Huskitt Hill to Coneysthorpe
Leaving Huskitt Hill, this 5.9 mile section of the walk goes through the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Most of the walk is through arable fields and woodland. Part of the walk follows the top of the ridge at the southern edge of the Ryedale Valley so there are spectacular views across Ryedale and beyond to the North Yorkshire Moors.
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 map is available in both the standard paper version and the weatherproof ‘Active’ version.
Huskit Hill to Slingsby Bank Top
At Huskit Hill, turn left onto the un-surfaced road and follow this to Howthorpe Farm. Turn right and follow the track downhill, through the farm buildings to the end of the next field, where the wood starts. Turn left here and follow the path with the woods on your right. Follow this path along the field edge through two gates until you reach a culvert / bridge over a stream. Cross over the bridge onto a narrow enclosed bridleway.
Follow the bridleway keeping the wood and stream on the right. Turn left through the woodland and then right to arrive at a gate. Go through the gate and over wet ground to reach an entrance into woodland. Just to the right of the gate is a bench and a very large oak tree.
Go through the gate into South Wood, bearing right. At the second turning on the right, turn right, downhill towards a gate at the bottom. Go through the gate and cross a stream to arrive at a gate into Wath Wood. Go through the gate and uphill into the wood. Once you reach the top, the path follows the ridge top with the wooded area mostly on the right.
In places, the views open up on the left. These are extensive across the Ryedale Valley to the North Yorkshire Moors. Continue on this path for some time, crossing straight across Fryton Lane and eventually leaving the woods at Slingsby Bank Top. Before reaching the road look over to the right for some great views across to Castle Howard.
Slingsby Bank Top to Coneysthorpe
Cross over the road, take care as traffic moves quite fast along this road and visibility isn’t brilliant. Continue along the ridge top until you reach a gate at the entrance to Coneysthorpe Bank Wood. There are views here on both sides. Enter Coneysthorpe Bank Wood and continue along the ridge. After 600 yards turn right onto a path leading down the woods. Note, there is a sign here but it’s somewhat obscured by vegetation.
After a pleasant walk down the woods, turn left before just before you reach open ground and them almost immediately right onto a track between fields. Follow this track for about a mile to reach the very picturesque village of Coneysthorpe. Head across the village green towards the main road and war memorial.
Coneysthorpe is not served by public transport and Huskit Hill is not really accessible by car. So if you want to walk this section on its own, you could make a circular walk by starting in Terrington. Park at the church in Terrington, walk to Coneysthorpe and then walk back to Terrington via a bit of road walking, path through Cum Hag Wood and road back to Terrington. This adds about three and a half miles to the route. The Centenary Way continues to Firby.
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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