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Coxwold and the White Horse

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Coxwold and the White Horse
Author: DogWalksYorkshire, Published: 25 Feb 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Coxwold and the White Horse Walking Guide star1 Coxwold and the White Horse Walking Guide star1 Coxwold and the White Horse Walking Guide star0 Coxwold and the White Horse Walking Guide star0 Coxwold and the White Horse Walking Guide
North Yorkshire, North York Moors
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Coxwold and the White Horse
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Coxwold and the White Horse Walking Guide boot Coxwold and the White Horse Walking Guide
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A 5 mile circular walk from the village of Coxwold in North Yorkshire. This is a good, energetic romp through some beautiful (but little used) countryside, starting and finishing in the historic village of Coxwold. The Vale of York may be relatively flat, but that doesn’t mean the walk is boring – it’s charming with great views of the majestic White Horse at Kilburn all the along the walk.

The terrain is moderate, mostly level with just some gentle slopes. The surfaces are mostly grassy paths through fields and on farm tracks plus a very small section of road walking. The field paths can be wild and overgrown at times and some of the waymarkers may be missing, so the live GPS map on the iFootpath App will be particularly helpful for navigation. There are a few stiles (some of which dogs would need a lift over) and little footbridges to negotiate. You are likely to come across horses or cattle in a few of the fields (as the paths are little-used, the livestock can be reactive so take extra care). Allow 2.5 hours.

Coxwold village is located in the North York Moors, about 18 miles north of York. From the A19 York to Thirsk road, follow signs for Coxwold. The walk starts and finishes in the car park behind the village hall in Coxwold. From the main crossroads in Coxwold, take the Byland Abbey road and the village hall and car park is on the right. An honesty box will gratefully accept a small donation for its use. Approximate post code YO61 4BB.

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Walk Sections

Start to Shandy Hall
Start to Shandy Hall

Start point: 54.1887 lat, -1.1797 long
End point: 54.1885 lat, -1.1874 long

On leaving the village hall car park, cross the road and head along a lane opposite, following a footpath sign for the Town Pasture and passing a large tree to the left. Continue up the green lane with a Hawthorne hedge on your right and, at the gate, follow the Public Footpath sign to the left. Head up the lane passing the Faukenburg Arms to the right until reaching the road, where it’s best to put your dog on the lead. Turn right and head along the pavement, passing the church to the left and then the entrance for Shandy Hall on your right.

Probably built around 1430, Shandy Hall was the home of writer Laurence Sterne. To celebrate his success as an author, Sterne’s friends named his home Shandy Hall, a dialect word for crack-brained or odd. Sterne lived in the house until his death in 1768 and he wrote the rest of his seven volumes of Tristram Shandy there.

Shandy Hall to Twattleton Beck
Shandy Hall to Twattleton Beck

Start point: 54.1885 lat, -1.1874 long
End point: 54.1811 lat, -1.2117 long

Just after passing the entrance to the famous Shandy Hall and gardens on your right, there is a Public Footpath sign on the other side of the road (left) – partly hidden in the hedge. Cross the road and follow this path through a gate, keeping straight ahead (with a Hawthorne hedge to your right and a wire and post fence to your left). At a waymarker post, follow the yellow arrow pointing between 2 and 3 o’clock and head diagonally right towards a metal gate next to a waymarker post.

Go through this gate and your path continues ahead between two fields towards some trees. To the left is the village of Husthwaite, while to the right is the first glimpse of the White Horse. Keep ahead with trees and a hedgerow to the left and the White Horse to the right. At the end of the field, bear diagonally left towards a tree with a farm behind it. The path now skirts the edge of another field, bordered by a hedge to the left. Continue ahead alongside a wooden post and wire fence, near the farm glimpsed earlier behind the tree.

At the end of the field, cross a farm track and pass through a waymarked metal gate onto a green path, heading slightly downhill to another metal gate. Pass through the gate and keep to the right-hand side of the field to a stile. Cross the stile and continue ahead along a farm track.

With the White Horse now behind you, continue along the track to reach some farm buildings (there should be a waymarker post with two yellow arrows here – but don’t worry if not). Turn right (through a gate which will be after the first barn on the right and before the second one) and continue straight ahead through a ‘wild’ field, which is quite difficult to navigate and smaller dogs may need to be carried here. Keeping the house on the hillside and the White Horse straight ahead, aim for a clump of trees to the right – with a waymarked gate in front. Pass through the gate and go straight across a wooden footbridge over Twattleton Beck.

