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Daffodils by the River Seven at Sinnington/photo by Arnold Underwood

Looking across the Wolds/from a photo by Stuart Kemp


'Seven Crossings'

An ideal walk for Springtime. A mix of woodland and riverside feature this walk linking three delightful villages on the fringe of the North York Moors. This walk twice crosses the River Seven which after rising on the moors has flowed down Rosedale and after passing through Sinnington joins the River Derwent in the Vale of Pickering.

Fact File

Distance 11km (7 miles)
Time allow up to 4 hours
Map OS Outdoor Leisure North York Moors OL26/27
Start/Parking Park tidily by the green in Sinnington (Honesty box for donations)
Terrain Woodland paths and bridleways and minor roads
nearest Town Pickering
Refreshments Pubs in Sinnington, Appleton-le-Moors, and Cropton
Toilets none
Public Transport Scarborough District 128 serves Sinnington
Suitable for all
Stiles -

Route created using TrackLogs Digital Mapping

Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.

  1. (Start) From Sinnington village green cross the road bridge over the River Seven and then immediately turn right along a bridleway track in front of cottages. This track initially keeps by the river. As you approach woodland go through a gate on the right marked 'to Appleton'. Now the path climbs away from the river. Leave the woodland and cross a field to a gate and turn left up the side of the next field. Go through more gates and past a farm to emerge in Appleton-le-Moors.

  2. (2.5km, 1 miles) Walk up the wide main street of the village - the Moors Inn is on the left. At the top of the village, just past the church, turn right down the road towards Cropton. At a junction at a left-hand bend continue straight on down a lane to Appleton Mill. At the bottom of the hill, pass through a gate and follow the field side round to a footbridge and recross the River Seven. Walk up to a sign post. Going right will bring you quickly back to Sinnington along the river bank. Otherwise turn left and follow the track, which can wet and muddy in places, along the valley to emerge onto a road at the bottom of Cropton Hill.

  3. (6.0km, 3 miles) Turn right and plod up the hill into Cropton. Take a little time to explore the village before turning south along the road towards Pickering to come upon the New Inn. This inn is very popular for its food and its beer - it is the home of Cropton Brewery - so call in for a bite to eat and a pint of Cropton 'Two Pints'.

  4. (6.5km, 3 miles) From the Inn head south along the road for a short distance then fork right at a bridleway sign along a track (Bull Ings Lane). After passing a cottage this track becomes rough and more enclosed. At a junction of tracks bear right through a gate to head diagonally SW across rough grassland. Continue through two more gates to arrive at the edge of Mill Wood. The track now keeps along the edge of the wood which cloaks the steep valley side. Being a bridlway the track can be churned up in places.

  5. (7.8km, 5 miles) Keep along the top, ignoring any turnings until after about a mile you reach a track at a T-junction. Here go right for a short distance then left, to continue on the bridleway as it dips downhill towards the Hall and round past the church on the edge of Sinnington. From the church follow the lane downhill into the village, turning left at the bottom to return to the green

Along the Way

Siinnington is a picturesque village at an ancient crossing point of the River Seven. In springtime the daffodils on the green rival those of nearby Farndale. The woodland also abounds with spring flowers - daffodils, primroses, wild garlic and bluebells.

Appleton-le-Moors is a typical moorland village, with a single broad street bordered by cottages, and Cropton is a hilltop settlement at the 'end' of Rosedale. A short distance from the village is the site of the extensive Roman Camp at Cawthorne. Cropton Brewery as won awards for its Ales and Stout, which are now also available at other selected pubs in the area.

Arnold Underwood (Mar 2002)

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