GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Yearsley Woods Walks and Mtb

2 miles (4 km)

These expansive woods in the Howardian Hills have mountain bike trails and a series of footpaths to try. The woods are quite hilly on the north western side so there's good opportunities for some fast descents for cyclists. There's also good wide footpaths leading to a large picturesque pond and a couple of smaller ponds. Look out for a variety of woodland birds as you make your way along the paths.
The woods are located just a mile to the east of the Foss Walk long distance trail. You could pick this up near Oulston to extend your walking in the area.
A couple of miles east of the forest you can pick up the Ebor Way at Cawton.
The Nunnington and the River Rye walk is also nearby and a great way to explore the Ryedale area of the Howardian Hills.


YO61 4SL - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Yearsley Woods OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Yearsley Woods Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Head north into Ampleforth and there's a couple of fine options for post walk refreshments. The White Swan in the village has been named Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub. They do excellent food in the bar area and the recently refurbished dining room. You can find the pub at postcode YO62 4DA.
There's also the White Horse Inn which dates all the way back to 1768. Inside there's charming cosy bar rooms with log fires, oak beamed ceilings, flagstone floors and candlelit tables. You can find the inn at postcode YO62 4DX for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

As you'd expect the woods are ideal for dog walking so you'll probably meet other owners on your visit. The White Swan mentioned above is also dog friendly can provide treats for your four legged friend.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Our circular walk from Ampleforth visits the woods before heading to the delightful grounds of Ampleforth Abbey.
The North York Moors are not far from the woods. Sutton Bank and the Kilburn White Horse, Byland Abbey, Newburgh Priory and Oulston Reservoir are some of the highlights you could visit nearby.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Howardian Hills Walks page.


Yearsley Woods - - 163412

A nice wide trail in the woods. With views towards the Howardian Hills.

Lake in the woods - - 163419

Lake in the woods. Higer Fish Ponds

Wartime relic in the woods - - 163429

Wartime relic in the woods. The corrugated hut is left over from the Second World War

Lower Fishpond, Park Wood - - 1547107

Lower Fishpond, Park Wood

Track down Greystone Rigg - - 706275

Track down Greystone Rigg

The White Horse at Kilburn - - 163426

The White Horse at Kilburn. View from the Woods to the North York Moors. Sutton Bank and the Kilburn White Horse are visible, as is Byland Abbey below it.

Woodland Track, Newton Hill - - 556428

Woodland Track, Newton Hill

A magnificent beech - - 163422

A magnificent beech


GPS Files

GPX File

Yearsley Woods.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Yearsley Woods.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)