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Ryedale Market Towns Trail Part 2: Hovingham to Malton

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Ryedale Market Towns Trail Part 2: Hovingham to Malton
Author: VisitRyedale, Published: 01 May 2017 Walk Rating:star0 Ryedale Market Towns Trail Part 2: Hovingham to Malton Walking Guide star0 Ryedale Market Towns Trail Part 2: Hovingham to Malton Walking Guide star0 Ryedale Market Towns Trail Part 2: Hovingham to Malton Walking Guide star0 Ryedale Market Towns Trail Part 2: Hovingham to Malton Walking Guide star0 Ryedale Market Towns Trail Part 2: Hovingham to Malton Walking Guide
North Yorkshire, Ryedale
Walk Type: Long distance path
Ryedale Market Towns Trail Part 2: Hovingham to Malton
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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.

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Walk Sections

Start to Track Fork
Start to Track Fork

Start point: 54.1722 lat, -0.9789 long
End point: 54.159 lat, -0.9803 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.

At the top, turn right to pass Mount Pleasant Cottage on your right and then swap to the left-hand edge of this road (walking along the gravel pull-in area), heading uphill towards the national speed limit signs. Just before these signs, fork left onto the farm track (signed as the Ebor Way to Terrington). Follow this pretty grass and stone track between hedgerows, climbing steadily and then levelling off with fine views of a woodland bank ahead. It is this woodland bank that will be your companion for a large part of today’s journey.

Keep ahead between the crop fields, listening out for the songs of skylarks overhead if you are walking in the spring months. Follow the track ahead into the woodland. Go ahead at the first minor crossroads and, soon after, you will come to a track fork marked with a tall fingerpost.

Track Fork to Fryton Lane
Track Fork to Fryton Lane

Start point: 54.159 lat, -0.9803 long
End point: 54.1541 lat, -0.953 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.

Go through the gate to enter a rough pasture (which may be holding livestock) and turn immediately left to follow the path with a wire fence on your left. This path, with a belt of marshland on your right, can get very muddy at times. At the top of the pasture, turn right to cross an old arched earth and stone bridge, over a stream. Keep straight ahead along the pasture’s top boundary and then bear slightly right to reach a stile and field gate at the far side.

Cross the stile (or the field gate is often unlocked) and follow the obvious sunken footpath leading you uphill through the woodland. Further up, the path broadens into an unmade track. As you emerge from the trees, you will see a crop field on your left at a crossroads of tracks (marked with a fingerpost). Go straight ahead, following the public bridleway signed as the Centenary Way. Follow this track, with the crop field on your left and woodland on your right. As you reach the brow of the rise, on a clear day you will have great views to your left reaching across Ryedale and beyond to the North York Moors. After about 1km you will come to a pair of vehicle barriers ahead, marking a crossroads with Fryton Lane.

Fryton Lane to Slingsby Bank
Fryton Lane to Slingsby Bank

Start point: 54.1541 lat, -0.953 long
End point: 54.1502 lat, -0.9232 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.

With the terrain and navigation being so simple for this stretch, it is an ideal time to dip into the history and nature of your surroundings. Man has been living in these parts for more than 5,000 years. On your right you will see a double bank, part of an iron-age earthwork, and there are several tumuli (ancient circular burial chambers) within the woodland. In the spring, the woodland is filled with wild flowers including dog violets and bluebells. This part of the woodland bank belongs to Hovingham Estate. The estate has been in the ownership of the Worsley family for 450 years. The family home, of which you spied the entrance back in Hovingham, is a Palladian hall dating back to 1770. The estate surrounds the village and provides income from farming and forestry.

After 2km, including a final stretch without woodland on your right, the track emerges to a junction with the road, Slingsby Bank.

Slingsby Bank to Heights Junction
Slingsby Bank to Heights Junction

Start point: 54.1502 lat, -0.9232 long
End point: 54.1418 lat, -0.8888 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!

At the end of the pasture, pass through the bridle gate to enter the next stretch of woodland. Follow the main bridleway track leading you ahead. After the first stretch of woodland, the track continues with woodland on your right and fenced arable fields on your left. You will pass a fingerpost marking the Centenary Way turning sharp right – we leave the Centenary Way at this point, so ignore this turn and keep ahead on the bridleway signed to Park House (a landmark that you will reach at the end of the next walk section).

Ignore the next bridleway signed off to the left (to Barton-le-Street) instead continue ahead for about 1.2km (with the latter stretch of this section once again having trees on both sides). You will come to a fingerpost on your left, marking a crossroads of paths. Appleton-le-Street is signed to the left and this is the junction at the edge of Heights Wood.

Heights Junction to Park House
Heights Junction to Park House

Start point: 54.1418 lat, -0.8888 long
End point: 54.1351 lat, -0.8795 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.

