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SE 9887/01 Forge Valley

Map for walk around Gormire Lake and the White Horse of Kilburn This walk takes us into the Forge Valley, a steep sided wooded valley that was formed by glacial melt water, diverting the River Derwent from its original short route into the North Sea at Scarborough into a new route that eventually ends in the Humber.

Ascent: 365ft
Length: 1.75 miles (or longer)
Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer Map OL27
Last Walked:
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We start from the car park at Green Gate, at the western end of Low Road. If approaching from the south, take the right turn at the northern end of the valley.

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A number of tracks lead off into the woods from this car park. Facing the road take the track that leads off to the left, climbing up into the woods and heading towards the Forge Valley. This track soon turns sharply to the left and continues to climb, before leveling off and heading south down the valley.
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After about a fifth of a mile the path splits. The clearest track climbs up steeply to the left, while a second path continues on level. Take the level path and follow it as it continues to run along the valley, before eventually dropping down a series of steps down to the road through the valley.
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This path brings us down onto the road just to the left of one of the main car parks in the valley, and the only bridge over the River Derwent.
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Derwent in Forge ValleyCross this bridge, and head south along the valley for as long as you wish, remembering that we will be returning along the same route. When you are ready turn back and return to the east bank via the same bridge.
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Hazel Head viewpointJust across the bridge a footpath heads off to the north (left) running along the narrow gap between the road and the river. Follow this path for as long as possible, but eventually, at the next car park, we are forced back onto the road for a short distance. Look out for the next footpath into the foods and follow this as it leads up to the northern edge of the woods. At this point the path leads off to the right, away from the Derwent, and climbs up to a now-closed car park and view point at Hazel Head (a clear raised bank). Use the original exit from the car park to reach the road north out of Forge Valley. Cross this road onto a footpath that cuts diagonally to the right through the trees to return to our starting point.