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|Visit Ryedale: Appleton le Street to Malton|
|Author: visitryedale, Published: 22 Apr 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, Ryedale|
|IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a linear walk that relies on a bus service for the return leg, which runs Monday to Saturday. If you choose to complete the walk on a Sunday, you will need to use a taxi for the return leg. |
A 7 mile (11km) linear walk from the small village of Appleton le Street to the market town of Malton in Ryedale. Begin by catching the bus from Malton to Appleton le Street where you can enjoy a drink at the dog-friendly village pub before beginning the linear walk back into town. Along the way you will enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Howardian Hills including long stretches of pretty woodland and good views across the Castle Howard estate. 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 several climbs and descents throughout. The sections of paths through woodland and pasture can be very muddy, slippery and rutted at times so good boots are a must (or wellingtons with grips in the winter months). Some of the paths are also very narrow in part, so could be prone to becoming a little overgrown in the height of the growing season. There are no stiles or kissing gates on route, but you will need to negotiate several single bridle gates. The vast majority of the paths are enclosed within fences or within woodland. You will cross two grass fields which may be used as pastures, but there was no livestock present (nor any signs of livestock) when we walked. Towards the end of the walk, you will need to cross a horse training gallop (by ducking under the tall barriers) so take care to ensure you look and listen carefully for horses before you cross. Allow 3.5 hours.
There are public toilets in Malton Market Place near the end of the walk. If you are looking for refreshments, the Cresswell Arms in Appleton le Street is at the start point (check opening times) and you will be spoilt for choice with restaurants, pubs and cafes centred around Malton’s Market Place near the 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. We suggest beginning your adventure in Malton before catching the bus from Malton bus station to Appleton le Street’s Cresswell Arms to begin your walk. The bus route to take you to Appleton le Street is the 194 which runs Mon to Sat, but frequency varies so check timetables before you set out by visiting www.traveline.info.
|Start to Heights Wood|
Start point: 54.1524 lat, -0.8747 long
The walk starts at the Cresswell Arms bus stop in Appleton le Street (for details of how to access this, see the Getting There section of this guide). Stand with your back to the pub, turn left along the grass verge and then left again into the tarmac lane signed to All Saints Church. As you draw level with the end of the pub car park on your left, turn right down the access lane, signed to All Saints Church and Coneysthorpe.
|Heights Wood to Park House|
Start point: 54.1418 lat, -0.8885 long
Turn left onto the bridleway signed to Park House. Follow this track over the brow of a small hill and continuing with fields on your left and woodland on your right. Stay with the obvious bridleway which bears right then left to reach a gateway. Pass through this and bear right to continue with woodland on your right and fields on your left. The woodland to the right is awash with bluebells in the late spring and across to the left you are rewarded with more expansive views.
|Park House to Stone Buildings|
Start point: 54.1351 lat, -0.8795 long
Turn right along the tarmac access drive and follow this out to a junction with the road. Cross over with care and take the bridleway ahead, signed to High Gaterley. The bridleway bears left, running parallel to the road on your left. You will come to a pair of old benches (immediately after passing under power lines) which provides a great view point across the Castle Howard parkland.
|Stone Buildings to The Stables|
Start point: 54.129 lat, -0.8703 long
Do NOT go through the gate, instead turn left beforehand to join the bridleway which follows the line of the fence on your right. You will emerge to a junction with a stone vehicle track, marked with a fingerpost. Turn left on the bridleway signed for Easthorpe. Follow the stone vehicle track into the woodland. Just a few metres along look for a square stone opening set into the woodland bank on the left, the site of Holy Well. In spring the woodland is alive with birdsong and is perfumed with the scent of wild garlic.
|The Stables to Musley Bank Junction|
Start point: 54.1281 lat, -0.8558 long
Turn right (passing The Barn on your left) and then turn left to continue on the tarmac access lane. Stay with this as it swings left again and becomes a stone track leading you to two wide gates ahead. Take the left-hand of these to enter a small grass pasture. Walk ahead (following the line of hedgerow on your right), pass through the makeshift gate and continue ahead on the woodland track.
|Musley Bank Junction to Footbridge|
Start point: 54.1277 lat, -0.8329 long
Turn left along the tarmac drive (signed as a bridleway to Braygate Street). Where the horse railings end, you will come to a fork in the track. Take the left-hand branch and follow this with a crop field on your left and the tree line running on your right. At the top of the track you will come to a section of horse gallops. This mile-long gallop is used by many of the local racehorse stables for training, so make sure you look and listen carefully for galloping horses before you cross. Cross the gallops (by ducking under the white railings) and walk ahead to reach a gate out to the road.
|Footbridge to End|
Start point: 54.1386 lat, -0.8162 long
Cross the footbridge and at the far side bear left then right to join an enclosed track. Keep ahead as this track becomes a road, Middlecave Road. Follow this road ahead, passing Malton School on your left and then the district hospital across to your right. At the end of the road you will reach a T-junction. Cross over to reach the far pavement and turn right along this to continue your journey along Middlecave Road.
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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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