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Ryedale Market Towns Trail Part 3: Malton to Rillington

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Ryedale Market Towns Trail Part 3: Malton to Rillington
Author: VisitRyedale, Published: 01 May 2017 Walk Rating:star0 Ryedale Market Towns Trail Part 3: Malton to Rillington Walking Guide star0 Ryedale Market Towns Trail Part 3: Malton to Rillington Walking Guide star0 Ryedale Market Towns Trail Part 3: Malton to Rillington Walking Guide star0 Ryedale Market Towns Trail Part 3: Malton to Rillington Walking Guide star0 Ryedale Market Towns Trail Part 3: Malton to Rillington Walking Guide
North Yorkshire, Ryedale
Walk Type: Long distance path
Ryedale Market Towns Trail Part 3: Malton to Rillington
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A 10 mile (16km) linear walk from Malton rail station to Rillington village in North Yorkshire, forming the third part of the Ryedale Market Towns Trail. The route begins heading south through Norton-on-Derwent before cutting between wide fields and crossing an old rail line to reach the idyllic village of Settrington. Having passed through the length of this quaint setting, centred around Settrington Beck, it is a long and steady climb up to Settrington Beacon with unrivalled views back to Malton, followed by a descent through woodland and fields with more spectacular views to the north.

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 begins with a relatively flat stretch but then has several quite long but steady climbs and descents. Whilst some of the route follows well-made tracks, some sections of the paths can get muddy at times. You will need to negotiate several gates, kissing gates, footbridges plus 4 stiles (these have fence gaps that most dogs should be able to squeeze under). Most of the paths are fenced tracks away from livestock, but you will need to cross one horse paddock, a few sheep pastures, plus one cattle pasture (the cattle were held behind electric fencing when we walked). Allow 5 hours.

LOGISTICS: If you are completing the whole 67-mile trail, you can arrange accommodation at the start of the route in Malton, but there is no accommodation in Rillington. There are two choices to make the trail work for you. You could combine this stretch with the beginning of Part 4 (a total of 15.5 miles) to reach Yedingham, where the Providence Inn offers B&B. Alternatively, you can take a 15-minute bus ride back to Malton for the night, then catch the same bus back to Rillington in the morning to continue the trail. If you are walking this stretch as a stand-alone 10-mile walk, you can catch a bus for the return leg. Bus Number 843 leaves from outside The Fleece in Rillington (at the end of this walk) and will take you back to Malton bus and rail stations, taking 15 minutes. This bus service normally runs 7 days per week with buses either every 30 minutes or every hour.

FACILITIES: If you are looking for refreshments, you will be spoilt for choice in Malton, including lots of places to stock up on picnic supplies, and there are two pubs (The Fleece Inn and The Coach and Horses) in Rillington 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 Malton rail station, located between Malton and Norton-on-Derwent. If you are coming by bus, the bus station is directly opposite the rail station, on Railway Street. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit www.traveline.info. If you are coming by car, park in the Water Lane pay and display car park which is accessed directly off Railway Street, just north of the river crossing. Approximate post code YO17 7NR. To reach Malton Station, leave the car park back onto Railway Street, turn right for 200 metres (crossing the river) and you will reach the station on your right.

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Walk Sections

Start to Norton Lodge
Start to Norton Lodge

Start point: 54.1324 lat, -0.7973 long
End point: 54.1265 lat, -0.7735 long

Standing with your back to Malton rail station (facing the bus station opposite), turn right along the pavement. Continue ahead along this road, with the rail line running on your right, and soon you are forced to swap to the left-hand pavement. At the end of the road you will reach the junction by the level crossing. Cross carefully to the pavement ahead and turn right over the level crossing. Now simply follow this left-hand pavement as it swings left into Church Street in Norton-on-Derwent.

As you reach the pedestrian crossing, use this to swap to the right-hand pavement. At the mini-roundabout turn right into Wold Street and then take the first left into Wood Street. Stay with this road, bending right to become Beverley Road, passing Norton Cemetery on your right and then bending left to reach a mini-roundabout. Go straight ahead here (signed to Driffield), crossing the side roads, Mill Street and Eastfield Road, to do so.

Keep ahead along this road, ignoring the smaller residential side roads and going ahead at the mini-roundabout. Near the edge of the town, ignore the first footpath signed to the left. A few metres later (with Farm View on your right) you will pass Norton Lodge on your left.

Norton Lodge to Dismantled Railway
Norton Lodge to Dismantled Railway

Start point: 54.1265 lat, -0.7735 long
End point: 54.1264 lat, -0.7513 long

Keep ahead on the pavement, leaving the houses of Norton behind you. About 100 metres after passing the national speed limit signs, turn left onto the public bridleway signed as part of the Centenary Way. Follow this path ahead, leading you between crop fields. Part way along, the path dog-legs left and then right to continue along the field edge. Continue ahead on this grass track, with a drainage ditch and hedgerow on your right and open crop fields on your left.

