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Visit Ryedale: Malton and St Mary’s Priory

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Visit Ryedale: Malton and St Mary’s Priory
Author: VisitRyedale, Published: 19 Apr 2016 Walk Rating:star1 Visit Ryedale: Malton and St Mary’s Priory Walking Guidestar1 Visit Ryedale: Malton and St Mary’s Priory Walking Guidestar1 Visit Ryedale: Malton and St Mary’s Priory Walking Guidestar0 Visit Ryedale: Malton and St Mary’s Priory Walking Guidestar0 Visit Ryedale: Malton and St Mary’s Priory Walking Guide
North Yorkshire, Ryedale
Walk Type: Town or city
Visit Ryedale: Malton and St Mary’s Priory
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CLOSURE NOTICE: The boardwalk in Lady Spring Wood has been removed and the paths are awaiting repair (expected during Spring 2018), meaning this walk is not passable at present.

A 3 mile (5km) easy access circular walk from the market town of Malton in Ryedale. The route explores the town’s market place, a beautiful stretch of the River Derwent and a number of historic sites including St Mary’s Priory, Orchard Fields (the site of an old Roman fort) and the site of the old castle. 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 has a few gentle gradients. The majority of the route follows surfaced paths, but there is one stretch of grass path along the River Derwent that is uneven in part and can get muddy and soft in the wetter months. There are no stiles or kissing gates on route and the paths are all generous width. You will need to negotiate a handful of steps as well as a stretch of boardwalk. Taking all this into account it would be possible to take a rugged pushchair around the route during the dry summer months. Allow 2 hours.

There are public toilets in Malton Market Place near waypoint 1. 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 on Railway Street, just north of the River Derwent bridge. 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 from the start point (just south of the river crossing). For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit www.traveline.info.

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Walk Sections

Start to St Michael's Church
Start to St Michael's Church

Start point: 54.1338 lat, -0.7969 long
End point: 54.1352 lat, -0.7992 long

The walk begins on Railway Street, alongside the entrance for Water Lane Car Park and directly opposite the beautiful red brick four-storey Cornmill building. Standing with your back to the car park entrance facing the Cornmill opposite, turn left along the pavement, heading uphill. Stay with this left-hand pavement to reach the T-junction with Yorkersgate. Turn left and then swap to the right-hand pavement as soon as you are able to.

Ignore the first turning on your right (Saville Street), instead keep ahead to pass by the Corn Exchange building on your right, which today houses a shopping arcade and cinema. Built in 1845, it was never used for its intended purpose due to its distance from the cattle market (which you will see later). Instead it was used as a hall for hiring people.

Immediately after the Corn Exchange, turn right up the four shallow steps to join the alleyway, Chancery Lane. The red brick building on your left (with shuttered windows) is the Counting House Museum, formerly the offices of Charles Smithson (a friend of the author Charles Dickens). The building is reputedly the inspiration for the Scrooge’s Counting House Offices in A Christmas Carol.

Continue up the paved Chancery Lane, passing the cinema entrance on your right. You will emerge out into the Market Place, with St Michael’s Church ahead and to your left. Cross over the road ahead and bear left, following the line of the church walls on your right. Turn right to pass the church entrance on your right.

St Michael's Church to Crown Hotel
St Michael's Church to Crown Hotel

Start point: 54.1352 lat, -0.7992 long
End point: 54.1352 lat, -0.7967 long

Keep ahead beyond the church entrance (up the tarmac slope) and cross the road to reach the pavement. Turn right along the pavement and continue just until you draw level with the public toilets on your right. Look ahead at this point and you will see the 16th century Town Hall building, with its clock and small spire. This once housed a market in the lower arches with justice rooms above.

Turn left at this point into The Shambles. This small pedestrian street was traditionally the home of butchers but today it houses a lovely collection of craft and antiques shops. At the top you will emerge into the livestock market place. Livestock markets take place here twice per week, one of the largest livestock markets in the north of England. Walk ahead (passing the permanent livestock pens on your left) and, immediately afterwards, turn right along the left-hand pavement of Spital Street, passing another livestock shed on your left.

