Geoff’s Walks

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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

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[If need be, you can use our Village Plan to orientate yourself in Slingsby.]

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

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

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cycling

More walks and bike rides from locations in the Howardian Hills including Nunnington, Hovingham and Terrington can be downloaded from the howardianhills.org.uk 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.


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