Ryedale Market Towns Trail: Part 3 Malton to Rillington

in Malton in Norton-on-Derwent

Ryedale Market Towns Trail: Part 3 Malton to Rillington is a 15.3 kilometer point-to-point trail located near Malton, North Yorkshire, England that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Malton square market

The Route

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Walk Description

A linear walk from Malton rail station to Rillington village in North Yorkshire, forming the third part of the Ryedale Market Towns Trail. The route begins heading south through Norton-on-Derwent before cutting between wide fields and crossing an old rail line to reach the idyllic village of Settrington. Having passed through the length of this quaint setting, centred around Settrington Beck, it is a long and steady climb up to Settrington Beacon with unrivalled views back to Malton, followed by a descent through woodland and fields with more spectacular views to the north.


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.


The walk begins with a relatively flat stretch but then has several quite long but steady climbs and descents. Whilst some of the route follows well-made tracks, some sections of the paths can get muddy at times. You will need to negotiate several gates, kissing gates, footbridges plus 4 stiles (these have fence gaps that most dogs should be able to squeeze under). Most of the paths are fenced tracks away from livestock, but you will need to cross one horse paddock, a few sheep pastures, plus one cattle pasture. Allow 5 hours.


If you are completing the whole 67 mile trail, you can arrange accommodation at the start of the route in Malton, but there is no accommodation in Rillington. There are two choices to make the trail work for you. You could combine this stretch with the beginning of Part 4 (a total of 15.5 miles) to reach Yedingham, where the Providence Inn offers B&B. Alternatively, you can take a 15-minute bus ride back to Malton for the night, then catch the same bus back to Rillington in the morning to continue the trail. If you are walking this stretch as a stand-alone 10-mile walk, you can catch a bus for the return leg. Bus Number 843 leaves from outside The Fleece in Rillington (at the end of this walk) and will take you back to Malton bus and rail stations, taking 15 minutes. This bus service normally runs 7 days per week with buses either every 30 minutes or every hour.


If you are looking for refreshments, you will be spoilt for choice in Malton, including lots of places to stock up on picnic supplies, and there are two pubs (The Fleece Inn and The Coach and Horses) in Rillington 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 observe the Countryside Code.

Related Accommodation

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4 Wellgarth

4 Wellgarth, Swinton, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6SS
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Wentworth Arms

111 Town Street Old Malton, Malton, YO17 7HD, United Kingdom
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Penny Lodge with Hot Tub

Malton Grange Country Park, Amotherby Lane, Malton, YO17 6UP, United Kingdom

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