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Hovingham and the Howardian Hills

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Hovingham and the Howardian Hills
Author: DogWalksYorkshire, Published: 16 Dec 2016 Walk Rating:star1 Hovingham and the Howardian Hills Walking Guide star1 Hovingham and the Howardian Hills Walking Guide star1 Hovingham and the Howardian Hills Walking Guide star1 Hovingham and the Howardian Hills Walking Guide star0 Hovingham and the Howardian Hills Walking Guide
North Yorkshire, Howardian Hills
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Hovingham and the Howardian Hills
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Hovingham and the Howardian Hills Walking Guide boot Hovingham and the Howardian Hills Walking Guide
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A 5 mile circular walk from the village of Hovingham in North Yorkshire. This is a very pretty and quiet walk just off the usual tourist route. It starts from the quintessentially Yorkshire village of Hovingham and incorporates a variety of terrain with lovely views of the Howardian Hills and countryside beyond. The walk meanders through peaceful woods over green paths and on quiet roads and the fields surrounding Hovingham, with the added bonus of a dog-friendly pub when you reach the end of your walk.

The terrain is medium difficulty, mostly on green, enclosed moorland paths. There is a small amount of road walking, along some very quiet roads. You will need to negotiate two stiles and some gates. You may encounter some cattle, so take particular care with dogs. Allow 2.5 hours.

The walk starts and finishes outside the Malt Shovel public house on Main Street, Hovingham. There is street parking available. Hovingham is half-way between Malton and Helmsley on the B1257 road. From York take the A64 Scarborough road as far as Barton Hill then turn left, initially following signs for Castle Howard. Continue on through Coneysthorpe before turning left on to the B1257 at Slingsby. An alternative route from York is via Strensall, Sheriff Hutton and Terrington South Bank. From Pickering, take the A169 road into Malton then follow the B1257 to Hovingham. By public transport, the 194 bus service from Malton to Helmsley operated by Stephenson’s runs through Hovingham. Approximate post code YO62 4LF.

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Walk Sections

Start to Woodland
Start to Woodland

Start point: 54.1724 lat, -0.9787 long
End point: 54.1604 lat, -0.9815 long

With the Malt Shovel on the left, and school opposite to the right, head through Hovingham along Main Street. Near the school is a dog-waste bin. Nearing the edge of the village just before the road bears left, cross over and head uphill on a path alongside a green area – this path meets the Terrington road. Cross the road and head along it for a short while using the grass verge.

Following a blue arrow and sign for the Ebor Way and Terrington (3 miles), turn left along a hedge-lined track. The track bears right and slightly uphill as it heads towards South Wood. Don’t forget to turn round to enjoy the panoramic views of Hovingham and the surrounding hills available behind.

Woodland to Potticar Bank
Woodland to Potticar Bank

Start point: 54.1604 lat, -0.9815 long
End point: 54.1556 lat, -0.9907 long

Enter the woodland and stay on the track as it bears left into the Hovingham Estate. After passing a double bridleway marker on the left, continue towards a yellow waymarker on a big stump. Following the yellow arrow, leave the Ebor Way taking the grassy tree-lined path to the right. Keep ahead at the crossing of paths and continue downhill into the trees following another yellow waymarker. The path narrows as it heads downhill passing another yellow waymarker on its way to a large wooden gate.

Pass through the waymarked gate and follow the grassy path straight ahead between two wire-and-post fences, uphill towards a farm. Just before reaching the 18th century barn at Moor House Farm in front, turn right along a track following the blue bridleway arrows. It is always sensible to put your dog on a lead when passing farms, especially when the track heads towards a road as this one does. Follow the track to the road, Potticar Bank.

Potticar Bank to Park Street
Potticar Bank to Park Street

Start point: 54.1556 lat, -0.9907 long
End point: 54.169 lat, -0.9963 long

Turn right along the grass verge for a short while. Just before the tree-line, cross the road and enter a field, following a public bridleway sign, with a blue arrow on to a rugged farm track. Follow the track downhill towards some trees and over a beck, then follow a blue marker and continue uphill alongside the edge of another field. At the end of the track, put your dog on the lead again and turn right following a yellow waymarker and signs for Hovingham (2 miles) along a quiet lane. Passing a series of signposts to the right, keep following the ones to Hovingham and proceed straight ahead.

The track heads round to the right passing Thwaite’s Cottage, then to the left. After ignoring the path to Coulton, cross the beck over a stone bridge, then pass through a wooden kissing-gate on the right – following a white arrow and a sign for Hovingham (1.5 miles). Keep to the path alongside the beck and enter the next field. This field may well contain livestock so be ready with your lead.

Continue ahead keeping the beck to the right, and cross a footbridge into another field. Climb a stile (there is a large gap which most dogs will easily pass through) and keep ahead on the green path to a wooden waymarked gate. Walk around the end of the gate and continue to a road. With your dog on the lead, turn right and head along the road, Park Street, towards Hovingham.

Park Street to End
Park Street to End

Start point: 54.169 lat, -0.9963 long
End point: 54.1728 lat, -0.9789 long

Follow the road as it bends right. About 300 metres later, cross the road to follow a yellow waymarker on the left, next to a white gate. Pass through the gate and head for Pickering Bridge – a very pretty and ornate method of crossing the beck, and head uphill towards a metal gate – look out for cattle here too. Pass through the gate and follow a wire-and-post fence towards a waymarked stile in the corner to the right. Smaller dogs will pass under this stile while agile larger breeds will probably bound straight over it. Climb the stile and continue ahead following the trees to a wooden footbridge.

Cross the bridge and continue along the edge of a field with a wire-and-post fence and trees to the right. At the end of the field, turn left onto a gravel track for a short while, then turn right back onto the Ebor Way and follow the blue arrow back into Hovingham – passing a sports pitch and children’s play area. Head through a gate next to a dog-waste bin and head back into the village, passing a church and the cemetery on the way. Turn left to follow a beck before crossing a footbridge, which leads back to Main Street and the start of the walk near the Malt Shovel.

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3 comments for "Hovingham and the Howardian Hills"

Clare C: Did this walk last weekend. Was great took exactly 2 hours and our lab loved it. Note in section after Potticar Bank, rickety wooden gate next to metal gate now gone. Might also be worth mentioning that dogs need to be on a lead during the initial section along the edge of the wood as part of hovingham estate. Instructions really easy to follow. Really enjoyed it.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Thank you for letting us know, we have updated the walk to remove the reference to the Rickety Gate. Glad you enjoyed the walk.

By DogWalksYorkshire on 17 Jan 2017

Completed this with 3 boys all under 9 at the end of Jan. We all enjoyed it, good combination of hills and water for them to enjoy. It was muddy underfoot for a lot of the walk but still easy to navigate, just be prepared. it did take 3 hours but that was probably due to the mud conditions.
The added bonus is the kids playground near the end of the walk and the chance for food and drink at the Hovingham bakery.

By markgreenhou on 29 Jan 2017

Pleasant walk, simple route, not particularly scenic, no photo opportunities but the field of cows was fun!

By whamer99 on 01 Jun 2017

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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