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    Wykeham Forest Trail

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    14.0 km
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    651 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Wykeham Forest Trail is a fantastic walking route in the southeast corner of North York Moors National Park that will lead you through a tranquil stretch of woodland terrain. Along the trail, you will pass through peaceful forests and traverse the undulating landscape, getting a good amount of exercise while staying under the shade of the tree cover. While there are some climbs and descent throughout the route, this is a great walk for both beginners and seasoned explorers alike.

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    Route Description for Wykeham Forest Trail

    As the name implies, the Wykeham Forest Trail will take you through a vast stretch of woodland terrain that limits the chance of any truly scenic views. What it does offer though is the chance to explore the tranquil forests of the North York Moors and still get a good amount of exercise while traversing the undulating terrain that can be found here.

    Setting out from the trailhead, you will head to the west along the Lang Gate and climb uphill to enter into the cover of the forest. After reaching the viewpoint at Highwood Brow, head left along Cross Lane and follow it through the forest to reach the southwest corner of the route.

    From here, you will make your way to the northeast along the edge of the hillside, before making your way downhill to explore a particularly dense area of the woods. Climbing back uphill, you will once again pass by Highwood Brow, turning to the east along your initial route to follow it back to the trailhead where you began the Wykeham Forest Trail.

    Getting to the Wykeham Forest Trail Trailhead

    To reach the trailhead for the Wykeham Forest Trail from East Ayton, head north on Castlegate for 0.2 km and keep straight onto Seavegate for another 2.6 km. Make a left onto Mowthorpe Road and follow it for 2.6 km before making another left. Continue on for 0.2 km to find a layby for parking.

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      Yes - On Leash

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      Older Children only

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