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|Visit Ryedale: Norton and Langton|
|Author: VisitRyedale, Published: 15 May 2016||Walk Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, Ryedale|
|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 www.VisitRyedale.co.uk |
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).
|Start to Green Plantation|
Start point: 54.1201 lat, -0.7869 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).
|Green Plantation to Langton Hall|
Start point: 54.1065 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.
|Langton Hall to Langton Road|
Start point: 54.094 lat, -0.7797 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.
|Langton Road to End|
Start point: 54.1124 lat, -0.7707 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.
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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|
Lovely walk with fantastic views across the Wolds. Very muddy in places in January. Easy to follow once you set off on the right road - the outset is along Langton Road which has a pavement. Would love to return in summer. Definitely one to recommend.
|By sarahbanks on 31 Jan 2017|
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