden beams.
- Mingle with the small group of fellow walkers who will soon become mates.
- March over some of the finest and quietest countryside in the North York Moors National Park.
- Max out on some great home cooked food.
- Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd May 2020
- Friday 25th – Sunday 27th September 2020
It will be a bit like stepping into a period drama as you first catch sight of Bransdale Mill – an 18thcentury building that has been lovingly restored and made fit for 21stcentury living by the National Trust.
The mill is in a beautifully secluded spot with great views and the darkest of night skies which make it perfect for stargazing.
With this in mind, there’s plenty of opportunity to step outside with a glass in hand to watch the stars while we prepare the group’s evening meal.
Over dinner we’ll discuss the plans for walking over the weekend.
After a good old hiker’s breakfast, we head out for the day’s jaunt which will be between 14 and 18 miles.
The plan is to strike out from the bunkhouse, heading west to reach Bilsdale and then picking up the Cleveland Way National Trail to cross Urra Moor and the highest point in the National Park at 1489 feet.
Across wild and remote terrain we reach Blowarth Crossing which, back in Victorian times, would have seen trains trundling across to bring ironstone out of Rosedale and onto Teesside.
From here we then head south following the ridge down to Rudland Rigg with fantastic views across to Farndale before following the river back to the mill.
Walk over, there’s plenty of time for a spot of rest and relaxation before the night’s feast is served, including a heavily laden cheeseboard that just needs to be lightened!
For today’s walk we’ll drive to the lovely market town of Helmsley passing the castle and then starting a 10-12 miler, again following part of the Cleveland Way.
For the first stretch we’ll be following in the footsteps of the Cistercian Monks to reach the impressive ruins of Rievaulx Abbey. Here we can linger for a wee while to take pictures and imagine life back in the 1100s before we continue on into peaceful, gently rolling countryside.
Back at Helmsley there’s time to duck into one of the excellent tea rooms for a well-deserved cuppa and slice of cake before we go our separate ways.
Good to know:
Bransdale Mill Bunkhouse
Arriving by Public Transport:
Nearest Train Station: Battersby.
Car shares / taxi share or travel buddy: If you are attending this trip then please use the Large Outdoors Facebook Members page to request or look for travel buddies.
- 2 nights hostel accommodation. Please note bedding is not supplied.
- 2 days of guided day walks – please note any excursions or other extra activities may incur an additional charge.
- Welcome meal on the Friday plus Saturday night evening meal. Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and then a packed lunch for Saturday.
- As well as meals, we also provide a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages – tea & coffee which includes herbal, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes.
Age Limit: You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.
Dogs: I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
Arrival Time: You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.
Solo Travellers: This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.
Rooms: Please note bedding is NOT provided and you will need to bring a towel.
Alcoholic Drinks: We do not supply any alcohol for this trip but you are welcome to bring your own drinks to enjoy over the weekend.
Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…
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What our members have to say...
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018