This 10 mile walk led by Martin Hill attracted 28 members to the village of Cropton. The group set off downhill passing the church to Seven Bridge and then north onto Spaunton Moor. A steady uphill track was followed to reach the highest point at Ana Cross [see below for information] and then a leisurely downhill route for lunch at Lastingham.
Being in the village presented an opportunity for walkers to visit St Mary's Church and view the Norman crypt - [click HERE for further information]..
Resuming, the group walked through fields and woodland to reach Appleton Mill ford before turning north along Mill Bank and a final uphill field section back to Cropton.
An enjoyable walk with mixed terrain and views.
Ana Cross - II - Waymarker cross. Early C19. Diagonally-tooled gritstone. Square section cross on a rectangular base. The base is of 2 massive stones, clamped together. Cross approximately 3 metres high, the head cut from a single separate block. The C19 cross replaced the medieval Ain Howe cross, the head of which lies in the crypt of the Church of St Mary, Lastingham (qv). Ain Howe cross, like the Victoria cross on Lidsty Hill, Spaunton (qv), is thought to have been a sanctuary cross of that church [ Information from Historic England].
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