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The Hovingham Parish Church of All Saints seen through a gap between the houses on Main Street
The Hovingham Parish Church of All Saints seen through a gap between the houses on Main Street

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Route No. 686 - Saturday 2 September 2017
Slingsby, railway path, Fryton Grange, Socarrs Lane
Hovingham, railway path, Fryton circuit - 9km
Howardian Hills . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 300 Howardian Hills & Malton


Our parking spot on Railway Street in Slingsby near 'The Grapes' pub
Our parking spot on Railway Street in Slingsby near 'The Grapes' pub

Setting off along Railway Street from our parking spot
Setting off along Railway Street from our parking spot

From our parking spot we set off northwards along Railway Street out of the village. At the edge of the village, map ref. SE 698 754, we turned left off the road on to a track that is the bed of the old railway from Malton to Thirsk.

On the first Saturday in the month I usually meet a group of friends for a walk together and today the route was devised and led by our friend Robert. We met in Slingsby on the northern edge of the Howardian Hills. We parked on the road side in Railway Street at map ref. SE 698 751.

Leaving Slingsby along Railway Street
Leaving Slingsby along Railway Street


Our turning to the left off Railway Street on to the path along the disused Malton to Thirsk railway

Following the railway path from Slingsby
Following the railway path from Slingsby

At the junction of the railway path with Fryton Lane
At the junction of the railway path with Fryton Lane

Tractor & spraying rig passed us at the bend in the track
Tractor & spraying rig passed us at the bend in the track

Just as we were approaching the bend a large tractor with spraying equipment on the back met us. We stepped back off the track to give the driver room as he manoeuvred the large vehicle round the sharp bend. We followed the track round the bend and continued along the edge of the fields for about 700m to the access road to Tuft House Farm.

We walked along the railway path for about 1km to the junction with Fryton Lane next to Greenacres House. Here we turned right and walked along Fryton Lane for about 1km, out past Fryton Grange to a left hand bend in the lane at map ref. SE 688 764.

Continuing along the railway path past a house by the track
Continuing along the railway path past a house by the track

Following the track northwards towards Fryton Grange
Following the track northwards towards Fryton Grange

Following the track towards Tuft House Farm acess road
Following the track towards Tuft House Farm access road

Turning left on to the Tuft House Farm access road heading away from the farm towards Hovingham
Turning left on to the Tuft House Farm access road heading away from the farm towards Hovingham

Tuft House Farm access road heading towards Hovingham
Tuft House Farm access road heading towards Hovingham

The farm access road becomes Socarrs Lane
The farm access road becomes Socarrs Lane

At the right hand bend the access road becomes Socarrs Lane. From the bend we walked along Socarrs Lane for about 800m to the B1257 at map ref. SE 670 761 on the edge of Hovingham village.

At the metalled farm access road to Tuft House Farm, we turned right and walked towards Hovingham. We walked along the access road for about 600m to a sharp right hand bend.

Tuft House Farm access road heading towards Hovingham
Tuft House Farm access road heading towards Hovingham

Following Socarrs Lane towards Hovingham
Following Socarrs Lane towards Hovingham

Arriving at the junction of Socarrs Lane with the B1257 on the edge of Hovingham
Arriving at the junction of Socarrs Lane with the B1257 on the edge of Hovingham

Walking along the B1257 into Hovingham
Walking along the B1257 into Hovingham

Bakery & cafe by the ford in Hovingham
Bakery & cafe by the ford in Hovingham

The entrance to Hovingham Hall
The entrance to Hovingham Hall

On our left we came to the village hall where the car park was given over to the market. there was alternative parking on part of the village green not normally available to motorists. We had a look around thee market stalls and I bought a pork pie for my lunch. We returned to the market cross where there is a bench seat and some small steps around the plinth to sit on for our lunch. It was very pleasant in the sunshine on this busy market day. We had only been there a few minutes when one of the riders returned leading her pony that had thrown a shoe so that she had to return without completing the ride. She unsaddled the pony to wait for some transport.

We turned left and followed the road across the route of the old railway and into the village. The station here for Hovingham was called 'Hovingham Spa' in a failed attempt to bring visitors to the mineral springs at Hovingham Spa about 1.5km west of the village. We continued into the village past the bakery next to the ford across the beck flowing from the grounds of Hovingham Hall. It was market day in Hovingham and the cafe at the bakery was busy. We continued along the street past the little green around the old market cross (the cross on top is missing). Here a group of horse riders was assembling ready for a morning ride. As we continued along the village street they set off along the lane in front of Hovingham Hall.