As you approach the end of the final crop field, you will notice a long line of tall poplar trees running across to your left. These mark the line of the dismantled Malton to Driffield railway. This railway line opened in 1853 and passenger services on the line gained the nickname of Malton Dodger. Between the 1920s and 1950s, the line was used to transport chalk from the Burdale and Wharram quarries. Passenger services ended in 1950 and, after the quarries closed in 1955, the railway line closed in 1958.

At the end of the final crop field you will come to a stile ahead. Cross this to enter a paddock (which may be holding horses). Cross the paddock diagonally left to reach the field gate in the far corner. Cross the stile alongside this gate (it has a double-width fence to create ladder-type rungs) and keep ahead on the enclosed path (with trees on your left and a fenced paddock on your right). Where the fence-line bears slightly right, you will see a waymarker post on your left. Turn left here, passing through an arch in the hedgerow to reach a vehicle track. Turn left along this track for just 15 metres to meet a crossroads of tracks sitting on top of the dismantled railway.

Dismantled Railway to Settrington Village Hall
Dismantled Railway to Settrington Village Hall

Start point: 54.1264 lat, -0.7513 long
End point: 54.1256 lat, -0.7268 long

Turn right here, to follow the track running along the old railway embankment. The track soon narrows to become a raised grass path, with the double line of tall poplar trees on your left and smaller hawthorn trees all around. After just 200 metres, look for a left-hand fork (without waymarker) which leads you down to a footbridge. Cross this with care (some of the sleepers were broken when we walked, but the underlying structure still seemed sound) to reach a crop field.

(NOTE: If the bridge is impassable, it is possible to take a different route to this point. Head back to the crossroads of tracks on the old railway, turn right into the adjacent crop field and then immediately right along the field edge. This will take you to the far side of the footbridge.)

Turn right along the field edge path, with the trees of the old rail line on your right and the crop field on your left. In the field corner, follow the boundary path turning left and soon bending right, to reach a white waymarker post. Fork right at this post, joining a narrow path through a section of dense trees and hedgerows. You will emerge to a junction with a grass vehicle track, turn right along this.

At the track junction, keep straight ahead. When you reach the road, go ahead along the left-hand pavement, passing stone cottages on your left and open pastures to your right. Stay with the main road, which bears right (away from the cottages) and then left to pass Settrington Village Hall and Playing Fields on your right.

Settrington Village Hall to Low Bellmanear Drive
Settrington Village Hall to Low Bellmanear Drive

Start point: 54.1256 lat, -0.7268 long
End point: 54.1201 lat, -0.7124 long

Continue ahead along the left-hand pavement, passing the school on your left and ignoring the right-turn to Driffield. Just before the stream bridge ahead, turn right onto the minor tarmac lane (passing a ford sign on your left). There is a bench on your left here, an ideal spot for a pit stop while you absorb the tranquil setting of Settrington Beck running through the length of the village. Settrington is a classic example of an estate village, once served by a rail station but now a reminder of much quieter times.

Follow this minor road ahead through Settrington. As you approach the first ford, join the tarmac path ahead which runs to the right of the ford. Follow this path through the length of the village, with the beck running on your left. At the end of this tarmac path, bear right to merge with the vehicle lane heading away from the beck. You will emerge to a T-junction with the main road, turn left to join the pavement along this road.

Where the main road swings right, bear left into the side road signed to Settrington House (with the beck running down to your left). Take care of occasional traffic along this next stretch of lane. Follow the lane ahead, passing the gates for Settrington House on your left. The current house dates from 1793, although it was extensively restored after a fire in the 1960s. Today the house is home to the Storey family and is also used to host weddings within the extensive grounds. If you look across the wall to your right at this point, you will see the ground’s beautiful lake which was formed by damming Settrington Beck.

Follow the lane bending left, climbing and starting to bend right. At this point, turn right onto the access track, signed as a public footpath and the entrance drive for Low Bellmanear.

Low Bellmanear Drive to Yorkshire Wolds Way
Low Bellmanear Drive to Yorkshire Wolds Way

Start point: 54.1201 lat, -0.7124 long
End point: 54.1167 lat, -0.6823 long

Follow this stone access drive ahead to reach a cattle grid. NOTE: You will be sharing the next few pastures with sheep. Cross the cattle grid (or use the field gate to the right) and keep ahead on the stone drive, with open grass pastures on your right and views to the hills ahead. These grass pastures are a popular nesting area for birds such as lapwings and curlews in the spring, so keep your eyes peeled (and ears pricked) for their distinctive flight patterns and calls.

Follow the stone drive winding between the pastures to reach the stone farmhouse (passing alongside two further cattle grids along the way). Immediately before the gates for the farmhouse buildings, turn left to join a grass and stone track, passing the farmhouse on your right. The track leads you over a stream and then terminates in a grass pasture (with an old stone building on your left). Bear diagonally right across the remainder of the pasture to reach the farm gate at the far side.

