Kirkham Priory and the River Derwent

MODERATE 3 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.

18 days 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.

29 days 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!

29 days ago

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