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|Kirkham Priory and the River Derwent|
|Author: DogWalksYorkshire, Published: 27 Feb 2017||Walk Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, Howardian Hills|
|A 5 mile circular walk from Kirkham Priory in North Yorkshire. If you want a picturesque start to a walk, you can’t get much better than this one! Starting at the majestic ruins of Kirkham Priory next to the River Derwent, the route follows woodland and open paths through the pretty Howardian Hills before returning along the riverbank. The walk offers you and your pooch a bit of a climb to get the blood pumping, as well as the chance for a paddle and a good romp in the fields and along the path by the river. Views are plentiful amid the peace and quiet. |
The terrain is moderate with several climbs and descents. The outward leg follows green paths through fields or quiet farm tracks and roads. The return leg is along the riverside which is more challenging. Duckboards are provided on some of the riverside sections, but the majority of this stretch can be quite muddy and boggy, especially following wet weather. The riverside paths are also narrow and prone to being overgrown in the height of the summer growing season. You will need to negotiate some gates and footbridges but there are no stiles on route. You may come across cattle in a couple of the fields. Allow 2.5 hours.
Turn off the A64 York to Scarborough road at Whitwell-on-the-Hill, and follow the road downhill to the railway level crossing. After crossing the tracks and the river, park in the small car park (free) next to Kirkham Priory. Approximate post code YO60 7JS.
|Start to Green Track|
Start point: 54.0831 lat, -0.8784 long
The walk starts from the car park alongside Kirkham Priory. The Augustinian Kirkham Priory was founded in the 1120s by the same man that built Rievaulx Abbey – Walter l’Espec, Lord of Helmsley. The Priory is now a Grade-1 listed building and is maintained and promoted by English Heritage.
|Green Track to Riders Lane|
Start point: 54.0794 lat, -0.8821 long
Pass through (or around) the gate and follow the track along the edge of a field while taking in the great views of the Howardian Hills. Passing a disused old waymarked stile to the left, keep ahead as the path enters a wooded area – where even with trees on either side, it remains wide and clear. At another large metal gate, enter a field and immediately follow the waymarkers 90-degrees to the right before following the perimeter of the field to the left – there maybe cattle in this area so be prepared with your dog lead.
|Riders Lane to Riverside|
Start point: 54.0715 lat, -0.8737 long
Follow Riders Lane ahead. At Howsham Gates, use the two metal kissing gates on the right to cross the railway line and pass by the signal box on the left. Continue ahead past the old station house and a couple of stone cottages, to a public footpath sign (on your right), pointing left across the field towards some trees. Turn left to take this path (marked by a row of white-topped wooden posts) passing through two wooden gates, and then continuing ahead using a footbridge to cross a beck.
|Riverside to End|
Start point: 54.0607 lat, -0.8777 long
The path follows the river all the way back to Kirkham over a mixture of woodland and green paths. There are several footbridges and parts of the path are along wooden duckboards. The river is very close at times so be careful of your footing and some dogs may fancy a paddle or a swim! The path can be very muddy and boggy in parts and can also be overgrown in the late summer months.
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A very enjoyable walk and excellent directions. The footbridge mentioned in the walk is still missing and the dyke is just a little too wide to risk trying to jump over. We took the alternative footpath which added exactly 15 mins to the original route but is easy to follow. The last 1 mile of the walk is particularly boggy at the moment so correct footwear is essential.
|By spgam on 09 Mar 2017|
Lovely walk on a fantastic late spring day
|By robcooper46 on 08 Apr 2017|
This is definitely a winter walk, we did it in June and the fields are exceptionally overgrown which makes it very difficult if the footpaths have not had a lot of use.
|By angrob on 20 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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Uploaded: 18 Mar 2017
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