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Visit Ryedale: Norton and Langton

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Visit Ryedale: Norton and Langton
Author: VisitRyedale, Published: 15 May 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Visit Ryedale: Norton and Langton Walking Guidestar1 Visit Ryedale: Norton and Langton Walking Guidestar1 Visit Ryedale: Norton and Langton Walking Guidestar1 Visit Ryedale: Norton and Langton Walking Guidestar0 Visit Ryedale: Norton and Langton Walking Guide
North Yorkshire, Ryedale
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Visit Ryedale: Norton and Langton
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Visit Ryedale: Norton and Langton Walking Guide boot Visit Ryedale: Norton and Langton Walking Guide boot Visit Ryedale: Norton and Langton Walking Guide
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A 5 mile (8km) circular walk near the market town of Norton on Derwent in Ryedale. The route performs a loop to the south to visit the picturesque village of Langton, taking in long stretches of peaceful tracks with stunning views plus chance to meet racehorses and pigs 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

The walk has several climbs and descents throughout. The paths are generally firm in the dry months but can get very muddy in winter and after periods of rain. You will need to negotiate the remains of one stile (now just a wooden step about 30cm high) plus several single field and bridle gates. The vast majority of the fields are arable and the track also leads you past several pig enclosures which are surrounded by electric fencing, so be careful to keep children and dogs away from this. A couple of very short sections can get a little overgrown in the height of the growing season. You will need to cross one short grass pasture (this was empty when we walked, but could be holding livestock at times). Allow 2.5 hours.

There are no refreshments or other facilities on route, but there is a handy bench in Langton if you want to take a picnic. Alternatively, Norton is just a short drive away at the end of your walk where you will find several pubs and restaurants on Church Street and Commercial Street. 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 at the small parking layby (with space for about 4 cars) on Bazeley’s Lane to the south of the town, close to Whitewall Stables. Approximate post code YO17 9EH. From Whitewall Stables, head a little further east and you will find the parking layby on your right (just before the raised section of pavement begins).

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Walk Sections

Start to Green Plantation
Start to Green Plantation

Start point: 54.1201 lat, -0.7869 long
End point: 54.1065 lat, -0.7797 long

Standing in the parking layby with your back to the section of woodland, turn right to join the raised section of pavement running along the right-hand side of the road. From this high vantage point, you will have views across Norton and Malton to your left (although these are only an appetiser for the views that you will enjoy later). When the raised pavement ends, cross the road to swap to the left-hand pavement for just a few metres and then turn right into the entrance drive for Spring Cottage Stables (marked as a public footpath).

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. Spring Cottage Stables is home to Brian Ellison Racing, with state-of-the-art facilities like a water walker (hydrotherapy for horses) and more than 100 equine residents.

Keep straight ahead on the tarmac entrance drive, passing a cottage on your right and then stable buildings both sides. You may see several of the horses leaning out of their stables to watch you go by. Continue ahead as the tarmac turns into a gravel driveway and, where this swings right, go straight ahead across the grass verge. Cross the remains of a stile to enter a crop field. Turn immediately right along the field edge for a few paces and then fork right on the narrow path leading you uphill through a section of scrub. Towards the top, the path swings left to reach the corner of another crop field.

Bear left to follow the left-hand boundary of this field, with a hedgerow running on your left. Pass between a pair of wooden pylons and continue with the hedgerow and power lines running on your left. Follow this same field-edge path past a crop field and then the first section of fenced pig enclosures on your right. (NOTE: Be careful of the electric fencing here). These enclosures were home to hundreds of tiny adorable piglets when we walked in the late spring. At the end of this first section of enclosures you will come to a small woodland ahead, Green Plantation.

Green Plantation to Langton Hall
Green Plantation to Langton Hall

Start point: 54.1065 lat, -0.7797 long
End point: 54.094 lat, -0.7797 long

Turn right to join the track with the fenced enclosures to your right and the woodland to your left. Take time to enjoy the expansive views that have opened up across Malton and Norton to your right. At the end of the woodland on your left, turn left and follow the track heading steeply downhill, with glorious views ahead across the Yorkshire Wolds.