Go through the gate (or use the stile alongside) and turn right (at about 2 o’clock) to follow the obvious grass path leading you steadily uphill through this rough grass pasture. At the top, go ahead through the field gate to enter an area of undulating rough grassland. Follow the grass track uphill ahead, to reach a fork at a waymarker post. Take the right-hand branch, climbing more steadily and passing the highest grass mounds on your left. It is worth pausing to catch your breath and enjoy the beginnings of the far-reaching views on your right (just to whet your appetite for the views to come).

At the top, you will reach a field gate with a stile alongside. Take the gate (or stile), keep ahead through the small woodland belt and you will emerge to the edge of two crop fields. Go straight ahead on the grass path leading you between the crop fields. At the top, just before you reach the tree line, you will come to a T-junction with a stone vehicle track. This is part of the Yorkshire Wolds Way.

Yorkshire Wolds Way to Rowgate Farm
Yorkshire Wolds Way to Rowgate Farm

Start point: 54.1167 lat, -0.6823 long
End point: 54.1334 lat, -0.6755 long

It is worth turning around to look behind at this point. There are spectacular views across southern Ryedale, with Malton and Norton-on-Derwent clearly nestled in the valley bottom. To continue your walk, turn left onto the Wolds Way, climbing steadily with the woodland on your right and the crop fields and views to your left. Stay with the track which dog-legs right (through the trees) and then left to pass some farm buildings on your right.

Beyond these, continue ahead on the stone track to reach the road. Directly ahead you will see a radio mast and water facility. Turn right for just a few metres and then turn left through the kissing gate to continue on the Wolds Way. Follow the stone track into the trees, passing the trig point of Settrington Beacon on your left. This marks the highest point of this walk, at 199m above sea level.

The track leads you steadily downhill to reach a T-junction. Continue following the Wolds Way signs, turning right for about 300 metres and then (with a Private sign ahead), turning sharp left onto the stone path leading downhill. At the edge of the trees you will come to a field gate and kissing gate, with spectacular views ahead, this time to the north across Ryedale and onto the moors. Pass through the kissing gate to enter the pasture and you may be tempted to pause on the bench to your left to soak up these views.

Follow the obvious stone and grass track, leading you diagonally left and steeply downhill. At the bottom of the slope, you will see a fingerpost and a fence corner ahead. At this point we leave the Wolds Way, so bear slightly left to follow the path along the bottom boundary of this hillside pasture (with a fence on your right). Pass the impressive grass crater on your left and, 100 metres later, you will come to a bridle gate. Go ahead through this and then turn immediately right through a second bridle gate to enter a grass pasture. NOTE: There were cattle in this pasture when we walked, but they were held behind electric fencing, away from the path.

Cross the field diagonally left (about 11 o’clock), heading for the left-hand edge of the farm buildings. Merge with the dirt track which leads you towards the red brick buildings and then turn left onto the stone vehicle track, passing Rowgate Farm on your right.

Rowgate Farm to All Saints Church
Rowgate Farm to All Saints Church

Start point: 54.1334 lat, -0.6755 long
End point: 54.15 lat, -0.688 long

The track swings right around the end of the farmhouse garden and then continues directly ahead between crop fields, with expansive views ahead. You will come to a staggered T-junction of tracks, with the buildings of Peacock Farm across to your left. Turn right here and this track becomes a quiet tarmac lane, swinging left across a pretty stream, passing Millbank House on your right and continuing ahead to reach a T-junction with the village road of Thorpe Bassett.

Cross over to reach the raised pavement and turn right along this. As you pass a bench on your right, look over to the other side of the road where you will see the small circular Jubilee Garden, planted in 2002. As you leave this part of the village, you will need to swap to the right-hand side of the road where a narrow pavement begins. When this pavement ends, follow the main lane (taking care of occasional traffic) swinging left and then right (where the pavement begins once again). The lane swings left again to pass the pretty stone village church, All Saints, on your left.

All Saints Church to End
All Saints Church to End

Start point: 54.15 lat, -0.688 long
End point: 54.1579 lat, -0.6948 long

Beyond the church, the lane swings right passing Church Cottage and Lowlands (the Rectory House) both on your right, then continuing ahead to leave the village behind. Where the tarmac pavement ends (and the lane bears slightly left), you will see wooden fingerpost alongside a farm track on your right. Do NOT follow the footpath sign (ahead), instead turn right onto the farm vehicle track towards the ford.

Cross the footbridge alongside the ford and, just 30 metres later, turn left to join a side branch of the track leading you between fenced fields. Keep ahead to merge with the tarmac lane, passing a cemetery on your right. Walk directly ahead along Rillington High Street and you will come to the traffic lights that mark the crossroads at the centre of Rillington, where this stretch of the Ryedale Market Towns Trail ends. Ahead you will see the Coach and Horses and just to the left is The Fleece Inn. The bus stop outside the Fleece Inn is served by Bus 843 that can take you back to Malton.

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