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With 1,400 miles of country paths and tracks, Ryedale - North Yorkshire is walking country - gentle strolls, day walks and long-distance hikes are all on our doorstep. There are dozens of short walks encompassing everything from town trails to wildlife spotting.
If you enjoy long distance walking you will be spoilt for choice. The Cleveland Way National Trail, Yorkshire Wolds Way, Esk Valley Walk, the Ebor Way, The Inn Way, Tabular Hills Walk and Great Wold Valley are just some of our more popular trails. The Ebor Way, approximately 70 miles in length, starts at Helmsley and finishes at Ilkley in West Yorkshire. It links the Cleveland Way and Dales Way, making possible a long distance route of about 310 miles! The Centernary Way was created in 1989 by North Yorkshire County Council and it covers 82 miles between York Minster and Filey on the East coast, linking sections of the Foss, Ebor, Derwent and Wolds Ways.
Comprehensive guidebooks are available for all these long distance walks, which you can purchase via the web.
Market Town Walks
A series of walks originating from Ryedale's Market Towns have been produced in association with iFootpath.
Appleton-le-Street to Malton
A 7 mile (11km) linear walk from the small village of Appleton-le-Street to the market town of Malton. Begin by catching the bus from Malton to Appleton-le-Street where you can enjoy a drink at the dog-friendly village pub before beginning the linear walk back into town. 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.
Fox and Rabbit to Pickering
A 6 mile (10 km) linear walk from the village of Lockton (home to the Fox and Rabbit Inn) to the market town of Pickering. Begin by catching the bus from Pickering to Lockton where you can enjoy lunch before beginning the linear walk back into town. Along the way you will enjoy the hillside pastures of Cross Dale, the haunting woodland of Haugh Wood and an idyllic stretch of the river, Pickering Beck.
Helmsley and Ash Dale Woods
A 2 mile easy circular walk from the classic medieval market town of Helmsley in North Yorkshire. The walk begins in the market square before heading out alongside the beck to reach playing fields and sheep pastures. The route then skirts through the edge of Ash Dale Woods before following the quiet roads back into town.
Helmsley and Beck Dale
A 6.5 mile (10.5km) circular walk from the market town of Helmsley in Ryedale. The route heads north through the beautiful woodland belt of Beck Dale, following an idyllic babbling brook, before crossing a few fields and returning via another woodland belt, Ash Dale.
Helmsley and Riccal Dale
An 8 mile (13km) circular walk from the market town of Helmsley. The route heads out across sheep pastures and open fields to explore the woodland ravine of Riccal Dale, in the company of the beautiful River Riccal.
Helmsley and Rievaulx Abbey
A 6.5 mile (10.5km) there and back walk from the market town of Helmsley. The route follows the Cleveland Way through open fields, beautiful woodland belts and along quiet lanes to visit the spectacular Rievaulx Abbey before returning along the same route.
Helmsley and River Rye
A 4 mile (6.5km) circular walk from the market town of Helmsley in Ryedale. The route heads south along the banks of the River Rye, through pastures and crop fields, crossing the river via the footbridge alongside the fish farm and then returning on a higher farm track giving glorious long-reaching views.
Helmsley Discovery Trail
A 1.2 mile (2km) easy access circular trail around the market town of Helmsley. The route discovers several of the town’s key attractions including the bustling Market Place, the pretty beck, the imposing castle, the magnificent walled gardens and a short stretch of the Cleveland Way.
Kirkbymoorside and Gillamoor
A 6 mile (10 km) circular walk from the market town of Kirkbymoorside. The route heads north through Manor Vale Woodland and open fields to reach nearby Gillamoor with its pretty church and surprise view, before returning through plantations alongside the River Dove.
Kirkbymoorside and Ravenswick
A 4 mile (6.5 km) circular walk from the market town of Kirkbymoorside in Ryedale. The route heads east and north, visiting the site of the former Ravenswick Hall, the beautiful Ravenswyke Woods and a long stretch of Manor Vale Woods.
Kirkbymoorside and St Gregory's Minster
A 5 mile (8 km) circular walk from the market town of Kirkbymoorside. The route heads west through open fields and pastures, visiting Kirkdale Cave (where a fascinating set of fossilised bones were discovered) and St Gregory’s Minster along the way.
Kirkbymoorside Discovery Trail
A 1.3 mile (2 km) circular walk (part of which is easy access) from the market town of Kirkbymoorside in Ryedale. The route discovers some of the highlights of this delightful town including the Shambles, Market Cross, Old Police Station and the large pond, the site of a former moated castle that now creates the perfect picnic spot with glorious views across the town.
Malton and Broughton Lane
A 4.5 mile (7km) circular walk (part of which is easy access) from the market town of Malton. The route heads west, leaving the town via the footbridge over the A64 to explore a pretty woodland belt and a beautiful stretch of the green track, Broughton Lane with lots of wild flowers to enjoy in the spring and summer.
