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Hovingham and Cawton

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Hovingham and Cawton is a 5.8 kilometer out and back trail located near York, North Yorkshire, England that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running.

Distance: 5.8 km Elevation Gain: 144 m Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly


trail running



A there and back walk from the idyllic village of Hovingham in North Yorkshire. You will have a chance to discover the village itself, with its beautiful stone buildings and a babbling stream, before setting out on a peaceful journey along the Ebor Way through open arable fields with far reaching views to the woodland ridges. This walk is published through a collaboration with Howardian Hills AONB Partnership, with the aim of providing countryside access for all in the Howardian Hills. The walk follows village lanes and then a compacted stone vehicle track for its whole length. The track is generally well-made but has some pot holes and one stretch (near Spa House) can be muddy in winter and after periods of rain. The route can easily be shortened to suit your own ability. The track has only gentle slopes for the most part (estimated maximum gradient of 1:20 or 5%) with a couple of 20 metre stretches after Spa House that have a moderate slope (estimated gradient of 1:12 or 8%). There are no stiles or steps on route, but you will need to cross one footbridge (1.1m wide) and pass through a single wooden bridle gate (1.6m wide). The entire route should be suitable for rugged pushchairs and rugged disability buggies for most of the year. There is no livestock on route. Breakfree Surface and Slope Rating B1 (for majority of track) and B3 (for two 20 metre stretches). Allow 1.5 hours. There is one bench along the route, just a simple large log set on the ground, which is located just before Spa House. If you are looking for refreshments, you will find a tea room, bakery, coffee house, pub and hotel all within Hovingham village. This walk follows public rights of way through public and private land. Please show respect for landowners and other visitors and remember the Countryside Code. OS Explorer Map 300: Howardian Hills and Malton.

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