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Visit Ryedale: Appleton le Street to Malton

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Visit Ryedale: Appleton le Street to Malton
Author: VisitRyedale, Published: 22 Apr 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star0 Visit Ryedale: Appleton le Street to Maltonstar0 Visit Ryedale: Appleton le Street to Maltonstar0 Visit Ryedale: Appleton le Street to Maltonstar0 Visit Ryedale: Appleton le Street to Maltonstar0 Visit Ryedale: Appleton le Street to Malton
North Yorkshire, Ryedale
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Visit Ryedale: Appleton le Street to Malton
Length: 7 miles,  Difficulty: boot Visit Ryedale: Appleton le Street to Malton boot Visit Ryedale: Appleton le Street to Malton
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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

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

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. To reach Malton’s bus station, leave the car park via the vehicle entrance, turn right along Railway Street (crossing the river) and you will find the bus station on your left. If you are coming by public transport, you can take the bus to Malton’s bus station or take the train to Malton railway station, which is directly opposite the bus station.

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Walk Sections

Start to Heights Wood
Start to Heights Wood

Start point: 54.1524 lat, -0.8747 long
End point: 54.1418 lat, -0.8885 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.

A little way along, take a detour into the grounds of All Saints Church on your right. The church dates from Saxon times and its stone tower is topped with a rooster weather vane. Return to the track and turn right to continue along this. Follow the stone track as it swings left, leading you between hedgerows each side, with open fields beyond. Just before the track ends at a concrete hard-standing area, bear left to join the grass path which continues between hedgerows and fields. Follow the narrow bridleway all the way to its end where you will emerge to the edge of a large crop field.

Bear left to follow the wide grass track with a hedgerow on your left and the crop field on your right. Take a moment here to glance behind you, on a clear day the views back to the north stretch for miles. At the end of the crop field, turn right (following a hedgerow on your right). When you draw level with a small gate on your right, turn left and continue for just a few metres to reach a junction at the edge of Heights Wood (marked with a fingerpost).

Heights Wood to Park House
Heights Wood to Park House

Start point: 54.1418 lat, -0.8885 long
End point: 54.1351 lat, -0.8795 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.

The path leads you to a gate at the edge of a large grass hillside field. Enter the field and walk ahead to join the path alongside the wooden fence for a property on your left. At this point take a moment to look ahead to the hills in the distance where you will have views into the parkland of Castle Howard. The largest domed building is the Mausoleum (built between 1729 and 1736). The Mausoleum rises 90 feet into the air and is supported by a colonnade of 20 pillars and is still the private burial place of the Howard family. The smaller domed building is the Temple of the Four Winds. The temple was originally used as a place for refreshment and reading, beneath it is a cellar where servants prepared the food which was served to the family above.

Stay with the fence on your left which turns left and leads you to another gate. Exit the field via this gate and you will reach a junction with a tarmac access lane. You will see Park House ahead and the buildings of Park Farm Courtyard (a small business park) to your left.

Park House to Stone Buildings
Park House to Stone Buildings

Start point: 54.1351 lat, -0.8795 long
End point: 54.129 lat, -0.8703 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.

At this point, follow the grass path which turns sharp right leading you downhill. The path then swings left, leading you steeply downhill under the power lines and then through a gateway. Just a few metres later you will emerge to a three-way junction marked with a fingerpost. Turn left on the bridleway signed to Low Easthorpe. Follow this grassy vehicle track winding ahead with open fields to your right. Further along, where the track swings right into a field, keep ahead on the narrower bridleway between hedgerows. At the end of this stretch you will come to a wide gate ahead, the edge of gardens for a private property which comprises several stone buildings.

Stone Buildings to The Stables
Stone Buildings to The Stables

Start point: 54.129 lat, -0.8703 long
End point: 54.1281 lat, -0.8558 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.

Follow the stone track ahead. Further up, just before the track bears left (and where a fenced field is visible through the narrower tree belt now on your right), turn right onto a narrow dirt path which cuts through this tree belt to reach the fence line at the far side. Turn right to follow this higher track (heading back on yourself) with a fence running on your left. Stay with the track closest to this fence and, just after a section of broken wall on your left, follow the track which bears right into the woodland, leading you through a beautiful section of yew trees.

As you reach a junction in the track, go ahead (about 11 o’clock) passing the barns of Hildenley Farm down to your right. This woodland track merges with a stone vehicle track coming in from the right. Continue past an old stone building and 40 metres later turn right onto a tarmac track, heading downhill. You will come to a stone property directly ahead, The Stables.

The Stables to Musley Bank Junction
The Stables to Musley Bank Junction

Start point: 54.1281 lat, -0.8558 long
End point: 54.1277 lat, -0.8329 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.

Stay with this woodland track for about 0.3 miles and then, about 60 metres before you reach a wide metal gate ahead, turn left onto the narrow path leading you uphill into the woodland. Just a short way up you will come to a fork (with a yellow arrow nailed to a tree). Take the right-hand branch, a narrow path which leads you past a ruined building on your right. Stay with this narrow woodland path for a further 0.5 miles (climbing steadily and then passing fenced horse paddocks to your right for the latter part of this).

At the bottom of the horse paddocks you will be able to see the buildings of Musley Bank racehorse stables and training facility. NOTE: For the next stretch (until we reach the main road) you may come across horses in training so take particular care. Duck under the white horse railings to continue ahead on the fenced unmade track, passing more small horse paddocks on your right. At the end of this track, duck under another white railing to reach a junction with the tarmac access lane for Musley Bank (marked with a fingerpost).

Musley Bank Junction to Footbridge
Musley Bank Junction to Footbridge

Start point: 54.1277 lat, -0.8329 long
End point: 54.1386 lat, -0.8162 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.

Go through the gate and turn right along the grass verge. Ignore the first track signed to the left, instead continue to a point just before the road crosses the dual carriageway. Turn left here onto the footpath signed to Malton. Pass through the gateway and keep left at the fork. Follow this pretty tree-lined track for two field lengths, passing through a section of hedgerows towards the end of this. Keep left at the fork and a few metres later you will reach a crossroads (with a gate on your left). Turn right here, signed to Malton, and follow the enclosed path between fields which leads you to a footbridge over the dual carriageway.

Footbridge to End
Footbridge to End

Start point: 54.1386 lat, -0.8162 long
End point: 54.1326 lat, -0.797 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.

Where the main road swings right, keep ahead passing Spital Field Court on your left. Go straight ahead at the next two crossroads to enter the Market Place. Malton has plenty on offer to while away the rest of your day at this point (see below). When you are ready to finish the walk, stay in the same direction to exit the Market Place into Saville Street. At the T-junction, turn left and then take the first right into Railway Street which leads you back to the car park, bus and railway stations.

In recent times Malton has been making a name for itself as a food town built around its famous local produce and is now home to the award-winning monthly food markets and some of the best food shops in Yorkshire. An eclectic mix of architectural styled shops, pubs, tearooms, restaurants surround the market place while many independent retailers can be found along Wheelgate, Yorkersgate and Castlegate. For more visitor information on the area including events and accommodation, go to

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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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