Twattleton Beck to Wildon Grange Farm
Twattleton Beck to Wildon Grange Farm

Start point: 54.1811 lat, -1.2117 long
End point: 54.1955 lat, -1.2107 long

Keep ahead along a clear path through a field, towards a waymarked fence post and a metal gate. Pass through the gate onto a grassy path uphill and head towards Angram Grange straight ahead. The path bears to the right of Angram Grange onto a waymarked grassy track. Pass through the metal gate and head towards the trees. As the track continues, the beck can be first heard then seen to the right.

When the track reaches the road, cross it and go directly ahead to follow a waymarked Public Bridleway sign to a gate. Pass through the gate and, with a wind turbine in front, follow the track along the right-hand edge of the field. The White Horse can again be seen ahead through the trees as the track continues through another waymarked gate, passing a wire and post fence to the right before heading into the trees. Where the track heads right, continue ahead along a path under the canopy of trees. Pass through another gate and bear right towards some farm buildings, Wildon Grange.

Wildon Grange Farm to Footbridge
Wildon Grange Farm to Footbridge

Start point: 54.1955 lat, -1.2107 long
End point: 54.199 lat, -1.1886 long

Pass between the farm buildings to a gatepost with a waymarker sign. Go through the metal gates and onto a track, and continue along it – the White Horse is now to the left, over the hedge. At a house at the end of the track, you will reach a T-junction with the road. Turn right and immediately left to follow a Public Bridleway sign.

Keep ahead along the edge of a field with a hawthorne hedge to your right. At the end of the field, follow a sign to the left. Walk along this top boundary for just a few metres then turn right (following a Public Bridleway sign through a gate) to a footbridge crossing a beck to another gate.

Having crossed the bridge and passed through the second gate to enter the field, continue almost straight ahead – bearing slightly right towards the hedge line on the far side. Make for a gate in the hedge with fence panels either side of it. Pass through the gate onto a single track road and turn right. After a short distance, the road bends to the right. At this point look for a Public Bridleway on the left-hand side of the road – the sign may be hiding in the hedge and you may have to climb a stile if the gate is locked! Enter this field and walk along the right-hand boundary (there may be horses and cattle about, so be prepared to put your dog on a lead here) and continue only as far as a footbridge and stile to the right.

Footbridge to End
Footbridge to End

Start point: 54.199 lat, -1.1886 long
End point: 54.1889 lat, -1.1796 long

Cross the bridge and stile, and follow a grassy path leading straight ahead along the edge of a field with the hedgerow to the right. At the end of the field, cross another stile and footbridge, and continue ahead to a waymarked signpost to Cams Head and Coxwold. Take a left (heading for Coxwold) and head along the edge of a field keeping the line of trees to the left. At a footpath sign, turn right along a clear path across the field keeping to the left of the large tree. The White Horse is once again visible behind.

Keep heading for the trees in front, passing a waymarker post ahead on the path. After passing under the treeline, keep the hedge to the right as Coxwold Church comes into view in front (to the left). Cross a waymarked stile and head diagonally to the left across an overgrown field. Look for a new wooden gate at the bottom left of the field, which quickly leads to another new gate. Pass through both gates, then turn right along a grassy path heading towards the trees in front, as the houses of Coxwold come into view.

To the right, pass through a new waymarked gate onto the green lane used at the start of the walk. Turn left and head back towards the car park at the village hall.

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4 comments for "Coxwold and the White Horse"

Lovely walk but definitely overgrown in places, the gate between barns could do with a new sign as I struggled to navigate it! Also being chased by the herd of cattle crossing the field at the end 😩

ADMIN RESPONSE: Thank you so much for the update, we have added an extra note within the introductory access notes for future walkers.

By DMC094 on 06 Aug 2018

Have to agree with previous comments, the path wasn’t great. It was a warm day and rightly or wrongly I wore shorts - my legs are badly scratched and stung. Also the second field we crossed was occupied by cattle who took a dislike to our entering their territory and decided to run at us. Luckily we made it out in one piece by the skin of our teeth! We definitely won’t be repeating this walk.

By DawnieK on 04 Aug 2018

Really bad path, overgrown at some points. farmers dog's attacked my dogs that were on their leads. wouldn't do it again ☹️

By Graham14 on 20 Jul 2018

Really really bad path. Chased by horses who kicked the dog.

By yvonne1965 on 01 Jan 2018

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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