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Howardian Way 46.3km / 28 miles

A meandering walk from Coxwold to Kirkham Priory in North Yorkshire through the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) taking in many of its beautiful villages on route.

Coxwold Husthwaite Oulston Yearsley Brandsby Skewsby Coulton Hovingham Terrington Bulmer Welburn Kirkham

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Coxwold Bus servicefood available in Coxwold Accommodation in Coxwold shop in Coxwold to Husthwaite Bus servicefood available in Husthwaite Accommodation in Husthwaite shop in Husthwaite 4.4km / 2.6 miles approx walking time 1hr

For local information about Coxwold please visit their village website here There is free parking behind the village hall. The village hall is next to the petrol station.

St Michael's Church CoxwoldShandy HallPassing Shandy Hall

Coxwold to Husthwaite map

From the crossroads in the centre of Coxwold walk up the hill towards St Micheal's Church. Beyond the church follow the footpath on the righthand side until you reach the entrance to Shandy Hall. Just beyond and opposite is a stile that leads into open fields. Follow the field track taking the left fork heading down the hill. The path crosses over the dismantled railway line before joining the Coxwold to Husthwaite road.

Old railway line outside CoxwoldRoad towards Coxwold

Turn left walking back towards Coxwold until you see a field gate on the right hand side. Go through the gate, cross the bridge over Green's Beck and turn right keeping to the edge of the field up to Mill Beck.

Towards High Leys FarmLooking back to CoxwoldGreen track towards High Leys Farm

Cross Mill Beck via the foot bridge and head south following the hedge to your left. The path continues on a wide green lane with a series of stiles and gates up to High Leys Farm and cycle route No 65 again.

Keep looking back because the views are excellent towards Coxwold and the Kilburn White Horse to the north, the Yorkshire Dales to the west and Byland Abbey and Ampleforth to the east.

Footpath sign to Beacon BanksTowards Beacon Banks WoodAlong the edge of Beacon Banks Wood

Warning symbolBeing aware of dogs and tractors continue southish along the minor road over an open field. At the point at which the hedges appear on both sides of the lane turn right onto Beacon Banks and walk along the wide well defined track / path. The route sticks to the edge of the wood and the bank and then opens out to give a wide vista north and south.

View north from Beacon Banks including the White Horse of KilburnTrig point on the top of Beacon BanksFoxgloves on Beacon Banks

The wide track continues down, through two sets of gates and past houses to the left into the top of the village of Husthwaite.

Looking over Husthwaite from Beacon BanksGates into Husthwaite

A quick left, right across the road leads to a gate into a small field. There are two exits to the field one in the bottom right taking you down towards the triangular green in the centre of the village and the other centre left which is the continuation of the walk.

For local information about Husthwaite please visit their village website here

Signpost to Oulston and Thornton HillLeaving Husthwaitefield gate in corner of field

Coxwold Husthwaite Oulston Yearsley Brandsby Skewsby Coulton Hovingham Terrington Bulmer Welburn Kirkham

Husthwaite Bus servicefood available in Husthwaite Accommodation in Husthwaite shop in Husthwaite to Oulston 1.7km / 1mile approx walking time 36mins

Cross the road to go through a white farm gate and take the path to the left signposted Oulston and Thornton on the Hill going diagonally across the field to the corner where you will find a gate. Through the gate the path then continues along the field edge to the first large tree where it turns 90° left and strikes across the field heading for the end of the hedge.

Husthwaite to Oulston map

distinct tree where the path changes directionPath heads across the field to end of hedgepath widens

Beyond the hedge end the path widens between two fields heading towards the back of The Old Lodge. Pass through the first of two metal horse gates behind the house, a arbour and another gate before you enter a wide grass stray. Continue on and the path goes right down to a field gate.

gates and arbourwide grass area beyond The Old Lodgesloping down to field gate

Pass through the gate into the grass field. There is a false friend in the form of a gate in the bottom left corner of the field but the Howardian Way heads down to the obscured right hand corner. A small wooden bridge crosses a small stream and the path passes through a single gate before ascending along a track enclosed by hedges.

metal field gateobscured field cornerwooden bridge over stream

Over the brow the track comes down to a crossroads.

track enclosed by hedgesRoad towards Yeoman Course Farm

Go straight across and continue along a tarmac single track lane past Yeoman Course House and a series of agricultural buildings.

