GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Nunnington Hall and the River Rye Walk

4 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 surrounding area which includes the Howardian Hills.
The route then passes Caulkleys Wood before turning north and returning to the village.
You can also explore Nunnington Hall although this does require an entrance fee. The splendid 17th century manor house includes period rooms with exquisite funiture and artwork. The grounds are also delightful with an organic walled garden and spring-flowering meadows with resident peacocks.
To extend your walking in the area you could head west and pick up the Ebor Way long distance trail. This will take you towards Helmsley where you can try the Helmsley to Rievaulx Abbey Walk and explore the fascinating ruins of theformerCistercianabbey and the wonderful gardens at Rievaulx Terrace. The area also includes the splendid Duncombe Park with its landscape garden and National Centre for Birds of Prey.


YO62 5UY - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Nunnington and the River Rye OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

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There's a nice on site tea room at the hall where you can enjoy afternoon tea with a view across the gardens.

Dog Walking

The area makes for a pleasant dog walk though you are not allowed to take your dog inside the actual hall building.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just a few miles south west of the village there are miles of good walking and cycling trails in the expansive Yearsley Woods.
Just a few miles to the south there's the delightful villages of Slingsby and Hovingham to visit. It's an idyllicand appealing place witha 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. From here you can follow two local waymarked trails to one of the major highlights of the area at Castle Howard near Welburn.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Howardian Hills Walks page.


Nunnington bridge (geograph 2948310)

Nunnington bridge

Nunnington Hall - - 544861

Nunnington Hall and gardens.

Nunnington Hall - - 100712

View over the river to the hall

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Hall view. This is the south front, built in 1680 but with later sashed windows, which give an 18C appearance. Part of the hall, which is owned by the National Trust, is of the 16C.

Old Wash House, Ryemoor, Nunnington - - 1142437

Old Wash House, Ryemoor. External view of the old wash house at Ryemoor, in the village. Contains a large copper with fireplace beneath. The floor is tiled, with a central drain. Used in the 18th century for boiling clothing. There are still meat hooks attached to the oak beams inside, suggesting that some meat preparation (from the domestic piggery) may also have taken place in here.

Ryemoor, Nunnington - - 673462

Ryemoor. Converted in 1990, Ryemoor was once two cottages; Rye Cottage and Moor view. Built circa 1750, Ryemoor has solid stone walls, plaster and lath interior walls and ceilings, and an original clay pantile over lath roof. In the yard there is a converted pig shed, and the old wash house, complete with boiler and chimney.

Clear directions - - 596733

Clear directions. Fingerpost sign at the entrance to Nunnington Hall with its junction with The Avenue.

All Saints and St James' Church , Nunnington - - 1079692

All Saints and St James' Church, in the village. The historic church dates from the 13th century.


GPS Files

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