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6 great walks near the Howardian Hills

PUBLISHED: 00:00 06 April 2018 | UPDATED: 19:15 02 August 2018

Castle Howard Lake by Nick Fletcher

Castle Howard Lake by Nick Fletcher


Although the Howardian Hills have been officially designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for a quarter of a century they are often overlooked by the nearby North York Moors and Yorkshire Wolds when walking in Yorkshire.

Hovingham by Terry FletcherHovingham by Terry Fletcher


Hovingham lies on the eastern edge of the Howardian Hills and this walk explores a series of shy valleys and neat villages, plump farms and hanging woodlands.

Click here to view the directions for the Hovingham walk

City of Troy Maze by Terry FletcherCity of Troy Maze by Terry Fletcher


The mysterious City of Troy maze is one of only eight of its kind in the country and is thought to have been created by Viking settlers, this intriguing place is a focal point of this walk through the hills.

Click here to view the directions for the Scackleton walk

Castle Howard by Keith SayerCastle Howard by Keith Sayer

Castle Howard

Castle Howard is probably the most likely reason to visit the area and this walk allows you to experience the wonderful views in and around the grounds of one of Yorkshire’s finest country houses.

Click here to view the directions for the Castle Howard walk

Kirkham Priory by Terry FletcherKirkham Priory by Terry Fletcher

Kirkham Priory

This walk follows the peaceful Derwent for its first part before visiting the seldom-seen hamlet of Howsham then makes a leisurely woodland return.

Click here to view the directions for the Kirkham Priory walk

Coxwold by Terry FletcherCoxwold by Terry Fletcher


Is actually within the North Yorks Moors but lies at the border between the National Park and Area of Natural Beauty, this walk takes in four delightful villages and some gentle countryside with sweeping views of the Vale of York and the escarpment of the moors around the White Horse.

Click here to view the directions for the Coxwold walk

Sheriff Hutton Castle ruins by Terry FletcherSheriff Hutton Castle ruins by Terry Fletcher

Sheriff Hutton

Sheriff Hutton is just a couple of miles outside the boundaries of the Howardian Hills, This walk starts in the shadow of the castle ruins before climbing the escarpment to enjoy extensive views over the surrounding hills and plain.

Click here to view the directions for the Sheriff Hutton walk

All the routes were correct at the time of publication, over time access to certain parts of the walk may be subject to change.

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