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|Visit Ryedale: Kirkbymoorside Discovery Trail|
|Author: visitryedale, Published: 17 May 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, Ryedale|
|A 1.3 mile (2 km) circular walk (part of which is easy access) from the market town of Kirkbymoorside in Ryedale. The route discovers some of the highlights of this delightful town including the Shambles, Market Cross, Old Police Station and the large pond, the site of a former moated castle that now creates the perfect picnic spot with glorious views across the town. 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 first half of the walk follows pavements around the town, making this stretch suitable for pushchairs. The second half includes a few steps and two kissing gates plus a climb up a rough grass meadow. This latter half of the walk can be muddy or a little overgrown in part, but is worth it for the views. Allow 1 hour.
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 Tinley Garth|
Start point: 54.2706 lat, -0.9327 long
The walk begins outside the library, which itself has an interesting past. The foundation stones were laid by Viscount Helmsley (Earl Feversham) and his son in August 1912. The Feversham Estate owned large parts of Kirkbymoorside until 1916 when half of the town was sold in public auction. Standing with your back to the library, cross over the road with care to reach the far pavement and turn right along this for just a short distance.
|Tinley Garth to Methodist Chapel|
Start point: 54.2701 lat, -0.9322 long
Ignore the first side road on your right, Town Farm Close, and just a few metres later you will see the GP surgery on your right, which is housed in a former school. This school catered for the town’s 11-15 year olds until 1953. After a short life as an auction house, it was converted into the town’s surgery in 1985.
|Methodist Chapel to Millennium Garden|
Start point: 54.2691 lat, -0.9333 long
Continue along West End and you will emerge to a crossroads with Market Place and Church Street. In the centre of this crossroads is an ornate lamppost, Chisholm Monument. The monument is named after the local police officer stationed here on point duty directing traffic. It provides a central platform for the Kirkbymoorside-In-Bloom floral displays.
|Millennium Garden to Moated Castle Site|
Start point: 54.2708 lat, -0.9297 long
NOTE: The next section of the walk includes steep grass paths and kissing gates, so if you need to avoid this, simply retrace your steps back along Church Street to reach the centre of town to finish your walk.
|Moated Castle Site to Howe End|
Start point: 54.272 lat, -0.929 long
When you have finished at the pond, turn round and re-trace your steps back along the grass path with the views now across to your right. Do NOT turn right down the path from your outward leg, instead bear left down the slope to reach a kissing gate. NOTE: This section can be muddy or overgrown (or both!), so if it is too much for you feel free to head back into the churchyard the way you came to end your walk.
|Howe End to End|
Start point: 54.2694 lat, -0.9287 long
Cross over the road and bear right, passing between the Old Barn on your right and Petch House on your left. The Petch family has had a long legal association with the town. The first John Petch built this house in 1785, when he practiced as the town’s solicitor. His family lived and practiced here in an unbroken succession until the death of the last John Petch in 1929.
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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