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 February 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
Walk for May 2020 | 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. .pdf
Walk for April 2020 | 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 grounds of Hovingham Hall. doc |.pdf
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
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 for free onto a mobile device, with GPS, maps and pictures.