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|Visit Ryedale: Malton and Swinton|
|Author: VisitRyedale, Published: 19 May 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, Ryedale|
|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 www.VisitRyedale.co.uk |
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 www.traveline.info. 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.
|Start to A64 Footbridge|
Start point: 54.1349 lat, -0.7995 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.
|A64 Footbridge to Breedycroft Lane|
Start point: 54.1386 lat, -0.8161 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).
|Breedycroft Lane to Blacksmiths Arms|
Start point: 54.1474 lat, -0.8244 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).
|Blacksmiths Arms to Woodland Belt|
Start point: 54.1485 lat, -0.8383 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.
|Woodland Belt to Outgang Road|
Start point: 54.1467 lat, -0.8182 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.
|Outgang Road to End|
Start point: 54.1459 lat, -0.8008 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.
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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