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 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

Walk for March 2018 | Coxwold, Husthwaite, Beacon Banks. With days lengthening, a chance to venture a few miles from Slingsby. 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 February 2018 | Cemetery Lane, Wandale, Crabtree Gate House. This one is for when you have an hour or so spare to have a brisk walk entirely on the flat. The short stretch of stoned lane from the tarmacked road to the farm can be a little muddy but generally the walk is good to take even after the wettest of weather. .doc |.pdf

Walk for January 2018 | Cliffords Heights, Slingsby Banks Wood, Hall Moor, Long Balk. A relatively short walk for the winter, but a little effort is needed as the first mile or so is a steady climb through farm and woodland. After the tranquillity of Hall Moor another short climb before a few hundred yards on the flat Centenary Way then take in the views on the gentle descent.  .doc |.pdf

Walk for December 2017 | 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 2017 | Kirkham Abbey, Whitwell Hill Top, Derwent Valley. Although it ventures a little further afield from Slingsby, this walk is still in the south easterly corner of the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Apart from a brief encounter with the busy A64, the tranquillity is broken only by the occasional hoot of a train passing through the winding Derwent Valley. Despite a couple of moderate climbs you should have enough energy to tour the historic Priory ruins before or after the walk. There is a choice of routes to finish. .doc |.pdf

Walk for October 2017 | Upper Farndale. This month’s walk is some 18 miles from Slingsby but well worth the trip. It is my favouritewalk in the North York Moors National Park offering great views of both sides of the valleythroughout, and absolute tranquillity, passing only isolated farms and houses. It is suitable any time of the year, so long as snow doesn’t present access problems, as most is along a single track tarmaced lane. To walk it this month provides a great opportunity to enjoy the multitude of autumn colours. Even the ‘off-road’ section between Elm House and Wether Hill is not particularly boggy underfoot and provides a lovely site for a picnic break. The Feversham Arms pub is the perfect place to finish the walk  .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.