A walk with a difference – Crackpots mosaic trail

Wild rose.
Wild rose.

This walk has varied scenery, abundant wildlife and some spectacular views.

Detail of the leaf mosaic.

Detail of the leaf mosaic.

But it has no facilities.

It is beautifully illustrated by a series of 22 mosaics which were supervised by Margaret Murphy of Rural Arts North Yorkshire.

If you want to be sure and see all of them this route and the location of the mosaics on it, including pictures of what you are looking for, is described in detail on the Nidderdale ANOB website.

The Route

The potato house.

The potato house.

At Tom’s Corner, there is an information board and a mosaic of a Roman soldier on the right hand side. Drive a little further to a small car park on the right hand side.

From the car park walk back along the road, past the Roman soldier mosaic and continue until you reach a dry stone wall. Take the track before the wall, (Grouse) and here it can be very damp and there is a shallow ford (Dragonfly) through which you need to walk.

The track rises slightly to a gate in a wall (Snake) turn right through the gate and follow the lane into the hamlet of Carlesmoor.

Continue along the lane (Potato house) and keep going (Sighting tower) until you reach a surfaced road (Wild Rose). Turn left here up the hill for a short distance until you see on the right hand side a narrow lane (Woodpecker).

You may recognise that you passed this when driving to the start.

Follow this lane to a footbridge, cross over and bear left, through a gate and up the hill to the next gate (Cow).

Through this gate bear left again down hill to the point where the track turns right (Iris). Follow this lane, cross the beck at the footbridge (Brown Trout) and follow the track up to the surfaced road at a corner. Continue along the tarmac lane to the junction (leaves). This is Dallowgill Road, go straight ahead to a T junction (Curlew). Turn right and follow this narrow road.

The mosaic here (Boots and Beer) mark the site of an old inn which was burned down in 2013. You will wish it had not been! Continue along this lane until some large farm buildings (Bluebells) after which you turn right. Soon you reach the hamlet of Dallow.

Keeping the woods on your right follow the track to a right hand bend (Mushrooms), go through the gate that takes you downhill through the woods.

Take care at this point, there has been some replanting and the route is not clear.

The track leads down to a footbridge over this you bear right (Deer) – there is a track to your left and some forestry gates but disregard these and follow the track right where it goes steeply uphill, keep your eyes open and you will see a dilapidated stile on your left which is beside a gate.

Over this (Rabbit) bear left and head diagonally across the field to a gate in the far corner.

Through this are some very ancient and beautiful oak woods (Barn Owl).

Follow the wall on your right and then through a gate into a field. Now keep the wall on your left for some way (Bents House) and go through a small gate adjacent to a magnificently buttressed barn.

Continue on to the next building, keep this on your left and continue through a couple of gates into a field. Keep the wall on your left, it is very boggy here and there are stepping stones hidden in the grass and rushes.

At the next gate bear right and cross the field to a gate in the far corner.

The wall will now be on your right and, keeping to the left of a barn, continue until you meet an old lane. Turn right (Pheasant) and follow this old lane which is sunken at this point, up the hill to the right of a derelict building.

At the top of the hill go through a gate onto the moor, look to your right and there is your car…..