Route – Circular from Constable Burton via Finghall
Distance – 3 ½ miles
Terrain – Tracks and field edges
Start at the Reading room, Constable Burton, DL8 5RG. If you need to park your car – you can do so at the rear of the building – there may even be signs to help you. Continue along the road into the village. Turn into Mill lane (first on the left), and continue to the end, and follow a FP sign along the track ahead.
You will pass the Mill House on your left. When this was a working mill, the mill stream flowed across the field, having been diverted from Burton Beck on the other side of the road bridge.
On the right there is a Chapel built in 1891. The various stones set into the building bear the names of those who contributed to the cost of construction. It was a place of worship until the 1970’s
At a fork, bear left through a kissing gate, beside a metal field gate. Ignore the FP and hand gate on the right. Continue ahead on a grassy lane running beside the beck. Do not cross the footbridge on the left.
Follow the beck for a few hundred yards. After a fence, turn slightly right, up a small rise to a kissing gate. Go through a small wood, over a stile and cross the field towards the telegraph pole and kissing gate onto the road.
Cross the road, and follow the track ahead. On reaching the church turn right
St Andrews Church built originally in the 12th century and a Grade 11 listed building. The church is now somewhat isolated. Fields close to the church have earthworks from a former village of Aykeburgh recorded in 1290 and in 1342 when it was acquired by Jervaulx Abbey. A map of 1627 shows four houses round a green. The Black Death of 1665 may explain the village’s demise.
The Wensleydale railway stopped passenger services in 1954. In 1990 and association was formed to reopen it with volunteers and a small paid staff. It re opened in 2003 and now runs regular services between Leeming Bar and Redmire.
The Queens Head is open every day serving food from 12 until 2pm, and 6pm until 9pm. During the summer it is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon to 10pm for drinks. For details of winter opening telephone 01677 450259
Having passed the 30 mph sign, the road bends to the left, but bear right through a metal hand gate, and follow the path by the hedge. When it ends, lift the metal wicket gate, and go through into the field. Turn left about 75 yards, then follow the path downhill. Having reached a track turn right, following it to the railway line. Cross and continue to the concrete bridge across the beck. Take the path opposite across the field, between the crops, to a kissing gate next to a sewage farm. Turn left and retrace your steps into the village.
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