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Walking Route, free entry

Easily Accessible Walking Route

Easily Accessible Walking Route

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This is a great walk, with easy access from Scarborough, by private or public transport. Enjoy an easy, level boardwalk by Forge Valley's wood and River Derwent, before returning from the Old Man's Mouth through woodlands carpeted in wild flowers.

The River Derwent, which meanders through the valley is rich in wildlife, as you'll discover.

Keep to the foot of woodland, beset with primroses in spring, and a field lies to your right, with the River Derwent beyond. Where the river almost meets your track you'll find a kissing-gate. This opens onto a superbly-constructed boardwalk leading alongside the river, which is ideal in all weathers. (Remember those days when we squelched through mud and teetered on the river's margin?)
Just keep to the boardwalk, or relax on one of the seats provided and appreciate the abundant wildlife.
All too soon you'll notice a car park on the opposite river bank. You've reached the foot bridge spanning the River Derwent and your exit from the boardwalk. Crossing the bridge, turn right into Old Man's Mouth car park. (Anyone desiring wheelchair access, should start from here and enjoy the boardwalk in reverse - it's delightful.)

Walk Route: Forge Valley Board Walk

Access: Easy

Miles: 3

Facilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsPicnic siteAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled access

Open all the time


Free entry


Near East Ayton,
North Yorkshire,



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Map reference: TA 039883  Lat: 54.28043 Long: -0.40436

Parking: free


  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access