Continue down the hill to reach the crossroads with Newbiggin. Turn right and join Wheelgate, one of the town’s main shopping streets. On the right you will pass the former Cross Keys Hotel, built on the site of a hospice and resting place for pilgrims. It has the original crypt of the hospice and it is rumoured that an underground passage links the crypt with St Mary’s Priory (more than a mile away).

Continue along Wheelgate, swapping to the left-hand pavement at the pedestrian crossing. Just before the crossroads you will pass the Crown Hotel on your left, a cream-coloured building which is home to Suddaby’s Brewery, producing Malton Ale.

Crown Hotel to St Mary's Priory
Crown Hotel to St Mary's Priory

Start point: 54.1352 lat, -0.7967 long
End point: 54.1427 lat, -0.7802 long

Continue to the crossroads and turn left into Old Maltongate, immediately swapping to the right-hand pavement using the pedestrian crossing. At a break in the terraced houses on your right, you will get a glimpse of St Leonard’s Church, built in 1150.

Continue along Old Malton Street and, further along, you will come to The Old Lodge on your right (an opportunity for a cream tea should you wish). Built in the early 1600s, this hotel was once part of a larger manor house which was built on the site of the castle. More about that later…

Keep ahead along the pavement for about half a mile, passing Orchard Fields on your right (which we will explore in more detail later) and then the modern Jack Berry House also on your right (a rehabilitation centre for jockeys) to reach Old Malton. Go straight ahead at the mini-roundabout and continue until you reach the main entrance for St Mary’s Priory on your right.

St Mary's Priory to Lady Spring Wood
St Mary's Priory to Lady Spring Wood

Start point: 54.1427 lat, -0.7802 long
End point: 54.1375 lat, -0.7828 long

Turn right through the entrance gates and follow the tarmac drive which swings left to reach the front of the church. Take time to explore the church (which is open daily) should you wish. The Domesday Book recorded a church on this site and the stone fragments displayed inside include part of a pre-conquest cross head. The present church was once part of a larger Gilbertine Priory and, of the 26 original Gilbertine Houses in England, this is the only one still in use as a church.

Follow the tarmac path around the right-hand side of the church and leave the churchyard via the gate within the stone arch on your right. You will emerge to a crossroads with a tarmac track. Cross over the track to go straight ahead and join the signed permissive footpath which heads diagonally across the grass field.

Continue through an old gateway and keep left at the fork to join the grass path running closest to the River Derwent on your left. Stay with this grass riverside path all the way to the far end, pass through another gateway and you will reach the beginning of a boardwalk ahead, at the edge of Lady Spring Wood.

Lady Spring Wood to Orchard Fields
Lady Spring Wood to Orchard Fields

Start point: 54.1375 lat, -0.7828 long
End point: 54.1353 lat, -0.7865 long

Walk straight ahead along the boardwalk (ignoring the footbridge to your right). This pretty section of woodland has a thriving population of wild garlic which perfumes the air during the spring months. The River Derwent is still running on your left and a smaller channel, The Cut, is running on your right.

Soon you will pass the first stone marker on your left which is set with a small mosaic of a marsh marigold. This circular boardwalk actually forms a mosaic trail, with each mosaic depicting an example of the flora and fauna of Lady Spring Wood.

At the end of the boardwalk, keep ahead on the unmade riverside path, passing between two of the old brick pillars that once supported a railway bridge across the river here. (Look out for the trout mosaic set into the right-hand pillar). Immediately beyond the old rail bridge, turn right and follow the unmade path which leads you over The Cut and then up a few shallow steps before becoming a tarmac path which takes you to the corner of Orchard Fields.

Orchard Fields to End
Orchard Fields to End

Start point: 54.1353 lat, -0.7865 long
End point: 54.134 lat, -0.7971 long

This area was once the site of a 22-acre Roman legionary camp and fort. The Roman fort, known as Fort Derventio, was occupied from AD70 to AD300s and previous excavations have revealed a number of artefacts and mosaics.

