Slingsby Local Walks

Near Slingsby | Photo by Steve Allen

If you are visiting, or perhaps have just moved into our village, there are times when you may want to venture out in the local area without starting up the car and looking for somewhere to park.

Geoff Brooks has provided the following to give you some ideas

‘I have refreshed 11 of the 12 walks from a book of ‘Walks from Slingsby‘ that was published in the early 2000’s that I hope will give you some new ideas for your exercise.  They are reproduced in pdf form for you to download.

I have not yet had time to walk them all again so there may be the odd gate or stile that has been added or removed, but the rights of way remain the same.  

If you do find any route that has been amended, I would appreciate your feedback on [email protected]

I hope you enjoy your walks’

Geoff Brooks

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Walks are available to download in Adobe Reader (.pdf) file format (files generally under 110 KB).


Walk 1. Mucky Lane
This route is popular with locals as well as visitors as it is quite short, and level throughout.
The name of the lane is, however, well deserved and accurately describes its condition over the third quarter of the route, particularly after heavy rain.

Walk 2. Fryton
A short walk to Slingsby’s nearest neighbour, the lovely hamlet of Fryton. The route passes through a working farm then fields of horses, and after going through Fryton with its Millennium mosaic, returns along the disused railway line that used to link Malton and Thirsk.

Walk 3. Cliffords Heights, Slingsby Banks Wood, Hall Moor, Long Balk
A relatively short walk, but a little more effort is needed as the first mile or so is a steady climb
through farm and woodland. After the tranquillity of Hall Moor another short climb before
a few hundred yards on the flat Centenary Way then take in the views on the gentle descent.

Walk 4. 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 at bluebell time.

Walk 5. Greenacres House, Wath, Fryton Woods
A walk that takes in the flat farmland between Slingsby and Hovingham before passing through the small hamlet of Wath, and rising steadily past its large limestone quarry. The trail then passes through mixed and coniferous woodland before taking in panoramic views during the descent back to Slingsby.

Walk 6. Long Balk, Centenary Way, Sheep Walk, Barton Heights, (Appleton le Street), Barton le Street, Wandale.
This route includes farmland, woodland, panoramic views, a look at Slingsby’s eastern neighbour, Barton le Street – and a glimpse of Castle Howard. An optional variation giving a longer walk that includes Appleton le Street is also described.

Walk 7. Slingsby Carr, South Holme, Fryton Grange
This lowland route takes you through the Carrs (former wetlands) to South Holme, a
small hamlet to the north of Slingsby. The latter part of the walk passes through tranquil
farmland surrounding South Holme Farm and Fryton Grange.

Walk 8. The Lawns, Hovingham, Tufts Farm, and Fryton Grange
A very pleasant route, entirely on level ground, that follows the disused railway line to reach
Hovingham and returns by way of Public Bridleways and Footpaths. Hovingham Hall is the
seat of the Worsley family, and was the home of the present Duchess of Kent.

Walk 9. Cemetery Lane, Wandale, Barton le Street, Butterwick Road, Crabtree Gate House (AMENDED)
A longish walk almost completely on the flat. NB. Following closure of the section of permissive path to the north of Barton le Street the route now follows a stretch of the Butterwick Road. This walk is largely on well drained paths and tracks and is eminently suitable for winter walking as well as other times of the year.

Walk 10. Fryton, Hovingham, Ebor Way, Fryton Moor, Hall Moor.
Another visit to Hovingham, this time taking the longer route both there and back. The
route back follows the Ebor Way up into the woods.

Walk 11. Fryton, Fryton Moor, Hall Moor, Coneysthorpe, Centenary Way.
A varied, longer walk with some long stretches in or beside mature mixed woodland. There is the opportunity for a photograph of the classic view across the Great Lake towards Castle Howard before passing through the picturesque village of Coneysthorpe. The section of path between points 10 and 11 can be quite slippery and good boots are recommended in all but the driest weather.