View over the Vale of YorkLane from Yeoman Course Farm to OulstonComing into Oulston

There is another fine vista, this time to the south across the Vale of York and beyond. The lane shortly brings you on to the green in Oulston.

Keep to the left hand side of the green to cross the main road through the village opposite Oulston Hall.

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Oulston to Yearsley 5.4km / 3.25 miles approx walking time 1hr 15mins

This is where the walk makes its first brief encounter with the Foss Walk as they both go down the farm access road to the left of the hall.

oulston to yearsley

Leaving OulstonTrack leading from Oulston Manor FarmTrack continues along field edge

Beyond the farm the path dips down to a crossroads of paths. The Foss Walk continues on straight and the Howardian Way continues along the track to the right.

Cross field diagonally leftTowards Hardy BankDeer in field

The end of the track is terminated by two field gates with two chains to negotiate.

Warning symbolDo not be fooled by the path that continues along the fence! The path goes diagonally left to the far corner of the field, crosses the fence via a stile and keeps to the edge to another stile, to the right of a small pond.

There is an indestinct track going up the field keeping fairly close to the left hand fence as you are heading for yet another stile in the top left hand corner. The path should then cut the corner of the next field up to Hardy Bank but the farmer does crop over it so you may need to walk around the edge.

heading for the top of Hardy Bank before dropping down below Adam's Hall to the Easingwold Yearsley road.

Footpath to Oulston ReservoirPath follows field edgeTowards Pond Head

Turn left along the road for a short distance before turning left again. Tackle the stile and keep to the right field edge. After a small rise in the ground the field dips back down and the double hedge finishes with what was a double stile.

Double stileFootbridge with double stileCross field to footbridge

Cross the one remaining stile and continue along the fence to a footbridge over a small stream. For a short distance keep close to the left hand hedge before striking north across the field to another footbridge made of an old gate post. This is the first crossing of what becomes the River Foss.

Gate post bridge over the River FossRiver FossFungi on dead tree

Go through gate and turn left keeping as close to the bank as is practically possible until reaching a farm track. Go left down the track to cross the stream by way of three stepping stones.

Track down to River FossStepping stones over River FossTurn right towards Pond Head

The route has joined the Foss Walk for a second time as it climbs up through two farm gates towards Oulston Reservoir. Keep to the right hand field edges until you finally reach a single path gate with two closing hooks. The reservoir is visable through the trees.

Series of field gates along field trackPath keeps to right hand edge of fieldGate in bottom right corner of field

Although there is no direct access to the water a quick hop on to the dam to take in the view we think is OK? But we didn't tell you?

Pond Head ReservoirToads in the reeds along the dam at Pond HeadPond Head Farm from reservoir

Warning symbolBecause Pond Head is a riding stable this section can become a little rutted with hoof prints but not for long as one path becomes two, separating walkers from riders. A metal gate takes the route onto a grass field. The short climb up to the left of the house indicates a footpath diversion.

Mud on trackBridlepath up to Pond Head FarmSloping field up to Pond Head Farm

This diversion has been in place now for many years. A gate in the hedge provides a zig zag onto an arable field edge up to the entrance to Pond Head Stables. Cross the stile opposite and turn right along another field edge.

Zig zag in hedge at Pond Head FarmField edge diversion at Pond Head FarmContinuation of Pond Head Farm diversion

The path ends with a swing gate opening into an open grass field containing horses. The path is indistinct here. Take a line diagonally across the field keeping to high ground until a field track appears.

Next field edge diversionGate at end of diversioncross field to connect with_field track

The route continues along the field track keeping Pond Head Reservoir on the right. Another gate takes the route into a field with scrub grass on its edge before it turns into the wood and dips down to cross the River Foss again.

Field track to the head of Pond Head ReservoirKeep Pond Head Reservoir on rightHead of Pond Head Reservoir

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Track going away from Oulston ReservoirWell Lane, Brandsby signpostPath sloping up the field

Once out of the wood keep to its edge and take the first path off to the right signed Well Lane ½ mile and Brandsby 2½ miles up the slope of the field.

