The Centenary Way
If you are walking the Centenary Way bit by bit, this is a good way to combine the North Grimston to Toisland Wold, the Toisland Wold to Wharram Le Street and part of the Wharram Le Street to Settrington Beacon sections. On route, you pass through typical Wolds countryside, rolling hills mostly covered by arable farmland. There are some fine views over both the Wolds and Ryedale, and a nature reserve and deserted village to explore. Take plenty of food and drink with you as the only shop on the route is in Thixendale.
The walk is covered by the Ordnance Survey Map of Howardian Hills & Malton (Yorkshire Wolds North)
North Grimston Circular Walk (15 miles)
North Grimston is approximately 5 miles south-east of Malton on the B1248. There are a few car parking spaces in North Grimston in the lay-by next to phone kiosk. The walk could also be started and finished from the car park at Wharram Percy.
For a description of each section with photographs, see the separate pages for each stage of the walk.
North Grimston to Toisland Wold via Birdsall (4.9 miles)
Wharram Le Street to North Grimston (4 miles)
From the cross roads in Wharram Le Street turn left and walk along the footpath by the side of the B1248. As you reach the end of the village the path crosses the road and heads up Broad Balk track. There is a fingerpost pointing the way. Take care crossing the road as it is quite busy and the traffic fast.
The track goes up the hillside, eventually meeting the B1253. The path continues over the road on the right-hand side of the hedge. When you reach some farm buildings the path crosses over to the left-hand side of the hedge. There is a seat here is you want to enjoy the views and have a rest.
Follow the path down to the field corner and turn left. Cross over a stile and turn left to follow the fence line. The path then dog-legs down to Whitestone Beck. After crossing the beck via the footbridge there is a short climb up to a farm track which leads to Wood House Farm. At this point leave the Centenary Way and turn left, heading away from the farmhouse. This last leg of the walk following the track will take you back to North Grimston.
At the end of the track, there is a short walk on the main road back into 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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