Simply follow this track ahead for about a mile, passing more pig enclosures along the way, and you will emerge out to the road at the edge of Langton village. Turn left along the road (taking care of traffic) and soon you are able to join the pavement which begins along the right-hand side of the road. Follow the pavement passing the primary school, school house and St Andrew’s Church, all on your right. The churchyard has beautiful specimens of cherry trees alongside the gates which are overloaded with pink blossom in the spring. On the green on the left-hand side of the road you will see a beautiful pair of large horse chestnut trees. You may also notice the characteristic arched windows within all of the stone cottages.

When the pavement ends, simply keep ahead on the road edge passing the war memorial on your right. There is a handy bench here should you wish to pause for a picnic. Pass the 1841 old school house on your left and then you will come to the stone gateposts for Langton Hall ahead, topped with hunting dogs. Langton village was historically the seat of the Norcliffe family. Langton Hall, their former home, is Grade II listed and is owned by their descendants, the Howard-Vyse family. The limestone north wing dates from 1738, while the south wing was added around 1840. Langton Hall was the home of Woodleigh School, an independent preparatory school founded in 1929 by the educationalist Arthur England, from 1946 until the school's closure in 2012. The school’s alumni includes Mark Herman, director of the films Brassed Off and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

Langton Hall to Langton Road
Langton Hall to Langton Road

Start point: 54.094 lat, -0.7797 long
End point: 54.1124 lat, -0.7707 long

Follow the main road which swings left at this point and then, where the road swings right, go straight ahead to reach a pair of field gates. Go through the small wooden gate (to the right of the field gates) to join the stone track signed as a public bridleway. Follow this bridleway track as it swings right and then left, before leading you uphill with crop fields each side.

Stay with the track until it ends at the edge of crop fields. Pass to the left of the line of hedgerow ahead, to join the field edge path with the hedgerow running on your right. At the top of this field you will come to a gate ahead. Pass through this to enter a pasture (which may be holding livestock). Dog-leg left and then right to walk along the grass path climbing steeply up the field with the three long earth mounds running on the right. These old tumuli mounds, or barrows, are known as the Three Dikes.

At the top field boundary pass through the bridle gate which leads you onto a fenced path through a young plantation. As you emerge from the trees, dog-leg left and then right to join the grass path with an open crop field to your left and a tree line on your right. Take time to enjoy the stunning views ahead. On a clear day these seem to stretch forever, across the Derwent Valley and on to the North York Moors beyond. At the bottom of the field you will emerge out via a gateway to a junction with Langton Road.

Langton Road to End
Langton Road to End

Start point: 54.1124 lat, -0.7707 long
End point: 54.1202 lat, -0.7868 long

Cross over with care to reach the far pavement and turn left along this, following it downhill. Towards the bottom of the hill you will pass Wold House Stables on your left, now home to a number of small businesses including a master saddler. When the right-hand pavement ends, cross over to take the first turning on the left, Bazeley’s Lane. From this point you will be retracing your steps back to the start point. Follow the right-hand pavement which leads you past Spring Cottage Stables on your left. Where the pavement ends, cross over to join the raised walkway that runs along the left-hand side of the road. At the end of the raised walkway you will come to the parking layby where the walk began.

If you are looking for refreshments, the heart of Norton is Church Street and Commercial Street (just a short drive away) and is bustling with activity and shops, consisting of a good mix of local shopping and businesses including restaurants and public houses. For more visitor information on the area including events and accommodation, go to

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1 comments for "Visit Ryedale: Norton and Langton"

Easy route to follow, beautiful views, but when walked in August before harvesting some of the paths at the side of the fields were rather overgrown.

By stephenwalke on 09 Aug 2016

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