GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Broxa Forest

3 miles (5 km)

Visit this large forest on the North York Moors and enjoy miles of good woodland trails. The woods are in an elevated position so there are great views across the moors and Harwood Dale from the escarpment edge. There's good trails for mountain bikers with the Moors to Sea cycle route passing through the woods. Broxa Forest is also popular with bird watchers looking for the elusive nightjar.
This circular route starts at the Reasty Hill Top car park and takes you along bridleways in the northern and central section of the forest. Park at the car park at the north eastern part of the forest and then pick up the trail west towards Ward Hill. You can extend your outing by continuing west towards Langdale End and Langdale Forest as shown in the video below. If you keep heading west you can also visit Hingles Wood and the River Derwent which runs past the western end of the woods. Heading south from the car park will take you along Whisper Dales Beck to Broxa.
If you head north you will come to the pretty village of Harwood Dale with its old church and the Harwood Dale Beck. Harwood Dale Forest lies just to the north of the village and has nearly 2000 acres of woodland trails to try.


YO13 0LE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Broxa Forest OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Broxa Forest Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the south there's Wykeham Forest to explore. The Raptor viewpoint here overlooks Troutsdaleand is a popular spot for birdwatchers looking for birds of prey such as Buzzards and Crossbills. The circular Hackness Walk visits the forest from the nearby village. You can follow a pleasant riverside path along the River Derwent from the settlement to the forest. The boardwalk at Forge Valley Woods and the picturesque village of West Ayton are also near here.
For more walking ideas in the area see the North York Moors Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


In Broxa Forest - - 387826

In Broxa Forest

Forestry road in Broxa Forest after recent logging operations - - 337387

Forestry road in Broxa Forest after recent logging operations

Public access route up into Broxa Forest - - 337431

Public access route up into the woods.

Harwood Dale from the edge of Broxa forest - - 1523222

Harwood Dale from the edge of the forest. The beautiful view from the small car park at the edge of Broxa forest. The farm visible on the left is Keasbeck farm, the two on the right are Burgate and Grange farms.

Whisperdales Beck - - 387839

Whisperdales Beck

Long Hill - - 387835

Long Hill


GPS Files

GPX File

Broxa Forest.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Share>Save to Files')

Memory Map Route

Broxa Forest.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)