Gently sloping field pathTrack between coppice and field edgeTowards double gate

Over the brow the path gently descends to the field edge. Take the gap through the hedge and head for the track between a new coppice and the field edge. At the end of the coppice turn right along a another field track towards a double field gate. Continue on the track up to Well Lane.

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Yearsley to Brandsby 2.5km / 1.6 miles approx walking time 30mins

Gate leaving Well LaneView over the Vale of YorkDuck boards over mud

yearsley to brandsby

Turn right along Well Lane and shortly cross over and enter the field opposite. The path runs parrallel to the right side fence towards a duck board across the mud to what is possibly a redundant gate. Continue along the field edge to the next gate and turn right down to another gate after which the path turns left.

Turn right towards Peel WoodSteep descent on the edge of Peel Wood

Warning symbolThe path rises slightly before a steep descent on the edge of Peel Wood. This could prove difficult in wet weather

Edge of Peel WoodEntrance to Peel WoodValley bottom edge of Peel Wood

Close to the bottom of the slope is a waymark sign at the entrance to Peel Wood. The Howardian Way takes the path towards Cherry Hill 1 mile. The path flattens out into a damp valley bottom. The broom in blossom is supberbly heady in the flowering season in this valley.

Crossing the stream out of Peel WoodContinuing along the edge of Peel WoodFallen Crab apples

Warning symbolThe path crosses a wide stream that has created a deep bog for approximately 5 metres. It can be very wet and unavoidable!

Continue along the edge of Peel Wood and follow the waymark signs and not the map as the path has been redirected beyond this point.

View towards Peel Park farmRedirection signpostRedirect diagonally across field

When the path reaches the three directional post the Howardian Way turns diagonally down the field to a swing gate and then follows the lower edge of the next field along the side of the stream until it reaches a footbridge. Cross the stream and turn left along the field edge and ascend the gradual slope up to Cherry Hill.

Redirect to swing gateFootbridge over streamPath along field edge

Turn left to the main road and head for another swing gate in the corner. Cross the field, descend to a small wood, cross another footbridge and shortly exit the wood into another field. Keep as much as you can to the left of the field up to the main road in Brandsby.

Lane down Cherry HillAcross field to BrandsbyLast field to Brandsby

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Brandsby to Skewsby 4.4km / 2.7 miles approx walking time 1hr

Turn left and walk up the main road until you reach a footpath sign at the end of a house track on the opposite side. At the top of the slope the path goes slightly to the left before continuing on into the woods. There is a waymark on a short post indicating the route.

Brandsby to Skewsby

main road in Brandsbyhouse track in Brandsbywoods Brandsby

A clear path runs through the wood emerging through a gate into the corner of a grass field. Keep to the right hand fence and gradually descend to the road. The farm gate has a chain / nail closing mechanism.

well defined woodland trackleaving woodgrass field sloping down to the road

Left through the gate there is a small pavement that for a short distance disappears up into a linear wood at the side of the road before returning to and becoming part of the road.

pavement disappears into woodBrandsby All Saints Churchroad towards Snargate Farm

Passing All Saints Church the walk utilises the minor road straight on all the way to the turn for Snargate Farm.

Entering StearsbyLane through StearsbyFarm track leaving Stearsby

Pick up and follow the footpath to Stearsby. Enter the small hamlet and turn right. The road turns into a track heading to a wood in the near distance.

Woodland track near StearsbyEdge of field and woodView of the lake

The route leaves the farm track at the corner of the wood continuing on a woodland track for a short distance before rejoining the farm track again. I don't know why it leaves the farm track for such a short distance? The lake appears in the wood to the right.

Indistinct track to footbridgeApproach to footbridgeLone tree

At the end of the field the path turns slightly to the right before going left, down, over a wooden footbridge and up into the field on the other side. Head for the righthand side of the single tree in the field.

The right gateClose up of the right gateClear freshwater stream

In front of you to the left is a false friend in the form of a gate in the fence! This is not for the footpath! Instead look to the rightow look directly below this house and you will see another gate. This is the one! Once at the gate you will see the duck board ahead that crosses the stream and up the opposite bank.

