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|Ryedale Market Towns Trail Part 4: Rillington to Pickering|
|Author: VisitRyedale, Published: 02 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). |
A 15 mile (24km) linear walk from Rillington village to Pickering in North Yorkshire, forming the fourth part of the Ryedale Market Towns Trail. The route begins by crossing two historic parkland estates, with views of Scampston Hall and Knapton Hall and a reminder of times gone by. The middle stretch crosses the typical landscape of this part of the Derwent Valley, crossing vast expanses of flat arable land via quiet lanes and field tracks. Arriving in Thornton-le-Dale, there is time for a quick pit stop to enjoy the picturesque village setting, before crossing farmland with lovely views to reach Pickering.
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 follows a mixture of pavements, quiet lanes, farm tracks plus paths that cross several crop fields and four sheep pastures (so take care with dogs on this stretch). You will need to negotiate several kissing gates, some flights of steps plus 4 stiles (all of which had gaps suitable for dogs when we walked). The majority of the route is relatively flat, but there are a couple of very long steady climbs as you pass through Thornton-le-Dale. You need to cross the railway at an official but unsignalled crossing point, so make sure you look and listen carefully for trains at this point. The middle stretch is easy-going, level walking, with simple navigation, following about 5 miles of quiet lanes and 3 miles of simple farm tracks across the bottom of the Derwent Valley. Allow 6-7 hours.
LOGISTICS: If you are completing the whole 67-mile trail, there is no accommodation in Rillington at the start of this point. You can arrange accommodation either in Malton (a 15-minute bus journey from Rillington) or at the Providence Inn in Yedingham (6 miles into this stretch) and there are plenty of choices in Pickering at the end of the route. If you are walking this stretch as a stand-alone 15-mile walk, there are bus connections to take you from Pickering (via Malton) back to Rillington, running Monday to Saturday (with no usable connections on Sunday). You would need to catch Bus 840 from Pickering to Malton (a 30-minute journey) and then Bus 843 from Malton to Rillington (a 15-minute journey). Check connections before you travel but, with waiting times in Malton, you can expect the journey to take between one and two hours.
FACILITIES: There are public toilets in Thornton-le-Dale (12 miles into the walk) and in Pickering at the end of the walk. If you are looking for refreshments, there are two pubs (The Fleece Inn and The Coach and Horses) in Rillington at the start, the popular Farmhouse Bakery and Coffee Shop in Scampston (open 10am Wed-Sun, 1 mile into this stretch), the Walled Garden Cafe in Scampston Hall estate (open Easter to October, 10am Tues-Sun plus Bank Holidays, free entry, 1 mile into this stretch), the Providence Inn in Yedingham (check opening times, 6 miles into this stretch), lots of pubs and cafes in Thornton-le-Dale (12 miles into this stretch) and you will be spoilt for choice in Pickering at the end of the walk.
OS Maps: Explorer 300 Howardian Hills and Malton and OL27 North York Moors Eastern Area. 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 in Rillington village, at the junction between the A64 and the High Street. If you are coming by public transport, there is a bus stop outside the Fleece Inn (served by buses from Malton). For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit www.traveline.info. If you are coming by car, there is roadside parking along the High Street or nearby Woodlands Road. Approximate post code YO17 8LA.
|Start to Scampston Walled Garden|
Start point: 54.1579 lat, -0.6948 long
The walk begins at the crossroads between the A64 and the High Street in the centre of Rillington (alongside the Village Hall and the Coach and Horses pub). From the Village Hall, cross over the A64 Scarborough Road (using the pedestrian crossing) to reach the Coach and Horses and turn right along the pavement, passing the pub’s car park on your left. Follow this left-hand pavement through the village and then, before you reach the 40mph signs, fork left onto the tarmac side road, Sands Lane. This quiet lane leads you between houses then horse paddocks to reach a staggered junction with another lane.
|Scampston Walled Garden to Knapton Hall Drive|
Start point: 54.1697 lat, -0.6792 long
Walk straight ahead on the access lane, passing the Walled Garden on your right. At the corner of the garden wall, follow the lane swinging right, then left (past Dairy Cottage) and right again. About 30 metres later, turn left to cross the bridge over a small stream, with a waterfall running below. Follow this concrete then stone track ahead through the woodland, crossing a stream and then bending right. About 60 metres later, where the stone track bends right, keep straight ahead on the grass track leading you through an avenue of lime trees.
|Knapton Hall Drive to Rail Crossing|
Start point: 54.168 lat, -0.6534 long
If you glance across to your left, you will be able to see St Edmunds Church which once served the estate. Today, the church is maintained by the local diocese but is not used for any church services. The current church dates from the 1870s and has a richly-painted ceiling and a baptistry decorated with fish, water birds and butterflies.
|Rail Crossing to Yedingham|
Start point: 54.1814 lat, -0.6479 long
At the far side, go straight ahead on the grass track with a crop field on your right. In the field corner, turn right and follow the grass track along the top of this, and two further, crop fields. You are now walking within the flat expanse of the Derwent Valley, which will be our companion until we reach Thornton-le-Dale. Across to your right you can see the Yorkshire Wolds, and to the left are the North York Moors. The valley is typified by large crop fields, criss-crossed with farm tracks, access lanes and dense hedgerows. This makes an ideal habitat for lots of wildlife so keep your eyes peeled. We were lucky enough to see a kestrel and several roe deer.
|Yedingham to Skelton Wath Farm|
Start point: 54.2043 lat, -0.6329 long
With the Providence Inn on your left, go ahead along the pavement to cross the River Derwent. Where the main road bends right, turn left onto the side road signed to Marishes. A few metres along at the road junction, go straight ahead (signed to Marishes), ignoring the right turn to Pickering.
|Skelton Wath Farm to Willow Grange|
Start point: 54.201 lat, -0.6924 long
Do NOT follow the footpath into Skelton Wath Farm ahead, instead follow the road as it swings right. About 300 metres later, where the road bends sharp left, turn right onto a grass and stone farm track. NOTE: This is a bridleway, although the waymarker was missing at the time of writing. Follow this hedge-lined track leading you ahead (towards a metal field gate), bending left immediately before this gate and then continuing its journey taking several more 90-degree turns along the way.
|Willow Grange to Thornton le Dale|
Start point: 54.2131 lat, -0.6995 long
Pass the farm buildings on your left and, immediately afterwards (with the farmhouse across to your left), turn right to join the tarmac access lane. This is the start of a lane called Hurrell Lane, that will lead you all the way into Thornton-le-Dale (about 1.2 miles). Pass the access lane for Charity Farm on your left and continue ahead on Hurrell Lane.
|Thornton le Dale to Hagg House|
Start point: 54.2363 lat, -0.7215 long
When you are ready to continue, return to the main crossroads junction. Standing with the New Inn on your left, facing the main A170, turn left to join the pavement running alongside the A170. Follow the pavement passing the classic car garage on your right and heading gently uphill to leave the village. At the brow of the rise, cross over the road with care to join the pavement that begins on the right-hand side of the road. Just before the 40mph signs, turn right across the grass verge and cross a stile (there is a dog gap to the right) to enter a crop field.
|Hagg House to End|
Start point: 54.2407 lat, -0.7456 long
Turn left to the bottom of the paved area and then turn right onto the tarmac drive (passing through a gateway). Almost immediately, where the main tarmac swings right, go straight ahead to join a track across a grass area. (NOTE: This area is part of the High Oaks Lodges and Glamping site, so you may see lodges or pods here as the facilities expand). The track leads you to a wide gate (at the start of a belt of woodland, just to your left).
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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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