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|Visit Ryedale: Norton and Menethorpe|
|Author: visitryedale, Published: 12 May 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, Ryedale|
|IMPORTANT NOTE: Please read the full access information below, as there are some circumstances in which this walk will be impassable or not recommended. |
A 6.5 mile (10.5km) circular walk from Malton rail station in the market town of Norton-on-Derwent in Ryedale. The route heads south-west, through sheep pastures, horse paddocks and the golf course to reach the tiny hamlet of Menethorpe before returning through fields and cattle pastures alongside the River Derwent. 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 is relatively flat with just a few gentle gradients. The riverside path for the return stretch can be muddy throughout the year, so good boots are a must (or wellingtons in the wetter months). This riverside path forms part of the flood plain and so the route should NOT be attempted when the river is running high or is in flood. Some sections of the paths are very narrow and can get overgrown. The walk crosses a number of grazing pastures holding sheep, racehorses (often with foals in the spring and summer) and cattle. You will need to negotiate a number of gates, kissing gates plus 10 stiles (4 of which are tall with wire fence surrounds so dogs would need a lift over). Given the amount of livestock and the design of the stiles, we would NOT recommend this route for dogs. Due to the soft nature of the riverside pastures, this walk is also one best reserved for the dry summer months. Allow 3 to 3.5 hours.
If you are looking for refreshments you can easily walk to the town centres of Norton-on-Derwent or Malton from the rail station at the start or end 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.
The walk starts and finishes from Malton rail station in Norton-on-Derwent. If you are coming by bus, the bus station is directly opposite the rail station, on Railway Street. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit www.traveline.info. If you are coming by car, park in the Water Lane pay and display car park which is accessed directly off Railway Street, just north of the river crossing. 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 Station, leave the car park back onto Railway Street, turn right for 200 metres (crossing the river) and you will reach the station on your right.
|Start to Access Drive|
Start point: 54.1324 lat, -0.7973 long
Standing with your back to Malton rail station (facing the bus station opposite), turn right along the pavement. Continue ahead along this road, with the rail line running on your right, and soon you are forced to swap to the left-hand pavement. At the end of the road you will reach the junction by the level crossing.
|Access Drive to Golf Course|
Start point: 54.1281 lat, -0.7944 long
Take the stile directly ahead to enter the pasture (which is likely to be holding sheep). Walk diagonally right to reach the far right-hand corner. Cross the stile here to enter a paddock (which is likely to be holding racehorses – often with foals in the spring and summer months). Walk diagonally right across the paddock, heading for the nearest bungalow. At the far fence line, bear right to pass the bungalow on your left and, just beyond it, leave the paddock via a stile on your left.
|Golf Course to Menethorpe Lane|
Start point: 54.1229 lat, -0.8005 long
Turn right into the car park and then bear left, passing between the club house on your left and the pro shop on your right. Join the tarmac track, signed Park 10-18, which leads you through the heart of the golf course. Please show respect for the golfers by allowing them to play their shots before you proceed and keep your eyes peeled for any stray golf balls.
|Menethorpe Lane to Suspension Bridge|
Start point: 54.1121 lat, -0.8121 long
Go straight ahead to join Menethorpe Lane and follow this for some distance, taking care of any occasional traffic. As the tall hedgerows give way to lower stone walls, take time to enjoy the views of the Yorkshire Wolds across to your left and the Howardian Hills across to your right. Further down the hill you will pass the stone stables and manor house of Menethorpe Hall. The hall was built in 1888 by Henry Francis Dent, whose family still owns Ribston Hall near Wetherby. The stable’s 8-day turret clock was installed by Potts of Leeds, famous for the Leeds Town Hall clock.
|Suspension Bridge to Stream Footbridge|
Start point: 54.0994 lat, -0.8312 long
Do NOT cross the suspension bridge, instead keep straight ahead on the public footpath, signed as the Centenary Way, with the River Derwent running on your left. The Centenary Way is an 83 mile long-distance path from York Minster to Filey Brigg that was opened in 1989 to mark the 100th anniversary of Yorkshire County Council. You may have noticed that the waymark symbol for the trail is the rose window of York Minster.
|Stream Footbridge to End|
Start point: 54.1182 lat, -0.8205 long
Beyond this footbridge, continue ahead along the left-hand edge of a large crop field. At the end of the field, stay with the path which runs along a narrow strip of land between the river and the railway (this stretch can get overgrown). You will emerge to a T-junction with a stone track, with a level crossing to your right and a grass flood mound directly ahead.
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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