Walk straight ahead, following the line of trees on your right, the old railway embankment. When you draw level with a gateway on your right, turn left and walk just until you reach the shallow brow of the grass mounds. Turn left to follow the path along the mound ridge (heading back on yourself) and it will lead you to an information board. Pass to the right of the board and tree and then walk ahead (down the slope) to reach a crossroads with another grass path. Turn right along this, heading for the corner of Orchard Field alongside the fire station.

Across to the right you will be able to see the perimeter walls of the castle site. Malton Castle played an important role in history but all that remains today is a few remnants of wall. Originally built following the Norman invasion, by 1608 the castle was replaced by a magnificent house by the Lord Eure of that time. The house passed to two sisters who could not agree on ownership and so a judge ordered the mansion to be demolished with the stones split equally between the sisters. The lodge survived (now the hotel that you passed on the outward leg). The scale of this lodge gives some idea of the scale of the former mansion. Today the walls house a 5-acre public park which you can explore should you wish.

Exit Orchard Fields at the bottom corner by the fire station and bear right to join the road, passing the fire station on your right. At the junction, keep ahead into Castlegate passing beautiful old town houses on the left. You will reach the crossroads within Malton that you should recognise from the outward leg. Turn left into Yorksergate.

To return to the car park, bus stops or rail station, take the first left into Railway Street where your walk began. Alternatively, Malton has plenty on offer to while away the rest of your day. Turn right along Saville Street to reach Market Place at the centre of the town. 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 www.VisitRyedale.co.uk

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Walk cannot be completed as the boardwalk has been removed.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Many thanks for letting us know and sorry you couldn't complete the walk. We have checked details online and it seems fundraising has taken place to replace the boardwalk in early 2018. We have put a temporary closure notice on the walk.

By davemarriner on 12 Dec 2017

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To help quickly finding the right type of walk this provides a basic walk classification or type. Some walks may span two of these types - please use the type that fits the majority of the walk.

Length (required)

The length (in miles) of a walk is an approximation of the overall distance walked, not a measure of the distance "as the crow flies". iFootpath automatically completes this field based on the GPX file that has been uploaded.

Grade (required)

The grade of a walk is an indicator of how difficult it is to walk. This does not take into account the walk length but does suggest how challenging the walk will be. An easy walk, graded as 1 (and shown as 1 walking boot) indicates a walk that is essentially flat, has no sharp hills to climb, has no stiles or other obstacles, is easy to navigate (probably along a well worn path) and is suitable for most levels of fitness. Do be aware that the level of stamina required will vary and you should only walk within your limits - the indication of walk length will help with this. A difficult walk, graded as 5 (and represented by 5 boots) indicates a walk that is strenuous and involves steep ascents and/or descents. It may be technically challenging involving difficult terrain or obstacles.

Please note that the grading for walks is subjective and open to interpretation and should only be used as a guide when selecting a walk.

Map Ref / Start Point (optional)

The walk start point is an Ordnance Survey map reference to pinpoint the start point of the walk. This should be in the format:

AB 123 456

Further details of this system can be seen on the Ordnance Survey website.

Map Link (optional)

This optional field allows you to include a link to a web page containing a map showing the walk start. This is not the place to include any other links and the system will reject links to anything but Streetmap or Google Maps.

Start Point Co-ordinates (optional)

This pair of fields allows you to enter the longitude and latitude for the start point. iFootpath automatically completes this field based on the uploaded GPX file.

Key Image (required)

This is the main photograph used to illustrate the walk and can, if you wish, be the only photograph used of the walk. We recommend that you use a picture that characterises the walk, if possible, to show potential walkers what they might find or see. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

There are many image editing and manipulation applications available, so many that we cannot make particular recommendations although almost all are excellent. Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. This creates a file that is well under 2Mb in size, contains plenty of detail and displays well in almost any browser. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission. If you are concerned about image theft then we also suggest you include a small watermark in any corner of the image, but please remember that large watermarks that hide the image will not be popular with viewers!

