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Pocklington and West Wolds Area Walks

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W3 - Allerthorpe
Summary
Walk Name
Allerthorpe
Ref
W3
Stroll through Allerthorpe Wood to discover its bridleway and nature reserve.
Details
Circular Walk
Yes
Grade
Easy
Walk Type
  • Easy Walks
  • Nature Trail and Country Park Walks
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
294
Car Parking Facility
The 'Plough' pub car park and roadside parking in Allerthorpe
Refreshments
The 'Plough' pub in Allerthorpe
Public Conveniences
Railway Street in Pocklington
Distance
Distance (Miles)
4
Distance (Kilometres)
6.5
Description
  • From Allerthorpe, take the quiet lane behind the 'Plough'. Don't go into the pub yet or you may be persuaded to forget all about your walk!  The public bridleway leads in a westerly direction inside the boundary of Allerthorpe Wood.  There is a nature reserve and a pond where dragonflies flit and hover on balmy summer afternoons.
  • Allerthorpe is one of the three large heaths in the Vale of York; the others are at Skipwith and Strensall near York.
  • As at Sutton Wood, the Forestry Commission allows public access when operations permit.  Car parking areas are provided on the Thornton road, just off Sutton Lane, from where you can start a short forest walk.
Map(s)
Location
Start Point
Allerthorpe
End Point
Allerthorpe
Towns & Villages
Allerthorpe, Barmby Moor, Newton-upon-Derwent and Thornton
ParishAllerthorpe
Start Easting
478,292.00
Start Northing
447,336.00
End Easting
478,292.00
End Northing
447,336.00
Further Information
Features of Interest
-  Although most of the Vale of York was a wet marshy area before drainage for agriculture, the heaths are located on large areas of sand left by glaciers.  The sandy areas are very free-draining, so only plants which like dry acid and peaty soils prosper here.  The nature reserve is the last remnant of these once extensive heaths at Allerthorpe, because the modern conifer plantations have transformed the landscape. 
 
-  The nature reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). 
 
-  A modern story tells of how, prior to the tree plantations, a wartime officer out training saw his tank disappear into the soft peat! 
Accessibility Information
This route:- 
 
-  is relatively flat. 
 
-  contains kissing gates and hand gates but no stiles. 
 
-  contains surfaces which can be boggy in wet weather.