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|Hovingham and the Howardian Hills|
|Author: DogWalksYorkshire, Published: 16 Dec 2016||Walk Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, Howardian Hills|
|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.
|Start to Woodland|
Start point: 54.1724 lat, -0.9787 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.
|Woodland to Potticar Bank|
Start point: 54.1604 lat, -0.9815 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.
|Potticar Bank to Park Street|
Start point: 54.1556 lat, -0.9907 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.
|Park Street to End|
Start point: 54.169 lat, -0.9963 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.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author DWY and may not be reproduced without permission.
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.
|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.
|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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