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Kirkham Priory and the River Derwent is a 4.8 mile loop trail located near Westow, North Yorkshire, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Length 4.8 mi Elevation gain 554 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Nature trips Walking Lake River Historic site
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Getting There

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 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.

Turn off the A64 York to Scarborough road at Whitwell-on-the-Hill, and follow the road downhill to the railway level crossing. After crossing the tracks and the river, park in the small car park (free) next to Kirkham Priory. Approximate post code YO60 7JS.

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Ian Blair
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WalkingGreat!Muddy

nice scenery well worth doing this t rial really enjoyed it. only saw a handful of people when I did it. only muddy in a small section of the trail

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Rozanne Van Tonder
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WalkingGreat!MuddyOver grown

Was a nice, pleasant, quite walk. It was a little muddy but was very well sign posted and I'd reccomend getting there early as we got there for just after 11am and it was already full.

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Becca Nicholson
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HikingBugsGreat!MuddyOver grown

Lovely route! There is so much to see, especially in the forest area- look out for all the wild berries and toadstools! We could’ve done with comfier shoes but we had little trouble with the boggy parts in our regular boots (the bad parts aren’t that bad and can easily be avoided for the most part). The path was overgrown especially by the river, but made for an adventure for us. Thoroughly enjoyed this route, and the looped route brings the journey to a satisfying end.

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mathew aked
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Katie Oldfield
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Nature tripsBugsMuddyOff trailOver grown

Such a lovely beautiful walk! Very very muddy so wear good walking boots, some sections the flowers and such are a little overgrown like nettles so watch out for them but I found it lovely walking through the overgrown nature! My favourite walk so far using this app! Just the right amount of everything e.g. forest, farmers fields, roads but not main roads just little country roads. Just lovely

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Matt Baggaley
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Hiking

Fantastic route following the river with lots to see. Was a little muddy and the paths were narrow at some points. Highly recommend!

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Michelle Allison
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WalkingGreat!MuddyOver grown

Overgrown in places but beautiful scenery

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Alistair Mackintosh
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HikingGreat!

Very detailed instructions and lovely route, with a variety of paths to keep it interesting for my wife and I and our 10 and 12 year old daughters.

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Matthew Cowan
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Hiking

Really lovely walk. It’s well sign posted and there is a car park

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Martin Scott
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Walking

Nice walk with plenty of insect life around summer. Be warned, after heavy rains, the Derwent can flood making the path really muddy. This section is near the beginning, so if it's been raining, pack some wellies to be safe.

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Lauren Crowson
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Hiking

Excellent directions. Couldn’t get lost even if we had tried. Although, we would have done well to check the weather forecast before we set off so. So ended up huddled under a tree with our dog while it was torrential rain for half an hour or so. Will definitely come back on a sunny day to enjoy the walk again.

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Daniel Richardson
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HikingBugs

Great walk today Easy to follow route hot and humid down By the river

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Nycky Smithson
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Hiking

Good walk very picturesque parking near the abbey

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Martin Donaghy
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Hiking

very nice, easy picturesque walk. Kirkham abbey is closed but you can get very close and get a nice view. Parking for about 9 cars

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Lucy Smith
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Hiking

Really beautiful walk. Luckily the pathway has been trimmed so an easy walk the whole way round. A few spots for dogs to go in the river. The start of the trail was very busy with groups of youngsters so don’t expect to be having a quiet picnic there!

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Jordan Mcloughlin
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Hiking

Relaxed on a summers day!

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Helen Durrant
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Perfect bank holiday stroll with our 2 boys. Lots of people with the same idea. Beautiful countryside in Howardian Hills.

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Thea Burden
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Hiking

Gorgeous walk. We started from the ruins then followed the beautiful river around to the woods. It's a nice easy trail with lovely peaceful views. Barely any road walking. One thing to note, during these times of social distancing there are places where this isn't easy to do. You'll need to go off track and wait for people to pass. If you're more vulnerable than others at this time, I probably wouldn't go on this walk just at the moment.

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Joe Crainer
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Hiking

Great walk, very dog friendly apart from a small section on the road. A nice walk to do in lockdown, not too busy.

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