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|Ryedale Market Towns Trail Part 2: Hovingham to Malton|
|Author: VisitRyedale, Published: 01 May 2017||Walk Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, Ryedale|
|IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a linear route that forms part of a long-distance trail. If you intend to walk this stretch as a stand-alone route, there is a bus suitable for the return leg which runs Mon-Sat only (with NO SERVICE on SUNDAYS). |
An 11 mile (18km) linear walk from Hovingham village to Malton rail station in North Yorkshire, forming the second part of the Ryedale Market Towns Trail. The route heads south to join a long woodland ridge that acts as your guide as you head east across the district. Along the way, you will enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Howardian Hills including long stretches of pretty woodland and good views across the Castle Howard estate.
ABOUT: The Ryedale Market Towns trail is a 67-mile (108km) long-distance circular trail, created to allow walkers to enjoy the highlights of Ryedale, visiting each of the five market towns along the way. It is published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Ryedale District Council. For more visitor information on the area including events and accommodation, go to www.VisitRyedale.co.uk
ACCESS: The walk has several climbs and descents at the beginning and end, but enjoys an easy-going level stretch for the middle section. The sections of paths through woodland and pasture can be very muddy, slippery and rutted at times so good boots are a must (or wellingtons with grips in the winter months). There are no kissing gates on route, but you will need to negotiate several single bridle gates plus one stile (this has a gap alongside suitable for most dogs and the field gate alongside is usually unlocked). The vast majority of the paths are enclosed within fences or within woodland. You will cross four grass fields which may be used as pastures, but there was no livestock present when we walked. Towards the end of the walk, you will need to cross a horse training gallop (by ducking under the tall barriers) so take care to ensure you look and listen carefully for horses before you cross. Allow 5.5 hours.
LOGISTICS: If you are completing the whole 67-mile trail, you can arrange accommodation at both ends, with the Worsley Arms Hotel in Hovingham village and plenty of choices in Malton. If you are walking this stretch as a stand-alone 11-mile walk, you can catch a bus for the return leg. Bus Number 194 leaves from Malton Bus Station (at the end of this walk) and terminates at the Worsley Arms Hotel in Hovingham, taking 25 minutes. There are normally 5 buses per day, running every 2 hours Mon-Sat, but there is NO SERVICE on SUNDAYS. It would be advisable to begin at Malton rail station, catching the bus first and then walking back to Malton.
FACILITIES: There are public toilets in Malton Market Place near the end of the walk. If you are looking for refreshments, you will find a tea room, bakery (ideal for buying picnic supplies), coffee house, pub and hotel all within Hovingham village at the start of the walk, and you will be spoilt for choice with options in Malton at the end of the walk.
OS Maps: Explorer 300 Howardian Hills and Malton. This walk follows public footpaths and bridleways which cross private and public land. Please respect people’s privacy, keep dogs under control and remember the Countryside Code.
GETTING THERE: The walk starts at Hovingham Village Hall, on the main road through Hovingham. If you are coming by car, there is a free car park alongside the village hall or roadside parking on several village roads (including nearby Church Street). Approximate post code YO62 4LF. If you are coming by public transport alight at the bus stop outside the Worsley Arms Hotel. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit www.traveline.info.
|Start to Track Fork|
Start point: 54.1722 lat, -0.9789 long
The walk begins outside Hovingham Village Hall. Standing with your back to the village hall, look ahead down the side road and you will see one of the entrance gates for Hovingham Hall, with its impressive stone dragons. We will discover more about the Hovingham Estate later on this walk. Cross over to the opposite pavement of the main road and turn left along this, passing the school on your right and then the Worsley Arms Hotel on your left. Cross over two side roads, Park Street and then Mossburn Drive. Where the main road bends left (and the pavement ends), fork right to join a narrow tarmac path which cuts uphill across the grass bank.
