Strensall to Sheriff Hutton
This short three-mile section of the walk crosses arable farmland and pastures. The highlight of the walk is undoubtedly the ruins of Sheriff Hutton Castle, visible from as far away as the farm access track running to Lilling Green. Now a Grade II listed structure this 14th-century castle was once one of the grandest in Northern England. The castle boasts 600 years of royal history and was a favourite of both Richard III and Henry VIII.
Much of the Centenary Way is covered by the Ordnance Survey Map of Howardian Hills & Malton (Yorkshire Wolds North) The OS Explorer Map 300 is centred around Malton and contains parts of the Howardian Hills and The Yorkshire Wolds. With this map you also get a code for use on your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet. The OS Explorer map for Howardian Hills & Malton is available in both the standard paper version and weatherproof ‘Active’ version.
Strensall to West Lilling
This section starts at the old metal footbridge across the River Foss on the outskirts of Strensall. Assuming you’ve walked along the riverside from the previous section of the walk (Earswick to Strensall), turn left into the small copse. At this point, the Centenary Way leaves the banks of the River Foss. After 200 yards leave the copse and turn right onto a farm access track.
Follow the track through farmland, and continue as it turns left to eventually reach farm buildings at Lilling Green. Turn right past the farm onto Ings Lane. Cross Lilling Low Lane and onto New Lane. Follow this very minor road all the way to West Lilling.
West Lilling to Sheriff Hutton
Once you reach the main road in West Lilling turn left and then almost immediately right over a stile into a narrow field and then over another stile into a larger field. Follow this field around on the right-hand side. About two-thirds of the way up the field is another stile which will take you through the hedge into another field. Cross this field in a northerly direction to reach a stile leading onto a surfaced lane.
At this point Sheriff Hutton Castle is clearly visible, directly ahead. Cross the lane and continue straight across another two fields to reach the cricket ground at Sheriff Hutton. Walk towards the scoreboard and cross a stile into the adjacent field. Turn left and follow the hedge to the main road in Sheriff Hutton. Turn right up the village and just before you reach the Highwayman pub turn right along an enclosed path towards the Castle.
Follow the track around to the right of the Castle. Follow this track through an enclosed wooded pathway until you reach a track on the left which heads slightly uphill, still running around the periphery of the Castle. At the point where you meet another track, turn right to exit onto the village green.
Note: if you had turned left at the Castle instead of right, just after you left the main road, you’d still have arrived at this point. If you want to visit the Castle grounds, it has very restricted access and pre-booking is required. See the Sheriff Hutton Castle website for more information.
Cross over the green to another enclosed path, which exits into a small housing estate. Continue straight ahead and turn left down The Croft, which leads into Church End. Cross the strip of grass diagonally into East End and continue downhill until you reach a metal gate. Go through the gate and turn left, passing houses and crossing a field to arrive at the Sheriff Hutton to Bulmer road. The next section of the walk continues from Sheriff Hutton to Huskitt Hill.
I’m very grateful to the guide “The Centenary Way” written by North Yorkshire County Council which was referenced whilst writing this post.
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