Geoff’s Walks

Photo by Richard Flint

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 currently available to download in Microsoft Word document (.doc) and Adobe Reader (.pdf) file formats ( files generally under 250 KB). From October 2020 onwards Geoff’s walks will be available in the PDF format only.

Also check out more of Geoff’s walks on the Slingsby Local Walks page.

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 October 2021 | Bulmer, Mowthorpe, Brandrith. A pleasant and relatively easy short walk with only one uphill stretch. The views are good and there is the added interest of some popular fishing ponds at the lowest point of the walk. The start and finish of the route includes walking virtually the length of Bulmer, a beautiful village perched on a hilltop. pdf

Walk for September 2021 | Coxwold, Byland Abbey, Oldstead. The target of this walk is the picturesque and photogenic ruins of Byland Abbey. Lots of stiles make the first half quite an obstacle course. The area of land just below Coxwold early on in the walk gets very boggy so take care if there has been a lot of rain. pdf

Walk for August 2021 | Above Beadlam and Nawton. This walk is almost entirely on quiet country lanes and through woodland. Despite its proximity to the North York Moors National Park it is without highlights and dramatic views but it is a very pleasant and peaceful route. Mainly on wide woodland tracks and on tarmaced single track roads it is walkable throughout the year. There is an option to shorten the walk to roughly half its length if the weather turns nasty. pdf

Walk for June 2021 | Coneysthorpe and Castle Howard’s Monuments. 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, turning left at the obelisk. The route takes you on the most compact circuit of Castle Howard without actually paying and entering the grounds and has the added interest of the monuments en-route pdf

Walk for May 2021 | Helmsley and the River Rye. A pleasant easy walk downriver from the market town of Helmsley. The walk is on established footpaths and can be quite muddy but doing it in winter or spring avoids the often overgrown vegetation along the riverside in the first half of the walk. The views over the town from the higher latter stages are excellent. pdf

Walk for April 2021 | Hovingham, Moor House Farm, Hovingham Lodge, Mill Wood, Hovingham Park. The walk starts with a steady climb with good views to the north, before passing through stretches of woodland and farmland. The route back follows the line of the beck serving Hovingham, and the final stretch cuts through the impressive grounds of Hovingham Hall. Note; the car park is occupied by Hovingham Village Market on the first Saturday of every month. pdf.

Walk for February/March 2021 – with no change to the stay local message in the Government announcement of 22 February, we suggest you consider one of the local walks HERE.

Walk for January 2021 | Fryton Moor and Woods A short walk ideal for January when daylight is limited and weather can be unpredictable. There is only one small section which can be particularly wet and muddy but good waterproof footwear is recommended anyway. Part of the walk passes through acres of fields of pigs in pens – farming on a scale which is quite impressive. pdf

Walk for December 2020 | Kirkdale and Hodge Beck Around half of this walk is in woodland and although Kirkbymoorside is less than a mile away you escape the traffic to enjoy the best of the Ryedale countryside. There is one fairly steep uphill section and the return through Robin Hood’s Howl can be quite muddy so wear appropriate footwear. pdf

Walk for November 2020 | Kirkbymoorside, Ravenswick A walk that will surprise you with the amount of peaceful countryside and ancient woodland through which it passes despite its proximity to this busy market town. The walk takes you past the site of the former Ravenswick Hall, now replaced by an impressive new development which includes the largest Stately Home to be built in Yorkshire during the last 200 years. pdf

Walk for October 2020 | Kirkbymoorside and St Gregory’s Minster. A walk that starts in Kirkbymoorside town centre, makes its way through the outskirts then passes mostly through open countryside. The exception is in the vicinity of the historic St Gregory’s Minster where there is a chance to visit the Kirkdale Cave and the woodland bordering Hodge Beck. There are a number of stiles on the walk, in some cases without a gate alternative so bear this in mind. pdf

Walk for September 2020 | 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 midpoint picnic spot. A plaque alongside tells its history. .doc |.pdf

Walk for August 2020 |  Nunnington, Caulklass Bank, Ness, River Rye. This route takes us to the top of Caulklass Bank, a spur of the Hambleton Hills. The exceptional views on both sides of the ridge are best appreciated during the gradual descent to the River Rye. The final stage is a pleasant stroll along the banks of the river. The climb to the top is quite long but fairly gentle after leaving the village; almost as demanding is negotiating the many stiles along the riverside. Try and pick a clear day for this walk, as the views are excellent  .doc |.pdf

Walk for July 2020 |  Brandsby, Yearsley. There is some difficult terrain in sections of this walk, but comparatively recent improvements to waymarking and gates by the AONB authority have made it a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The constantly changing scenery provides interest throughout.  .doc |.pdf

Walk for June 2020 | Coxwold, Husthwaite, Beacon Banks. Virtually from the outset, this walk provides some of the best scenery and views of any in the Howardian Hills. There is a long, steady climb to reach the highest point but it is well worth the effort. Try and choose a clear day. Along the way, you also pass through working farms and two very picturesque villages. There is a choice of routes to finish.  .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 for free onto a mobile device, with GPS, maps and pictures.