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 2020 | Welburn, Bulmer Hag, Bulmer, Brandrith Wood, Gate House, Moor Houses. A circular walk that meanders between the equally beautiful villages of Welburn and Bulmer. Although it passes through hilly countryside, not too much height is lost so it never becomes too arduous. There are panoramic views over the Vale of York, two lovely wooded sections and more Castle Howard landmarks from different angles. This route is well waymarked. doc |.pdf

Walk for February 2020 | Coulton circular walk. A relatively short walk, ideal for a winter afternoon. Some stretches on minor roads are unavoidable and are compensated by the varied scenery in the hills and valleys around Coulton. Coulton lies about 2½ miles out of Hovingham on the road to Brandsby. At the crossroads turn left into the village and park near the telephone box. Make sure there is plenty of room for agricultural vehicles to pass by. doc |.pdf

Walk for January 2020 | Malton, River Derwent (North), Old Malton. A short walk for the short days of January taking a route that explores the riverbank upstream from Malton. Much work has been done to make the wet flood plain accessible, (providing the river is not in flood) and the woodlands upon it support much wildlife. There is an opportunity to walk even further, to or beyond where the river passes under the busy A64. Return by the same paths or complete the circular route past the front of St Mary’s Church beside the relatively quiet B1248 road. .doc |.pdf

Walk for December 2019 | Fadmoor, Hold Caldron A pleasant winter walk in the North York Moors National Park through farmland and extensive woodland. There is a moderate climb, long rather than particularly steep, through woodland on the second half of the walk. .doc |.pdf

Walk for November 2019 | 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 2019 | Gilling East, Grimston, Cawton Heights, Cawton. This walk starts with a pleasant woodland section past the Ampleforth Golf Course then passes through fine farming countryside. The central section offers great views over valleys at both sides of Cawton Heights before descending to Cawton village and back to Gilling along the quiet country road. . .doc |.pdf

Walk for September 2019 | 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 2019 |  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 2019 |  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 2019 | 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

Walk for May 2019 | 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; one skirts the top of nearby Welburn with views towards Castle Howard, while the alternative passes the Monument to the 7th Earl of Carlisle.  .doc |.pdf

Walk for April 2019 | Terrington, Broats Lane, Thurtle Wood, Hall Moor, Fryton Moor. A walk through a variety of landscapes including some excellent woodland. Any noise you encounter on the sections of road walking is amply compensated by the almost total silence and peace of the Hall Moor and Fryton Moor areas.  .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.