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|Visit Ryedale: Kirkbymoorside and St Gregory’s Minster|
|Author: visitryedale, Published: 08 May 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, Ryedale|
|A 5 mile (8 km) circular walk from the market town of Kirkbymoorside in Ryedale. The route heads west through open fields and pastures, visiting Kirkdale Cave (where a fascinating set of fossilised bones were discovered) and St Gregory’s Minster along the way. 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 many gentle gradients throughout plus a couple of short steep slopes. A few sections (including the paths close to the cave and minster) can be very muddy so good boots are a must. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates, some stepping stones (although these can be avoided if you wish) plus 13 stiles (the majority of these stiles are tall and have tight wooden or wire fence surrounds so dogs will need a lift over). You will cross one horse paddock, several sheep pastures and a couple of fields that may be holding cattle so take particular care if you do choose to take a dog with you. The route crosses the main A170 road (which can be very busy) twice, so ensure you take time to wait for a suitable gap in the traffic. Allow 2.5 hours.
There are public toilets in Town Farm car park (just behind the library) at the start and end of the walk. If you are looking for refreshments there are plenty of pubs and cafes centred around the Market Place in Kirkbymoorside at the start and end of the walk. OS Map: Explorer OL26 North York Moors Western Area. 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.
Kirkbymoorside is located just off the A170 between Helmsley and Pickering. The walk starts and finishes outside the library at the top end of High Market Place. If you are coming by car, the long stay Town Farm pay and display car park is situated just behind the library (accessed from High Market Place between the library and The Kings Head). 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 YO62 6AT. If you are coming by bus, the nearest bus stop is Kirkbymoorside Market Place. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit www.traveline.info. From the bus stop, walk uphill along the main street (Market Place) and just before the mini roundabout at the top, you will find the library on your left, where this walk begins.
|Start to Fields|
Start point: 54.2705 lat, -0.9328 long
Standing with your back to the library, turn left along the pavement to reach the mini-roundabout at the top of High Market Place. Turn left here (signed to Farndale) and follow the pavement steadily downhill. At the bottom of the slope, turn left into Manor Close and just a few paces along turn right onto the wide tarmac footpath, Back Lane. Just before you reach a bench, turn left onto the side branch of this path and follow this between a house on your left and a hedge on your right.
|Fields to Robin Hood Howl|
Start point: 54.2709 lat, -0.9412 long
Cross the stile to enter the first field and walk directly ahead, pass through the gateway (or use the adjacent stile) and stay in the same direction across this second field. Take the stile into the third field and cross this one at about 11 o’clock. At the far side another stile leads you into the corner of a fourth pasture. Keep straight ahead, following the line of hedgerow on your left.
|Robin Hood Howl to St Gregory's Minster|
Start point: 54.2658 lat, -0.9531 long
Turn left through the kissing gate (NOTE: this pasture may be holding cattle) and continue straight ahead, following the line of the wire fence on your right. Stay with this fence-side path and it will lead you out of the pasture via a kissing gate (just to the right of a field gate). You will emerge to a staggered road junction. Go straight ahead on the small lane signed to Helmsley (although this signpost was slightly skewed when we passed), taking care of any traffic. Further along, the lane begins to descend. Just a few metres before you reach the ford across the river, you will see a choice of two paths to the right.
|St Gregory's Minster to Welburn Hall School|
Start point: 54.2632 lat, -0.9629 long
St Gregory’s Minster is one of the smallest, but perhaps the most interesting, church in the area. It is called a minster because it was once the centre for missionary activities and occupies the site of an ancient Saxon edifice. St Gregory’s is the burial place of King Ethelwald of Northumbria and the sundial above the south-facing door bears an inscription recording the rebuilding of the church between 1055 and 1065 (just before the Norman conquest).
|Welburn Hall School to Howkeld Mill|
Start point: 54.2543 lat, -0.9559 long
Turn left along the driveway, crossing the stone river bridge. Immediately afterwards ignore the first path on the right (Beckside Footpath), instead continue on the driveway for just 10 more paces and then turn right onto the grass path. Follow this path to a gate at the edge of a large field and pass through the gate (or the adjacent kissing gate) to enter the field. Walk diagonally right to join the right-hand fence line and follow this along the length of the field.
|Howkeld Mill to Primary School|
Start point: 54.2582 lat, -0.9485 long
Use the gate to the left of the next cattle grid to reach the gravel courtyard at the centre of the mill buildings. Keep ahead through this courtyard and exit via the narrow gate in the far right-hand corner. NOTE: Immediately beyond this gate you will cross the workings of the mill race on your right, so take particular care with children and dogs.
|Primary School to End|
Start point: 54.2676 lat, -0.9401 long
Keep ahead and, at the fork in the road, take the right-hand branch, passing the Quaker Meeting Room on your right. Stay with the road between a number of beautiful town houses and passing the 1861 Methodist Chapel on your left. You will emerge to a junction with Church Street and Market Place.
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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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