Uphill towards SkewsbyGate insightTeeth marks on gate

The path is indestinct from here going slightly left and up the hill. Once over the crest you can see another field gate. Head for and go through it, then turn right and follow the track along field edge. It curves left and up to the right of the bungalow and enters the village of Skewsby.

Field track leading to SkewsbyApproaching SkewsbyEntering Skewsby

Walk right through the village to a T ish junction at the end and turn left. Continue up this road passing the very small dairy on the left before turning at the footpath sign into Brow Wood.

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Skewsby to Coulton 5km / 3.2 miles approx walking time 1hr 15mins

Route through Brow WoodThrough Brow WoodYellow marker on tree

The path from the road doesn't look to inviting. Enter Brow Wood following the initial wide track before shortly taking a less distinct path to the right. The path gradually slopes upward through the wood and is marked by faded yellow markers on trees as you go.

Skewsby to Coulton

Woodland floraLeaving Brow WoodEdge of Brow Wood

Further up and into the wood the path weaves in and out between the trees before finally exiting onto open fields and directly turning right along the wood edge. At the corner of the wood strike out over the field to the lane ahead.

Road upto the City of Troy mazeCity of Troy mazeRest at the City of Troy

Turn left and soon before your very eyes you will see the "City of Troy" an ancient maze cut into the grass verge on the right hand side.

Towards Great PlantationWaymark to MugdaleEntrance to Mug Dale

Leave the road by way of the bridleway to the right towards the western corner of the Great Plantation. Turn left down the green lane into Mug Dale and into a small area within the Howardian Hills hidden away and rarely visited by the walker. There are some pleasent suprises.

At the end of the green lane you are funnelled into the wood. Carry on straight although you may be tempted by the path off to the right. As you descend further into the dale a series of round willow enlousures start to appear on the right hand side. They catch your eye and draw it towards water at the top end of Randale Bog.

Along the bottom of MugdaleClimb through Maidensworth WoodPath running along the eastern edge of Maidensworth Wood

The path becomes a track again going left along the bottom of Mugdale Wood to join the tarmac road that leads to Potter Hill Farm. Utilise this to cross the stream before heading off into and up through the wood on the left. Do not go up the road. Climbing through the wood the path passes through an old stone wall before following it up to the top.

The way remains under the canopy on the edge of the wood and on the edge of a steep drop into the valley to the left. There are many Horse Chestnut and Crab Apple trees lining the edge of the wood here. Fairly soon you take a bridlepath off to the right that takes you down to Potter Hill. There are extensive views east from here.

Green lane towards Potter Hill FarmTowards Potter Hill FarmBull at Potter Hill Farm

On the approach to Potter Hill Farm there is a sign on the left "Please Slow Down Children and Dogs They Both Bite"! We have seen neither but we did she a fantastic bull with great big horns all made out of willow!!!

Decent through Fawcett WoodPath goes diagonally up towards SwathgillBroom above path

Having gone past the ranch the path may be obscured by washing on the line. There is a wooden gate through the fence leading directly down the bank to another gate giving access to the wood. Another steep descent here through the wood to a footbridge across a stream. Turn right here and climb diagonally up the field to a swing gate at the top.

Gate above Swathgill SpringStyle behind Swathgill BarnBehind Swathgill Spring barns

Having passed through the gate go back down into the dip of Swathgill Spring in front of a holiday home and up the other side to another swing gate. The route then takes you alongside a converted barn and onto a tarmac lane. Follow the lane up and around to the left. Do not turn right, it's private and you are being watched from Swathgill!

Private tarmac driveFootpath sign for CoultonBlue plastic over electric fence

Pass through the swing gate to the right of the main electronic gate exit and continue to follow the tarmac drive up and around to the left. After passing another lane off to the left there is a footpath signpost a little further on on the right. Take this route through the hedge, cross an electric fence and turn right along a wide track.

Soil mud track towards CoultonConcrete sleeper trackEnd of sleeper track near Coulton

This is muddy in wet weather. The soil / mud turns into concrete after a short while. The track is formed from old upturned concrete railway sleepers. This must have been a back breaking job when it was laid! Ignore the OS map and follow the concrete all the way to the edge of Coulton Grange Farm, otherwise you might get electricuted!

