GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


4 miles (7 km)

Enjoy a pleasant riverside stroll through this small market town, on this circular walk. Thirsk is an attractive town with alargemedievalmarket square and some interesting Georgian architecture.The rushing waters of the Cod Beck River and fine views towards the Hambleton Hills and Yorkshire Dales make it a fine place for a walk.
The walk starts in the centre of town and picks up footpaths along the Cod Beck river. You follow the river north to the village of South Kilvington before turning west towards the woodland of the Underwood Plantation. You then turn south to head through the countryside to New Thirsk, before returning to the town centre.
You can then head south towards Sowerby Flats and explore the delightful Georgian village street of Sowerby.
The town was the home of the authour James Herriot. You can explore the villages and countryside associated with his work on the Herriot Way long distance trail. There's also a musuem at Skeldale House in the Kirkgate of Thirsk. It was the surgery of local vet James Wight, better known by his pen name, James Herriot. The museumtells the history of veterinary science and is one of the most popular attractions in the town.
Thirsk is only a few miles east of the North York Moors National Park. Here you can enjoy a waterside walk around the nearby Gormire Lake or visit the fascinating 12th century ruins of Byland Abbey.
You could also visit Sutton Bank and the Kilburn White Horse which are also close by. Sutton Bank is a high point in the Hambleton Hills and commands splendid views over the North York Moors, theVale of Yorkand theVale of Mowbray.
The Cleveland Way long distance trail also runs through the eastern section of the park and is another good option for extending your walking in the Thirsk area.

Thirsk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Thirsk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

For enthusiasts of the Herriot books pay a visit The World of James Herriot. This award winning attraction is housed in a 1940s period house withveterinary scienceexhibits. It was the original practice of James Herriot, at 23 Kirkgate, known as "Skeldale House" in the books. The museum includes a recreation of the original living quarters and sets from theAll Creatures Great and Smalltelevision series. This ran on the BBC during the 1970s and starred Christopher Timothy as the famous vet.
The World of James Herriot - - 636931 AllCreaturesGreatAndSmallSet-1-GCR 7908
Pictured above, The World of James Herriot. Probably the most famous property in Thirsk, number 23 Kirkgate was the former veterinary practice of D.V Sinclair and J.A Wight, otherwise known as 'Farnon and Herriot'. This was the very centre of 'Herriot Country' until the death of Alf Wight in 1995. The house reopened as a museum in 1999 and is owned by Hambleton District Council. The veterinary practice continues in modern buildings on the industrial estate on York Road. On the right is one of the TV show's sets.


Thirsk Marketplace - - 496319

Thirsk Marketplace

2013 Thirsk Kirkgate South

2013 Thirsk Kirkgate South

Poppies at Kilvington - - 54144

Poppies at Kilvington

Underwood Plantation - - 396371

Underwood Plantation


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