North Grimston to Toisland Wold
The previous section of the walk came from Malton to North Grimston. This section of the walk towards Toisland Wold crosses a mixture of arable and livestock farmland. You’ll see an old Railway Viaduct and some spectacular views across Ryedale, the Vale of Pickering and the North York Moors.
Once through the estate village of Birdsall the route climbs up to the Yorkshire Wolds. The total distance walked is 4.9 miles.
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.
North Grimston to Birdsall
If you have come from Settrington, walk to the main road and cross over. The walk starts at the stream by the side of the telephone box. If you are just walking this section there is some car parking by the side of the main road.
Cross the stream by the footbridge and follow the path through a gate and along the side of the stream. This first section can be a little muddy underfoot. The path is under a covering of trees and is right next to the stream. I imagine if it’s raining, you’d probably be walking in the stream.
At the next gate, you leave the woodland behind and pass under an old Railway Viaduct. This once carried the old Malton to Driffield railway, closed long ago. Carry on across the field keeping the stream to your left-hand side. After crossing the next field you arrive at a minor road. Cross the road to continue on the path, still following the stream on your left. Just before a cattle trough, look out for a cattle pen on the left, the path crosses the stream here and continues with the stream now on your right, as well as a hedge. You’re walking now at the bottom of some large fields which lead up to Grimston Brow. Keep following the hedgerow until you reach a minor road at a bridge over the beck.
Turn left onto the road and follow this until you reach the village of Birdsall. Follow the road through the village passing the picturesque church on the right hand side.
Birdsall to Toisland Wold
Follow the road around to the right and then turn left onto a minor road signposted Warram. Walk along the side of a farm and a couple of houses. Follow the road around to the right into a wooded lane. Where the tarmacked road turns left keep straight on, onto a farm track. Eventually, you arrive at a gate at the foot of a hill. Follow the path up the hillside until you reach a footpath sign.
Follow the sign to climb to the top of Birdsall Brow. When you reach the gate below Toisland Farm, catch your breathe and turn around to admire the views. On a clear day, the view extends from the White Horse at Kilburn, Castle Howard, Birdsall House, Malton and across Ryedale and the Vale of Pickering to the North York Moors.
Pass the farm and follow the lane to a T-junction. At the T-junction turn left to walk eastwards along the top of Toisland Wold. Follow the track until you reach a track junction at a small group of trees.
You only have two options now, continue your walk along the next section of the Centenary Way to Wharram Le Street or turn around to return to North Grimston.
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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