The path leads you to a gate at the edge of a large grass hillside field. Enter the field and walk ahead to join the path alongside the wooden fence for a property on your left. At this point take a moment to look ahead to the hills in the distance where you will have views into the parkland of Castle Howard. The largest domed building is the Mausoleum (built between 1729 and 1736). The Mausoleum rises 90 feet into the air and is supported by a colonnade of 20 pillars and is still the private burial place of the Howard family. The smaller domed building is the Temple of the Four Winds. The temple was originally used as a place for refreshment and reading. Beneath it is a cellar where servants prepared the food which was served to the family above.

Stay with the fence on your left which turns left and leads you to another gate. Exit the field via this gate and you will reach a junction with a tarmac access lane. You will see Park House ahead and the buildings of Park Farm Courtyard (a small business park) to your left.

Park House to Stone Buildings
Park House to Stone Buildings

Start point: 54.1351 lat, -0.8795 long
End point: 54.129 lat, -0.8703 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.

At this point, follow the grass path which turns sharp right leading you downhill. The path then swings left, leading you steeply downhill under the power lines and then through a gateway. Just a few metres later you will emerge to a three-way junction marked with a fingerpost. Turn left on the bridleway signed to Low Easthorpe. Follow this grassy vehicle track winding ahead with open fields to your right. Further along, where the track swings right into a field, keep ahead on the narrower bridleway between hedgerows. At the end of this stretch you will come to a wide gate ahead, the edge of gardens for a private property which comprises several stone buildings.

Stone Buildings to The Stables
Stone Buildings to The Stables

Start point: 54.129 lat, -0.8703 long
End point: 54.1281 lat, -0.8558 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.

Follow the stone track ahead. Further up, just before the track bears left (and where a fenced field is visible through the narrower tree belt now on your right), turn right onto a narrow dirt path which cuts through this tree belt to reach the fence line at the far side. Turn right to follow this higher track (heading back on yourself) with a fence running on your left. Stay with the track closest to this fence and, just after a section of broken wall on your left, follow the track which bears right into the woodland, leading you through a beautiful section of yew trees.

As you reach a junction in the track, go ahead (about 11 o’clock) passing the barns of Hildenley Farm down to your right. This woodland track merges with a stone vehicle track coming in from the right. Continue past an old stone building and 40 metres later turn right onto a tarmac track, heading downhill. You will come to a stone property directly ahead, The Stables.

The Stables to Musley Bank Junction
The Stables to Musley Bank Junction

Start point: 54.1281 lat, -0.8558 long
End point: 54.1277 lat, -0.8329 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.

Stay with this woodland track for about 0.3 miles and then, about 60 metres before you reach a wide metal gate ahead, turn left onto the narrow path leading you uphill into the woodland. Just a short way up you will come to a fork (with a yellow arrow nailed to a tree). Take the right-hand branch, a narrow path which leads you past a ruined building on your right. Stay with this narrow woodland path for a further 0.5 miles (climbing steadily and then passing fenced horse paddocks to your right for the latter part of this).

At the bottom of the horse paddocks you will be able to see the buildings of Musley Bank racehorse stables and training facility. NOTE: For the next stretch (until we reach the main road) you may come across horses in training so take particular care. Duck under the white horse railings to continue ahead on the fenced unmade track, passing more small horse paddocks on your right. At the end of this track, duck under another white railing to reach a junction with the tarmac access lane for Musley Bank (marked with a fingerpost).

Musley Bank Junction to Footbridge
Musley Bank Junction to Footbridge

Start point: 54.1277 lat, -0.8329 long
End point: 54.1386 lat, -0.8162 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.

Go through the gate and turn right along the grass verge. Ignore the first track signed to the left, instead continue to a point just before the road crosses the dual carriageway. Turn left here onto the footpath signed to Malton. Pass through the gateway and keep left at the fork. Follow this pretty tree-lined track for two field lengths, passing through a section of hedgerows towards the end of this. Keep left at the fork and a few metres later you will reach a crossroads (with a gate on your left). Turn right here, signed to Malton, and follow the enclosed path between fields which leads you to a footbridge over the dual carriageway.

Footbridge to End
Footbridge to End

Start point: 54.1386 lat, -0.8162 long
End point: 54.1326 lat, -0.797 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.

Where the main road swings right, keep ahead passing Spital Field Court on your left. Go straight ahead at the next two crossroads to enter the Market Place. Malton has plenty on offer to while away the rest of your day at this point. When you are ready to finish the walk, stay in the same direction to exit the Market Place into Saville Street. At the T-junction, turn left and then take the first right into Railway Street which leads you directly to the bus and railway stations, where this stretch of the Ryedale Market Towns Trail ends.

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