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Visit Ryedale: Malton and Swinton

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Visit Ryedale: Malton and Swinton
Author: VisitRyedale, Published: 19 May 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Visit Ryedale: Malton and Swinton Walking Guidestar1 Visit Ryedale: Malton and Swinton Walking Guidestar1 Visit Ryedale: Malton and Swinton Walking Guidestar1 Visit Ryedale: Malton and Swinton Walking Guidestar0 Visit Ryedale: Malton and Swinton Walking Guide
North Yorkshire, Ryedale
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Visit Ryedale: Malton and Swinton
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Visit Ryedale: Malton and Swinton Walking Guide boot Visit Ryedale: Malton and Swinton Walking Guide
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A 6 mile (10km) circular walk from the market town of Malton in Ryedale. The route heads north-west, leaving the town via the footbridge over the A64 to visit the two pretty villages of Broughton and Swinton, with chance for refreshments at the Blacksmiths Arms in Swinton and plenty of tranquil paths to enjoy. 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 only a couple of slopes. The route follows a mixture of pavements, quiet lanes, grass tracks and field paths, the latter two of which can be muddy after wet weather. There are no stiles on route, but you will need to negotiate three steps, a few single gates and two kissing gates. The route crosses crop fields and meadows, but you will not be sharing the paths with any livestock. There are a few road crossings that need care, and a few stretches of the route follow quiet country lanes without pavements. Allow 3 hours.

There are public toilets in Malton Market Place at the start of the walk. If you are looking for refreshments, you will find the Blacksmiths Arms in Swinton at the halfway point (open all day from 12pm at weekends, but check opening times if you are walking on a weekday) and 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 May 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: 54.1349 lat, -0.7995 long
End point: 54.1386 lat, -0.8161 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, -0.8161 long
End point: 54.1474 lat, -0.8244 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).

Pass through the gate ahead to join the narrow fenced path with a hedgerow to your right and crop field to your left. Halfway along, go up the three steps ahead and continue to the end of the path, emerging via another gate to reach a T-junction with a pretty grass track (known as Broughton Lane). Turn right along the grass track, heading north, and take time to enjoy the expansive views ahead. On a clear day these stretch far across Ryedale and towards the North York Moors. In the early summer months the track is lined with beautiful foxgloves and thistles.

At the end of the track you will emerge to a junction with the main Broughton Road. Cross over with care and take the small side road ahead, Breedycroft Lane.

Breedycroft Lane to Blacksmiths Arms
Breedycroft Lane to Blacksmiths Arms

Start point: 54.1474 lat, -0.8244 long
End point: 54.1485 lat, -0.8383 long

Keep straight ahead along Breedycroft Lane, taking care of any traffic, and ignore the public bridleway signed to your right (this is the path you will be taking later, for the return leg to Malton). After passing the entrance drive for Oak Farmhouse on your left, follow the main lane as it swings left, passing alongside the farm’s beautiful orchard (with traditional grazing sheep) on your left. Now simply follow this quiet residential lane through the heart of Broughton, swinging left and then right to reach a T-junction (alongside The Old Barn).

Cross over to the far pavement and turn right along this. Towards the top, ignore the side road Manor Park on your left, instead keep ahead passing the beautiful old farmhouse and barns of Manor Farm on your right. Further along, as you draw level with a bungalow on your right, turn left onto the public footpath signed to Swinton. Follow this grass path, staying close to the fenced crop field on your right. Pass through the gap alongside a gate ahead, and continue following the pretty grass track between hedgerows.

The village of Swinton appears in the 11th century Domesday Book as Swintune, translating as pig farm. The village sits within the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the area has a wide diversity of trees, wild flowers and animals. It is home to important key species of brown hare, lapwing, skylark and cowslip, thanks to the rich mixture of woodland, pasture and arable farmland.

Continue ahead as your path becomes a stone and then concrete access track. At the T-junction (with the property Hills Views ahead), turn left along the tarmac access lane which leads you past a scrap yard on your left. As you draw alongside the entrance gates for the scrap yard, you will come to a fork on the road. Take the right-hand branch and follow this pavement through the village of Swinton. Stay with this road, leading you steadily uphill to reach a T-junction with Broughton Road.