Entering Coulton past the magnificent oak treeCoulton

At the end of the concrete turn left up to a swing stile on the right. Pass through the stile and head for the right of the oak tree in front of you. Drop down to the stile and road. Turn right and find another swing gate on the left at the very end of the village.

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Coulton to Hovingham Bus servicefood available in Hovingham Accommodation in Hovingham shop in Hovingham 4.6km / 2.9miles approx walking time 1hr

Track turning towards HovinghamFirst gates leaving CoultonField track leaving Coulton

Coulton to Hovingham

 

The Howardian Hills sign showing Hovingham as the destination for the path seems to point in the wrong direction but that's because its showing the paths initial heading. Shortly after entering the field the path joins a field track and curves around to the left and does head downhill towards Hovingham. The route passes through two sets of farm gates.

Confusion on which way to go

 

Second choice stile near CoultonCross stile down to pondCross marsh to left of pond

At the third set there seems to be a choice, either leave the track and walk along the left hand side of the hedge (not recommended if you have a dog) or go through the gates and walk down the right hand side of the hedge. Both routes meet further down with the left joining the right to continue down across open field to a fence. Turn right up to a gate or stile, your choice again.

Pond on the edge of Soulby WoodFootbridge to the left of the pondFirst redundant stile

Head down through marsh grass to the left of the pond and cross the footbridge in front of you. The path becomes a little boggy under foot as it heads towards a second pond.

Second redundant stileNew metal gate replacing stilesDamp ground next to second pond

There are two redundant stiles, the first one obviously redundant, the second less so. Do not attempt to cross the second as you will get wet. Continue on to the third metal swing stlye with a short bridge in front of it allowing you to cross the damp patch.

Water reedsOscar and Silver guarding the gateTowards Hovingham

Turn right walking over more damp ground to the next gate. Here you will meet Oscar and Silver. I'll let you guess which is which! Cross the field to pass through the gate opposite and turn left over onto the lane and cross the bridge. Take the path to the right and follow the stream to your right.

Quality double gateFootbridge over stream close to Mill WoodBetween Mill Wood and Horse Coppice

Cross the footbridge and head between Horse Coppice on the left and Mill Wood on the right joining a green track that leads to a country road. If the permissable path is permissable cross the road, go over the stile and turn left. If it is not turn right along the road until you reach a footpath sign on the left.

Along the edge of Horse CoppicePermissable path towards HovinghamStone bridge in Hovingham Hall park

Take the footpath to the left into Hovingham Park crossing the stone bridge and take in the view of Hovingham Hall. The track goes up the hill and through a field gate. Follow the fence on the right down to a stile in the corner of the field.

Hovingham Hall parklandGreen path to HovinghamLane into Hovingham

The path then follows a line of newly planted trees taking you east past Home Farm and into Hovingham itself. There is a bakery and tea room, a general store, The Malt Shoval and The Worsley Arms Hotel.

Entering HovinghamAll Saints Church HovinghamEntrance to Hovingham Hall

 

Leaving Hovingham along the Ebor WayGreen lane continues away from HovinghamView back across South Holme

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Hovingham Bus servicefood available in Hovingham Accommodation in Hovinghamshop in Hovingham to Terrington Bus service shop in Terrington 5.5km / 3.4miles approx walking time 1hr 20mins

The Howardian Way now joins with the Ebor Way and leaves the village by way of the Terrington Road. A clear sign indicates the route off to the left along a green lane and as the walk climbs gradually out of the village vista open up in every direction.

Hovingham to Terrington

Warning Fire!Warning Private Woods!

Into the "Private Wood"Cast Iron fence post

The track continues into the South Wood (note the three cast iron fence posts and one fence tree stump on the right) At the track junction take the route signed Ebor Way Terrington. The track dips down and bends around to the left.

Ebor Way signpost Terrington HovinghamAlong the edge of Lodge HagFurther along edge of Lodge Hag

The route continues to be marked with small sign posts with two arrows passing the first four tracks off to the left. The fourth track is where the Centenary Way joins the Howardian and Ebor Ways. If the dead tree trunk is still there make a slight detour down the Centenary Way to have a look at the horse shoe fungi growing out of it.

