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 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

Walk for September 2017 | 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.  .doc |.pdf

Walk for August 2017 | Coneysthorpe, Centenary Way, Park House, Bog Hall. A walk where, apart from two of the briefest of encounters, you leave traffic far behind. The route passes through some of the finest parts of the Castle Howard Estate and the views, especially over the Vale of Pickering, are tremendous. The climb between points 2 and 3 can be quite slippery and strenuous in wet weather so remember to wear sturdy waterproof boots.  .doc |.pdf

Walk for July 2017 | Castle Howard, Four Faces monument, Welburn  As well as passing through the open estate west of the Castle, 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 options for eating there and a short detour to some panoramic views, before the climb via the mock fortifications back to the start point.  .doc |.pdf

Walk for June 2017 | Coneysthorpe, Bog Hall, Low Gaterley, Pyramid, the Mausoleum, Temple of the Four Winds. A pleasant quiet route to see monuments of Castle Howard that are not visible from the main road. The walk itself is mostly on the level but has good views of the surrounding Howardian Hills.  .doc |.pdf

Walk for May 2017 | To Hovingham past the bluebells and back a different way. A lovely circular walk that takes you up into the dense woodland of the Centenary Way and Ebor Way which is great walking any time of year but especially so during bluebell season. There a couple of steady climbs on the route but nothing too strenuous. You have a choice of eating and watering places in Hovingham before the level walk back to Slingsby, much of it along the line of the former railway .doc |.pdf

Walk for April 2016 | Around Airyholme. A very pleasant walk for early spring for the most part through peaceful countryside although the final section is unavoidably beside the road. The track to Airyholme is lined with daffodils and you will be unlucky not to see plenty of young lambs as you pass by and through fields. The central section can be rather boggy so be sure to wear sturdy footwear. .doc |.pdf

Walks for February/March 2017 | Stearsby, Skewsby, Whenby. Take your pick how far you walk with four options on these routes. Try the first one for a short winter afternoon and choose from the others (or sections of them) as the days lengthen. These are charming little ‘hidden’ villages with lovely countryside in between on the western fringes of the AONB. .doc |.pdf

Walk for January 2017 | 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 2016 | 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 November 2016 | Coulton circular walk . A relatively short walk, ideal for a late autumn 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

 

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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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