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Cross, castle and ram on green discEbor Way

122 km / 76 miles

N Yorks, W Yorks, York
A relatively gentle walk, taking its name from Eboracum, Roman York. From Helmsley it heads southwards to Hovingham and crosses undulating farmland to Strensall, from where the River Foss is followed to York. The city is crossed on the path along its medieval walls and is left along the banks of the River Ouse. At Tadcaster the route turns west and continues along the Wharfe valley and the Ainsty bounds to Wetherby and Harewood. Here the Way climbs to the gritstone outcrops of the Chevin and Cow and Calf Rocks on the edge of Ilkley Moor before descending to Ilkley in Wharfedale.

The Woodall bridge (SE365460) across the River Wharfe near Collingham (between Sicklinghall and East Keswick near Wetherby and part of the Ebor Way route) is closed as it is dangerous. The A659 road to Collingham, as a diversion, has no pathway. The closure notice has just been extended by a year to 14/09/14. The closure of Woodhall Bridge effectively closes the Ebor way as detours are long, and/or difficult. It has already been closed since March 2013. This closure also affects the Tidewater Way and the White Rose Way.

East Keswick Parish Council has been lobbying hard for the bridge repair to be effected and for the popular link with Sicklinghall to be reinstated. the bridge was badly damaged by a tree trunk being carried downstream and becoming stick next to a supporting pillar. Months of the trunk hitting the pillar caused it to dislocate and affect the structural safety of the bridge. NYCC engineers had to determine what lies beneath the damaged pier and therefore what options are available for re-securing it. This research has now been completed and engineers are interpreting the results and designing the repair. The design and cost estimates are due in October and once these are known the project can be put out to tender. Until that time it will not be possible to put a final timescale on the project. Mr Rayner (Rights of Way NYCC) said he knew that lack of dates was being interpreted as inaction and 'lack of intent' but he wanted to reassure villagers that 'we are actively working towards the solution and so far there has been no delay due to lack of funding' adding 'we have already allocated funding to get to the final design stage and will be in a position to consider the repair funding once that cost is known'.


Strider News - April 2014 (Route Diversions)

Woodhall Bridge between Sicklinghall and East Keswick near Wetherby- part of the Ebor Way route is closed. The closure notice has just been extended by a year to 14/09/14. The closure of Woodhall Bridge effectively closes the Ebor way as detours are long, and/or difficult. It has already been closed since March 2013.

 

East Keswick Parish Council has been lobbying hard for the bridge repair to be effected and for the popular link with Sicklinghall to be reinstated. the bridge was badly damaged by a tree trunk being carried downstream and becoming stick next to a supporting pillar. Months of the trunk hitting the pillar caused it to dislocate and affect the structural safety of the bridge. NYCC engineers had to determine what lies beneath the damaged pier and therefore what options are available for re-securing it. This research has now been completed and engineers are interpreting the results and designing the repair. The design and cost estimates are due in October and once these are known the project can be put out to tender. Until that time it will not be possible to put a final timescale on the project. Mr Rayner (Rights of Way NYCC) said he knew that lack of dates was being interpreted as inaction and 'lack of intent' but he wanted to reassure villagers that 'we are actively working towards the solution and so far there has been no delay due to lack of funding' adding 'we have already allocated funding to get to the final design stage and will be in a position to consider the repair funding once that cost is known'.

 

For the latest information please see http://www.eastkeswick.org.uk/latest-news/420-river-bridge-repair-progress

 

Details:

Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Cross, castle and ram on green disc Waymark: Cross, castle and ram on green disc
Attributes: Easy; Moorland; River
Start:
SE613838 - Helmsley, N Yorks
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Finish:
SE112480 - Ilkley, W Yorks
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Web Sites: GPS Routes - Ebor Way

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Folder: Ebor Way (J K E Piggin - 2000)
Hardback: Walkers Britain (AA Publishing - 2011)

Maps:

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OS Landranger: 100104105
OS Landranger Active: 100104105
OS Explorer: 26289290297300
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Group Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

Hostel Accommodation: Helmsley YHA, Helmsley,York, North Yorkshire < 1 Km
Hostel Accommodation: York YHA, 42 Water End, Clifton, York, North Yorkshire 1 Km
Hostel Accommodation: The Fort < 1 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Ace Hotel York (was York Backpackers) < 1 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Naburn Station, Naburn, York 2 Km

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Connected Paths:

National Trails (England & Wales): Cleveland Way National Trail
Paths Marked on OS mapping: Centenary Way (North Yorkshire); Dales Way; Dales Way Link - Bradford/Shipley; Dales Way Link - Leeds; Foss Walk; Leeds Country Way; Millennium Way - Bradford; Minster Way; Trans Pennine Trail - York Link; York to Selby Railway Path
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Other Paths: Abbey Trail; Blackpool to Bridlington (Aerospace Way); Dales High Way; Great English Walk; Head to Head; Howardian Way; Inn Way...to the North York Moors; Jorvic Way; Lake Pickering Circuit; Millennium Way - York; North of England Way; Paulinus Way; Stanza Stones Trail; Tabular Hills Walk; Tidewater Way; Tops of the North (Carlisle and Cheviot to Cat and Fiddle); Trans Pennine Way; Way of the Roses; Whitby Way; White Rose Way; Wilberforce Way; Yoredale Way; Yorkshire Ouse Walk; Yorkshire Water Way
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Anytime Challenges: Abbott's Hike; Ainsty Bounds Walk; Almscliffe Amble; Apostles Walk; Burley Bridge Hike; Harden Hike; Hovingham Hobble; Otley Nine Leagues; Otley Ringway Walk; Sting in the Tail; Three Crags Walk; Three Dales Way; Three Feathers Walk (Kilburn); Three Moors Walk; Three Rivers Walk; Two Beacons Challenge; Wharfedale Washburn Challenge; Yorkshire Ridings 200 Furlongs
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Downloads:

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Route Profile:

121.8 Km (75.7 miles)
1,548 m (5,079 ft) ascent
296 m (971 ft)  maximum height