GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Kirkham Abbey Walk

8 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.
The route starts at the atmospheric ruins of the 12thcentury Kirkham Priory. Enjoy a stroll around the grounds where you can see the stunning Gothic architecture of the Gatehouse.
From the abbey you pick up a section of the Centenary Way to take you east towards Firby. A woodland section through the Coldwell Plantation follows before coming to the River Derwent. You follow the river round to the Suspension Bridge at Huttons Ambo where you cross to the village of Low Hutton.
The path then follows a track west to Hutton Hill and Chanting Hill, with nice views from the high points. Please take care when crossing the A64 road on this section.
You then descend to the village of Crambeck before following woodland trails along the Derwent to Kirkham Bridge. Cross the bridge and you will soon return to the priory.
To extend your walking in the area you could follow the Centenary Way, north along the Derwent to the nearby town of Malton. Here you can enjoy a visit to the fascinating Derventio Brigantum Roman Fort.
In nearby Coneysthorpe you could visit Castle Howard. The site includes 1000 acres of parkland and gardens surrounding a fine stately home.
You could also try the Helmsley to Rievaulx Abbey where there are more wonderful abbey ruins to see. Walter l'Espec, lord of nearbyHelmsley, builtboth Rievaulx Abbey and Kirkham Abbey in the 12th century.


YO60 7JS - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Kirkham Abbey OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Kirkham Abbey Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Head to the nearby Stone Trough Inn for some refreshments after your walk. The fine stone built inn has a cosy interior with real fires to enjoy. Outside there's a lovely garden area and a terrace with fine views over this beautiful area. They have a good menu and a decent selection of real ales too. You can find the pub just east of the abbey at Whitwell on the Hill with postcode YO60 7JS for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The grounds are ideal for a dog walk with nice river paths and woodland trails on the south side of the water in Oak Cliff Wood. It's requested you keep them on leads in the abbey grounds. The Stone Trough Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To extend the walk you could head south on footpaths along the river to nearby Howsham and Scrayingham.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Howardian Hills Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Scant Remains of the Chapterhouse - - 1226753

Scant Remains of the Chapterhouse. Early 13C walling is all that remains of the Chapterhouse. The window of the Church blocks the view of Kirkham Hall (Built 1838-9).

The Gatehouse of Kirkham Priory - - 1226696

The Gatehouse. Built c.1290-5 this splendid specimen of English Gothic medieval architecture, has a wide arch of continuous mouldings with a crocketed gable running up to the windows. Sculptures of S.George and the Dragon on the left, and David and Goliath to the right. Above the arch is Christ in a pointed oval recess, plus two figures below of St. Bartholomew and St. Philip, in niches.There are also many shields with the coats of arms of the benefactors of the Priory, including the arms of 'de Ros', 'Scrope' and 'de Fortibus'.

The Bridge at Kirkham - - 1143730

The Bridge at Kirkham

The River Derwent at Kirkham, upstream - - 769653

The River Derwent at Kirkham, upstream

The Centenary Way passes through Coldwell Plantation - - 1295066

The Centenary Way passes through Coldwell Plantation. This view is looking south, upstream. In the drier parts of the plantation there is an abundance of bluebells and wild garlic.

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.

Suspension Bridge over River Derwent - - 1053172

Walkers on the Suspension Bridge over River Derwent at Low Hutton. This footbridge is the only crossing over the River Derwent between Kirkham and Malton

Methodist chapel, Crambeck - - 1295961

Methodist chapel, Crambeck


GPS Files

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Memory Map Route

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