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A short 2.5mile self-guided walk along the permissive path round Westfield Farm, taking insome of the keyarchaeological sites investigated by John Robert Mortimer. The route is mainly over a rough grassy surface with 2 short, steep climbs: stout footwear and walking poles are recommended. From time to time cattle and sheep are grazed on parts of the route: dogs must be kept on a short lead throughout. Permissive access and right of access under the Countryside and Rights of Way (CROW) Act 2000 enable closer inspection of earthworks in Wandale and Bigdale.
Cars can be parked on the village green at Fimber. From here head west to Burdale Lane and the site of Mortimer’s birthplace at West End Farm, now a 20th C property known as The Gables.
Continue down the steeply-graded Burdale Lane for approximately 200m and at the sign to Westfield Farm circle leftaround the back of a tree-lined pond and immediately turn sharp right to walk parallel to a wooded plantation.
After about 200m pass through a kissing- gate into the wide valley floor of Wandale. Under the CROW Act, walkers can roam freely over the valley floor and sides, at their own risk. Explore the complex of well-preserved earthworks running along and down the valley sides.
Continue forward taking the right-hand steep-sided valley bottom past a small dew-pond on your right and a plantation on the left. After a further 300m reach a wire fence. At this point either climb the steep-sided slope to the right to reach a kissing-gate at the top: or take a slightly easier diagonal climb some 50m back from the fence, near to the old chalk pit.
Pass through the kissing-gate to bear right along a straight track with the hedgerow onhe left and an arable field on the right. This area is known as ‘Lady Graves’. From here there are extensive views to Fimber village and the surrounding post-enclosure farmsteads in Burdale.
At the end of the straight, turn sharp left to walk parallel to the hedgerow on the right and after about 100m turn right through a gap in the hedge and continue down the steeply-graded field boundary to the road in Burdale Lane.
Turn left along the road for about 50m before passing through a kissing-gate on the right and continuing for a further 50m to the derelict Driffield to Malton railway line. Turn right to walk along the railway line towards Fimber. From the railway embankment view the stretch of multiple linear earthworks including the hollow-way running along and mid-way up the valley side, parallel to Burdale Lane.
View the multiple earthworks in Bigdale. On reaching the former old railway crossing gatehouse, turn right and walk 50m to a kissing-gate in Burdale Lane. From here, turn left and walk back up the road to return to Fimber village green and the end of the walk.
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Cars can be parked on the village green