Geoff’s Walks


Here we give you some idea of the plentiful options open to walkers 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 March 2019 | Terrington and Ganthorpe. A walk with a bit of everything. Great views, peaceful woodland, mixed farmland and a stroll through Terrington’s near neighbour, the hamlet of Ganthorpe. There are a couple of steady climbs but nothing too strenuous. .doc |.pdf

Walk for February 2019 | Appleton-le-Street, Park House, Easthorpe. Although this walk starts and finishes in a pub car park unless things change very quickly don’t rely on a drink there because at present the pub has closed down, although there are signs of it reopening sometime soon. In the walk there are a couple of moderate climbs and one quite steep descent. Lots of good views, ancient hedges, mature woodland, quiet lanes and some racehorse gallops make for a varied, thoroughly enjoyable experience.  .doc |.pdf

Walk for January 2019 | Stearsby, Skewsby, Whenby. Something a little different this month as you can take your pick how far you walk with four options. These are charming little ‘hidden’ villages with lovely countryside in between on the western fringes of the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  .doc |.pdf

Walk for December 2018 | Terrington. An ideal midwinter walk that’s short on distance but long on views. From the time you leave the village to your return to near the church, the scenery typifies the best of the Howardian Hills, with rolling hills, woodland and rich farmland.  .doc |.pdf

Walk for November 2018 | Whitwell-on-the-Hill, Bulmer Hag, and the Monument. This walk for autumn 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.Towards the end the walk passes the Monument to the 7th Earl of Carlisle.  .doc |.pdf

Walk for October 2018 | Castle Howard, Hutton Hill, High Gaterley, Coneysthorpe.  A lovely middle distance walk for early autumn, especially if you like to stay away from habitation. Until arriving at Coneysthorpe near the end, less than one house per mile is passed. Castle Howard is just two miles south of Slingsby and is signposted at the crossroads at the top of the village. Park in the main car park after turning left at the obelisk.  .doc |.pdf

Walk for September 2018 | Scackleton, Dalby, Skewsby, City of Troy Turf Maze . This is a pleasant short walk with extensive views over the Vale of York and lots of small hills and valleys. Although it includes the tiny hamlets of Dalby and Skewsby it is quite possible you won’t see a soul en route. The City of Troy Turf maze adds interest, being a photo opportunity as well as a mid point picnic spot. A plaque alongside tells its history. .doc |.pdf

Walk for August 2018 | 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 liable to become very boggy all year round after heavy rain. .doc |.pdf

Walk for July 2018 | Ampleforth, Gilling East. The first half of this walk provides good views looking up at the impressive Ampleforth College and Abbey. The second half starts by passing, first through Ampleforth village, then through the grounds of the Abbey before ending with the more familiar views of the lower western AONB. A good pub at which to start and finish. .doc |.pdf

Walk for June 2018 | Coneysthorpe, Appleton le Street with option of extension to Barton le Street. Longer days so a longer walk this month. This walk passes out of the Castle Howard Estate to visit the edge of the flat Vale of Pickering which was formed as the bed of a glacial lake. Views across the Vale from the highest points of the walk are excellent. Appleton le Street is one of the ”street” villages which are on the line of a former Roman Road from Malton to Boroughbridge, and the Cresswell Arms pub there offers half way point refreshment. .doc |.pdf

Walk for May 2018 | Castle Howard, Four Faces Monument, 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 an option for a short detour to some panoramic views, before the climb via the mock fortifications back to the start point. .doc |.pdf

Walk for April 2018 | Nunnington, River Rye, Stonegrave. Here we explore the countryside to the west of Nunnington, a section of the River Rye and Stonegrave. A visit to Stonegrave’s ancient Minster can be included. The pull uphill out of Stonegrave is quite steep but the effort is rewarded with views over the fields to Hovingham and beyond. .doc |.pdf




More walks and bike rides from locations in the Howardian Hills including Nunnington, Hovingham and Terrington can be downloaded from the website

The Visit Ryedale website also has some downloadable cycling routes HERE

Several walks centred on Ryedale market towns are also listed on the Visit Ryedale site and can be found HERE. They can be downloaded  free onto a mobile device, with GPS, maps and pictures.