Norton and Menethorpe is a 10.5 kilometer loop trail located near Norton-on-Dewent, North Yorkshire, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.

Distance: 10.5 km Elevation Gain: 279 m Route Type: Loop


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IMPORTANT NOTE: Please read the full access information below, as there are some circumstances in which this walk will be impassable or not recommended. A circular walk from Malton rail station in the market town of Norton-on-Derwent in Ryedale. The route heads south-west, through sheep pastures, horse paddocks and the golf course to reach the tiny hamlet of Menethorpe before returning through fields and cattle pastures alongside the River Derwent. This walk is part of a collaboration with the Ryedale District Council. For more visitor information on the area including events and accommodation, go to The walk is relatively flat with just a few gentle gradients. The riverside path for the return stretch can be muddy throughout the year, so good boots are a must (or wellingtons in the wetter months). This riverside path forms part of the flood plain and so the route should NOT be attempted when the river is running high or is in flood. Some sections of the paths are very narrow and can get overgrown. The walk crosses a number of grazing pastures holding sheep, racehorses (often with foals in the spring and summer) and cattle. You will need to negotiate a number of gates, kissing gates plus 10 stiles (4 of which are tall with wire fence surrounds so dogs would need a lift over). Given the amount of livestock and the design of the stiles, this route is not recommended for dogs. Due to the soft nature of the riverside pastures, this walk is also one best reserved for the dry summer months. Allow 3 to 3.5 hours. If you are looking for refreshments you can easily walk to the town centres of Norton-on-Derwent or Malton from the rail station at the start or end of the walk. OS Map: Explorer 300 Howardian Hills and Malton. This walk follows public footpaths and bridleways which cross private and public land. Please respect people's privacy, keep dogs under control and remember the Countryside Code.

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1 month ago

Very overgrown, make sure to wear long sleeves! Narrow path by the river we followed the river and was so nice. Not muddy but walking 1 August.

3 months ago

Walked mid June. Avoid the narrow paths after The Avenue and go around as the guide suggests as it was overgrown. A long section of the walk by the River Derwent especially near the railway was badly overgrown and not enjoyable at all. Rest of walk very good. No mud when we did it.

7 months ago

A lovely walk, quite easy really, instructions very easy to follow, paths fairly dry, just need to be careful alongside river bank which is muddy in parts, regards bailes

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