Here we give you some idea of the plentiful options open to walkers (and cyclists – check the bottom of the page too) in the Slingsby area.
You can now explore a different corner of the area each month with Geoff’s Walk of the Month. Walks are available to download in Microsoft Word document (.doc) and Adobe Reader (.pdf) file formats ( files generally under 250 KB).
Most computers will open PDF documents automatically, but you may need Adobe Reader
[If need be, you can use our Village Plan to orientate yourself in Slingsby.]
Walk for May | Fryton Woods. A relatively short walk that takes in some of the best views from the Howardian Hills over the Vale of Pickering to the North York Moors. The half mile wooded section along the Centenary Way is particularly beautiful this month as it is bluebell time. .doc | .pdf
Walk for April | Malton, Derventio Roman Fort, Orchard Fields, Old Malton, Eden Camp. You may want to read up on your history before venturing on this walk. The route goes through the site of the Roman Fort Derventio (meaning ‘on the Derwent’), passes the Norman Church of St Mary’s which was the location of a Gilbertine Priory and visits the original ‘town’ of Old Malton. A little further on World War Two history is the theme at Eden Camp, a former prisoner of war camp converted into a museum. Despite the proximity to property at the start and finish, and twice crossing the A64, the walk retains a rural feel throughout. .doc | .pdf
Walk for March | Welburn, High and Low Gaterley, Castle Howard’s monuments. A walk that briefly gets quite near the busy A64 trunk road but otherwise offers real tranquillity and some excellent views. The route is quite hilly with one steep ascent out of Crambeck, and can be very boggy in parts. There is something of interest most of the way including some familiar Castle Howard landmarks in the latter part of the walk. .doc | .pdf
Walk for February 2013 | Long Balk, Centenary Way, Sheep Walk, Barton Heights, Barton le Street, Wandale. This route includes farmland, woodland, panoramic views (try and choose a crisp clear day), a look at Slingsby’s eastern neighbour, Barton le Street – and a glimpse of Castle Howard. .doc | pdf
Walk for January 2013 | Whitwell-on-the-Hill, Welburn Hag, and the Monument. This walk starts and finishes in Whitwell-on-the-Hill, a lovely small village of which most people know the name from passing on the adjoining A64, but rarely if ever visit. Following early brief and noisy contact with the main road, the walk becomes increasingly peaceful, though it can be quite hard going in places. There is a choice of two different endings. .doc | pdf
Walk for December 2012 | Yearsley, Fish Ponds. A walk of two distinct halves. The first is through open hill country with good views over towards Ampleforth and the Hambleton Hills. The second half is almost entirely in woodland, within which the wildlife is enhanced by a series of ponds. Note: the field near Low Lions Lodge is likely to be very boggy all year round. .doc | pdf
Walk for November 2012 | Hovingham, StoneGrave, Cawton, Hovingham Spa. A pleasant circular walk, almost entirely on the level, on quiet paths, roads and bridleways. There is an opportunity to visit the ancient St Gregory’s Minster at Stonegrave and pass by the now disused Hovingham Spa. .doc | pdf
Walk for October 2012 | Scackleton, Coulton.This walk takes in the lovely hill country with its varied agricultural land, woodland and isolated farms between these two farming villages. The going can be a little soggy underfoot, especially near the tranquil ponds below Coulton, which are a haven of wildlife. .doc | pdf
Walk for September 2012 |Terrington, High Stittenham, Low Mowthorpe. A walk that starts and ends in the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty but ventures into the contrasting flat Vale of York to the meeting of the Ebor and Centenary Ways. Fine views and plenty of peace and quiet. .doc | pdf
Walk for August 2012 | Ampleforth Circular Walk. This walk explores the valley between the southern end of the North York Moors and the Howardian Hills. Although starting and finishing in one of the larger Ryedale villages, most of this walk has the feel of being miles from anywhere. There are fine views of the village and the White Horse of Kilburn. A couple of short, stiff climbs, numerous stiles and a few very boggy patches make this quite a demanding walk. .doc | pdf
Walk for July 2012 | Castle Howard, Four Faces Monument and Welburn
As well as passing through the open estate west of Castle Howard, this walk includes a path through a beautiful section of woodland in which is sited the Four Faces monument. The walk continues to the lovely village of Welburn, with the option of a short detour to some panoramic views, before the climb via the mock fortifications back to the start point. .doc | .pdf
Walk for June 2012 | Slingsby, Wandale, Barton le Street, Butterwick Road, Crabtree Gate House. A longish walk almost completely on the flat. The walk has been made possible by the newly opened section of permissive path to the north of Barton le Street which creates a circular walk that did not previously exist. The whole route is on well drained paths and tracks and is eminently suitable for walking throughout the year .doc | pdf
Cycle Routes in Ryedale
If you are looking for some cycling routes based around Slingsby, Castle Howard, Malton and the surrounding area, then why not check out Discover North Yorkshire’s great cycle route page complete with downloadable PDF maps. You can cycle the whole route or maybe just part of it.