So lockdown has been extended, as the day light gets longer and hopefully the days warmer I hope we are all staying safe and looking after ourselves both physically and mentally. To keep the ideas flowing for solo running I took note of a challenge the other week for an off road route, so here goes…
Bedale to Snape 10k
A route many with recognise large parts of as Snape 10k with a different start position in the route heading off from Bedale towards Exelby down Southend. Leaving town and following the road initially until you reach a track on the right, Lord’s Lane. Passing Lord’s Moor Farm continuing on, as the track bends to the right of the second time take the footpath. Crossing the field and sweeping round to the left to pick up the field boundary. Crossing a ditch, continuing to follow the field boundaries until you reach a track; Ings Lane. Turning right towards Snape as you reach the village take the track to the right Bogs Lane, the lane turns to field boundaries. Following the footpath through a short section of woods and out into pasture land, crossing this new undulating ground towards a track baring right to roughly follow the track until the footpath turns left for a short distance to reach to road in Firby. Reaching the road turning right, returning to Bedale down Firby Road, to make it a round 10k cross Masham Road continuing straight on until you reach The Wynd turning right and then nearly immediately left. Take the road past the Fire Station following it round through the arch way and out onto North End. There are various options to add a little more to this route.
Firby across the fields 5k
Again heading off from Bedale down Southend, to Iddison Drive turning right then first left on to Stapleton Close following the curve of the road round the green space to the 3rd left Nattrass Walk. At the end of Nattrass Walk pick up the footpath to the right initially along the back if the houses. Then on along a well-trodden path across the fields, before popping out through the trees onto Firby Road. Turning right on Firby Road returning to Bedale, cross Masham Road continuing straight on until you reach The Wynd turning right and then nearly immediately left. Take the road past the Fire Station following it round, turning left through the pedestrian gate in to Bedale Park then turning left and following the footpath round anti-clockwise to reach the 5k target.