This large village in Ryedale sits in an appealing location on the edge of the Howardian Hills. It's an idyllic and appealing place with a historic Saxon Church, a picturesque cricket pitch by the 18th century Hovingham Hall, a pretty beck and two fine hotels to relax in after your exercise.
This walk from the village explores Hovingham Park before picking up the Ebor Way and the Centenary Way and following them to one of the local highlights at nearby Castle Howard.
The walk starts in the village centre before heading west to enjoy a circular walk around the adjacent Hovingham Park.
You then pick up the Ebor Way and follow the waymarked footpath south towards Hollin Hill. You then follow woodland trails east through Fryton Wood and Slingsby Bank Wood before coming to Kelbro Hill. Here you turn south to enter the village of Coneysthorpe where you'll find the splendid Castle Howard. There's over 1000 acres of parkland and gardens with the splendid Yorkshire Arboretum another highlight.
Hovingham Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Hovingham Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Hovingham OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Hovingham Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Walks near Hovingham
- Nunnington and the River Rye - 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
- Ebor Way - Follow the Ebor Way from Helmsley to Ilkley on this walk through Yorkshire
- Castle Howard - The 1000 acres of parkland and gardens surrounding this stately home is a walker's paradise
- Kirkbymoorside - This market town is located in a lovely spot on the edge of the North York Moors in Ryedale.
- Helmsley Circular Walk - A lovely circular walk from Helmsley passing through Rye Dale and visiting the wonderful Rievaulx Abbey
- Malton - This attractive market town in North Yorkshire has nice footpaths to follow through Malton Castle Gardens and along the River Derwent
- Terrington - Terrington is a delightful village in the Howardian Hills near to Castle Howard
- Centenary Way Yorkshire - Explore the Howardian Hills and the Yorkshire Wolds on this splendid walk devised to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Yorkshire County Council
- Duncombe Park - Enjoy woodland trails, a spectacular landscaped garden and the National Centre for Birds of Prey in this large park and nature reserve in Helmsley, Yorkshire
- Helmsley to Rievaulx Abbey - This is a popular walk which takes you from the medieval Helmsley Castle to the fascinating ruins of Rievaulx Abbey
- Yearsley Woods - These expansive woods in the Howardian Hills have mountain bike trails and a series of footpaths to try
- Sheriff Hutton - This village is located in the Ryedale area of North Yorkshire
- Bishop Wilton - This pretty little village in the East Riding of Yorkshire is a pleasant place to start a walk into the Yorkshire Wolds
- Goldsborough - This village in North Yorkshire is located close to both Harrogate and Knaresborough
Head to the Hovingham Inn for some post walk refreshment. They do a fine Sunday lunch and have an outdoor seating area. You can find them on the Main Street at postcode YO62 4LF for your sat navs.
The country and woodland trails make for a fine dog walk. The village inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head north and you could visit neighbouring Nunnington and enjoy a riverside stroll along the River Rye.
You could also follow the Ebor Way to Sheriff Hutton and visit the Grade I listed 12th century church and a photogenic ruined castle dating from a similar period.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Howardian Hills Walks page.