Guinea Fowl perched on the road side fence
Guinea Fowl perched on the road side fence

Group of riders gathering by the market cross in Hovingham
Group of riders gathering by the market cross in Hovingham

The rider & pony returned when the pony lost a shoe
The rider & pony returned when the pony lost a shoe

Setting off again along Main Street after our lunch
Setting off again along Main Street after our lunch

Leaving on the path between the village hall & the pub
Leaving on the path between the village hall & the pub

One of three oak trees recently felled by the path
One of three oak trees recently felled by the path

Path around the field corner just after the plank bridge
Path around the field corner just after the plank bridge

Once over the little bridge we turned left and followed the path for about 50m to the corner of the field where we turned right along the field edge for another 50m. Here the path turned left and at once turned right to re-join the path along the old railway bed.

After our lunch we left Hovingham along the public footpath between the village hall and the Malt Shovel pub. We followed this footpath from the village, along the edge of the fields for about 1km to a little plank bridge over a ditch.

An American 'ATR Chopper' in the pub car park
An American 'ATR Chopper' in the pub car park

Waiting at the plank bridge for me to catch up
Waiting at the plank bridge for me to catch up

The path jinked left & then right to join the railway path
The path jinked left & then right to join the railway path


Following the path along the old Malton to Thirsk railway bed to wards Fryton Lane

The railway path heading to Fryton Lane
The railway path heading to Fryton Lane

Walking along Fryton Lane throught the hamlet of Fryton
Walking along Fryton Lane through the hamlet of Fryton

Bend in the lane at the southern edge of Fryton
Bend in the lane at the southern edge of Fryton

On the road side there is a bench seat and a large mosaic of the building in the settlement. We followed the lane around a double bend to the southern end of Fryton where we turned left off the lane on to a public footpath at map ref. SE 687 749.

We continued along the railway path for another kilometre back to Fryton Lane at Greenacres House again. This time we turned right and followed Fryton Lane into the little hamlet of Fryton.

About to turn right off the railway path on to Fryton Lane
About to turn right off the railway path on to Fryton Lane

Millennium mosaic of the buildings in Fryton
Millennium mosaic of the buildings in Fryton

Gate to a field path at map ref. SE 687 749
Gate to a field path at map ref. SE 687 749

Our left turn off the lane through a gate to a field path at map ref. SE 687 749
Our left turn off the lane through a gate to a field path at map ref. SE 687 749

Round straw bales awaiting collection after the harvest
Round straw bales awaiting collection after the harvest

Gate into the pasture where the horses were grazing
Gate into the pasture where the horses were grazing

Nearing Slingsby along the field path
Nearing Slingsby along the field path

Beyond the stubble field we crossed a couple of fields with several horses grazing before passing through a yard between farm buildings to reach the road, High Street, in Slingsby.

We followed this path along the edge of a field where the cereal crop had just been harvested leaving the familiar pattern of round straw bales to be collected.

Path around the edge of the stubble field
Path around the edge of the stubble field

Horses quietly grazing as we passed by
Horses quietly grazing as we passed by

Path past farm buildings out to High Street in Slingsby
Path past farm buildings out to High Street in Slingsby

Turning left on to High Street in Slingsby from the path through a yard past some farm buildings
Turning left on to High Street in Slingsby from the path through a yard past some farm buildings

A glimps of Slingsby Castle seen from the High Street
A glimpse of Slingsby Castle seen from the High Street

Walking through the churchyard in Slingsby
Walking through the churchyard in Slingsby

At the end of Church Lane we turned left into Railway Street and walked back to our cars just beyond The Grapes pub. We had a coffee in The Grapes beer garden before setting off home after our walk. The whole route had been 9km and including our lunch stop in Hovingham the walk had taken us about three and a half hours.

Here we turned left and walked along High Street past the ruins of Slingsby Castle on our left, and reached the parish church of 'All Saints' at the junction with Church Lane. We walked through the church yard to emerge back on to Church Lane.

Ruins of Slingsby Castle seen from the High Street
Ruins of Slingsby Castle seen from the High Street

A Master Marriner's grave in the churchyard
A Master Mariner's grave in the churchyard

The Parish Church of All Saints Slingsby
The Parish Church of All Saints Slingsby near the end of our walk

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