Fungi on dead tree trunkTree trunk fungiDescend towards Hollin Hill Bogs

Crossing boggy fieldPath curves around field edgeTowards the entrance to Hollin Hill Plantation

At the next junction take the track with the steepest descent towards Hollin Hill Bogs. At the bottom of the descent you leave the private wood through a swing gate and head directly across the valley bottom to a complimentry gate opposite. The going is very wet the closer you get to the opposite gate. Once through the gate the path turns left and curves around the field edge before entering the lower section of Hollin Hill Plantation.

Stream edgeMarsh grasses on edge of woodLeaving Hollin Wood Plantation

It is wet and muddy in Hollin Hill Wood and it is not helped by the path running along the side of the stream. Just plod on and the path passes an old reservoir to the right before leaving the wood and curving around to the right up to a junction of paths.

Looking back to Hollin Hill PlantationBridge over Wath BeckStaggered Crossroads

The Howardian Way leaves the Ebor and Centenary Way at this point to follow a path south across shaggy grassland before a gradual ascent to the left side of the field up to the west of Howthorpe Farm between it and the tumuli close by. Go through the footpath gate then turn right following the fence to the next field before entering the next field and dropping down diagonally to Wath Beck. The next section can be difficult in wet weather as the route has bog to contend with before crossing the Wath by a dog leg footbridge. Take the exit to the left. Do not go through the first gate! Continue over marshy ground to the side of the beck before reaching another bridge crossing Sawmill Beck. Through the gate the path ascends diagonally across the field to the far corner where it joins a green lane to the top of North Carr Hill at a dizzy height of 66m.

Concrete post

The green lane is followed down the hill with a left right zig zag and up to a 90° right hand turn marked by a broken reinforced concrete post. The path continues straight on up the slope towards the village of Terrington.

Terrington aheadPath towards TerringtonTerrington Prep playing fields

Terrington Prep School playing fields are crossed before the Ebor and Centenary Way join again from the left and the path enters an enclosed route up into Terrington. The church is on the left hand side as you descend to the main road. There is a Centenary Way sign on the left at the bottom of the slope. Opposite to the right is Mowthorpe Lane.

For local information about Terrington please visit their village website here

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Terrington Bus service shop in Terrington to Bulmer Bus service 4.4km / 2.7 miles approx walking time 1hr

Mowthorpe Lane signMowthorpe Lane beyond the Ebor Waytowards Low Mowthorpe Farm

From behind the Shop and Tea Room / Gallery in Terrington the Howardian Way utilises Mowthorpe Lane a tarmac no through road. The Ebor Way leaves the lane off to the right about ½ mile out of the village but both the Howardian Way and the Centenary Way continue for the whole of its length. Ignore the "No access other than fishing" sign as this is a public right of way. The lane curves around to the left and drops down to Low Mowthorpe Farm.

Terrington to Bulmer

 

Follow the road to the right just before the farmhouse. The lane drops to the left whilst the path continues along the top field hedge to a footpath signpost. The Centenary Way turns right here whilst the Howardian Way turns left signposted to Bulmer.

birkdale coarse fisherytake path to righttowards the lakes

The path crosses well groomed grassland as it descends past a series of fishing lakes and a stream to the left to a fairly new foot bridge. Cross the bridge and enter Ox Pasture Wood. The path goes to the left before curving right through the wood. There is a gate to leave the wood but currently no fence is attached to the left hand side so you don't have to use it if you don't want to!

The path continues to climb. Keep the hedge to the right and you will come to a sizeable gap giving views of nearby High Stittenham and beyond in the far distance sticking out of the falt land the village of Crayke.

The path gently descends to a farm gate. Once through turn left and then immediately right descending along a grass track down the field to a path gate and footbridge across a stream. The path now ascends again up the right hand side of the field between the field hedge and an electric fence to keep the pony at bay! The path joins a farm track up into Bulmer. Turn left.

Utilise the tarmac path through the village, passing the church on the right hand side.

