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|Visit Ryedale: Malton and St Mary’s Priory|
|Author: visitryedale, Published: 19 Apr 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, Ryedale|
|A 3 mile (5km) easy access circular walk from the market town of Malton in Ryedale. The route explores the town’s market place, a beautiful stretch of the River Derwent and a number of historic sites including St Mary’s Priory, Orchard Fields (the site of an old Roman fort) and the site of the old castle. This walk is part of the Visit Ryedale Collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Ryedale District Council. For more visitor information on the area including events and accommodation, go to www.VisitRyedale.co.uk |
The walk has a few gentle gradients. The majority of the route follows surfaced paths, but there is one stretch of grass path along the River Derwent that is uneven in part and can get muddy and soft in the wetter months. There are no stiles or kissing gates on route and the paths are all generous width. You will need to negotiate a handful of steps as well as a stretch of boardwalk. Taking all this into account it would be possible to take a rugged pushchair around the route during the dry summer months. Allow 2 hours.
There are public toilets in Malton Market Place near waypoint 1. If you are looking for refreshments you will be spoilt for choice with restaurants, pubs and cafes centred around Malton’s Market Place at the start or end of your walk. OS Map: Explorer 300 Howardian Hills and Malton. This walk follows public footpaths and bridleways which cross private and public land. Please respect people’s privacy, keep dogs under control and remember the Countryside Code.
Malton is easily accessed from the A64. The walk starts and finishes on Railway Street, just north of the River Derwent bridge. If you are coming by car, park in the Water Lane pay and display car park which is accessed directly off Railway Street. The fee for up to 6 hours is £4.30 (correct Apr 2016) or half price if you use a Ryedale Parking Smartcard. Approximate post code YO17 7NR. If you are coming by public transport, the bus stops on Railway Street (Railway Street N-bound and Wells Street W-bound) are served by several routes. Alternatively, Malton railway station is only 200 metres from the start point (just south of the river crossing). For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit www.traveline.info.
|Start to St Michael's Church|
Start point: 54.1338 lat, -0.7969 long
The walk begins on Railway Street, alongside the entrance for Water Lane Car Park and directly opposite the beautiful red brick four-storey Cornmill building. Standing with your back to the car park entrance facing the Cornmill opposite, turn left along the pavement, heading uphill. Stay with this left-hand pavement to reach the T-junction with Yorkersgate. Turn left and then swap to the right-hand pavement as soon as you are able to.
|St Michael's Church to Crown Hotel|
Start point: 54.1352 lat, -0.7992 long
Keep ahead beyond the church entrance (up the tarmac slope) and cross the road to reach the pavement. Turn right along the pavement and continue just until you draw level with the public toilets on your right. Look ahead at this point and you will see the 16th century Town Hall building, with its clock and small spire. This once housed a market in the lower arches with justice rooms above.
|Crown Hotel to St Mary's Priory|
Start point: 54.1352 lat, -0.7967 long
Continue to the crossroads and turn left into Old Maltongate, immediately swapping to the right-hand pavement using the pedestrian crossing. At a break in the terraced houses on your right, you will get a glimpse of St Leonard’s Church, built in 1150.
|St Mary's Priory to Lady Spring Wood|
Start point: 54.1427 lat, -0.7802 long
Turn right through the entrance gates and follow the tarmac drive which swings left to reach the front of the church. Take time to explore the church (which is open daily) should you wish. The Domesday Book recorded a church on this site and the stone fragments displayed inside include part of a pre-conquest cross head. The present church was once part of a larger Gilbertine Priory and, of the 26 original Gilbertine Houses in England, this is the only one still in use as a church.
|Lady Spring Wood to Orchard Fields|
Start point: 54.1375 lat, -0.7828 long
Walk straight ahead along the boardwalk (ignoring the footbridge to your right). This pretty section of woodland has a thriving population of wild garlic which perfumes the air during the spring months. The River Derwent is still running on your left and a smaller channel, The Cut, is running on your right.
|Orchard Fields to End|
Start point: 54.1353 lat, -0.7865 long
This area was once the site of a 22-acre Roman legionary camp and fort. The Roman fort, known as Fort Derventio, was occupied from AD70 to AD300s and previous excavations have revealed a number of artefacts and mosaics.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author visitryedale and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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