Kirkham Priory and the River Derwent

MODERATE 15 reviews

Kirkham Priory and the River Derwent is a 7.7 kilometer 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, and nature trips.

Distance: 7.7 km Elevation Gain: 169 m Route Type: Loop

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A circular walk from Kirkham Priory in North Yorkshire. If you want a picturesque start to a walk, you can't get much better than this one! Starting at the majestic ruins of Kirkham Priory next to the River Derwent, the route follows woodland and open paths through the pretty Howardian Hills before returning along the riverbank. The walk offers you and your pooch a bit of a climb to get the blood pumping, as well as the chance for a paddle and a good romp in the fields and along the path by the river. Views are plentiful amid the peace and quiet. The terrain is moderate with several climbs and descents. The outward leg follows green paths through fields or quiet farm tracks and roads. The return leg is along the riverside which is more challenging. Duckboards are provided on some of the riverside sections, but the majority of this stretch can be quite muddy and boggy, especially following wet weather. The riverside paths are also narrow and prone to being overgrown in the height of the summer growing season. You will need to negotiate some gates and footbridges but there are no stiles on route. You may come across cattle in a couple of the fields. Allow 2.5 hours.

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over grown
22 days ago

I didn’t read the reviews about the overgrown riverbank, came in shorts as it was a nice day, several stings later had to abandon walk. Will come back one day better equipped.

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muddy
29 days ago

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over grown
1 month ago

There are some fantastic views over the Derwent valley and North Yorkshire beyond. As noted by some other walkers the section along the river is overgrown but certainly doable.

hiking
1 month ago

Lovely walk. Unfortunately it's very overgrown down by the river.

hiking
over grown
1 month ago

Very good walk. Had a bit of everything- woodland, fields and river bank. The river bank was overgrown and single track (you wouldn’t want to meet someone coming in the other direction). Very handy spot to park your car by Kirkham Priory.

hiking
1 month ago

Walked this route on a sunny day in July. Overgrown along the riverbank, but the rest of the walk was very pleasant. If you are looking for a walk with varied terrain, this ones for you. River banks, wheat fields, country road, farmers fields and woodland. Our dog loved this walk and so did we!

2 months ago

We went on a day of heavy summer showers and it was fine. Wouldn't recommend it during the winter months as the River Derwent regularly breaks its banks.

3 months ago

great walk, lovely views, perfect for dogs. amazing pub stone trough Inn at the end. highly recommended.

hiking
3 months ago

We took this walk in May, persevere with the first stretch through the woods, although quite steep the rest of the walk was mostly downhill or flat!! The scenery was stunning and walking back along the river to Kirkham was wonderful. Our dogs loved the walk, mostly off leads, for a good run. Thoroughly recommend!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

1st walk with the family and puppy using this APP. Great directions with map. Little one loved running up and down all the hills. Some fab photo oppertunities! Footbridge still missing as per info, so alternative route taken which added extra steps. Once down the riverbank it was very overgrown in places so pup led the way! Lovely finishing the walk by seeing Kirkham Abbey in all its glory! Fab walk which we would do again. The Chesterherds are worn out!

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