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Bulmer Bus service to Welburn Bus servicefood available in Welburn Accommodation in Welburn shop in Welburn 5.4km / 3.4 miles approx walking time 1hr 15mins

The road bends to the left and then right. Take the minor road off to the left signposted Brandrith Wood and go past Bulmer Village Hall.

Bulmerfootpath sign beyond village hallnarrow path leaving Bulmer

Bulmer to Welburn

 

Just beyond the telgraph pole the route crosses a small green to a gate take takes you right along a high wooden fence to another gate into a grass field.

past the creosote

crossing field outside Bulmer

signpost Brandrith Woodtowards Brandrith Woodentering Brandrith Wood

Keep left to the next large field gate. The first one is "Private"!! Please note the gate may not be there! Cross directly across this field to a swing gate opposite. Go through and turn right onto a well defined edge of field path that takes you to a road.

Turn left and then after a short distance cross the road and take the path signed again for Brandrith Wood. Note the path goes to the left of the hedge. A distinct path follows the hedge and then in the corner of the field turns left up to Brandrith Wood.

distinct path in Brandrith Woodwoodland track in Brandrith Woodleaving Brandrith Wood

On entering the wood the distinct path gradually opens up into a wide woodland track that is followed all the way through.

bluebells in Brandrith Woods

Leaving the wood the track continues through a short field, field gates that are padlocked and up to a fairly busy road. Turn left up to the arch.

Castle Howard Temperance Inn archTemperance Inn lookoutVictorian postboxPrivate Road sign

Warning symbol Go up to and through the Temperance Inn arch taking great care of the traffic through this narrowing route. Beware you are being watched from the first floor window to the left! Note the disused Victorian postbox in the wall under the arch, closed for your Health and Satety. Turn right along the private road.

Castle Howard across the fieldCastle Howard closeup

Continue along this road passing Castle Howard on the left, The Pyramid on the right and the Mausoleum ahead.

Castle Howard Private RoadCastle Howard PyramidCastle Howard Mausoleum

Turn right leaving the private road and joining the Centenary WayTowards East Moor BanksDescend East Moor Banks

There is a crossroads of paths where the Howardian Way meets the Centenary Way again. Do not continue on the Centenary Way, instead take the righthand path and slowing descend to East moor Banks. Just after entering the wood the Howardian Way again leaves the Centenary Way to drop further into the wood.

Paths descending through the woods on East Moor BanksBluebells on East Moor BanksBridge crossing Moorhouse Beck

On occassions the path divides between horse and foot. This is especially nescessary in wet weather when the horse route becomes very muddy. In the spring the woods are carpeted with a mass of bluebells.

Green lane towards WelburnBridleway crossroadsWide track towards Welburn

After crossing Moorhouse Beck the path leaves the wood and gently slopes across fields on a green track. Cross a bridlepath running left to right and continue to head up into Welburn. The track becomes tarmac, dips to cross a small unnamed stream before entering the east end of Welburn.

For local information about Welburn please visit their village website here

Coxwold Husthwaite Oulston Yearsley Brandsby Skewsby Coulton Hovingham Terrington Bulmer Welburn Kirkham

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Welburn to Kirkham Priory

Welburn ChurchLooking back over Welburn

The route goes directly across the road through the village, passing the church and up into open fields again. The path affords extensive views north towards Castle Howard.

Bank Wood Pillars

The path meets a track at the top of the slope. Take the track through two majestic stone pillars into Bank Wood. On leaving the wood the track straightens out and becomes Whitwell Road. The road again goes between pillars as it opens out to the A64 trunk road. Be very careful in crossing this road, especially on summer weekends and bank holidays as this is the main route to the North Yorkshire coast.

Follow Shepardfields Lane opposite and just beyond Bellmire House take the footpath to the left to descend into the valley of the River Derwent and turning right join the Centenary Walk again to the road. Turn left and cross the level crossing and Kirkham Bridge to the gates of the remains of Kirkham Priory.

Gates to Kirkham AbbeyKnight and Dragon craving

The Howardian Way ends here.

Further Information

Coxwold Husthwaite Oulston Yearsley Brandsby Skewsby Coulton Hovingham Terrington Bulmer Welburn Kirkham

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