Pdf file

Pdf file for walk

Icon (recommended)

The icon is a small image, 60 pixels square, used to provide a label for the walk when displayed in lists or in iFootpath Mobile. It is recommended that a small, square image for such use is created and uploaded. This should be in JPEG, GIF, BMP or PNG format and less than 100Kb in size. If you do not provide an icon the walk will be automatically given a generic system icon. If you do upload a photograph for the walk icon its size will be checked by the system and it will automatically be resized to 60 pixels square. However, please also note that if the image is not square in format it may be cropped and you will not get the result you might have expected. Just thought you should know!

Getting There (required)

This provides a text area to explain how to get to the start of the walk. It is good to include a post code.

Preview

This function allows you to see how your published walk would look, before you submit as 'Ready' for review.

Status

When a walk is created and saved in iFootpath its status is automatically set to 'Draft'. This implies that you are still working on it and may want to come back later to add walk sections, images or other information. When you are ready for the walk to be shared with other iFootpath registered users then the status should be changed to 'Ready'. This will automatically notify the system that you want to share the walk. The system will check to ensure you have completed the required information and alert a reviewer. The reviewer will read through to check the content is clean and consistent with our terms of use. This does not check the accuracy of the walk details or any other information. If there are issues with the contents you will be contacted by email. The walk status will also be reset to 'Draft' in this case. More likely, however, that everything is fine in which case its status will be set to 'Published' at which point it becomes available for viewing and downloading by any registered user of iFootpath. This includes download to iFootpath Mobile.

Filters

Filters allow you to narrow down your search for walks of interest. By County restricts the list of walks to those in the selected County. The Filters links at the top of the list page allow you to jump quickly to the filters or to clear them.

Keyword Search

The Keyword search facility will search through the walk descriptions and notes to find words or phrases you specify.

My GPX Files

This page gives you the list of GPX files that you have uploaded from iFootpath mobile (or from other sources). You are able to view, edit, delete or download these files. Once you are happy with your GPX file you can 'convert to walk' to create a draft walk based on this data. This walk will appear under 'Manage My Walks'.

Manage My Walks

The list of walks presented are those you have written and entered into iFootpath. From here you can filter the list if you have lots to narrow down your search, list all or just those with a particular status. If you select a 'Published' or 'Ready' walk you will see a read-only version of your walk, although if 'Ready' you can reset status to 'Draft' again for further editing.

Walk Sections in iFootpath

Each walk section represents a particular piece of a walking route. The start and end of each section are defined by waypoints. Each section joins onto the next to form the complete walk. There is no limit to the number of sections a walk can have, but on a long walk we recommend breaking the route down into manageable pieces that are delineated by particular landmarks, turnings or changes in obvious route. Each section has its own photograph and descriptive text which should hold a photograph that illustrates the section and any instructions or other notes you want to add that may be of use in helping navigation or pointing things out.

Section Title (required)

The section title is used to provide a short name for the section. It is useful in section titles to provide an indication of the start and end, so using names of landmarks, roads, etc is a useful aid. Sections will be named automatically as the name of the waypoint at the end of that section. It is recommended that you rename the sections as something more useful to walkers.

Section Description (required)

This field is used to provide as much information as you wish about the walk section. This should include notes on navigation, even if obvious, and any further information you care to share about views, historical notes, things to look for, etc.

Key Image (recommended)

A picture can save many words and will often be very useful in helping to navigate or spot things along the route. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission.

Map Ref (optional)

This allows the OS Map reference for the start and end of the section to be entered. These should be in the format:

AB 123 456

Further details of this system can be seen on the Ordnance Survey website.

Start/End Point (optional)

This provides the facility to capture the co-ordinates for the start and end points of the walk section. iFootpath will automatically complete this field based on the GPX file used to create the walk.

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