INTRODUCTION TO THE PARISH
The village of Slingsby lies 6 miles west of Malton on the B1257 road to Hovingham, Helmsley and the North York Moors. The stretch of road from Malton to Hovingham, part of an old Roman road, is known locally as the Street (and our neighbouring villages to the east are called Barton-le-Street and Appleton-le-Street).
Slingsby is about 2 miles north of Castle Howard and 16 miles from York. Slingsby lies at the foot of the gently sloping land which forms the northern edge of the Howardian Hills (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), with the Vale of Pickering spreading out to its north and east. It is a working estate village and has a primary school , a village hall , a parish church and a Methodist chapel , public house, and a bakery. On the western edge of the village lie the ruins of a 17th century manor house called Slingsby “Castle”. Use our Village Plan to locate buildings and amenities.
Apart from several farms, local businesses include a small garage, a TV and electrical business, a florist, carpenters and builders.
The village has the benefit of a sports field with an active sports and social club, a mobile post office, a mobile library, fish and chips on wheels, mobile butcher and fishmonger, newspaper deliveries and regular bus services.
For visitors there are holiday cottages and accommodation, and two caravan and camping sites (one a Camping and Caravanning Club site and one also with static caravans).The Tourism information page has ideas on places to visit and a number of walks in locations around the Slingsby area can be found on Geoff’s Walks page.
The village is proud of its maypole, which stands on the village green, giving a focal point for May celebrations and a reminder of the village’s history and traditions. A page featuring a timeline history of the Slingsby maypoles and a video of the 1985 raising of the current pole can be found here
The website also covers two hamlets that reside in the parish.
The hamlet of Fryton lies half a mile west of Slingsby. Like Slingsby, it stretches between the Malton to Hovingham road and the line of the disused railway.
The hamlet of South Holme lies a mile and half north of Slingsby, on the road to Ness and the River Rye.