Ryedale Market Towns Trail: Part 2 Hovingham to Malton

in Helmsley in Malton

Ryedale Market Towns Trail: Part 2 Hovingham to Malton is a 18.0 kilometer point-to-point trail located near Hovingham, North Yorkshire, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

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The Route

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Walk Description


This is a linear route that forms part of a long-distance trail. If you intend to walk this stretch as a stand-alone route, there is a bus suitable for the return leg. A linear walk from Hovingham village to Malton rail station in North Yorkshire, forming the second part of the Ryedale Market Towns Trail. The route heads south to join a long woodland ridge that acts as your guide as you head east across the district. Along the way, you will enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Howardian Hills including long stretches of pretty woodland and good views across the Castle Howard estate.


The Ryedale Market Towns trail is a 67 mile (108km) long-distance circular trail, created to allow walkers to enjoy the highlights of Ryedale, visiting each of the five market towns along the way. It is published through a collaboration with the Ryedale District Council.


The walk has several climbs and descents at the beginning and end, but enjoys an easy-going level stretch for the middle section. The sections of paths through woodland and pasture can be very muddy, slippery and rutted at times so good boots are a must (or wellingtons with grips in the winter months). There are no kissing gates on route, but you will need to negotiate several single bridle gates plus one stile (this has a gap alongside suitable for most dogs and the field gate alongside is usually unlocked). The vast majority of the paths are enclosed within fences or within woodland. You will cross four grass fields which may be used as pastures. Towards the end of the walk, you will need to cross a horse training gallop (by ducking under the tall barriers) so take care to ensure you look and listen carefully for horses before you cross. Allow 5.5 hours.


If you are completing the whole 67 mile trail, you can arrange accommodation at both ends, with plenty of choices in Malton. If you are walking this stretch as a stand-alone 11-mile walk, you can catch a bus for the return leg. Bus Number 194 leaves from Malton Bus Station (at the end of this walk) and terminates at the Worsley Arms Hotel in Hovingham, taking 25 minutes. There are normally 5 buses per day, running every 2 hours Mon-Sat, but there is NO SERVICE on SUNDAYS. It would be advisable to begin at Malton rail station, catching the bus first and then walking back to Malton.


There are public toilets in Malton Market Place near the end of the walk. If you are looking for refreshments, you will find a tea room, bakery (ideal for buying picnic supplies), coffee house, pub and hotel all within Hovingham village at the start of the walk, and you will be spoilt for choice with options in Malton at the end of the walk. OS Maps: Explorer 300 Howardian Hills and Malton. This walk follows public footpaths and bridleways which cross private and public land. Please respect people’s privacy, keep dogs under control and remember the Countryside Code.

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