GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Howardian Hills Walks

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Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Castle Howard2 miles (3.5 km)The 1000 acres of parkland and gardens surrounding this stately home is a walker's paradise. There are peaceful woodland trails, two large lakes, a series of ponds, formal gardens and fountains. There's a lovely walled garden with romantic Italianate trellises and peaceful woodland trails in the Yorkshire Arboretum. The Arboretum covers120 acres and includes a wonderful collection of trees from all over the world. There's also beautiful rhododendrons and a wildflower meadow to enjoy. All the while there is the beautiful surrounding countryside of the Howardian Hills making a splendid backdrop. View Full Details>>
Centenary Way Yorkshire83 miles (134 km)Explore the Howardian Hills and the Yorkshire Wolds on this splendid walk devised to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Yorkshire County Council. The walk starts at the fabulous York Minster next to the Roman York Walls in the historic city. It then runs all the way to Filey Brigg on the Yorkshire coast. View Full Details>>
Ebor Way76 miles (122 km)Follow the Ebor Way from Helmsley to Ilkley on this walk through Yorkshire. The first section runs from Helmsley to York, passing Hovingham and the ruined Sheriff Hutton Castle, before a short section along the River Foss leads you into York. After leaving York following the River Ouse, you head towards Tadcaster where you join the River Wharfe taking you to Wetherby. Here you continue to Otley, passing the impressive Harewood House which is a major route highlight. The house was built in the 18th century and has wonderful art collections while there is also a Bird Garden and over 100 acres of beautiful gardens to enjoy. View Full Details>>
Foss Walk28 miles (45 km)Follow the River Foss, from the historic city of York to Easingwold, on this lovely riverside walk through Yorkshire. You will pass several pretty villages including Strensall, Sheriff Hutton, Haxby Crayke and Oulston. View Full Details>>
Kirkham Abbey8 miles (12.5 km)A circular walk around the historic site of Kirkham Abbey in the Howardian Hills. There's much to enjoy with fascinating history, beautiful Ryedale countryside, moderate hill climbs, riverside paths and some pleasant woodland sections on the way. View Full Details>>
Malton2 miles (2.5 km)This attractive market town in North Yorkshire has nice footpaths to follow through Malton Castle Gardens and along the River Derwent. There's also the Romanfortat Orchard Fields, historic buildings and a lovely market place. View Full Details>>
Nunnington and the River Rye4 miles (6.5 km)This pretty village on the fringe of the Howardian Hills includes the National Trust owned Nunnington Hall and nice footpaths along the River Rye which runs through the village. This easy circular walk starts at the old hall and takes you along the Rye to the village of Ness, passing a pretty weir and Ness Bridge on the way. You then head into the countryside, climbing Caulkleys Lane and Caulkleys Bank which reaches a height of over 300ft. From here you can enjoy splendid views over the area. View Full Details>>
Terrington7 miles (11.5 km)Terrington is a delightful village in the Howardian Hills near to Castle Howard. It's a great base for exploring the area which is a designated as an AONB (area of outstanding natural beauty). This circular walk makes use of the Centenary Way and a series of other footpaths to explore the woodland, countryside and hills surrounding the village. There's some fairly gentle ascents with fine views from the high points. It's a peaceful area so look out for a variety of wildlife including Roe Deer in the woodland sections. View Full Details>>
Yearsley Woods2 miles (4 km)These expansive woods in the Howardian Hills have mountain bike trails and footpaths to try. The woods are quite hilly on the north western side so there's good opportunities for some fast descents for cyclists. There's also good wide footpaths leading to a large picturesque pond and a couple of smaller ponds. Look out for a variety of woodland birds as you make your way along the paths. View Full Details>>

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