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Visit Ryedale: Norton and Whitewall Views

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Visit Ryedale: Norton and Whitewall Views
Author: VisitRyedale, Published: 19 Apr 2016 Walk Rating:star1 Visit Ryedale: Norton and Whitewall Viewsstar1 Visit Ryedale: Norton and Whitewall Viewsstar1 Visit Ryedale: Norton and Whitewall Viewsstar0 Visit Ryedale: Norton and Whitewall Viewsstar0 Visit Ryedale: Norton and Whitewall Views
North Yorkshire, Ryedale
Walk Type: Town or city
Visit Ryedale: Norton and Whitewall Views
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Visit Ryedale: Norton and Whitewall Views
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A 2.5 mile (4km) easy access circular walk from the market town of Norton on Derwent in Ryedale. The route performs a simple loop through the pavements and southern lanes, home to many horse racing stables, including a stretch along Whitewall which gives lovely views back across Norton and Malton. 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 a couple of steady climbs and descents and follows tarmac paths throughout. There are no stiles, gates or steps on route, just one staggered barrier (which can be avoided if necessary). As such this walk would be suitable for pushchairs and rugged wheelchairs, assuming you can handle the climbs. Allow 1.5 hours.

If you are looking for refreshments you will find several pubs and restaurants on Church Street and Commercial Street near the start 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.

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 outside the swimming pool on Church Street. If you are coming by car, park in the free (correct April 2016) St Nicholas Street Car Park, accessible from Church Street or St Nicholas Street. Approximate post code YO17 9AQ. If you are coming by bus, alight at the bus stops on Church Street (The Derwent Arms W-bound or ATS E-bound). If you are coming by train, Malton rail station is just 0.3 miles away from the start point. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit

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Walk Sections

Start to Beck Pond
Start to Beck Pond

Start point: 54.1322 lat, -0.7881 long
End point: 54.129 lat, -0.7912 long

The walk begins on Church Street, directly outside the swimming pool and fitness centre (just by the pedestrian crossing). As the road name and the style of surrounding grounds suggest, the swimming pool sits on the site of a former church, St Nicholas Church. The mediaeval church on this site was demolished in 1814, rebuilt, and then demolished in 1901.

Standing with your back to the swimming pool, turn right for a few paces and then cross the road using the pedestrian crossing. At the far side, turn right along the pavement, passing The Derwent Arms pub on your left. Immediately afterwards, turn left down the small access road signed to the town’s car park. Join the right-hand pavement along this access lane and follow it as it leads you past the car park on your left and a row of terraced houses on your right. You will emerge out to a T-junction with St Nicholas Street. Cross over to the far pavement.

At this point you have two choices. If you need to avoid the staggered barrier on the next stretch of walk, turn right along the pavement to the end and then turn left along Welham Road. Follow this road ahead and pick up the directions from the second paragraph in the next walk section.

Otherwise, to follow the main route, turn left along the pavement and, where the road swings left, turn right down the tarmac alleyway between garden fences. Keep ahead at the first small crossroads and about 30 metres later fork right onto a side branch of the tarmac footpath. Pass through the staggered barrier at the end and keep straight ahead to pass Beck Pond on your left.

Beck Pond to Whitewall
Beck Pond to Whitewall

Start point: 54.129 lat, -0.7912 long
End point: 54.1199 lat, -0.7918 long

Today Beck Pond is a recreational site, popular with families who come to watch the birds. It began life as a mill pond, serving Beck Mill, and a mill on this site was mentioned in the Domesday Book. Keep ahead on the stone track to reach a T-junction with Welham Road. Turn left along the pavement.

Follow Welham Road for some distance, crossing the over the side roads Beechwood and then Hunters Way. At this point, glance across to the right and you will see the entrance drive for Star Cottage Stables, with horse paddocks alongside. This is one of many horse racing stables in this area…more of that later.

Continue on Welham Road, passing the entrance to Malton and Norton Golf Club on your right. Immediately after house number 183, follow the pavement as it swings left into Whitewall.

Whitewall to Langton Road
Whitewall to Langton Road

Start point: 54.1199 lat, -0.7918 long
End point: 54.1204 lat, -0.7791 long

Follow the lane, Whitewall, ahead taking care of any traffic. You will pass Whitewall Stables on your right and horse paddocks on your left. 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. Horses are put through their paces at the nearby Langton Wold and Highfield Gallops, and early risers will come across strings of horses in and around the town coming from and going to the gallops.

Across to the left at this point you will have good views beyond the paddocks to the towns of Malton and Norton. Look for the spire of St Leonard’s Church in Malton and the tower of St Peter’s Church in Norton.

Just beyond a parking layby, join a raised tarmac pavement that follows the right-hand side of the lane, taking time to enjoy the expansive views to your left. The area to your right is known as Scott’s Hill, named after Norton’s most famous and successful racehorse trainer, John Scott. Scott owned Whitewall Stables from 1825 until his death in 1871 and was known as The Wizard of the North. As a trainer, he won the St Leger 16 times, the Oaks 9 times and the Epsom Derby 6 times.

Where the raised walkway ends, join the left-hand pavement and pass Spring Cottage Stables on your right. Continue a short distance further to reach the T-junction with Langton Road.

Langton Road to End
Langton Road to End

Start point: 54.1204 lat, -0.7791 long
End point: 54.1324 lat, -0.788 long

Turn left and follow the pavement along Langton Road, heading north once again. The road leads you back into Norton on Derwent, passing Norton College on your right and then later, St Peter’s Church also on your right. The first part of the church was finished in 1894 and it was finally completed in 1911. Glance up to the top of the tower where you will see a range of terrifying gargoyles, guiding the water safely from the roof.

Continue to the mini-roundabout at the end of the road. Turn left here into Church Street and just a few metres later you will come to the swimming pool on your right where the walk began. If you are looking for refreshments, the heart of Norton is Church Street and Commercial Street (the other side of the mini-roundabout), which 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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