Malton and St Mary's Priory
A 3 mile (5km) easy access circular walk from the market town of Malton. The route explores the town’s market place, a beautiful stretch of the River Derwent and a number of historic sites including St Mary’s Priory, Orchard Fields (the site of an old Roman fort) and the site of the old castle.
Malton and Swinton
A 6 mile (10km) circular walk from the market town of Malton in Ryedale. The route heads north-west, leaving the town via the footbridge over the A64 to visit the two pretty villages of Broughton and Swinton, with chance for refreshments at the Blacksmiths Arms in Swinton and plenty of tranquil paths to enjoy.
Norton and Auburn Hill
A 6 mile (10km) circular walk from the market town of Norton on Derwent. The route performs a loop to the east, taking in long stretches of peaceful arable fields and the southern tracks and lanes which are home to many horse racing stables.
Norton and Langton
A 5 mile (8km) circular walk near the market town of Norton on Derwent in Ryedale. The route performs a loop to the south to visit the picturesque village of Langton, taking in long stretches of peaceful tracks with stunning views plus chance to meet racehorses and pigs along the way.
Norton and Menethorpe
A 6.5 mile (10.5km) circular walk from Malton rail station in the market town of Norton-on-Derwent in Ryedale. The route heads south-west, through sheep pastures, horse paddocks and the golf course to reach the tiny hamlet of Menethorpe before returning through fields and cattle pastures alongside the River Derwent.
Norton and Whitewall Views
A 2.5 mile (4km) easy access circular walk from the market town of Norton on Derwent. The route performs a simple loop through the pavements and southern lanes, home to many horse racing stables, including a stretch along Whitewall which gives lovely views back across Norton and Malton.
Pickering Castle and Newbridge
A 2.5 mile (4km) circular walk from the market town of Pickering. The route heads north through quiet lanes and pastures to the railway crossing at Newbridge before climbing into woodland to visit Pickering Castle on the return leg.
Pickering and Cawthorn Camps
A 10 mile (16km) ‘there and back’ walk from the market town of Pickering. The route heads north through the simple landscape of woodland belts, quiet lanes, arable fields and pastures to visit Cawthorn Roman Camps, with its earth remains of Roman fortifications and spectacular views across the moors.
Pickering and Ings Bridge
A 5.5 mile (9km) circular walk (which can be shortened to 3 miles) from the market town of Pickering in Ryedale. The route heads south and west following the line of the idyllic Pickering Beck through meadows and pastures to reach the pretty stone Ings Bridge before returning either via quiet lanes for the shorter version or via peaceful fields and pastures for the longer version.
Pickering and Pickering Woods
A 6 mile circular walk from the market town of Pickering in the North York Moors. The route heads north out of the town following Pickering Beck and on through the paths of Pickering Woods. The walk then crosses the beck and the railway before returning along a quiet country lane to explore the town itself.
A number of other downloadable Ryedale walking guides can be found below.
Cawthorn Roman Camps
A 1 mile circular easy-access walk around Cawthorn Roman Camps in North Yorkshire, discovering the earthwork remains of Roman fortifications and spectacular views across the North York Moors.
Moors Inn 6.5 Mile Circular - Appleton-le-Moors
A 6.5 mile circular pub walk from The Moors Inn in Appleton-le-Moors in North Yorkshire. The walk follows pretty ancient stone lanes with mixed hedgerows away from Appleton-le-Moors and passes through a small belt of woodland to reach the picturesque village of Hutton-le-Hole.
Moors Inn 8 Mile Circular - Appleton-le-Moors
An 8 mile circular pub walk from The Moors Inn in Appleton-le-Moors in North Yorkshire. The walk follows pretty ancient stone lanes with mixed hedgerows away from Appleton-le-Moors and passes through a small belt of woodland to reach the picturesque village of Hutton-le-Hole.
Thornton-le-Dale, Ellerburn and Longlands Lane
A 3.5 mile circular walk from the beautiful village of Thornton-le-Dale in the North York Moors. The walk takes in the village itself along with the nearby hamlet of Ellerburn and the pretty paths alongside the village’s beck.
Thornton-le-Dale and Ellerburn
A 2.5 mile circular walk from the beautiful village of Thornton-le-Dale in the North York Moors. The walk takes in the village itself along with the nearby hamlet of Ellerburn and the pretty paths alongside the village’s beck.
Please remember to follow the Country Code:-
Enjoy the countryside and respect its life and work
Guard against all risk of fire
Fasten all gates
Keep dogs under close control
Keep to public paths across farmland
Use gates and stiles to cross fences, hedges and walls
Leave livestock, crops and machinery alone
Take your litter home
Help to keep all water clean
Protect wildlife, plants and trees
Take special care on country roads
Make no unnecessary noise
If you love dogs, walking and Yorkshire, then www.dogwalksyorkshire.com is your guide to dog-friendly walking in the Yorkshire countryside.