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|Ryedale Market Towns Trail Part 3: Malton to Rillington|
|Author: VisitRyedale, Published: 01 May 2017||Walk Rating:|
|North Yorkshire, Ryedale|
|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.
|Start to Norton Lodge|
Start point: 54.1324 lat, -0.7973 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.
|Norton Lodge to Dismantled Railway|
Start point: 54.1265 lat, -0.7735 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.
|Dismantled Railway to Settrington Village Hall|
Start point: 54.1264 lat, -0.7513 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.
|Settrington Village Hall to Low Bellmanear Drive|
Start point: 54.1256 lat, -0.7268 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.
|Low Bellmanear Drive to Yorkshire Wolds Way|
Start point: 54.1201 lat, -0.7124 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.
|Yorkshire Wolds Way to Rowgate Farm|
Start point: 54.1167 lat, -0.6823 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.
|Rowgate Farm to All Saints Church|
Start point: 54.1334 lat, -0.6755 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.
|All Saints Church to End|
Start point: 54.15 lat, -0.688 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.
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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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