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Wetherby Circular via Thorp Arch

A leisurely walk (countryside) in West Yorkshire, England, about 8.60km (5.34 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 2:30h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 27m (88ft)
Loss 28m (91ft)
Max. Elevation 50m (164ft)
Elevation (total) 55m (179ft)
Start & End
Wetherby Bus Station
Distance 8.60km
(5.34mi)
Duration ~2:30
Difficulty  
Leisurely
Ordnance Survey Map
2Created by mac.hawk on 12 Apr 2016
A very gentle circular stroll from Wetherby along a section of old railway line and wide tracks that's pretty much as flat as you could ever wish for. Benches at the church at Thorp Arch make a good mid-way stop if the weather's dry. Regular buses from Leeds, York, Castleford, Harrogate etc.

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Waypoints

OS Grid SE403480
From the bus station use the pedestrian crossing to cross the road and turn right to soon reach the junction with High Street.
High Street About 0.06 km (~0.04 miles) from
OS Grid SE404480
Turn left up High Street and follow to just beyond the pedestrian crossing then turn right down Horsefair and continue to reach Hallfield Lane.
Hallfield Lane About 0.15 km (~0.09 miles) from
OS Grid SE405481
Turn left to follow Hallfield Lane past Wetherby High School. By St James Church (on the right) the road veers sharp left but continue ahead down a footpath.
St James Church About 0.44 km (~0.27 miles) from
OS Grid SE409482
A short way beyond the church reach gates to the cemetery at right and at this point turn left and carry on ahead down Gunter Road.
Montagu Road About 0.27 km (~0.17 miles) from
OS Grid SE410485
At the end of Gunter Road reach the junction with Montagu Road and turn right. At the bottom of Montagu Road turn left briefly to reach the cycle way.
National Cycleway Route 665 About 0.15 km (~0.09 miles) from
OS Grid SE411485
Turn right and follow the underpass under the A1(M) and follow the old Tadcaster to Wetherby railway line as it runs ahead, initially along the side of the racecourse.
Walton Road About 2.00 km (~1.24 miles) from
OS Grid SE430477
After 1 1/2 miles cross Walton Road (it's well wayposted here) and continue for another mile to reach the road by the prison (HMP Wealstun).
Church Causeway About 1.46 km (~0.91 miles) from
OS Grid SE438465
Turn right along Church Causeway towards All Saints Church. Upon reaching the church take a wayposted footpath on the right through a couple of fields to reach Thorp Arch village.
Thorpe Arch village About 0.67 km (~0.42 miles) from
OS Grid SE432461
At the road (by The Pax pub) turn right and follow the road (Wood Lane) for 1/2 mile to turn left down a wayposted track (Ebor Way/Wetherby).
Flint Mill Lane About 0.83 km (~0.52 miles) from
OS Grid SE431469
Follow Flint Mill Lane for 3/4 mile to reach Flint Mill Grange and carry on directly up the incline through the farm into a field and follow the tree line on your left.
Next field About 1.29 km (~0.8 miles) from
OS Grid SE419474
Enter the next field and follow the fence on the left to reach a track junction, follow the track that heads ahead right between hedging (Heuthwaite Lane).
Heuthwaite Lane About 0.92 km (~0.57 miles) from
OS Grid SE410476
Follow the lane towards Parkhill Farm where a sharp right, then left takes you towards the motorway reaching a wide (wayposted) track. Turn left to soon reach the River Wharfe.
River Wharfe About 0.36 km (~0.22 miles) from
OS Grid SE406475
At the river turn right and follow the river bank for 1/2 mile to reach Wetherby Bridge from which you can return to the bus station. Walk is approx 7 miles.

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