|Track Fork to Fryton Lane|
Start point: 54.159 lat, -0.9803 long
Take the left-hand branch, signed as the Ebor Way. Ignore two minor private tracks off to the left and then your track becomes compacted stone. About 40 metres later, you will come to a crossroads, with a large stone track to the right. Ignore this, instead keep ahead. As the track swings right, ignore the (minor) sharp-left turn instead take the second (major) left turn (passing a Centenary Way blue arrow on your right). Follow the track leading downhill to reach a wide field gate ahead.
|Fryton Lane to Slingsby Bank|
Start point: 54.1541 lat, -0.953 long
Our route goes straight ahead at this junction (on the Centenary Way towards Coneysthorpe), however you will probably want to pause and enjoy the views to the left. There is also a bench just to the left, a tempting spot for mid-morning snacks. When you are ready to continue, follow the Centenary Way woodland track ahead. You will be following this track for 2km.
|Slingsby Bank to Heights Junction|
Start point: 54.1502 lat, -0.9232 long
Cross over the road with care and go straight ahead onto the continuation of the Centenary Way. Pass through the bridle gate to enter a pasture (which may be holding livestock) and keep straight ahead, staying close to the fence line on your left. With open fields each side, this elevated position gives you beautiful views both to the north and south. Before the end of this pasture, you will see a simple log bench on your left. Even if you don’t want to pause for refreshments, it is worth perching here for a moment, to enjoy the view of Castle Howard at about 10 o’clock. Now you will understand the positioning of this log bench!
|Heights Junction to Park House|
Start point: 54.1418 lat, -0.8888 long
Go straight ahead at this junction, on a bridleway signed to Park House. Follow this track which swings right and then left through a section of young trees, before continuing with fields on your left and woodland on your right. Stay with the obvious bridleway which bears right then left to reach a gateway. Pass through this and bear right to continue with woodland on your right and fields on your left. The woodland to the right is awash with bluebells in the late spring and across to the left you are rewarded with more expansive views.
|Park House to Stone Buildings|
Start point: 54.1351 lat, -0.8795 long
Turn right along the tarmac access drive and follow this out to a junction with the road. Cross over with care and take the bridleway ahead, signed to High Gaterley. The bridleway bears left, running parallel to the road on your left. You will come to a pair of old benches (immediately after passing under power lines) which provides a great view point across the Castle Howard parkland.
|Stone Buildings to The Stables|
Start point: 54.129 lat, -0.8703 long
Do NOT go through the gate, instead turn left beforehand to join the bridleway which follows the line of the fence on your right. You will emerge to a junction with a stone vehicle track, marked with a fingerpost. Turn left on the bridleway signed for Easthorpe. Follow the stone vehicle track into the woodland. Just a few metres along look for a square stone opening set into the woodland bank on the left, the site of Holy Well. In spring the woodland is alive with birdsong and is perfumed with the scent of wild garlic.
|The Stables to Musley Bank Junction|
Start point: 54.1281 lat, -0.8558 long
Turn right (passing The Barn on your left) and then turn left to continue on the tarmac access lane. Stay with this as it swings left again and becomes a stone track leading you to two wide gates ahead. Take the left-hand of these to enter a small grass pasture. Walk ahead (following the line of hedgerow on your right), pass through the makeshift gate and continue ahead on the woodland track.
|Musley Bank Junction to Footbridge|
Start point: 54.1277 lat, -0.8329 long
Turn left along the tarmac drive (signed as a bridleway to Braygate Street). Where the horse railings end, you will come to a fork in the track. Take the left-hand branch and follow this with a crop field on your left and the tree line running on your right. At the top of the track you will come to a section of horse gallops. This mile-long gallop is used by many of the local racehorse stables for training, so make sure you look and listen carefully for galloping horses before you cross. Cross the gallops (by ducking under the white railings) and walk ahead to reach a gate out to the road.
|Footbridge to End|
Start point: 54.1386 lat, -0.8162 long
Cross the footbridge and at the far side bear left then right to join an enclosed track. Keep ahead as this track becomes a road, Middlecave Road. Follow this road ahead, passing Malton School on your left and then the district hospital across to your right. At the end of the road you will reach a T-junction. Cross over to reach the far pavement and turn right along this to continue your journey along Middlecave Road.
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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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