2.9 of 5 (33 votes)

Follifoot to Spofforth via Plumpton Rocks

A leisurely walk (countryside) in North Yorkshire, England, about 6.40km (3.98 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 1:45h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 37m (121ft)
Descent 69m (226ft)
Max. Elevation 80m (262ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 106m (347ft)
Start & End
Follifoot Main Street
Distance 6.40km
Duration ~1:45h
Ordnance Survey Map
2Created by mac.hawk on 20 Jan 2015
This is a fab walk for pre-high school kids of about 4 miles (but see note in Waypoint 10). Plumpton Rocks (open March to Oct) has admission charges (Adults £3.50 Kids £2.50) but it's a wonderful, wooded, watered, rocky area that younger children will love exploring. Spofforth Castle is free to explore. Hourly 770 Leeds-Wetherby-Harrogate bus Mon-Sat (2 hourly Sundays) to Follifoot/Spofforth.

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Walk Map

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OS Grid SE341524
Alight the bus at the Harewood Arms/Post Office and head north to the memorial cross. Turn right at the junction by the gates to Rudding Park.
OS Grid SE342526
Pass the church on your left and continue along the road to where the road bends sharply to the left.
About 0.24 km (~0.15 miles) from
OS Grid SE349531
Leave the road and enter the field on the right and follow RoW footpath NE with the wood on your left to reach the A661 (Harrogate Road).
About 0.83 km (~0.52 miles) from
OS Grid SE352534
Cross the road and turn right briefly to reach the entrance to Plumpton Rocks.
About 0.45 km (~0.28 miles) from
OS Grid SE354533
Go left up the access road to reach the admission area on the left. Plumpton Rocks are open weekends March to October 11am to 6pm.
About 0.23 km (~0.14 miles) from
OS Grid SE356535
Pay & enter and wander around the woods, lake and rocks before returning to what will now be your exit point.
About 0.29 km (~0.18 miles) from
OS Grid SE350530
Retrace your steps to the road by Brown Hill Wood but now turn left and follow Crimple Beck (on your right) through fields for 1 3/4 miles to reach the A661 (Harrogate Road) bridge.
About 0.89 km (~0.55 miles) from
OS Grid SE365511
Turn right to cross the beck & follow the road to pass All Saints Church on the right & reach a mini-roundabout junction (pub & convenience store here too - surely ice-creams in the summer!).
About 2.42 km (~1.5 miles) from
OS Grid SE363510
Turn right and follow Castle Street to (unsurprisingly) reach the ruined castle and bus stops towards Leeds or Harrogate.
About 0.30 km (~0.19 miles) from
OS Grid SE360512
Well worth a look around on a sunny summers days or just a lounge or kick-about in the grounds. Walk is about 4 miles but that doesn't include your wandering around Plumpton Rocks or the Castle.
About 0.34 km (~0.21 miles) from

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23 Aug 2018
Lots Of Roadside Walking

This was our first Car Free Walk, and I was suprised at how much of it was long busy roads. Not exactly peaceful, but it was fun to explore somewhere new. I would not want to take children younger than 10, however.

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