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Best trails in Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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Looking for a great trail in Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, North Yorkshire? AllTrails has 26 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 17 moderate trails in Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty ranging from 3.4 to 33.3 miles and from 39 to 1,105 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

The Howardian Hills is a wooded countryside between the flat agricultural Vales of Pickering and York. The park is made up of jurassic limestone and a network of pasture, extensive woodland, trees and woodland that overlooks the agricultural plains below. On the eastern edge, the River Derwent runs through a deep winding valley formed as an overflow channel from glacial Lake Pickering. The park provides a variety habitats including: lowland broadleaved woodland, wood pasture, veteran trees, limestone and neutral grasslands and fen meadows. Characteristic species include brown hare, lapwing, tree sparrow and barn owl as well as several local rarities such as knapweed broomrape and baneberry.

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Map of trails in Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Park information
Acreage:
50,560 acres
Contact
01609 536778
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Top trails (26)
#1 - Kirkham Priory and the River Derwent
Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 18 m
Please note that Kirkham Abbey has been reported closed as of 06/11/2020. A circular walk from Kirkham Priory in North Yorkshire. If you want a picturesque start to a walk, you can't get much better Show more
#2 - Welburn and Castle Howard
Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 2 h 50 m
A circular walk from the village of Welburn in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire. This walk is great if you and your dog would like to stretch your legs on a fairly long, flat walk, through beauShow more
#3 - Yearsley Moor Circular
Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 2 h
Yearsley Moor Circular is a 4 mile loop trail located near York, North Yorkshire, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, Show more
#4 - Freers Bank and Fryton Moor
Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 48 m
A circular walk around the countryside near Terrington in North Yorkshire. The route follows a beautiful high ridge through woodland and then with superb panoramic views. The short version of the routShow more
#5 - Castle Howard Circular
Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 45 m
As of Monday 3rd August 2020 the grounds are open 10am - 6pm and the house is still closed. Castle Howard is no regular castle: it is a palace, a town, a fortified city, temples on high places, woodlaShow more
#6 - Westow and the River Derwent
Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 41 m
A circular walk from the village of Westow in North Yorkshire. This walk is for you if you're looking for a gentle and quiet wander through arable fields, with plenty of wide open spaces and a lovely Show more
#7 - Sheriff Hutton to West Lilling Circular
Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 13 m
Please beware you will be walking through sheep and cow fields and may even encounter a bull. Show more
#8 - Hovingham and the Howardian Hills
Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 28 m
A circular walk from the village of Hovingham in North Yorkshire. This is a very pretty and quiet walk just off the usual tourist route. It starts from the quintessentially Yorkshire village of HovinShow more
#9 - Yearsley Moor
Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 38 m
A there and back walk near Yearsley in North Yorkshire. This popular trail leads you into the mixed woodland of Yearsley Moor with plenty of wildlife and beautiful views to enjoy. This walk is publishShow more
#10 - Husthwaite to Coxwold Circular
Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 20 m
Husthwaite to Coxwold Circular is a 4.8 mile loop trail located near Coxwold, North Yorkshire, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hShow more
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