GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Centenary Way Yorkshire

83 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.
The walk includes:

  • Riverside sections along the River Foss near York, and along the River Derwent near Malton.
  • Sheriff Hutton Castle - 12th century ruined castle and Grade I listed building
  • Castle Howard - 'One of the World's Top Ten Greatest Mansions and Grand Houses' - according to Lonely Planet's 1,000 Ultimate Sights. Home to the Howard family for over 300 years, Castle Howard is a magnificent 18th-century residence set within 1,000 acres of breathtaking landscape in the Howardian Hills. (video below)
  • Kirkham Abbey - Owned by English Heritage these Augustinian ruins are situated between York and Malton, next to the River Derwent.
  • Filey - the final coastal section in Filey is another major route highlight
  • Wharram Percy - the route passes through the remains of this fascinating medieval village which dates from the 10th century.

Towns/cities on the route include:

New Earswick
Sheriff Hutton
Castle Howard
Low Hutton
North Grimston
Thixendale Wharram Percy
West Heslerton
Potter Brompton

The walk is waymarked with the letters CW on standard waymarks.

Centenary Way Yorkshire OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Centenary Way Yorkshire Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The Grapes Inn in Slingsby is a good place for a pit stop on the walk. The historic pub dates back to 1759 and is Grade II listed. There's a cosy interior with two log fires and a nice garden area outside. Food is of a high quality and includes excellent pizzas from the wood-fired pizzeria. The pub can be found on Railway St, YO62 4AL.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The route is coincident with the Yorkshire Wolds Way for part of the trail. You could pick it up around Wharram Percy for example.


Centenary Way or Yorkshire Wolds Way - - 527503

Centenary Way or Yorkshire Wolds Way. Three quarters of a mile to Wharram le Street the sign reads.

Wolds Way, Camp Dale - - 120277

Camp Dale, west ofHunmanby A particularly remote corner of the Yorkshire Wolds

The Centenary Way and the River Derwent - - 1291700

The Centenary Way and the River Derwent

Footpath to the Jeffry Bog Plantation - - 1292238

Footpath to the Jeffry Bog Plantation. The footpath is seen crossing a drainage ditch en route to the plantation. It runs alongside the river Derwent, and on the north side of the river is the Scarborough - York railway line. The Jeffry Bog Plantation is a Nature Reserve run by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

The Hall Kirkham - - 615129

The Hall Kirkham. View from the Centenary Way footpath between Castle Howard Station and Kirkham Priory.

York to Scarborough Railway - - 615116

York to Scarborough Railway

Looking North To Ryedale - - 211178

Looking North To Ryedale. From the Centenary Way on the ridge of the Howardian Hills

West Flotmanby from the Centenary Way - - 3077323

West Flotmanby from the Centenary Way


GPS Files

GPX File

Centenary Way Yorkshire.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Centenary Way Yorkshire.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)