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Easy Countryside Trail: Hovingham and Cawton

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Easy Countryside Trail: Hovingham and Cawton
Author: Howardian Hills, Published: 15 Mar 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Easy Countryside Trail: Hovingham and Cawton Walking Guide star1 Easy Countryside Trail: Hovingham and Cawton Walking Guide star1 Easy Countryside Trail: Hovingham and Cawton Walking Guide star1 Easy Countryside Trail: Hovingham and Cawton Walking Guide star1 Easy Countryside Trail: Hovingham and Cawton Walking Guide
North Yorkshire, Howardian Hills
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Easy Countryside Trail: Hovingham and Cawton
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Easy Countryside Trail: Hovingham and Cawton Walking Guide
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A 3.5 mile (6km) there and back walk from the idyllic village of Hovingham in North Yorkshire. You will have chance to discover the village itself, with its beautiful stone buildings and a babbling stream, before setting out on a peaceful journey along the Ebor Way through open arable fields with far reaching views to the woodland ridges. This walk is part of the Howardian Hills Easy Countryside Trails collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and the Howardian Hills AONB Partnership, with the aim of providing countryside access for all in the Howardian Hills.

The walk follows village lanes and then a compacted stone vehicle track for its whole length. The track is generally well-made but has some pot holes and one stretch (near Spa House) can be muddy in winter and after periods of rain. The route can easily be shortened to suit your own ability. The track has only gentle slopes for the most part (estimated maximum gradient of 1:20 or 5%) with a couple of 20 metre stretches after Spa House that have a moderate slope (estimated gradient of 1:12 or 8%). There are no stiles or steps on route, but you will need to cross one footbridge (1.1m wide) and pass through a single wooden bridle gate (1.6m wide). The entire route should be suitable for rugged pushchairs and rugged disability buggies for most of the year. There is no livestock on route. Breakfree Surface and Slope Rating B1 (for majority of track) and B3 (for two 20 metre stretches). Allow 1.5 hours.

There is one bench along the route, just a simple large log set on the ground, which is located just before Spa House. If you are looking for refreshments, you will find a tea room, bakery, coffee house, pub and hotel all within Hovingham village. This walk follows public rights of way through public and private land. Please show respect for landowners and other visitors and remember the Countryside Code. OS Explorer Map 300: Howardian Hills and Malton.

Hovingham is located about 8 miles south east of Helmsley in North Yorkshire. The walk starts and finishes outside All Saints Church on Church Street. If you are coming by bus, there is a bus stop on the main village road, the B1257, close to the junction with Church Street. If you are coming by car, there is roadside parking available on Church Street or in the Village Hall car park (signed off the main village road, the B1257). Approximate post code YO62 4LG.

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Walk Sections

Start to Playground
Start to Playground

Start point: 54.1728 lat, -0.9798 long
End point: 54.1749 lat, -0.9809 long

The walk begins outside All Saints Church on Church Street. Before starting the walk, it is worth understanding more about the village itself. Stand on the pavement, facing the church and turn left for just a short distance to reach the ornate stone entrance arch for Hovingham Hall, topped with stone dragons.

Hovingham Hall has been home to the Worsley family since 1563, although the present mansion dates from the late 1700s. The Fourth Baronet Worsley was captain of Yorkshire County Cricket Club 1928-9 and Lord Lieutenant of the North Riding of Yorkshire. You will see a Latin inscription within the entrance arch, Virtus In Actione Consistit, meaning Virtue Consists in Action. Hovingham Estate is still the main landowner in this area and is the landlord for many of the old cottages.

Turn around and walk back along the Church Street pavement, passing the church on your left. Before you reach the junction with the main road, you will pass a stone cross within the green to your right. As you approach the road junction, bear left to pass the Hovingham Bakery and Spa Tea Room on your left. Use the footbridge ahead to cross the stream, Marr’s Beck, alongside the ford.

Beyond the bridge, turn left and follow the quiet residential lane with the stream running on your left. Pass one stone stream bridge on your left and, before reaching a second stone bridge, turn right onto a side branch of the lane (signed with yellow arrows to the cemetery). At the end of the tarmac you will reach a vehicle turning circle, with a playground at 11 o’clock, the cemetery at 1 o’clock and a sheep pasture to your right.

Playground to Spa House
Playground to Spa House

Start point: 54.1749 lat, -0.9809 long
End point: 54.178 lat, -1.0004 long

To your left you will see a choice of two paths, a footpath over a stile and a bridleway through a gate. Go through the gate to join the bridleway, a compacted stone vehicle track signed as the Ebor Way to Cawton 1.5 miles.

Follow the fenced vehicle track ahead. Where the fences on each side end, ignore the footpath signed right to Stonegrave. Instead go straight ahead on the vehicle track which leads you between open crop fields. After 800 metres, you will come to a rough crossroads. Stay with the main vehicle track which turns right here and, after one field length follow the track bending left. Part way along this next stretch you will pass a log seat on your right. This is one of 25 log seats that were installed in 2012 to celebrate 25 years since the designation of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

At the end of this field you will pass a large stone property on your right, Spa House. The track can be muddy here, partly due to the local springs. Spa House was built in 1835 by the Worsley family as a health spa. The springs and local waters in this area were described as having a sulphursodaic character, considered to have beneficial properties. The spa comprised baths, a spa villa, gardens and a pump room and was visited by invalids in search of a cure for their ailments. The villa still has holiday accommodation for today’s tourist.

Spa House to Cawton Village
Spa House to Cawton Village

Start point: 54.178 lat, -1.0004 long
End point: 54.1824 lat, -1.015 long

Beyond this property, continue on the vehicle track which swings right and then left. The track leads you ahead, with a hedge on your right and crop fields on your left. Further along, a hedgerow begins on your left and you will pass a small woodland on your right, Cawton Low Plantation.

You will now be able to see the houses of Cawton village ahead. The track leads you over a small stream and then emerges to a junction with the village road, alongside the Cawton village sign. This marks the furthest point of this Easy Countryside Trail.

Cawton Village to End
Cawton Village to End

Start point: 54.1824 lat, -1.015 long
End point: 54.173 lat, -0.9795 long

Turn around and now it is simply a case of retracing your steps back into Hovingham. Follow the vehicle track back past Spa House (now on your left), then ahead for one field length before turning right and then left. Keep ahead between fields to reach the gate by the playground. Go through the gate, turn right to reach the junction by the stream and turn left back towards the village. Turn right across the footbridge alongside the ford, passing the Hovingham Bakery (on your right) and bear right along Church Street. You will come to All Saints Church where the walk began.

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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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All Saints Church Hovingham
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