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|Visit Ryedale: Norton and Auburn Hill|
|Author: visitryedale, Published: 09 May 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, Ryedale|
|A 6 mile (10km) circular walk from the market town of Norton on Derwent in Ryedale. The route performs a loop to the east, taking in long stretches of peaceful arable fields and the southern tracks and lanes which are home to many horse racing stables. 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 couple of steady climbs and descents. About half of the route follows pavements alongside the local roads with the remainder following unmade footpaths and bridleways through the fields. The paths are generally firm but the bridleway tracks can get very muddy at times. You will need to negotiate 3 stiles, (2 standard wooden stiles and 1 wooden ladder stile). The stiles have wooden fence surrounds, the tightest of which has a gap suitable for a medium-large dog to pass through (our standard poodle just squeezed through) but larger dogs may need a lift over. You will need to cross one paddock that is likely to be holding horses. Allow 3 hours.
If you are looking for refreshments you will find several pubs and restaurants on Church Street and Commercial Street near the start of the 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.
Norton on Derwent, often referred to simply as Norton, stands on the banks of the River Derwent in Ryedale and is easily accessed from the A64. The walk starts and finishes outside the swimming pool on Church Street. If you are coming by car, park in the free (correct May 2016) St Nicholas Street Car Park, accessible from Church Street or St Nicholas Street. Approximate post code YO17 9AQ. If you are coming by bus, alight at the bus stops on Church Street (The Derwent Arms W-bound or ATS E-bound). If you are coming by train, Malton rail station is just 0.3 miles away from the start point. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit www.traveline.info.
|Start to Norton Park Farm|
Start point: 54.1324 lat, -0.7881 long
The walk begins on Church Street, directly outside the swimming pool and fitness centre (just by the pedestrian crossing). As the road name and the style of surrounding grounds suggest, the swimming pool sits on the site of a former church, St Nicholas Church. The mediaeval church on this site was demolished in 1814, rebuilt, and then demolished in 1901.
|Norton Park Farm to Dismantled Railway|
Start point: 54.141 lat, -0.7567 long
Cross over the road to turn right onto the stone farm track (signed as a public footpath) with a hedgerow running on your left. This farm track leads you past the beautiful stone Winflower Hall beyond the hedge on your left and then on through a low wide gateway to reach the buildings of Low Field Farm ahead. Immediately before the tall wooden gates, stay with the stone track which bends right (past a pond on your right) and then left to reach a wide field gate.
|Dismantled Railway to Newstead House|
Start point: 54.1266 lat, -0.7512 long
Go straight ahead to cross the old railway line and just 20 paces later turn right, leaving the main track to join a narrow footpath marked with a yellow arrow. This path bears right, following the line of a fenced horse paddock on your left. Cross the wooden ladder stile ahead to enter the next paddock (which is likely to be holding horses). Cross the field diagonally left to reach the far left-hand corner.
|Newstead House to Whitewall Corner|
Start point: 54.1211 lat, -0.7643 long
Follow this sandy bridleway track between hedgerows (keeping a careful look out in case you meet any horses). In the field across to the right is a beautiful small ornate red brick utilities building. As you reach the brow of the hill, take a moment to glance through the gap in the hedgerow on your left. You may well be lucky enough to see some of the local racehorses in training. Norton continues to be one of the principal centres in the country for the horse racing industry. This area is home to many trainers and stables.
|Whitewall Corner to End|
Start point: 54.1199 lat, -0.7917 long
Turn right to join the pavement running alongside Welham Road. You will be following this road all the way back into the centre of Norton. Towards the end of the road, cross over St Nicholas Street (or turn into this street for a short-cut to the car park). A few metres ahead you will come to the road junction by the level crossing. To return to the rail station turn left, otherwise follow the pavement as it swings right into Church Street.
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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