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Visit Ryedale: Malton and Broughton Lane

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Visit Ryedale: Malton and Broughton Lane
Author: VisitRyedale, Published: 12 May 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Visit Ryedale: Malton and Broughton Lanestar1 Visit Ryedale: Malton and Broughton Lanestar1 Visit Ryedale: Malton and Broughton Lanestar1 Visit Ryedale: Malton and Broughton Lanestar1 Visit Ryedale: Malton and Broughton Lane
North Yorkshire, Ryedale
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Visit Ryedale: Malton and Broughton Lane
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Visit Ryedale: Malton and Broughton Lane boot Visit Ryedale: Malton and Broughton Lane
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A 4.5 mile (7km) circular walk (part of which is easy access) from the market town of Malton in Ryedale. The route heads west, leaving the town via the footbridge over the A64 to explore a pretty woodland belt and a beautiful stretch of the green track, Broughton Lane with lots of wild flowers to enjoy in the spring and summer. 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 is relatively flat with just a few gentle gradients. The route follows a mixture of pavements, woodland paths and an unmade farm track, the latter two of which can be muddy after wet weather. There are no stiles, steps or livestock on route and the paths are all generous width. You will need to negotiate two field gates and two kissing gates, but the first of these is about 1.5 miles into the route, meaning it would be possible to take a rugged pushchair or disability buggy along this first stretch during the dry summer months (giving a ‘there and back’ route of 3 miles). There are a few road crossings that need care, but the stretches that follow roads all have pavements or paths alongside. Allow 2 hours.

There are public toilets in Malton Market Place at the start of the walk. 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 outside the Milton Rooms in the south west corner of Malton’s Market Place. 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 south of the Water Lane car park (just south of the river crossing). For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit To reach the Market Place, head north along Railway Street, turn left for a few paces and then turn right into Saville Street. Turn left through the Market Place to reach the Milton Rooms.

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Walk Sections

Start to A64 Footbridge
Start to A64 Footbridge

Start point: 54.1351 lat, -0.7993 long
End point: 54.1386 lat, -0.816 long

The walk begins in the south west corner of Malton’s Market Place, outside the Milton Rooms. Standing with your back to the Milton Rooms facing the church in the centre of the Market Place, turn right along the pavement, passing the church across to your left. As you draw level with the Post Office on your right, turn left across the road and walk directly ahead on the paved section which leads you past the Old Town Hall on your right.

At the top, cross over to reach the far pavement, turn right along this and then take the first left into Newgate. Swap to the right-hand pavement as soon as possible. At the crossroads with Spital Street cross over with care to go straight ahead, passing the livestock market on your left. Now simply stay ahead on this right-hand pavement which leads you along Middlecave Road. Follow the pavement climbing steadily and at a right-hand bend in the road, cross over (taking particular care) to turn left into the side road which is a continuation of Middlecave Road (signed to the hospital).

Pass the hospital on your left and Malton School on your right and continue all the way to the end of the road. Continue ahead on the stone and grass track which swings left and then right leading you onto the footbridge across the A64.

A64 Footbridge to Breedycroft Lane
A64 Footbridge to Breedycroft Lane

Start point: 54.1386 lat, -0.816 long
End point: 54.1474 lat, -0.8242 long

At the far side of the bridge, turn left down the slope and then bear right to join the path through a tunnel of trees, leading you directly away from the A64. At the end of this path, pass alongside the remains of a stile and keep ahead through the trees to reach a crossroads of paths (with a gate ahead and marked with a fingerpost).

Turn right to join the path signed to Broughton Road. Follow this path through the pretty woodland belt, with open crop fields each side. The woodland floor is full of wild flowers in the spring, including cuckoo pint and a yellow carpet of celandine.

Eventually, at the end of the woodland belt, you will emerge via a kissing gate to a junction with Broughton Road. (NOTE: If you are following the easy-access stretch, now is the time to turn round and retrace your steps back into town).

Cross over the road with care and take the kissing gate directly ahead, leading you into another stretch of woodland. Follow the main woodland path, heading steadily downhill and bearing left, then swinging right to reach a fence ahead. Do NOT pass through the gate ahead, instead turn left along the path (with the fenced field to your right) to reach a wide wooden gate. Pass through this and follow the pretty wide green track. At the far end, pass through another wide wooden gate and you will emerge to a junction with Breedycroft Lane.

Breedycroft Lane to Braygate Street
Breedycroft Lane to Braygate Street

Start point: 54.1474 lat, -0.8242 long
End point: 54.1312 lat, -0.8278 long

Turn left for just a few metres to reach a junction with Broughton Road. Cross over with care and take the tree-lined stone farm track directly ahead, signed as a public bridleway to Braygate. Follow this stone track (Broughton Lane) for some distance, climbing steadily and then levelling off. In the early summer months the track is lined with beautiful foxgloves and thistles.

After 0.5 miles, ignore the footpath through the gate on your left, instead stay with the track which bends right and then left to continue its journey south. Ignore any side turnings into the fields, simply keep ahead on the grass track. As the track begins to descend, great views begin to open up ahead.

(NOTE: Towards the end, take care with children and dogs as the track swings round a blind bend to emerge directly onto a road.) As you emerge out to the junction with Braygate Street, cross over and turn left along the wide grass verge.

Braygate Street to York Road
Braygate Street to York Road

Start point: 54.1312 lat, -0.8278 long
End point: 54.1313 lat, -0.8083 long

Follow this grass verge (heading east) and in the field on your right you will see the white railings which mark the horse gallops, used by the many nearby racehorse stables and trainers. Follow the road as it crosses the A64 via a bridge and then swap to the left-hand side of the road to pick up the pavement which begins here.

Stay with this pavement alongside Castle Howard Road for about 0.5 miles to reach the 30mph signs marking the start of housing at the edge of Malton. Cross over the road to turn right here, joining the grass and stone vehicle track signed as a public footpath. The track leads you past allotments on your right, with garden fences and hedges running on your left.

On this stretch, the views to the south open up once again, across the Derwent Valley and on to the Wolds. When the allotments on your right end, simply continue ahead on the narrow grass path with a crop field on your right. At the end of the field, the path swings left through a gap in the hedge to join the left-hand pavement running alongside York Road.

York Road to End
York Road to End

Start point: 54.1313 lat, -0.8083 long
End point: 54.1355 lat, -0.7993 long

York Road leads you back towards the centre of Malton. As you draw level with The Elms (house number 5) on your right, cross over the large side road (which runs to the left) and keep ahead to reach a major junction. Again cross over the left-hand side road (signed to Amotherby) to continue ahead on the main road (the right-hand branch). Follow this pavement passing the war memorial on your left and the Talbot Hotel on your right.

Towards the bottom of the slope, turn left into Market Street and this will lead you directly back to Market Place where the walk began. Malton has plenty on offer to while away the rest of your day. 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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