Sheepwash, North Yorkshire

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Sheepwash is a popular tourist spot in the North York Moors, North Yorkshire, England. It is located on Cod Beck which flows into Cod Beck Reservoir near Osmotherley.[1]

The name possibly derives from the fact that shepherds bring their sheep down from the surrounding moorland and wash them in the beck at the ford.[2] The ford across the Cod Beck at Sheepwash was on an old drovers road between Scotland and the south of England known as The Hambleton Drove Road. Most of the lower lying parts of the road have been converted into modern roads but the section across the North York Moors is still a rough upland track.[3]

The area is bounded to the west by Scarth Wood Moor, which also lends its name to the National Trust car park at Sheepwash.[4][5] In 2004 75% of parking tickets issued in Hambleton district were handed out near Sheepwash, to drivers parked incorrectly or on grassed verges.[6]


  1. ^ "OL26" (Map). North York Moors - Western area. 1:25,000. Explorer. Ordnance Survey. 2016. ISBN 9780319242650.
  2. ^ "The Drovers' Road and Osmotherley" (PDF). p. 10. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  3. ^ Ellison, D (1990). The Hambleton Drove Road (1 ed.). Helmsley: North York Moors National Park Information Service. p. 1. OCLC 810852194.
  4. ^ "Scarth Wood Moor loop and Mount Grace Priory". Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  5. ^ Wilkinson, George (31 January 2009). "Osmotherley". York Press. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  6. ^ "A fine day out". Gazette Live. 22 March 2005. Retrieved 20 April 2018.

Coordinates: 54°23′16″N 1°16′37″W / 54.38787°N 1.27685°W / 54.38787; -1.27685