Turn left along the pavement, passing Swinton Reading Rooms and Community Hall across to your right. At the junction with the next side road, East Street, you will find the dog-friendly Blacksmiths Arms – the perfect place to stop for lunch or a drink before you continue your journey.

Blacksmiths Arms to Woodland Belt
Blacksmiths Arms to Woodland Belt

Start point: 54.1485 lat, -0.8383 long
End point: 54.1467 lat, -0.8182 long

Turn left down East Street, following the tarmac pavement on the raised embankment alongside the road. As soon as this raised pavement ends, and about 20 metres before you reach Pearsons Yard, turn right onto the stone access drive signed as a public footpath to Broughton. Where the drive swings right, go straight ahead through the wooden kissing gate and turn left to join the fenced footpath winding along the left-hand edge of this pasture. You may see beautiful Black Highland Cattle (with black shaggy coats and long horns) grazing in this pasture, or one nearby.

Bear right to join the fenced grass track which leads you along the bottom edge of this pasture, with a second pasture now on your left. Pass through the kissing gate ahead and continue on the fenced footpath, now with a hedgerow on your left. You will emerge to the edge of a large crop field. Keep straight ahead on the wide track which leads you through the centre of this. At the far side, go through the gap in the hedge and continue directly ahead through the centre of this meadow. You will emerge via a gate and a short section of driveway to reach the road in Broughton.

Turn left and then immediately right into Beachcroft Lane (you should recognise this road from the outward leg). Retrace your steps back along this lane, swinging left, right and right again, heading back towards the junction with Broughton Road. Just before you reach the T-junction, turn left to join the bridleway signed to Old Malton. Pass between two old concrete gateposts and go through the wide wooden gate to join a pretty grass track. Follow the track ahead, with fenced pastures to your left. Pass through the next wide gate ahead to reach the edge of a woodland belt.

Woodland Belt to Outgang Road
Woodland Belt to Outgang Road

Start point: 54.1467 lat, -0.8182 long
End point: 54.1459 lat, -0.8008 long

Take the left-hand of the two paths ahead, staying close to the fenced meadow on your left. When you come to a gate on your left, turn left through this to enter the meadow. Cross the meadow at about 1 o’clock, keeping the grass hillside on your right. The path swings right, soon following the line of a fence on your left. Follow this path (a preferred route) all the way to the far corner of the meadow.

At this corner, turn left through the gateway and follow the grass track with a hedgerow on your right and open crop field to your left. Halfway along this field, turn right through the gap in the hedgerow to join the wide track leading you straight through the centre of a crop field. At the end, your path becomes a grass track ahead, with a hedgerow running on your right.

At the crossroads in the track, go straight ahead to join a narrower footpath with a crop field to your right and a hedgerow on your left. Across to your right you will be able to see an area of allotments. Follow this path as it zig-zags around the field edge, before emerging up a short slope to reach a grass bank. Turn right and stay with this grass bank as it leads you between large hawthorn bushes and other hedgerow plants. At the end of the path, cross (or pass alongside) the old stile to reach a T-junction with an access lane, Outgang Road.

Outgang Road to End
Outgang Road to End

Start point: 54.1459 lat, -0.8008 long
End point: 54.1355 lat, -0.7984 long

Turn right along this quiet access lane, taking care of any occasional traffic, and it will lead you back over the A64. At the end of the access lane you will emerge alongside the crossroads at the northern edge of Malton. Turn right for a few paces to reach the crossroads with traffic lights and then use the pedestrian crossing to turn left into Newbiggin. Follow the left-hand pavement along Newbiggin, heading downhill towards Malton.

Continue ahead into Wheelgate, a shopping street, and use the pedestrian crossing to swap to the right-hand pavement. 50 metres later, turn right into St Michael’s Street and follow this past Malton Library on your left. At the top of the street, turn right and on your left you will see the 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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