Broughton, North Yorkshire
Not long after the time the church of All Saints, Broughton had been established 900 years ago the Tempest Family moved into the parish, setting up a corn mill on Broughton Beck. 31 generations later the family is still there and though there is no denying its deep roots into the past especially evident in the rather splendid Broughton Hall, present owner Roger Tempest is as interested in the future. Soon after inheriting the estate he set up a business park. Today this provides employment for 500 people. That sounds busy but as you quickly discover when you follow this route the business park has a minimum impact on its surroundings. In fact you will hardly know it’s there.
Start/finish: Close to the Bull Inn, Broughton on the A59 between Gisburn and Skipton.
Distance: 5½ k 3½ miles
Time: 1½ - 2 hours
Summary: After a short road walk along the A59 you are taken back in time into a rural idyll. When you walk it you'll want to stay 900 years!
Maps: OS OL 2 The Yorkshire Dales
Map by kind permission of the Blackpool Gazette
Directions. From the Bull turn left along the A59 in the direction of Gisburn. 5 minutes walking will lead you to a slip road bearing left.
Follow this down and then turn left
over a broad bridge
to reach the gates of Broughton Hall and its business park.
If you are curious what a rural business park looks like - have a looksee. Though private property casual visitors are not discouraged. The route however follows the lane as it turns right in front of the gates and continues for almost 1k (15 minutes) crossing Primrose Hill to reach the church of All Saints.
Keep on the lane passing the church hall on the right and then turn left over a fence stile
close to a wooden gate onto an unmarked footpath. Follow the fence on the left to a corner and then bear left towards a telephone pole.
With a fence on the left keep ahead to reach a gate
leading onto a concrete drive that was once a railway track. Cross this to a wooden gate,
go through it and turn left. The next part of the walk keeps roughly parallel to the track now on your left.
Keep ahead until you reach a farm drive.
Cross this to a small metal gate
and then cross a large pasture below a farm house to the right. Cross two pastures passing through identical metal gates
to reach the edge of a strip of woodland to the left of the track. After the next gate
bear right, away from the track aiming to the right of three small trees in the fence line ahead. This will bring you to a wooden gate set in a short section of wall.
Through this skirt to the right of Banner Hill the grassy mound before you and then to a gate in a wooden fence.
After this cross a large field aiming for another short section of wall to the left of two tall trees. Here pass through a small wooden gate
and keep ahead with a stone wall on your left.
This leads down to a boggy depression in which flows Banner Hill Beck.
Cross this as best you can and then continue over the rise before you. Ahead aim for a wooden gate 50 metres to the right of a wall corner.
DO NOT GO THROUGH THE GATE. Instead turn sharply left at an angle not quite back on yourself and aim for the far right corner of the field you are in.
It takes you back to Banner Hill Beck crossed more easily by a stone slab and a wooden stile.
(This may seem an unnecessary extension but its keeps you legally on rights of way.) This places you alongside the railway line. Over the stile and walk along the wall to an old ladder stile.
Cross this and cross the embankment to a path that leads steeply down to a second ladder stile.
After this bear left to cross a small beck just before a gateway.
Continue with the fence on your left gently uphill crossing a wooden stile
to enter the next large field. Keep ahead with the fence on your left dropping to a depression. Here turn left through a wooden gate.
The way climbs a slight rise between two woods and then crosses to a track leading to a wooden gate.
To the left the impressive farm complex is part of the Broughton Hall estate and is used for holiday lets. Continue on the track which soon passes Middle Lodge next to ornate metal gates,
crosses Broughton Beck
and brings you onto the A59
next to the Bull.