The Howardian Hills have a dense network of footpaths and bridleways just waiting to be discovered. Light-dappled woodland and plantation trails offer shade on sunny days and meandering riverbank footpaths give unique perspectives of the region’s rich built and natural heritage. Farmland paths open out to reveal extraordinary views of priories, monuments, lakes and landscapes.

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The Bike Rides and Rambles in the Howardian Hills leaflet is a good place to start if you are unsure where to walk in the Howardian Hills. It provides an overview of the different walk routes available; you can then download more detailed information about your chosen routes.

A number of route guides are available to help you discover the area on foot. Routes vary from short flat strolls to longer hillier walks. Many link in with villages or attractions which offer tearooms, pubs or village stores where you can buy refreshments.

Terrington walk 1

Terrington walk 2

Terrington walk 3

Terrington walk 4

Castle Howard Estate walk

Slingsby walk

Barton le Street walk

Nunnington walk

Three walks from Hovingham

Three walks from Welburn

NYCC Walks

North Yorkshire County Council has also produced a set of walk leaflets, three of which contain information on routes in the Howardian Hills.

Walk leaflet NYCC Coxwold and Beacon Banks walk

Walk leaflet NYCC Rye Along the River Rye walk

Walk leaflet NYCC Kirkham Priory and the River Derwent walk


If you’d prefer to only use quiet tarmac lanes and farm tracks, then we’ve developed a set of Easy Countryside Trails. These are ideal if you’re not very confident walking through open farmland; less mobile/a wheelchair user/pushing a buggy; looking to get fitter and want something easy to start with.

Developed in partnership with iFootpath, a digital walking guide business, the walks are mapped via GPS meaning it’s easier than ever to avoid wrong turns. Walkers can download and print the PDF guides below for free, or download the iFootpath app. This gives a smarter walking experience, with live GPS-powered maps that show your progress as you walk. The app is available for Apple and Android devices and costs a one-off price of £1.99 – it also gives you access to hundreds of walking guides throughout the UK.

Freers Bank, Terrington

Grimston Moor

Hovingham & Cawton

Mowthorpe Lane, Terrington

Newburgh Priory & Colley Broach Road

Yearsley Moor


In 2012, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the designation of the AONB, 25 log seats were installed at some of the most iconic viewpoints within the AONB. If you visit any (or all) of these you will get a real flavour of the special landscape qualities of the Howardian Hills. Click on the icon below for a larger map showing their locations.

25th Anniversary seats map

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  1. […] Howardian Hills AONB Team have developed some easy access walks or ‘Easy Countryside Trails’ in collaboration with ifootpaths which are suitable for people of all abilities and that would include walks which are pushchair and toddler friendly. […]