GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Thirsk Walks

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 very popular 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

Walks near Thirsk

  • Gormire Lake - A short and easy walk around this pretty lake in the North York Moors
  • Herriot Way - This long distance circular route takes you through areas of the Yorkshire Dales associated with the vet and author James Herriot.
    The walk begins in the pretty village of Aysgarth in Wensleydale
  • Sutton Bank and the Kilburn White Horse - This challenging circular walk in the North York Moors visits the Kilburn White Horse, the lovely Gormire Lake and the scar at Sutton Bank
  • Cleveland Way - This wonderful trail runs from Helmsley to Filey, taking you through the beautiful North York Moors national park, atop the Hambleton Hills ridge and along the stunning North Yorkshire coastline.
    The trail begins in Helmsley, with the first section taking you through the heather moorland of the North York Moors, passing the village of Osmotherley, the pretty Cod Beck Reservoir and the ancient stones at Lord Stones Country Park and the Wainstones.
    After enjoying the fabulous views on the elevated moors you arrive at Saltburn to begin the coastal stretch
  • Felixkirk - This Yorkshire village is located in the Hambleton District, just west of the North York Moors.
  • Hambleton Hills - This walk explores the Hambleton Hills range on the western edge of the North York Moors
  • Byland Abbey - Visit this fascinating ruined abbey before exploring the surrounding countryside of Ryedale
  • Helmsley to Rievaulx Abbey - This is a popular walk which takes you from themedievalHelmsley Castleto the fascinating ruins of Rievaulx Abbey
  • Oulston Reservoir - This walk visits Oulston Reservoir in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire.
  • Boltby Forest - This large area of coniferouswoodland on the western edge of the North York Moors is very popular with mountain bikers and walkers
  • Hawnby Hill - This circular walk takes you up to the summit of Hawnby Hill from the village of Hawnby in Ryedale area of the North York Moors
  • Coxwold - This pretty little village in theNorth York Moors makes a fine base for walkers
  • Easingwold - This attractive market town is located in a fine location for walkers, sitting on the edge of the North York Moors National park and the Howardian Hills.
  • Crayke - This picturesque village is located just to the east of Easingwold in theHambleton DistrictofNorth Yorkshire


  • Little 3 - there's some excellent cask ales at this historic 13th century inn. It's the oldest pub in the town and includes quirky beams and welcoming fires. They also have the largest garden in the town. Find them on Finkle Street at postcode YO7 1DA.
  • The Golden Fleece - 19th century coaching inn on the market place at postcode YO7 1LL
  • The Old Oak Tree - pleasant local pub in South Kilvington serving a fine Sunday lunch. Postcode for sat navs is YO7 2NL.

Dog Walking

The river and country trails make for a fine dog walk. The Little 3 pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.

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.
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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.


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Thirsk Marketplace. The A170 road runs through here. The town is built around the medievalmarket square, which still hosts an open-air market each Monday and Saturday. The market was established in 1145 and is the focal point for local farmers, traders and visitors

2013 Thirsk Kirkgate South

South end of Kirkgate, (as seen from "The World of James Herriot")

Poppies at Kilvington - - 54144

Poppies at Kilvington

Underwood Plantation - - 396371

Underwood Plantation. A bridleway along the side of mature woodland near South Kilvington.

Small park by the river in Thirsk - - 1985618

Small park by the river in Thirsk

Cod Beck Weir, Thirsk - - 1718027

Cod Beck Weir to the north of the village. Known locally as the waterfall, this weir and the nearby sluice gate are all that remain of the original extensive workings for Thirsk Mill.

Ye Olde Three Tuns, Finkle Street - - 2590850

Ye Olde Three Tuns, Finkle Street

Thirsk Parish Church - - 1586603

Thirsk Parish Church. A broadside view of this impressive parish church, from Kirkgate. It is relatively unusual in that it is in a single architectural style, having been built between 1420 and 1480. The church is Grade I listed.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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